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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.

There are 2 styles of Whisks: 

Style 1 - bigger figure 8 hip movement

Leader

Closed Position, use bounce action.
Alignments: Facing Wall, or other alignments can be used.

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


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 to the right, L hip left behind, lifted, squeeze L side, L hip up high, and L leg is elongated to create long leg line. 

Always hold on "1" for 3/4 beat. until the "a" count to move LF. 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", flexed R knee; keep legs tight; hip finish one figure 8. 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 - bigger bounce action

Using Lady's steps as example: 

StepTimingMovement 
Turn
 FootworkNotes
1
1
RF to side
BFStarting position: cuban cross position (RF cross behind LF), both knees bent, L hip higher.

From previous beat "&": 
- "&a": Prepare: start rising, straightening knee, while rotating L hip to L (more to L side, do not over rotate to back, hips are in more neutral position at this time),
- The action makes R leg goes to side, straight R leg, no weight (weight is still on LF), both heels are up. Do not stick butt out back. Keep toes on floor (not in the air during the movement.)
- 1", weight switch to RF, compress tummy, both knees bent forward, knees more forward and free. bigger bounce action.
- Neck/shoulder are free, relaxed, not held stiff

Next "&: start rising
2
a
LF behind RF w/o weight (cuban cross)
T (pressure)LF cuban cross behind RF, do not step too big, do not step too big. or too far behind, both heels up, L hip figure 8 action, finish L hip to back.
3
2
take minimal weight to LF and replace weight to RF

BFat end of "2", flex 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:
  • 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.
  • Lady's Underarm Turn to R: While Man does whisk to L, lady can do underarm turn to R: use the rise of the first step to make the turn:
    • slow turn: "and": turn 1/4 to R, "a 2": turn 3/4 to R
    • sharp turn:
      • Focus head/eyes at Man, spot, turn shoulder to R first, then sharp turn, leg follow. Head is straight up (don't do shape as in Standard).
      • RF almost stays same place.  Ending RF cross in front of LF, knees tucked.
      • By "a", should already finish the turn, face partner, do not under turn.
  • Lady's Underarm Turn to L: While Man does whisk to R, Lady can do underarm turn to L when stepping LF to side.
    • 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.