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Natural Telemark

Foxtrot Natural Telemark

The Natural Telemark is a Silver 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

 Facing DC
Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF fwd
Facing DW
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM
rise e/o 1
Leading heel turn, stretch body through diagonal. The sway is less than other figures. There is more rotation in this figure.
2
Q
LF to side
Backing DC
T
1/4 between 1-2
R
Up Continue turning through the feet.
3
Q
RF side (small step)
Facing DC T 1/2 between 2-3.
S

Up
Compress into knee without lowering into heel.
Continue through diagonal.
4
Q LF diag fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading
Facing DC T
--
L
Up
5 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DC TH   S   Up. Lower e/o 5  
6 LF fwd Facing DC H   S CBM --  

Note -- 1/2 or 5/8 turn may be used at a corner. Amount of turn in each case will be 1/4 between 1/2, whether started facing LOD or DW

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back
Backing DW
TH
start to turn R
S
CBM
rise slightly e/o 1, NFR
Heel Turn to Right, access point is through left shoulder. Body has strong diagonal, feel body is going forward, don't think about bending upper body backward.

2
Q
RF closes to LF (Heel Turn)
Facing LOD
HT
3/8 between 1-2
L
continue to rise on 2

3
Q
LF to side, RF brushes toward LF
Backing DC
T
3/8 between 2-3
S

Up
Take head and weight to LF,  then brush RF.

This step stays on T, there is no toe release for LF into next step.
4 Q RF diag back R side leading
Backing DC TH
--
R
Up Bring LF underneath body, skimming floor, then step back.
5 LF back in CBMP Backing DC  TH -- S   Up. NFR. Lower e/o 5 There is RF toe release when LF is stepping back on this step.
6 S RF back Backing DC  T -- S CBM --  

Note -- When underturned, the Lady will always turn 3/8 between 1-2