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Open Telemark, Natural Turn to Outside Swivel and Feather Ending

Foxtrot Open Telemark, Natural Turn to Outside Swivel and Feather Ending

The Open Telemark, Natural Turn to Outside Swivel and Feather Ending 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
LF fwd
Facing DC
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise e/o 1
Compress right shoulder, hip and foot, stretch through diagonal, rise up through left foot leading heel turn.
 
Leave LF here, it becomes like spiral a little bit (when leading into Telemark.)
2
Q
RF to side
Backing DW
T
1/4 between 1-2
L
Up After swinging RF to side, swivel feet (base area) more than upper body. Upper body belongs to Lady.
3
Q
LF sideways in PP Facing DW against LOD TH 1/4 between 2-3
S

Up. Lower e/o 3

4
S RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP
Facing DW against LOD (Moving to Wall) HT
start to turn R S CBM Rise e/o 4 RF fwd in lane 1. Lady is in lane 2.
5 Q LF to side Backing LOD T 1/8 between 4-5 S
Up Man is making lane change to the other side of the Lady (lane 3). Do not bring Lady across you, Man makes lane change.

Stretch left side.
6 RF back R side leading Backing DW TH 1/8 between 5-6 S
Up. Lower e/o 6 Compress right side, leading Lady into swivel action.  Rotate through the hip, arms keep rotating across the body to right (arms are still in front of body, not behind.)
7 S LF back in CBMP, RF crosses in front without weight. End in PP DW Toe turned in. End facing DC TH with pressure on T of RF 1/4 turn to R on 7 S CBM -- Keep head poised through diagonal. Diagonal shape is important, do not take head weight back.

8 S RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Facing DC (moving to center)  HT   S CBM Rise e/o 8  
9 Q LF diag fwd preparing to step OP L side leading Facing DC T   R   Up Use the leverage of R leg, swing left leg fwd ahead of body, closing the lady. Do not rotate Lady too far in upper body. Still keep an angle to come through for feather ending.
10 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DC  TH   R   Up. Lower e/o 10  
11 S LF fwd Facing DC  H   S CBM    

Note -- When the RF starts to move to cross in front on step 7, either the Heel or Toe may be in contact with the floor. It will finish with the Toe in contact with the floor and the Heel only slightly raised with the R leg almost straight. 

The Weave from PP could follow step 7 in which case the aligment of the Weave from PP would be as in the Waltz Weave from PP. 

When the Outside Swivel is danced at the side of the room to be followed by Feather Ending into Top Spin, 1/8 turn to R is made on step 7 and 8-10 will be taken DC against LOD. Weave from PP may also be danced following this underturned Outside Swivel, Man using the Basic Weave alignment. If dancing this underturned Outside Swivel at a corner steps 8-11 will be taken DC of new LOD. Follow as for Feather.

The Outside Swivel (steps 7-8) could be danced by checking OP on any Feather Movement taken DC and turning 1/4 to R. Follow --Silver--Feather Ending--Natural Turn (when danced as steps 4-6 above)--Natural Weave from PP--Gold--Curved Feather to Back Feather from PP--Natural Zig-Zag from PP

The Outside Swivel (steps 7-8) could also be danced by checking OP on any Feather taken DW without turn and followed as in the previous paragraph.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF back
Backing DC
TH
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise slightly e/o 1, NFR

2
Q
LF closes to RF (Heel Turn)
Facing DW
HT
1/4 between 1-2
R
continue to rise on 2
Heel Turn is  an abrupt, steep turn for Lady. 
When turning left, the right side is the anchor point, left side stretch. 

First part of turn is done through feet (base), feet turn more. Do not bring shoulders back too quickly.
3
Q
RF diag fwd in PP
Facing DW
TH
--
S

Up. Lower e/o 3
Second part is to finish the turn with upper body.

 Imagine always dancing forward.
4 S LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP
Facing DW (moving to wall) HT
-- S
Rise e/o 4 Very important for lady to finish behind Man on previous step. Then Lady's L leg should be behind Man's R leg and and should track Man's R leg movement forward, so it won't feel like Man is blocking Lady.

Allow Man to get ahead of you. 
Left shoulder connects to left hip
Allow arms to swing across the body.
Then dance straight forward, follow the Man with upper body, legs are tracking straight.
5 RF fwd Facing DW T -- S
Up.  Head back to left.
6 Q LF fwd preparing to step OP L side leading Facing DW TH -- S
Up. Lower e/o 6 LF straight fwd.
7 S RF fwd in CBMP, OP. LF closes slightly back, without weight. End in PP Facing DW. End facing DC against LOD HTH and pressure on IE of T of LF 1/2 to R on 7 S CBM -- This is the swivel. Hips will turn more than shoulder.
Shoulder should end parallel with Man with hips turned out more.
Hips and and feet are in same alignment.

The swivel action is purely happening underneath the body, do not turn the shoulders.
8 S LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Facing DC against LOD (moving to center) HT start to turn L S CBM Rise e/o 8 Keep behind Man's hip.
9 Q RF to side and slightly back Backing LOD  TH 1/8 between 8-9 L   Up Swing right side forward. Head back to left.

Feather finish through the base.
10 Q LF back in CBMP Backing DC  TH 1/8 between 9-10, body turns less L   UP. NFR. Lower e/o 10  
11 S RF back Backing DC  T   S CBM  -- Can follow with Basic Weave.