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Waltz Gold Routine Technique Notes

General Notes:

  • Keep elbows up 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.
  • Shaping/swaying is more important at higher levels. 
    • Head turning is a result of shaping change. Head turning shall be gradual, not abrupt, no edges.
  • Keep left side lifted, otherwise it becomes heavy to Man.
  • 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.
  • Upper body (chest area) is very connected, tummy/core engaged, leg and hip area should be very free to move (and not block partner).
  • Lady's left arm maintains pressure on Man's right arm, not heavy, but not too light either.
  • Keep left side "activated" (compressing right side), forward action.
  • Hip girdle area needs to be able to move, don't change pitch of the area or lock up when knees go forward.
  1. Prep Step (456) - Man facing DW on long wall
  2. Natural Spin Turn (overturned)  (123 123)
    • Step 4, Lady: Strong RF fwd step, CBM, really try to stretch left side forward in CBM, the momentum is moving forward. Not stationary CBM. The action of moving forward.
    • Overturned, ending with Man almost backing LOD.
  3. Turning Lock to R  (1&23) ending moving DC in PP
    • 1& 2: Lady's head weight to left which helps the turn. Only turn to R going into 3.
    • 3: step bigger. There are continuously big steps, if one step is shorter, it stops momentum.
  4. Weave From Promenade Position end PP  (123 123)
    • 1: big step. Stay connected on left side with man.
    • Lady: on 2, close head (this is a result of Man "closing up" (turning/rotating his body). Then head stays there and turn body into PP, head will end up in PP position.
  5. Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3) ending Man DW
    • Lady's shaping: after LF fwd on count 1, continue swinging R hip (glute, legs) fwd,which makes R hip high, shaping to left. which will make head close/turn left as well. 
    • It's important to keep the left side up and not drop left side, otherwise it feels heavy to Man.
    • Shaping/head changing shall be smooth, not abrupt, timed well with body, no edges. 
  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)
    • Do not peel off left side. Do not square off with Man. Keep left side relative position while turning left.
  12. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot  (1&23)
    • Lady: on 2nd step &: LF bigger step; Use head weight to L to help with turn.
    • Stay connected. The head goes more left, stay outside, the upper body goes more opposite to connect more with Man.
  13. Progressive Chasse To R  (1 2& 3)
    • Ending OP, with shape, Man feels like the ribcage is shifted to his left, so to give room for Lady to step around and do the spin. 
    • Lady: shaping to left at the end, but keep left side up.
    • The energy of Progressive Chasse is typically more straight. But to help prep for the next step Outside Spin, which is a rotary figure, when arriving on LF at the end of Chasse (Lady), start rotating.
  14. Outside Spin  (123)
    • Head turning: gradual, smooth. Starting head on left, as body changes shape during spin, head changes. Head turning helps the spin.
    • At end of 3, head is turned to the right
  15. Natural Spin Turn  (123 123) - at corner
    • Lady: Changing head smoothly. Keep head in place, body turns underneath, head ends on the left after 123. 
  16. Turning Lock  (1&23)
    • Lady: 
      • 1: Man starts opening up body and shaping to R, leading Lady to turn body/head to R
      • &2: glute forward, don't sag.head weight to left
      • 3, RF fwd. Prep turning left into Left Whisk on the next 1.
  17. Left Whisk on Count 1 and Check  (1&23)
    • Lady: 
      • 1: LF back  across back; Lady head to left. LF on toe, the step is not too big (not as big as contra check). Weight in middle.
        • RF is on outside edge. Lady's hip swing to her R. Don't drop left side. Keep left side up toward Man. It's a very hard twisted position.
      • &: RF replace, head still left
      • 2: LF to side (need to be enough around Man), head sharp turn to right, make sure left side is very up. Chest is up to Man. 
      • 3: hold (body continues shaping to R to a peek before contra check, balance with Man). The shape is the same as end of Turning Lock 1 & 2.
  18. Contra Check  (123) finish PP. 
    • Prep: bend left knee, shoulder level off. 
    • 1: 
      • RF big step back, point back first, then on ball of feet, keep right heel up (solid, not heel moving down and then up), weight split. body rotate to left, but keep left side up to Man (though body is turning left and shaping). don't break neck. Lift glute and center up to Man. It almost felt like Lady is lifting/pushing Man up from below (but not really). Another way to think about this is to not take it away from Man, stay connected to Man.
      • Keep left toe down on floor, do not lift. LF is pretty much flat on floor. 
      • Flex both knees, weight in the middle, not on back foot.
      • Upper body has the motion of rotating to left (head start turning left, not too fast), then body shaping to left (extend right side) and finishing with extending head to left. There is torch in upper body - rotation and sway and at tail end, stretch even more before recovering. The elasticity doesn't stop. There is no "stop". Man start recovering after Lady finish extending head.
    • 2: push off back foot, time with Man.
    • 3: step RF fwd in PP.
  19. Wing  (123)
  20. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot  (1&23) 
    • Lady: keep head to left throughout the steps to Drag Hesitation.
    • Extension to left, head weight to left which helps the turn.
    • 2nd step: Bigger LF back
  21. Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3)
  22. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot  (1&23)
    • &: Lady LF step bigger, suck tummy in. a little lift
    • Extension to left, head weight to left which helps the turn.
  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.
    • 3&: by "&" lowered and head turned to left.
  24. Back Whisk  (123), ending in corner, moving DC on new LOD
    • Lady:  RF fwd, OP into Back Whisk.
    • Keep the connection with partner.
  25. Weave From Promenade Position end in PP  (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, extend left side, leave head, so head effectively turns to right, keep there. take all the time in next Hover Corte to turn it back
    • 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