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Open Rocks

Samba Open Rocks

The Samba Open Rocks is Silver Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, and movement, technique; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

This figure starts in Closed Position. There is no Bounce action.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
S RF fwd No turn BF Increase tone in arms and turn Lady to R, then release L to R hand hold.
2
Q LF fwd, small step.
BF
3
Q Replace weight to RF, toe slightly turned out
B Start turning Lady to L.
4 S LF fwd
BF With RH turn Layd L and place L hand on her back, then release hold with R hand.
5 Q RF fwd, small step   BF
6 Q Replace weight to LF, toe slightly turned out   B Start turning Lady to R
7 RF fwd   BF With L hand turn lady to R, place RH on her back, then release hold with L hand.
8 LF fwd, small step   BF  
9 Replace weight to RF, toe slightly turned out.   B Start turning Lady to L.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
S LF back 1/8 to R BF respond to Man's tone in arm.
2
Q RF back at 90 degree to Man on his R side. Small step, toe turned out. 1/8 to R between step 1 and 2 B LF remains at same position, while RF and body continue to turn R.

Lady's knee straightens and her heel lowers towards the floor (may lightly touch the floor). Part weight, never full weight. Spine is mostly on the front foot (LF).

Looking forward down the direction of travel (not to Man)
3
Q Replace weight to LF. start turning L BF Looking forward down the direction of travel (not to Man). Then start turning L.
4 S RF back and slightly to side 1/4 to L between steps 3 and 4. BF 1/4 is measured between the feet.
Lady places her RH on Man's L shoulder, immediately releasing L hand contact.
5 Q LF back at a 90 degree angle to Man on his L side. Small step, toe turned out. 1/8 to L between steps 4 and 5.  B Lady's knee straightens and her heel lowers towards the floor (may lightly touch the floor).
6 Q Replace weight to RF start turning R  BF  
7 LF back and slightly to side 1/4 to R between steps 6 and 7 BF Lady places her LH on Man's R shoulder, immediately releasing RH contact.
8 RF back at 90 to Man on his R side. Small step, toe turned out 1/8 to R between steps 7 and 8 B Lady's knee straightens and her heel lowers towards the floor (may lightly touch the floor).
9 Replace weight to LF start turning L. BF First step of following figure is back and slightly to side.

Notes:
  • Lady should respond to Man's increased tone.