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Whisk

Samba Whisk

The Samba Whisk is Newcomer 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF to side
BF 
Whisk to Left
2
a
RF behind LF w/o weight (cuban cross)
T (pressure)
3
2
take minimal weight to RF and replace weight to LF

BF
4 1 RF to side
BF Whisk to Right
5 a LF behind RF w/o weight (cuban cross)   T (pressure)  
6 2 take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF   BF  

Follower

There are 2 styles of Whisks: 

Style 1: Chart below shows the style to show bigger figure 8 hip movement.

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF to side
BF Should end "1" on counter promenade position (body turns less, hip turns 1/8 more).

rib cage is on RF, L hip is lifted, squeeze L side, and L leg is elongated and look long.

Always hold on "1" for 3/4 beat. L hip is up and behind until the "a" count. Do not release LF early.
2
a
LF behind RF w/o weight (cuban cross)
T (pressure) hip continue to do figure 8: send hip to right and forward and then back

LF to cuban cross position behind RF, do not step too big, L hip figure 8 action

Alternatively, lady can do underarm turn to R. See note below.
3
2
take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF

BF at end of "2", drop down to flexed R knee; keep legs tight; hip finish one oucho. and start moving the opposite direction.
4 1 LF to side
BF Alternatively, lady can do underarm turn to L, which is a slower turn than turning to R (Lady is already in CPP.) See note below.
5 a RF behind LF w/o weight (cuban cross)
T (pressure)
6 2 take minimal weight to RF and replace weight to LF
BF


Style 2: Chart below shows the style to show bigger bounce action.

StepTimingMovement 
Turn
 FootworkNotes
1
1
RF to side
BFStarting from previous beat "&": cuban cross position, both knees bent, L hip higher.
- start rising, straightening knee, while rotating L hip to L, which makes R leg goes to side, straight R leg, no weight, both heels are off floor
- At this time, weight is still on LF, do not stick butt back, L hip rotate to L, more to side, but do not over rotate it, more neutral.
- keep toe on floor (not in the air)
- On "1", weight switch to RF, bounce action, both knees bent forward, compress tummy. (knees more forward, free)
- Next "&: start rising
2
a
LF behind RF w/o weight (cuban cross)
T (pressure)LF to cuban cross behind RF, both heels up, do not step too big, L hip figure 8 action
3
2
take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF

BFat end of "2", flexed R knee; heels lower, hip finish one figure 8. and start moving the opposite direction.
41LF to side
BF
5aRF behind LF w/o weight (cuban cross)
T (pressure)
62take minimal weight to RF and replace weight to LF
BF

Notes:
  • Closed Position, use bounce action.
  • Whisk (in all dances) is used to change position. So you want to go to counter promenade position on one side, and promenade position on the other side.
  • While Man does whisk, lady can do underarm turn to R: use the rise of the first step to make the turn:
    • previous step should end in counter promenade position, so lady's is 1/8 turned to left. Lady will have more turn when doing underarm turn to R.
    • slow turn: "and": turn 1/4 to R, "a 2": turn 3/4 to R
    • sharp turn:
      • Spot, turn upper body to R first and quick/sharp, then leg follow (makes it look a lot faster/sharper). 
      • RF almost stays same place.  Ending RF cross in front of LF, knees tucked.
      • By "a", should already finish 1 + 1/8 turn, face partner, do not under turn.
  • Lady can do underarm turn to L when stepping LF to side.
    • Turning to L is much slower, Lady is already is CPP.
    • When Man raises the arm, start turning to L, shape upper body to L and back, stretch R side, head looking to left, turn 1/4 to L, LF is a fwd step.
    • Keep turning, RF press floor (after turning another 1/4 L, RF fwd, away from Man, then continue 1/2 to L to  turn to face partner), regain normal shaping. Slide LF cross in front of RF, knees tucked.
  • Alignments: Facing Wall, or other alignments can be used.