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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

Step straight back, not off to the side. Head: keep head at the same place, rotate body underneath and head ends up on the right and keep it there
2
2
LF closes to RF (Heel Turn)
LOD
HT
3/8 between 1-2
R

continue to rise on 2
Heel turn, the feeling is the turn is mostly done on RF, has a slight feeling of pushing off LF, then RF step back on 3 to finish.

Stay connected with Man.
3
3
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
TH
3/8  between 2-3, body turns less
S

UP, lower e/o 3
Keep moving, don't hover and stop, strong, bigger step (Man is waiting, need more power). Keep head position (which will make it shape to right).

Keep head to right, then on 1 of next e.g Natural Spin Turn, rotate body underneath (no sharp head movement, just keep head at same place starting at 1, not later). 
4 1
LF back in CBMP
BDW
T
--
S
CBM
--