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Top Spin

Foxtrot Top Spin

The Top Spin 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

CBM
Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
Q LF back in CBMP
Backing against LOD
T
1/8 to L between preceding step and 1
S

Up Preceding step is generally a Feather Finish. To continue with Top Spin (to avoid traffic for example), the previous Feather Finish is cut short so you can respond quickly into Top Spin action. 

Start turning left hip to left. This is not a large step. Then use CBM. 
2
Q
RF back
Backing DW against LOD
T
1/8 between 1-2
S CBM UP
Connect right shoulder down to right side.
3
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DC of new LOD T
1/4 between 2-3. body turns less
R
UP
Swing left hip forward.
4
Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP
Facing DC TH
--
R
Lower e/o 4 See Note for other alignments. Could finish DW of new LOD.
5 S LF fwd Facing DC H   S CBM  --

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
Q RF fwd in CBMP OP
Facing against LOD
T
1/8 to L between preceding step and 1
S

Up
When Man cut short Feather Finish, Lady respond to keep weight on T (at end of Feather Finish).

Follow Man's body, do not be too powerful, the figure is compact. Mainly used in corners or get out of trouble. Man can change alignments. 
2
Q
LF fwd
Facing DW against LOD
T
1/8 between 1-2
S CBM Up
Monitor through Man's central line, keep arm light.
Connect head, shoulder hip to left foot.
3
Q
RF to side
Backing new LOD TH
1/8 between 2-3 L
UP
Allow feet to swivel, feet turns more than body
4 Q LF back in CBMP
Backing DC TH
1/8 between 3-4, body turns less L
Up. NFR Lower e/o 4 Think about stretching diagonally to the right, rather than rotation in upper body.
5 RF back Backing DC T --  S CBM --  

Notes
  • On step 1 the footwork of TH may be used. This will often result in a softer and more flowing movement. When this footwork is used the rise will be "Up NFR" on step 2. 
  • On step 6 of the preceding Reverse Turn the RF and the body will be facing DW and the Lady will be backing DW with LF and body.
  • Silver and Gold: Closed Impetus and Feather Finish may be danced turning 1/2 on 1-3 to back against LOD and 3/8 on Feather Finish to face DC against LOD. Continue with Top Spin to face DW.
  • Open Telemark, Natural Turn to Outside Swivel may be danced, turning only 1/8 to R for Man, 3/8 for Lady on step 7 to follow with Feather Ending DC against LOD into Top Spin.