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Waltz Silver Routine Technique Notes

General Notes:
  • Man:
    • When turning into Promenade: do not use arm and break frame. Lift your right side, left side rotate/extend "around" the Lady. (Practice: take L arm away, just use body.) Turn the ribs, do not turn hips.
    • Posture:
      • Man's right hand is always below Man's right elbow, i.e. do not drop right elbow.
      • Left hand should be higher than his left elbow.
      • Create a straight line going through the standing leg up through the head, do not break at hips.
  • Lady:
    • Preparation step: 1 - "2" - 3: on 2, extend and stretch, keep that stretch. 4 - "5" - 6: on "5": need to keep extend/rotate to left. But, do not get in front of Man, Lady's body will slide slightly to her left in order to both rotate, keep extension and stay on Man's left.
    • When turning into Promenade:  do not bring head into neutral position (only rotate head to right, do not change head's position in space, stay behind man)
  • Extension and shaping:
    • "2" is usually the step to extend.
    • More extension would require the feet to be more apart from partner. Middle of body need to have enough counter pressure with partner.
    • Head should keep same line as body, do not beak head to gain more extension.
    • Shape and use sway in sync with Man, keep the connection, don't be stiff in your upper body, be responsive and fluid.
    • Extension need to be "fluid" - there are changes in the amount.  There is the "normal" position (on Man's right, head left), then extended, then extend to the max
  • Movement:
    • When stepping forward on 1, straighten the leg to gain more distance, bend knee when landing on floor. (For closed postion, or Promenade position.)
  • In and out of Promenade Position:
    • Lady: when getting into Promenade, finish by tucking left hip in and under body, which flattens the shoulder line so right side is not lower. Getting out of Promenade, stretch right side even more, keep shoulder line flat.
Routine:
  1. Natural Spin Turn  (123 123)
    • Lady:
      • 1: Whenever LF steps back, it's more like side and slightly back in order to give Man room to step his right foot. But be careful not to change the direction of travel - it is still back, not to side(On the other hand, whenever step RF back, like in Reverse Turn, step straight back.)
      • 2 3: remember to use sway (in response to the Man's lead). Send middle forward.
      • 1: strong first step. left side strongly forward down LOD. Do not drop left shoulder.
      • 2: keep head strongly left all the way down LOD, keep head at outside circle, need to consciously do that so head won't get into Man's space. Keep head distance with Man. Man counter balance. Extension.
      • 3: Send middle forward.
  2. Turning Lock  (1&23)
    • Man: Do not cross RF behind LF. Turning Lock figure is turning left, not right.
    • Lady: 
      • keep all steps proportionally large, in sync with Man.
      • Middle stay with Man, keep contact and fill in the space, head shape to right in its space. Do not turn head too fast.
  3. Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3)
    • Lady: 
      • Remember to keep extension in PP while staying on the left side.
      • Step on 1:
        • Need to level off by finishing the "swooping action", do not keep body tilted forward when stepping out, finish tuck left hip, have legs ahead of body.
        • L leg straight first; very important to not lose right shoulder, keep right side toward Man, feeling very twisted. 
    • Ending getting ready into OP.
  4. Natural Turn  (123) Half Natural
    • Going into Natural Turn from outside partner position: rotate,  Man should feel like stepping "behind" the lady.
    • When doing CBMP, the size of the steps are naturally getting smaller. To make it bigger, compress into stepping leg more.
  5. Open Impetus  (123)
    • Lady:
      • 1: big step. Depending on Man's lead, may have big swooping action here.
      • 2: step on 2 should be adequately large in order to keep balance , keep extending left side, then lift left side to tip head to the right at end of 2
      • 3: In PP:
        • lift the left side of hip to Man, which makes Lady feel like the shoulder line is tilted upward. 
        • Extension: shoulder and chest - "rotate up" feel like high jump. Head parallel to shoulder, do not break the neck.
  6. Wing  (123)
    • Lady:
      • 1: big step
      • 2, 3: small steps, around the Man. Walk closely around Man, try not to have too much gap.
      • Ending wrong position: Lady head quadrant should still be on Man's right side, but hips and feet are on wrong side. Do not go too far to Man's left, which will make next step difficult.
      • Two ways to do shaping:
        • Slower, more gradual turning head to head over 1-2-3.
        • Faster, sharper turning: all happens on 1.
  7. Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3)
    • First step should be directly moving down the floor, bigger step. This turn is not as much as normal Double Reverse. It's momentum will get more turn into next Whisk. Stay on Man's right side.
    • Do not pull left shoulder away from Man.
  8. Back Whisk  (123)
    • Lady: 
      • 2nd step needs to be large so that you don't become stuck in front of the Man.
      • Do not tilt forward, tuck hip in, body stays back
  9. Weave From Promenade Position  (123 123) finish in PP, turning corner 
    • Lady: 
      • Both 1 and 2, think about stepping straight forward, forward, do not curve into Man, do not turn too early (don't turn late either). Legs are ahead of body. Balance on RF after 2, then turn.
      • Before the end of 2 close head to left and ready for outside partner, otherwise Man may feel being blocked. Always stay on left side (Man's right).
      • Finish in PP: lift left hip to Man, think about high jump.
  10. Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3)
    • Lady: 1: big step, try to keep shoulder as parallel as possible to Man.
  11. Natural Turn  (123) Half Natural
  12. Closed Impetus  (123)
    • Man: turn continues on the ball of the foot through the 3rd step.
    • Lady: 
      • First step big.
      • Turning axis is on left foot, Man actually put weight on it (compared to outside spin where turning axis is Lady's RF).
      • On 3: extend and respond to Man, make arm more flexible and "give it" to Man (or, think about "leaving the arms with Man") to allow to extend more.
  13. Reverse Pivot  (&)
    • Man: straight back.
    • Lady: keep with Man, do not travel too much.
  14. Double Reverse Spin  (1 2& 3)
    • Lady: heel turn, close the feet slowly.
    • Do not pull left shoulder away from Man. Previous figure could underturn a bit, still do CBM, RF straight back, and not to side.
  15. Progressive Chasse To R  (1 2& 3) ending BLOD
    • Man: don't do ronde, track your feet.
  16. Outside Change  (123) ending PP
  17. Chasse From Promenade Position  (1 2& 3)
    • Stretch right side, shoulder flat, straighten left leg, slide left heel on floor, before bending left knee.
  18. Hesitation Change  (123 123)
    • This winds up for next figure.
  19. Open Telemark  (123)
    • Lady: 
      • 1: straight back, do use CBM, but do not veer to right which will cut in front of Man. When doing CBM, it really just makes body "neutral", do not over do CBM, which will pull Man.
      • heel turn, close feet slowly.
  20. Cross Hesitation  (123) facing into corner
    • Man: change weight back and forth.
    • Lady: shape to left. stay with Man
  21. Outside Spin  (123)
    • Man: 
      • Start by turning right from the knees up. Upper body is twisting right much faster than feet. 
      • 2nd step: step behind the lady (step outside the lady, otherwise the leg is going to block lady and knock her off balance), really drive deep. Sharper rise to make Lady close her feet.
      • 3rd step: step side, ending with frame aligned with feet. 
      • Do not overturn body at the end, which will make it hard to collect and brush feet for the following reverse turn.
      • The twisting of upper bodies will get both out of each other's ways.
    • Lady: key to get the step right:
      • 1: RF forward - really go "behind" the Man's feet.
        • To tell if it's an outside partner spin turn or outside spin, be patient and wait. Outside Spin has an earlier and sharper, accelerated rise (and the axis is on Lady's RF).
      • 2: While LF closes to RF (make sure to close feet), 
        • the hip should continue to turn to R, which gives room for Man to step.
        • Then, body catches up with hip and foot, keep rotating and extending upper body (otherwise it pulls Man), don't rush to exit. 
        • Do not keep knees bent, finish rising during 2, don't pop up on 3
      • 3:  Step RF forward in between Man's legs. Do not pop up on 3.
  22. Reverse Turn  (456)
  23. Progressive Chasse To R  (1 2& 3)
    • Man: don't do ronde, track your feet.
  24. Back Whisk  (123)
    • Man: left side forward
    • Lady: hip turns, body stays, turn head last.
      • keep size of steps in relation to Man, strong 2nd forward step, then turn
  25. Wing  (123)
    • Lady: shape head quickly to left at end of 1
  26. Closed Telemark  (123)
    • Lady: 
      • 1: step straight back, not off to the side.  Head: keep head at the same place, rotate body underneath and head ends up on the right and keep it there.
      • 2: heel turn, the feeling is the turn is mostly done on RF, has a slight feeling of pushing off LF, then RF step back on 3 to finish.
      • 3: keep moving, don't hover and stop, strong, bigger step (Man is waiting, need more power). Keep head position (which will make it shape to right).
        • keep head to right, then on 1 of next Natural Spin Turn, rotate body underneath (no sharp head movement, just keep head at same place starting at 1, not later). At end of 3 of half Natural, head ends up to the left.
      • Try to keep contact with Man.