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Foxtrot Gold Routine Technique Notes

  • Shaping: smooth, no edges.
  • Head turning as the result of shaping.
  • Fallaways: keep head left, unless the shape changes.
  • Posture:
    • Shoulders back and upper body curve back, arms in front of body
    • RH and LH: more tone on the leader, it helps him to know where his partner is.
    • More head extended back. 
Start on short side, Man FDC
  1. Prep (1234 5678)  ---------- start short wall 
    • 7: Lady: don't shift to right, keep very left.
  2. Feather Step  (SQQ)
    • QQ: side leading, swing R hip and shoulder back, make sure connect middle left side of body to Man, stretch (really both sides are stretching), which will give bigger upper body shape as well.
    • Release R leg faster at the end.
  3. Bounce Fallaway with Weave Ending  (QQQQ QQQQ) starting Man DC, ending Man DW
    • It feels like Man stays in the fallaway longer (compared to Fallaway and Slip Pivot).
    • Default is a reverse weave action, if leader wants to do fallaway, he will block at the hips, which makes lady open immediately and do a fallaway.
    • Lady: 
      • Q: after this Q, release L leg fast
      • Q: 2nd step LF, bigger side step LOD. follow Man's hips. Don't over turn shoulders or turn shoulders early. Shoulder is flat, going into Fallaway.  Turn head into PP. position.
      • Q: RF fallaway step behind LF
      • Q: take the time to turn head back to left, articulate, don't rush the head.
      • After last Q, release R leg, so it's not in Man's way.
  4. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot  (QQQQ) Fallaway is along DW, into the corner (not typically alignment)
    • Lady: keep head left throughout. 2nd step: bigger step.
    • Pivot: after pivoting, no stop, continue with rotation, use L leg to push and continue turning into next step.
  5. Change Of Direction  (SS)  (corner)
    • Lady: turn head to R
    • End: Man DC (or DW on new LOD)
  6. Curved Feather to Back Feather, Feather Finish  (QQ SQQ SQQ) ---------- start long wall 
    • Lady:
      • Q: RF step, turn head to L.
      • Q: small step LF behind RF, shape to L, like winding up to go
      • S: push off the L leg, left side now rotate and turn to R.
      • QQ: if Man shapes, Lady turn her head to R, keep ribs to Man.
  7. Basic Weave  (QQ QQ QQ)
    • If Man shapes, Lady turns her head to R
    • Use butt muscle to move more, not sitting. (activate the muscle, but not like Samba tick, don't flat the hip crease.)
  8. Hover Feather  (QQ)
    • Q: rise and shape extra
  9. Three Step  (SQQ)
    • Keep head left to help stay on left side.
    • Need to have bigger movement, along DW, not side step.
    • 1st Q: swing L hip
  10. Curved Feather  (SQQ)
    • Lady: 
      • S: curve, upper body don't stop turning to R, continue the rotation and give Man middle and sides. Body is not straight back, body has to turn to R. Forward with body and arms.
      • Q: 2nd step: follow leader's direction - typically the feeling is more of a forward step, then body turns.
      • Q: small step.
  11. Open Impetus  (SQQ)  (corner)
    • 1st step big, gauge 2nd step, follow Man's hip (if too big, it can gap and throw Man off)
  12. Natural Zig-Zag from PP  (SQQQQ)  ---------- start short wall 
  13. Hover Feather  (QQ) for music phrasing.
    • Shape similar to Feather Step, Still need to push off standing leg to move.
    • Release R leg at end.
  14. Open Telemark, Passing Natural, Outside Swivel  (SQQ SQQ S) corner
    • Open Telemark: don't open head too early, arrive on L leg first, wait for Man's lead to open head. Turn head slowly "milk it". 
    • Passing Natural: Close head
      • When stepping forward, use standing leg to push, don't fall forward.  S swing hip forward. 
    • Swivel: bigger step, keep shoulder, parallel, turn hips and head.
  15. Curved Feather to Back Feather, Feather Finish  (SQQSQQ SQQ)  ---------- start long wall 
    • Back feather: if Man leads, Lady can turn head to R.
  16. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot  (QQQQ)
    • After pivoting, continue rotation, no stop, use leg to move.
  17. Basic Weave  (QQ QQ QQ)
    • Use leg to push, activate butt muscle, which makes it easier to extend more and won't look like sitting
  18. Hover Feather  (QQ)
  19. Reverse Wave  (SQQ SQQ)  corner
    • SQQ: Lady heel turn,  head to R, leave shoulder still turned to R, not flat with Man at this time. Like winding up for next move. 
    • SQQ: S: Use R leg, range of motion, R shoulder forward at this time. head turn to L. LF fwd, Really push L hip diagonally forward (but not locked), side leading.
  20. Closed Impetus and Feather Finish  (SQQ SQQ)  ---------- start short wall 
    • Closed Impetus: get on LF first, before articulating head to R to PP. Keep right side very forward to Man in PP. 
    • Feather finish: don't take arm back. Arm forward to Man.
  21. Three Step  (SQQ)
  22. Natural Twist Turn with Natural Weave Ending  (SQ&QS QQQQQQ) 
    • Head can keep left during the whole figure. Don't go back to "safe" straight position. Keep very left, more extended back during Weave.
    • Option: Head changes to R on the 2nd S. 
  23. Three Step  (SQQ)
  24. Curved Feather  (SQQ)
  25. Open Impetus with Feather Finish  (SQQ SQQ)  (corner)
  26. Repeat from Bounce Fallaway ---------- start short wall