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Outside Change

Waltz Outside Change

The Waltz Outside 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
LF back
BDC
TH
--
-

Start to rise e/o 1
Use range of motion.
2
2
RF back
BDC
T
starts to turn L
-
CBM
continue to rise on 2
Watch lady's position, do not turn hips without lady. Keep lady in front to the R side.
3
3
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
TH
1/4 between 2-3, body turns less
-

up, lower e/o 3

4
1
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
Facing DW
H

-
CBM


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF fwd
Facing DC
HT
--
-

Start to rise e/o 1 Big steps. Lift up center.


This can start from OP, then it's like stepping between 2 glass panes
2
2
LF fwd
Facing DC
T
starts to turn L
-
CBM
Continue to rise on 2
'Stepping in same direction as 1st step.

Styling option: shape and turn head to right. head turns back to normal in next figure.

Variation:
Finish in Promenade Position, in which case, foot position doesn't change, but turn shoulders toward Man. Keep head outside shoulder.

Head is very left and only start changing head after weight is on LF, then shape to R.

"Hover" - the good feeling of totally on balance, extend, express musicality.

Turning body (don't gap with partner) more, body feels twisted, middle of body connect with Man, left shoulder side very forward, following Man's shape, body  may shape (twist) more to left, but relative to hips, left side is fwd.
3
3
RF to side and slightly back
Backing DW
TH
1/4 between 2-3, body turn less
-

up, lower e/o 3
The step can be thought of side or back step, depending on the moment looking at the step.
4 1 LF back in CBMP
Backing DW
T
-
-
CBM