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Closed Impetus

Waltz Closed Impetus

The Waltz Closed Impetus is a Bronze 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
1
LF back Backing LOD TH Start to turn R S CBM --
2
2
RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) Facing DC HT 3/8 between 1-2 L
Rise e/o 2 
Legs should straighten as RF comes in, creating late rise. Late rise is required to allow lady to pass the man.Too early a rise will stop her. See note below.
3
3 LF to side and slightly back Backing DC against the LOD TH 1/4 between 2-3 S
Up. Lower e/o 3
4
1 RF back Backing DC against the LOD T
S CBM

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF fwd
LOD
HT
starts to turn R
S
CBM
-- Strong CBM will make the step easier, lighter for Man.
2
2
LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 between 1-2
R

rise e/o 2
Difference from Natural Spin Turn: this is not spin. It's a side step (normally done as forward step, then turn.)
Delayed rise. side step is a bit like diagonal, depending on how much Man turns. After side step, stay left, leave the right side to the Man, brush (contract thigh muscles) and then out.
3
3
RF diag fwd having brushed to LF
BDW
TH
1/4 between 2-3
S

up, lower e/o 3
When followed by Reverse Pivot, the lowering only happens in foot, not in leg. Lady does not completely lower. Next step in Reverse Pivot will be a toe lead to complete the lowering.
4 1 LF fwd
BDW
H
--
S
CBM
--

Technique Notes

  • This can also start BDW, in which case turn 3/8 between 1-2, 1/8 betwen 2-3.
  • The Closed Impetus may be danced at a corner to end backing DC of new LOD. Follows as for Natural Spin Turn at corner.
  • When first learning the Closed Impetus, the smoother way to execute this figure has the man delaying any rise until 3. In other words, on 3, the man pushes off the ball of his right foot to go up on the toe of his left foot. 
  • When followed by the reverse pivot, blend it into the preceding step. Be sure that the man's right foot tracks under the body for reverse pivot, and that the weight is fully committed to  Man's right foot before the next step.