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Basic Weave

Foxtrot Basic Weave

This is a Bronze figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; 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
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
Q
LF fwd
BDW
HT
Start to turn L
S
CBM
rise at e/o 1

2
Q
RF to side
Backing LOD
T
3/8 between 1-2
L

Up

3
Q
LF back in CBMP
Backing DC
T
1/8 between 2-3
L

Up
The footwork of TH may be used. This will often result in a softer and more flowing movement. Rise on 4 will then be "Up, NFR"
4
Q
RF back
Backing DC
T
Start to turn L
S
CBM Up
 
5
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW T
1/4 between 4-5
Body turns less
R

Up  
6
Q
RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DW
TH
--
R
  Up, lower e/o 6
 
7
S
LF fwd
Facing DW
H
--
S
CBM --
 

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
Q
RF back
DW
TH
Start to turn L
S
CBM
rise slightly end of 1, NFR

2
Q
LF to side
Pointing DC
T
1/4 L between 1-2
Body turns less
R

Up
leave head and only turn body to L, which effectively make head on the R side.
Keep head flat, knees will absorb foot rise. Do not pop up.
3
Q
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
Facing DC
T
--
R

Up
traveling down LOD at this moment. Left shoulder is quite forward at this point.
4
Q
LF fwd
Facing DC
T
Start to turn L S
CBM Up step 3 and 4 can be repeated may "QQ"s - side leading, lady project fwd left side. When Man starts to collect, that indicates finishing, but still Lady should do Toe leads in next step. Though written as "T", instructor says do TH to drive the next step.

Do not get into Man's space. -- very common error.
Keep left connected to Man, do not slide connection, do not step to side, step straight forward (there is CBM, but don't step "cross middle line".)
5
Q
RF to side
Backing Wall
TH
1/8 L between 4-5 L

Up Point fwd, as transferring weight to RF turn foot and head to left. body turns less, leave upper body to Man to prepare next OP step.

Turn head back to left.
6
Q
LF back in CBMP
Backing DW
TH
1/8 L between 5-6
Body turns less
L
  Up NFR Lower e/o 6
 
7
S
RF back
Backing DW
T

S
CBM --
 

Note:
  • More advanced Lady dancers may, if the wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on the step preceding this pattern.
  • Basic Weave can be used along LOD, but often used at corner.
  • When Man shapes, lady turn head as shown above.
  • The figure is flat, do not rise. Use knees to absorb foot rise.
  • Connecting with Reverse Turn:
    • After SQQ of Reverse Turn, ending Man BDW, do a check step on "S":
      • Man needs to step back with RF, shape to L, raising his L arm, small step
      • Lady collecting LF to RF (toe dragging on floor) and then step fwd HT (it could be a TH depending on Man), shape to L, raising R side, really extend L side, head extends to L as far as possible.
      • Then continue with Basic Weave.
    • Alignment:
      • Could be danced as shown above, 1-4 Reverse Turn will end BDW, movement is along LOD
      • OR, danced at corner to change LOD (more often used): 1-4 Reverse Turn to end BLOD near corner, check and Basic Weave turning one of the following to end DW of new LOD
        • 1/8, 1/8, 3/8
        • 1/4, 1/8, 3/4