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Waltz Bronze Routine Technique Notes

General Notes

  • See Standard Technique and Waltz Technique
  • Movement of the legs:
    • Step straight (on most steps) for both forward and backward movement (e.g. Natural Turns, Reverse Turns), do not veer to side. Hip flexor should be fully extended and stretched.
    • Track legs underneath the body., do not swing it.
  • The upper body/head:
    • All Natural Turning figures: keep head to head, turn body underneath, which will create bigger extension.
    • All reverse turning figures;  stay very left of Man, don't get in front of Man.
  • Keep consistent frame, Lady's right hand: do not keep pushing up.
  • Lady: "thigh/hip up to Man" also means "tuck your tummy", "pull tummy back to spine", be very aware of your abdominal center.
  • Man:
    • Head needs to be straight and to the left of your spine.
    • Need to keep straight up and down from knees to Jugular Notch. Don't tilt back when trying to get hips forward. Also, don't stick your butt out.

Notes on the routine

Starting on long wall, BDW.

Preparation (123 123)
  • start to the left
  • keep feet turned in, stay on the inside edge of LF (for first step)
  • stay with bent knees, don't stretch knees on second step; stay low when on the LF
  • on step 1, sway your body and leave your head behind (increase layout)
  • on step 2, keep the big layout; move whole upper body as a unit.
    • For Man: step on right foot needs to be bigger, slides on the floor and create momentum.
  • step 3 - twist upper body to left some, take a big step (toe on floor first), preparing for very strong 1st step for next Natural Spin Turn.
  • don't twist your hips, keep tone in hips. Lady: thigh up to Man.
  • Maintain the good posture, don't change it when legs start moving.
Natural Spin Turn  (123 123)  underturned to end with Man DW.
  • on the first half, use a lot of power to drive each step, not faster, just bigger. Follow the size of the steps of the leader. Don't guess how big the step will be (you'll most likely be wrong!)
  • step 1: LF straight back with CBM to right.
    • The twist in the upper body to the left should lessen as you collect from the previous preparation step (RF) to this step one.
    • Twist should not be completely back to flat (neutral) until the weight is committed onto the LF
    • When weight is on the LF, continue to twist upper body to the right. CBM: different ways to think about this: left shoulder forward to the Man; turn right shoulder. Do not pull Man
  • step 2:
    • Lady: move RF a bit faster to get out of the way, don't step RF after moving body back, which will appear back-weighted. Step RF first before moving body.
    • Body turns more and leave head behind to increase layout and extension.
    • Move RF, but do not place it till Man does. This step will end up more diagonally forward than to the side. (Otherwise, there will be  gap.)
    • Swing right side up.
  • step 3: keep the feet with pressure on the ground in order to maintain balance on your toes when you collect on 3
    • even when rising, Lady's knees are still flex, do not lock it. bend the knees slightly forward to counter balance Man. Hips forward to Man.
    • Extension: leave head where it was; spine more to the left (not just bending back)
    • Man rise on knee/leg more. For ladies, it's more about extensions, not as much on rising on knees.
  • step 4: on the pivot on RF, keep legs rotating as one unit so the partners' feet do not collide
    • The feeling for the lady is about the same as Closed Impetus. 
    • Lady: stay very left, imagine nose passing left elbow. Otherwise, you'll invade Man's space. Do not square off during the turn, stay left.
  • step 5: take a big step side/back on LF with pressure on RF toes to maintain balance; stay left; in practice, you can swing your arms to help feel the movement
    • Stay balance on the foot until Man leads you to come out. Show off extension here.
  • step 6: then step diagonally forward gently; don't jut foot out too early.
    • have the middle of body go forward to Man and keep leg moving, but leaving head behind which creates more extension, then head catches up. Don't pause body, just leave head behind.
    • At this point, both Man and Lady should be on their own balance. Lady: hips up to Man.
    • Extension: rotate to right, extend. Then, collect, when feet are together is when shoulder is flat, then CBM the other direction.
Reverse Turn  (4-6) 
  • Start from perfect balance, lower, and drive big smooth steps, double push
  • Keep the head/upper body turning left with counter-balance in the shoulder for stability
Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3) 
  • Stay very left to Man, do not slip to right and get in front of Man.
  • 1: This is a heel turn figure for ladies.
    • Lady:
      • turn foot in, drive a big step, this step is directly back; 
      • drag the heel with pressure to help balance, begin turn on heel, do not lock knees.
      • start the turn with head (not including shoulder)
      • Keep the head going left and look over your shoulder the whole time to avoid being pulled into the center of the turn
  • 2: 
    • Lady: 
      • don't lift toes off ground (no need to show off the bottom of your shoe!), be sure feet are parallel and together.
      • Do not pause the turning action between 1 and 2, shoulder and head continue to turn left (while feet are together), then body follows in step 3 on '&'. 
      • Movement is continuous, but speed is different. "&3" is faster.
      • Use the rules of head movement, head turns first
      • Do not allow spine to straighten up, keep left.
    • Man: 
      • track your RF, don't do ronde. It will help with balance.
      • Think about getting hips around, rather than shoulders or feet. Same for second step on any turn where Man is going forward.
  • &:
    • Lady:
      • bigger step around partner with more power, you need to get around your partner, go turned in and more diagonal.
      • RF forward should be crossing LOD, Man is at one place, do not peel off from him, keep hips distance (on the right side), don't gap.
    • Man: lengthen spine, don't bend forward. Then go down again to drive into next step.
  • 3:
    • Lady: cross feet (LF maintains pressure on ground while dragging to cross RF), lower into plie. Hips up the Man.
    • Man: settle and then drive to next step. Keep lengthening the spine.
  • show off extension during the spin by looking over the shoulder more.
Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3) 
  • remember that first step is directly back; not side. Use CBM.
Progressive Chasse To R  (1 2& 3)
  • don't stick foot out early, lower body first. let the body initiate smooth movement.
  • 1: Lady: straight back. Turn your hips from the crossed position
  • Pretend you are going between 2 glass panes
  • all steps of chasse should glide, big steps
  • keep head left
  • Finishing position: hips lifted to Man (especially left side), don't just turn upper body.
Back Lock  (1 2& 3) 
  • avoid jutting foot out before body moves
  • remember to cross toes in the "lock"
  • Pretend you are going btwn 2 glass panes
  • continue to push like in chasse, keep head let
  • When in outside partner position: hips turned but it is still quite "up" to the partner, shoulder square with partner, then, even more rotation to get momentum for closed impetus.
  • Lady is providing the power, Man just takes the ride for closed impetus.
Closed Impetus  (123)  starting from OP, overturn this to finish almost BDC
  • keep head very left
  • use CBM; twist shoulders/upper body a bit to the right
  • Lady:
    • 1st step: drive big step in OP.
    • 2nd step: 
      • really need to drive this step using whole left side (not just shoulder) to give Man the momentum. He's just there for ride.
      • should not commit weight early, and her seconds step is really around the man. Wait and sense when Man commits weight. Otherwise, if lady steps too early, it's likely it's not the right position and will gap with Man.
      • The lady’s hip sticks to the man’s hip as a guide to his weight changes.
      • Lady’s two feet need to be pointing parallel at end of closed impetus.
      • Do not drop left side, stretch and lift left side to Man.
  • Man: heel turn
    • Need to drag heel on the closed impetus. (the "good sound")
    • Feet should not come together until weight is committed to RF. That’s going to provide the signal for the lady to commit her weight on her left foot.
    • 3rd step: left heel does not come down until feet are together. Then place spine over RF stepping back for Reverse Pivot.
  • "Hover"  - the good feeling of totally on balance, extend, express musicality.
  • Steal time from front beat and back beat and show off rotation and extension. Body movement does not stop, it's continuous.
Reverse Pivot  (&)  ending DW
  • step FORWARD in parallel; don't do a weird crossy twisty thing
  • head goes more left
Reverse Turn  (123) 
  • continue with big, gliding steps and pressure on floor; straight back on RF for 1st step.
  • upper body: keep left
  • When there is big movement, there is sway to stop the movement, then we need shaping. In Reverse Turn, Lady could turn head to right and be very careful not to get in front of Man.
  • show off extension btwn 2 & 3
Reverse Corte  (123)  corner, now on new LOD
  • really show off extension from 2 through 3 and perhaps another measure :) - in the corner
  • be sure to gracefully collect yourself for the outside change; no spastic movements
  • Stay with Man.
Outside Change  (123)  OP, ending PP
  • btwn 2 glass panes, then right shoulder tips to PP
  • shoulders turn towards man, feet do not turn
  • 2nd step should be in same direction.
  • keep head "outside" in PP
  • Seamlessly connect to next figure, no pause here.
  • When going into PP position: head really stays in same place, just turn it - do not tip forward into Man's space.
  • "Hover"  - the good feeling of totally on balance, extend, express musicality.
Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3) 
  • remember to push ALL steps
  • the last step should be diagonally back not side
Natural Turn  (123) 
  • feet should be turned in
Back Whisk  (123)  corner, ending traveling LOD on new LOD
  • Lady:
    • Use rule of head movement, head look pass left elbow, big first step, stay left of Man, 2nd step keep same direction, big step (drive through diagonally up with left side), then turn the hips and head is the last to turn. stay behind man, both elbows still in front your body.
    • Important: lift hips up to Man. Hips should have connection.
    • when doing the 3rd step, drag the toe along the floor right underneath the left foot
    • shoulder stay in line; hip first should go over on the foot, then hips turn away from man, head weight left; head is the last thing to turn; look "outside" PP.
    • Last step is small, it's just a hook and then settle on it.
  • Man:
    • 2nd step, point the foot in the finishing direction.
Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3)
  • same as before
Natural Spin Turn  (123 123)
Reverse Turn  (456)
Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3)
Progressive Chasse To R  (1 2& 3)
Back Lock  (1 2& 3)
Closed Impetus  (123)
  • Ending orientation varies a bit. If this overturns, next Reverse Turn could be turning. Or next step could be a Change Step without turn.
Reverse Turn  (456 123) ending BDW
Basic Weave  (123 123) turning corner to 2nd short wall. 
  • Step 1: for Lady, could be a toe lead (not driving).
  • If short wall is short, end Basic Weave in Closed Position.
  • If short wall is long, ending Weave in PP and add Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3).
Hesitation Change  (123 123) end facing DC new LOD, turn to 1st long wall again.
  • Do not pop up. Stay low. Extend.
Reverse Turn  (123)
Reverse Corte  (123)
Outside Change  (123) no turn
  • on "2": for styling turn head to right. head turns back to normal on the next Natural Spin Turn step 2.