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Natural Weave

Foxtrot Natural Weave

This is a Bronze 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
LOD
HT
Start to turn R
S
CBM
rise at e/o 1

2
Q
LF to side
Backing almost DC
T
Just under 3/8 between 1-2
R

Up
The continuance of the turn between 2-3 is very important. Less turn can be made between 1-2.
It's really a forward step, then transfer weight and turn shoulders and ribs to right, to lead lady outside partner.
3
Q
RF back, R side leading
Backing DC
T
Slight turn to R between 2-3
S

Up

4
Q
LF back in CBMP
Backing DC
T
--
L

Up
 TH may be used on this step 4. the rise will be "Up NFR on step 5"
5
Q
RF back
Backing DC
T
Start to turn L
S CBM
Up  
6
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
T
1/4 between 5-6
Body turns less
R
  Up  
7
Q
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
Facing DW
TH
--
R
  Up, lower e/o 7
 
8
S
LF fwd
Facing DW
H
--
S
CBM --
 

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back
BLOD
TH
Start to turn R
S
CBM
rise slightly end of 1, NFR
At the end of S, pay special attention not to drop left shoulder. Keep it very "up".
2
Q
RF close to LF (Heel Turn)
DC
HT
3/8 between 1-2
L

cont to rise on 2
Man shapes, Lady turns her head to R. (can keep head left. But if Lady turns her head to R, make sure she doesn't go into his space. Lady still needs to stay left. No crooked neck.)

Though it says "cont to rise on 2", Foxtrot, in general, is very flat. Often, Lady tends to pop up to much. Stay fairly flat. Absorb rise with knee
3
Q
LF fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading
DC
T
--
S

Up
Do not pop up, stay flat, absorb rise with knee.
Think about extend right side even more, do not drop left side.
Shaping: head could turn right, but keep head weight left. Do not get into Man's space.
Different from Natural Turn: hips stay square, but frame continues to turn to do left side leading so lady can step OP on step 4 in Natural Weave.
4
Q
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
DC
T
--
R

Up Shaping: head right
5
Q
LF fwd
DC
T
Start to turn L
S
CBM
Up  Shaping: head right
6
Q
RF to side
Backing Wall
TH
1/8 between 5-6
L
  Up RF point fwd first, then turn feet. Head will turn to L as well.
Shaping: head turn back to left on this step.
7
Q
LF back in CBMP
Backing DW
TH
1/8 between 6-7
Body turns less
L
  Up. NFR Lower e/o 7
 L shoulder forward.
8
S
RF back
Backing DW
T
--
S
CBM --
 could directly follow Change of Direction.
  • The way to tell what step Man is leading Lady into:
    • Natural Turn: Man does not shape, Man does not turn
    • Natural Weave, Man shapes body, leads Lady to turn their head to R. Man does not turn body to his R.
    • Hover Cross: Man shapes and turns.
  • The Weave can go more toward center or down the floor, depending on how close the couple is to the center.
  • Silve and Gold: The Natural Weave may be started in PP in which case the Lady would omit her Heel Turn and step diagonally forward RF on step 2. Precedes would be: Open Telemark, Hover Telemark to PP, Outside Swivel, Open Impetus

Connecting Figures