Ballroom Dances‎ > ‎International Style‎ > ‎Waltz‎ > ‎

Hesitation Change

Waltz Hesitation Change

The Waltz Hesitation Change 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
RF fwd Facing DW HT Start to turn R S CBM Start to rise e/o 1
2
2
LF to side Backing DC T 1/4 between 1-2 R
Continue to rise on 2 and 3 

3 3 RF closes to LF Backing LOD TH 1/8 between 2-3 R
Lower e/o 3

1 LF back Backing LOD H Start to turn R S CBM --
5 2  RF to side small step (Heel Pull) Facing DC  IE of foot, whole foot  3/8 between 4-5   L    --  
 LF closes to RF without weight Facing DC  IE of toe (LF)  --   L   --   

  • When danced at a corner, 1/8 or 1/4 turn could be made between 4-5.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF back Backing DW TH starts to turn R
S
CBM
start to rise e/o 1, NFR
2
2
RF to side Pointing LOD
T 3/8 between 1-2, body turns less
L
continue to rise on 2 and 3

3
3
LF closes to RF
Facing LOD
TH
Body completes turn
L
lower e/o 3

4 1 RF fwd
Facing LOD
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM
--
Drive.
LF to side  Backing DC  TH 3/8 between 4-5  R   --  Drive on this step. 3 ways of doing shaping:
* No shaping: flat shoulder
* Shape to L, recover on 3 (some people do this)
* Shape to R, recover on 3 (still stay on Man's R side) - This is preferred.
RF closes to LF without weight  Backing DC  IE of Toe (RF)        Settle (recover from shaping)