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Curved Feather to Back Feather

Foxtrot Curved Feather to Back Feather

The Foxtrot Curved Feather to Back Feather is a Gold Level 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
S
RF fwd Facing LOD HT Start to turn R S CBM Rise e/o 1
2 Q LF diag fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading Facing DW T 1/8 between 1-2 R
Up
3 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing wall TH 1/8 between 2-3 R CBM Up. Lower e/o 3
4 S LF back in CBMP Backing DC TH 1.8 between 3-4 S CBM Start to rise e/o 4, NFR Gradual rise is used in Back Feather.
5 Q RF back R side leading Curving toward LOD T - L
Continue to rise on 5
6 Q LF back in CBMP Backing LOD TH 1/8 between 4-6 L
Up. Lower e/o 6.
7 S RF back Backing LOD T - S CBM -

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back Backing LOD TH Start to turn R S CBM Rise e/o 1, NFR Curve, the rotation is mostly in the hip area, don't stop turning to R, continue the rotation and give Man middle and side and stay connected. Upper body/shoulder should not turn too much which will pull off from partner. Upper body is diagonally stretched (R side is upward), keep parallel to partner.

Body is not straight back, body has to turn to R. If Lady doesn't turn her body, Man can't pass.

Forward with body and arms
2 Q RF back, R side leading Backing DW T 1/8 between 1-2 L
Up Follow leader's direction - there maybe feeling of a forward step, then body turns.

Lady can lower her R heel on step 2.

Head to L.
3 Q LF back in CBMP Backing Wall TH 1/8 between 2-3 L CBM Up. Lower e/o 3 Small step LF behind RF, shape to L, like winding up to go. Lady should lower late on 3.

Hip and body rotating to R, follow Man's hips, rotate hip to Man, connected with Man, hip is still in front of Man, not to the side of Man's hip.
4 S RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DC HT 1/8 between 3-4 S CBM Start to rise e/o 4 Rotate hip more and lower more on L knee, push off LF/L leg to drive for bigger movement. 

Left side now rotates and turn to R.

Movement should feel "free", not constrained. Body breathes.

Drive to RF for next step.
5 Q LF fwd L side leading Curving towards LOD T - R
Continue to rise on 5 If Man shapes, Lady turn her head to R, but stay very left, keep ribs/side to Man.
6 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing LOD TH 1/8 between 4-6 R
Up., Lower e/o 6
7 S LF fwd Facing LOD H - S CBM -

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