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Left Whisk

Waltz Left Whisk

Waltz Left Whisk 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 RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP FDW, moving along LOD H
- - -
2 2 LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW TH Body start to turn L - - -  
3 3 RF crosses behind LF FDW T Body turn to L - - - Man looks towards Lady's face, not over her R shoulder.
Man's RH will lower as the next step is taken.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1 LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Facing DC, moving along LOD HT start to turn L - CBM -
2 2 RF to side and slightly back BDW TH 1/4 btwn 1-2 -
-  
3 3 LF back in CBMP BLOD TH 1/8 btwn 2-3 -
- Lady may overturn slightly to L on step 3 and turn her head well to the L. 

Alternative - Man start with RF back, BLOD

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1 RF back BLOD TH Start to turn L - CBM -
2 2 LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW TH 3/8 btwn steps 1-2, body turns less - - -  
3 3 RF crosses behind LF FDW T Body turn to L - - - Man looks towards Lady's face, not over her R shoulder.
Man's RH will lower as the next step is taken.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1 LF fwd FLOD HT start to turn L - CBM -
2 2 RF to side and slightly back BDW TH 3/8 btwn 1-2 -
-  
3 3 LF back in CBMP BLOD TH 1/8 btwn 2-3 -
- Lady may overturn slightly to L on step 3 and turn her head well to the L.

Variation: Left Whisk on Count 1 with Contra Check

Man:
  • Dance Natural Spin Turn  (123) and 1-4 of Turning Lock (1&2 3): end with: LF to side pointing DW
  • 1: Cross RF behind LF into Left Whisk
  • 2: Replace weight to LF
  • 3: RF to side and slightly fwd pointing DW against LOD
  • 1: LF fwd into Contra Check DW against LOD
  • Continue with steps 2-3 Contra Check turning 1/4 to L.
Lady: