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Change of Direction

Foxtrot Change of Direction

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Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF fwd
Facing DW
H
start to turn L
S
CBM
--
* At the preceding step (e.g. feather finish), frame should already be turning.
* This step has CBM, with LF turned out a bit.
2
S
RF diag fwd R side leading, and close LF to RF slightly fwd without weight
DW R Toe pointing towards LOD
End facing DC
IE of TH, then IE of T of LF
1/4 between 1-2
L

--
* At a corner, 3/8 or 1/2 turn may be made.
* Pay attention to move along the same line/direction, do not change moving direction by doing step side - it's a fwd step. (though some coaches say this is a side step, don't do forward step.)
* Big step, push off LF.
3
S
LF fwd in CBMP
Facing DC
H

S
CBM
--
This is exactly like a preparation step, shaping to right

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF back
Backing DW
TH
Start to turn L
S
CBM
--
Head really turns to L, follow the L elbow. Collect LF and push off RF to side.
One instructor says: she sometimes does a heel turn on this step.
2
S
LF diag, back, L side leading, and close RF to LF slightly back without weight
Backing DW
End backing DC
IE of TH, then IE of T of RF
1/4 between 1-2
R

--.
Upper body stay with partner. do not get into his space.
3
S
RF back in CBMP
Backing DC
T
--
S
CBM
--
This is like preparation step, shaping to left.

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