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Open Impetus

Foxtrot Open Impetus

The Open Impetus 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

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S LF back
BLOD
TH
start to turn R
S
CBM
--
Maintain the sway from previous figure as you lower through CBM, keep the diagonal stretch.
2
Q RF closes to LF (Heel Turn)
FDC
HT
3/8 btwn 1-2
L

rise e/o 2
Do not lift the toe off the floor. The ball of the foot needs to stay skimming the floor.
3
Q LF diag. fwd in PP, L side leading
Pointing DC, body facing LOD
TH
slight body turn to R
S

up, lower e/o 3
Change sway to PP, pull across thighs, hips, rib cage, sending head forward, rotate to right to send lady to PP.

Finish with body slightly ahead of Lady.

S RF fwd in PP and CBMP
Pointing DC, body facing LOD
HT
--
S

rise e/o 4

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S RF fwd
FLOD
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM
--
Do not think about turning head position too early. Think about body position staying closed as long as possible.

Keep traveling forward.
2
Q LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 btwn 1-2
R

rise e/o 2
Allow feet to turn. Pull center back.
3
Q RF to side in PP having brushed to LF
Pointing Center, moving DC
TH
3/8 btwn 2-3, body turns less
S

up, lower e/o 3
Let head finish the action at the very last.
4 S LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP
Pointing Center, moving DC
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
start to rise e/o 4


Connecting Figures and Videos for Open Impetus