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Open Impetus and Wing

Waltz Open Impetus and Wing

The Waltz Open Impetus and Wing 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"

Do not dissolve the sway from previous Natural Turn. Maintain the sway through the heel turn (longer than you normally would.)
2
2
RF closes to LF (Heel Turn)
FDC
HT
3/8 btwn 1-2
L

rise e/o 2
Rise through the diagonal of the body.  Rotate the body pass the base and stretch the right side. Head is forward, sending body diagonally back, changing angle.

Do not lift foot. Keep foot very flat during heel turn, ball of feet just free enough to swivel.
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

4
1 RF fwd in PP and CBMP
Pointing DC, body facing LOD
H
--
S

--
This is "Wing".

Start swaying to right, smooth transition through the measure, not producing sway in one beat. 
5 2 LF start to close to RF
towards alignment of step 6
Pressure on T of RF with foot flat, and pressure on IE of T (LF)
body turn to L on 5
S

slight rise on 5 and 6, NFR
Body is slightly rotated to left to allow Lady to pass the hip.
6 3 LF closes to RF w/o weight
FDC
same as step 5
body turn to L on 6
S

--

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF fwd
Facing LOD
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM

This is "Open Impetus"
2
2
LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 btwn 1-2
R

rise e/o 2
Allow base to turn first, head the last to turn.
3
3
RF to side in PP, having brushed to LF
Pointing to centre (moving DC)
TH
3/8 btwn 2-3, body turns less
S

up, lower e/o 3
Feel the turn, delay the head.
4 1 LF fwd in PP and CBMP
BDW
HT
1/8 to L btwn 3-4
S
CBM
start to rise e/o 4
This is "Wing".

As you land on L leg. L shoulder becomes the swing point, it's preference whether you want to get swing going early. 
5 2 RF fwd preparing to step OP on L side
BLOD
T
1/8 btwn 4-5
L

cont to rise on 5
Right side leading.

Head dances "up and over" the bar (where bra strap is). Do not collapse back muscle. Feel that you are in a lengthened, picked up position. 
6
3 LF fwd in CBMP, OP on L side
BDC
TH
1/8 btwn 5-6
L

up, lower e/o 6
Allow arms to become part of Man's shape. Elbows forward and head back.

Connecting Figures and Videos for Wing

See Open Telemark and Wing  "Wing"

Connecting Figures and Videos for Open Impetus

See Open Impetus and Cross Hesitation "Open Impetus".