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Closed Telemark

Waltz Closed Telemark

The Waltz Closed Telemark 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
1
LF fwd
FDC
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise e/o 1
Use CBM and rise a bit early to lead heel turn.
2
2
RF to side
almost BLOD
T
slightly less than 3/8 between 1-2
L

UP
Get strong rotation through the feet, do not come off RF too early, which will allow Lady to turn. A little hover helps to keep Lady in front of Man.
3
3
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
TH
slighlty over 3/8 between 2-3. body turns less
S

UP, lower e/o 3

4
1
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
DW
H
--
S
CBM
--

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back
BDC
TH
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise slightly e/o 1, NFR
Keep your own balance.
- when starting the figure, feel left hip flexor working, do not think about R leg moving back, think about standing on the L leg to get weight moving into the foot.
- do not think about shoulder rotation at all, just think about strong diagonal stretch, stretching the left side,
- Turn is all going to happen through base area. Hips are rotating. If you rotate shoulder, you'll end up on Man's left side.
- upper body: strong upward leftward sway from sternum up. Lower center is rotating
2
2
LF closes to RF (Heel Turn)
LOD
HT
3/8 between 1-2
R

continue to rise on 2

3
3
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
TH
3/8  between 2-3, body turns less
S

UP, lower e/o 3

4 1
LF back in CBMP
BDW
T
--
S
CBM
--