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Waltz Gold Routine Technique Notes

General Notes:

  • Keep elbows above and in front of shoulders, especially pay attention to that when Lady is turning left.
  • Keep head and shoulders back (don't invade man's space, imagine that the partnership creates sort of an inverted cone shape)
  • To get in PP, Man "rolls" the contact point and the ending position is such that Man's right hip in front of Lady's left hip. In PP, don't tip forward, Lady stays left and back (hips go before shoulders). To get out of PP, Lady's left leg is behind Man's right leg.
  • Frame: Lady lifts chest (one imagery one coach uses is to put it over a platform), body is engage, energy is up. Otherwise, it would feel body is "sagging" and heavy to Man.
Notes:
  1. Prep Step (456) - Man facing DW on long wall
  2. Natural Spin Turn (overturned)  (123 123)
    • Overturned, ending with Man almost backing LOD.
  3. Turning Lock to R  (1&23) ending moving DC in PP
    • 1& 2: Lady's head to left. Only turn to R going into 3.
  4. Weave From Promenade Position end PP  (123 123)
    • Lady: on 2, close head. Then head stays there and turn body into PP.
  5. Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3) ending Man DW
  6. Natural Turn  (123)
  7. Open Impetus  (123) - at corner
    • Ending in PP.
  8. Left Whisk and Standing Spin  (123 1&23)
    • Left Whisk: ending w/ Lady's head turned to left
    • Standing Spin: Lady: HT, T, T, TH running fwd (no cross), Lady's head keep to the left
    • This is at the corner. Don't over turn, prepare for Back whisk into corner.
  9. Back Whisk  (123), ending moving DC on new LOD
    • Starting first step for Lady: HT, OP, keep head to left.
  10. Wing  (123)
    • Lady: head stay left
  11. Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3)
  12. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot  (12&3)
  13. Progressive Chasse To R  (1 2& 3)
    • Ending OP, with shape, Man feels like the ribcage is shifted to right, so to give room for Lady to step around and do the spin. 
  14. Outside Spin  (123)
  15. Natural Spin Turn  (123 123) - at corner
  16. Turning Lock  (1&23)
    • Lady: at end of 3, Lady turning left into Left Whisk on 1.
  17. Left Whisk on Count 1 and Check  (1&23)
    • Lady: 
      • 1: LF back across back; Lady head to left
      • &: RF replace, head still left
      • 2: LF to side, head sharp turn to right, make sure left side is very up. Chest is up to Man. 
      • 3: hold
  18. Contra Check  (123) finish PP. 
    • See Contra Check for technique details. Don't drop left side.
  19. Wing  (123)
  20. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot  (1&23) 
  21. Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3)
  22. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot  (12&3)
  23. Drag Hesitation  (123)
    • Lady: 1: RF back; 2: LF to side, head turn to right; 3: hold
    • Lift chest up to Man. Then Man changes shape to do outside partner. Follow Man's shape.
  24. Back Whisk  (123), ending in corner, moving DC on new LOD
    • Lady:  RF fwd, OP into Back Whisk.
  25. Weave From Promenade Position end OP  (123 123)
  26. Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3)
  27. Natural Turn  (123)
  28. Closed Impetus  (123)
  29. Reverse Pivot  (&)
  30. Reverse Turn  (123)
    • Lady: on 2, LF to side, leave head, so head effectively turns to right, keep there. take all the time in next Hover Corte to turn it back
    • Lady extend left side to shape and turn head to right.
    • Lady's head turning comes from Man's shaping/sway. When spine shapes/sways to one side, it's comfortable (and looks better) for head to go with the spine and shape/turn. If Man shapes, and Lady's head doesn't turn, Man feels resistance. Shaping is for improved balance and it looks better.
  31. Hover Corte  (123 456) at corner.
    • First step, inline; articulate head during 2 3 4 5 
  32. Outside Change  (123) ending closed position, but head to right
    • Lady: 
      • step 1, outside partner; keep head position, 
      • step 2, head ending head to right, recover during Natural Spin Turn. 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, 
      • step 3, the step can be thought of side or back step, depending on the moment looking at the step. 
Repeat from Natural Spin Turn