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Contra Check

Waltz Contra Check

The Contra Check is a Gold 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 in CBMP DW, pointing almost LOD H or Ball Flat Body turn to L -- CBM Down with knees slightly flexed If preferred, could be LF fwd with foot flat.
2 2 Transfer weight back to RF DW T Body turn to R --
Rise e/o 2  
3 3 LF to side in PP FDW, moving along LOD TH -- --
Up, Lower e/o 3 Turn may be made between 2-3 to end in PP moving DC.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back in CBMP BDW, fee almost BLOD T Body turn to L -- CBM Down with knees slightly flexed
  • Prep: bend left knee, shoulder level off
  • Count 1: big step back (if step is too short, upper body weight will take over when doing contra check), RF point back first, then on ball of feet, keep right heel up (solid, not heel moving down and then up), weight split. body rotate to left, but keep left side up to Man (though body is turning left and shaping). don't break neck.
  • Keep left toe down on floor, do not lift. LF is pretty much flat on floor. 
  • Flex both knees, weight in the middle, not on back foot.
  • Upper body has the motion of rotating to left (head start turning left, not too fast), then body shaping to left (extend right side) and finishing with extending head to left. There is torch in upper body - rotation and sway and at tail end, stretch even more before recovering. The elasticity doesn't stop. There is no "stop". Man start recovering after Lady finish extending head. 
2 2 Transfer weight fwd to LF BDW T Body turn to R --
Rise e/o 2  Push off back foot into PP. Time the push off together with Man.
3 3 RF to side in PP FDE, moving LOD TH 1/4 to R between 2-3 --
Up. Lower e/o 3

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