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Open Impetus and Cross Hesitation

Waltz Open Impetus and Cross Hesitation

The Waltz Open Impetus and Cross Hesitation 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 back
BLOD
TH
start to turn R
S
CBM
--
This is "Open Impetus".
Main the sway from previous Natural Turn and transition into PP. See Open Impetus to Wing Notes  
2
2
RF closes to LF (Heel Turn)
FDC
HT
3/8 btwn 1-2
L

rise e/o 2

3
3
LF diag. fwd in PP, L side leading
Pointing DC, body facing LOD
TH
slight body turn to R
S

up, lower e/o 3
Think about a diagonal line to come out in PP.
4
1 RF fwd in PP and CBMP
Pointing DC, body facing LOD
HT
--
S

rise e/o 4
This is "Cross Hesitation".
5 2 LF closes to RF w/o weight
FDC
Toes of both feet
body turn to L
S

cont to rise 5 and 6
As you bring feet together, rise on toes.
Different from leading Wing, in which, Man allows upper body to do extra rotation to allow Lady to pass from one side of body to another.
In this Cross Hesitation, Man's arms remain on his right side, you want Lady to stay in your right front.
6 3 Position held
FDC
TH (RF)
--
S

lower e/o 6

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF fwd
FLOD
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM
--
This is "Open Impetus"
See Open Impetus to Wing Notes

Big step. Depending on Man's lead, may have big swooping action here.
2
2
LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 btwn 1-2
R

rise e/o 2
Allow feet to turn, delay head.

Should be adequately large in order to keep balance , keep extending left side, then lift left side to turn head to the right at end of 2
3
3
RF to side in PP having brushed to LF
Pointing Center, moving DC
TH
3/8 btwn 2-3, body turns less
S

up, lower e/o 3
Keep shoulders/arms toward Man.

Lift the left side of hip to Man, which makes Lady feel like the shoulder line is tilted upward.

Extension: shoulder and chest - "rotate up" feel like high jump. Head parallel to shoulder, do not break the neck.
4 1 LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP
Pointing Center, moving DC
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
start to rise e/o 4
This is "Cross Hesitation"

Shape to left. stay with Man
5 2 RF to side
BLOD
T
1/4 btwn 4-5
L

cont to rise on 5 and 6
Monitor Man's position.
Do not step big. Turn feet underneath the body.
6
3 LF closes to RF
BDC
TH
1/8 btwn 5-6
L

lower e/o 6

Connecting Figures and Videos for Cross Hesitation

See Open Telemark and Cross Hesitation.

Connecting Figures and Videos for Open Impetus