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Three Step

Foxtrot Three Step

This is a Newcomer 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
Q RF fwd
LOD
HT

L

rise e/o 1
Previous "S" is a Heel step (not HT) - do not rise.
slight R side lead (to bring lady back inline after a feather finish)
Slight left side lead
2
Q LF fwd
LOD
TH

L

up, lower e/o 2
Slight left side lead
3
S RF fwd
LOD
H

S
CBM
--

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
Q
LF back
BLOD
TH

R

rise e/o 1, NFR
Previous S:  Lady's RF back - this step has no direction change, it's moving down same one direction. So the S is not a curvy step, do not get into Man's space.

Make sure feet are on two tracks, leave room for Man to step in between legs.

Swing L hip back, LF step back (do not step to side),  think more about extending/straightening left leg which will give Man more room.

Slight L side lead, toe release. When doing side lead and rotating to L, it's easy to get into Man's space. Can slide frame a little bit, keep L shoulder up, focus on long stride. Keep very very left. Head stretch L even more. 

(Head could turn R for shaping, but make sure not to get into Man's space.)

Really need to get onto LF, shoulder inline with hip, not just sending L hip back and body becomes displaced. 

It's easy to loose contact in middle during when stepping back. Though movement is going back, the middle/chest should still be very forward to Man. Finish with head stretch to L.
2
Q
RF back
BLOD
TH

R

up, NFR, lower e/o 2
No CBM here, straight back. toe release.
Keep L shoulder up.
Make sure to keep stretching head left/back and not move into Man's space.
3
S
LF back
BLOD
T

S
CBM --

Technique Notes

  • Three step can be danced DW, in which case it could end DW or curved to L to end facing LOD.
  • CBM happens gradually across the three steps, so the frame wound to the left by the end of the figure.