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Foxtrot Bronze Routine Technique Notes

General Technique Notes
  • Foxtrot is a curvilinear and rotary dance. The "straight" figures, such as Feather Step and Three Step, gently curve. On turning figures, either the man is the axis, or the lady.
  • General posture note:
    • Back of neck elongated
    • Tension in the spine to elongate it
    • Butt cheeks compressed, with feeling of string pulling butt to ground, hips tilted up toward partner. 
  • Extension: it's all about using counter-balance. Head weight is always aligned with foot with middle of body forward. Do not take head beyond foot - that will be back-weighted.
  • Outside partner position: rotate
    • Man: lift his right hip to partner, turn frame to right and extend left side forward.
    • Lady: lift her left hip toward Man.
  • Movement - goes in circles
    • Moving back: it goes to toe first before moving back. (Knee bent)
    • Moving forward: it goes back to heel first, then moves forward.

2-Sides Routine

Preparation Man face DC,  step LF side (1234), RF side (56) LF fwd (78)
  1. Feather Step  (SQQ)
  2. Reverse Turn  (SQQ SQQ)
  3. Three Step  (SQQ)
  4. Natural Weave  (S QQ QQ QQ S)
  5. Reverse Turn  (SQQ S) check, (not listed as follow for Natural Weave ?)
  6. Basic Weave  (QQ QQ QQ S) corner
    • This could be changed to an extended weave, in which case, add more QQ's, After closing with feather finish, skip Three Step, Natural, Closed Impetus and directly go to Change of Direction to start a new wall.
    • Extended weave: keep right shoulder to Man,do not peel off. head turns to right until man close.
  7. Three Step  (SQQ)
  8. Natural Turn  (SQQ)
  9. Closed Impetus and Feather Finish  (SQQ SQQ) corner
  10. Change Of Direction  (SSS)

4-Sides Routine

Starts Man facing DC.
  1. Feather Step  (SQQ)
    • Keep straight line, no zig-zag motion.
  2. Reverse Turn  (SQQ SQQ)
    • Lady: Do not pop. Absorb rise with knees.
  3. Three Step  (SQQ)
  4. Natural Turn  (SQQ)
    • Heel turn is not on straight knee, legs are slightly bent all the time.
  5. Closed Impetus and Feather Finish  (SQQ SQQ) At corner, ending DW of new LOD
  6. Reverse Turn  (SQQ SQQ) (optional, if short wall is very short)
  7. Reverse Turn  (SQQ S) checked, at corner
    • Check: could be either toe lead or heel lead, depending on what kind of effect Man wants to have
      • Man could collect first, then take back step, in which case, it would be heel lead for Lady.
      • If Man doesn't lower to collect, then Lady takes a toe lead.
  8. Basic Weave  (QQ QQ QQ)
  9. Three Step  (SQQ)
  10. Natural Weave  (S QQ QQ QQ)
    • After second step, frame will be backing DW, movement is DC, and feet should be backing DC. If feet are not oriented in same direction as movement, balance is compromised.
  11. Change Of Direction  (SSS) at corner, ending DC of new LOD
  12. Feather Step  (SQQ)
  13. Reverse Turn  (SQQ SQQ)
  14. Change Of Direction  (SSS) at corner, ending DC of new LOD