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Whisk

The Whisk is a Newcomer Waltz 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.

This figure starts facing diagonal wall (FDW), ending in Promenade position. There are several variations on the amount of turn which results in traveling different directions.

Waltz Whisk: Ending traveling LOD (Lady turns 1/4, Man has no turn)

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF fwd
FDW
HT
Nil
S
slight
Start to rise at end of 1
2
2
RF to side and slightly fwd
FDW
T
Nil
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
* Position of this step is consistent with step 2 of LF Closed Change.
* This is not a side step (which will be abrupt change of direction), it's a forward step (smoother)
* When pushing LF, allow RF to slide on the floor, so the weight doesn't pass the foot (otherwise, momentum carries weight to right which causes balance issue).
3
3
LF crosses behind RF in PP
FDW
TH
Nil
L

Lower at end of 3 * Brush LF, turn the frame, bring the foot right underneath the body, knees are touching, both feet facing same direction, foot does not turn out.
* Big twist, keep hips lifted toward lady.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back
BDW
TH
Nil
S
No
Start to rise e/o 1, NFR

2
2
LF diagonally back
PDC
T
1/4 to R btwn 1-2, body turns less
R
No
Cont to rise on 2 and 3
Before taking step, LF needs to track under body.
Lady keep moving one direction till Man signals to turn at e/o 2.
feet completes the turn e/o 2, frame now faces wall, sort of in a funny position.
Lady's L leg should track Man's R leg, so it will step in the right place and stay behind man. Take this step bigger. Feet complete the turn between 1-2.
3
3
RF crosses behind LF in PP
FDC
TH
body completes turn
R
No
Lower e/o 3
* Foot: RF comes right underneath the body. Do not leave lot of space between RF and LF. RF and LF should be parallel pointing to the same direction.
* There is no more movement on 3rd step.
* Two thighs are very together, no space to see through. Man's R thigh is on Lady's inside of Left thigh. (Then, going to Chasse, Lady's left leg is going to follow Man's R leg.)

* Hip: lift up R hip toward Man, do not drop it.
* Spine: is not straight up and down, it's tilted backwards (right hip slightly higher). Arch/extend spine back (away from Man from 7th vertebrae.)
* Head: is along the line of the (titled) spine. (Imagine pony tail being pulled back)    
* Do not drop L shoulder, stretch left side. Shoulder does not tilt as spine.
* Right shoulder forward. When taking the weight back, do not take R shoulder/arm with it. Leave R shoulder quite forward to Man, tuck shoulder under and in.
* Keep center to partner.

* When turning into promenade, the lady's head is the last thing to turn, between 2-3.
* * When the lady moves between promenade and closed position, her head should "go over the moon", i.e., the nose describes an upward arc, to prevent the chin from going down.
* Head turn is a result of lady turning her Left side toward Man. body and head should not turn "on its own". Head should be over the "high jump bar" on the other side of the arm. Think about "sit back" - don't lean head forward.
  • In PP, frame facing your partner, don't open up with shoulder facing LOD. Lady: frame is backing wall, while feet is DC.
  • Leader needs to step far enough back on 3 so that it is clear to follower that she should pass her feet.

Waltz Whisk: Ending traveling NEW LOD (Lady has no turn, Mans turns)

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF fwd
FDW
HT
Starts to turn L
S
slight
Start to rise at end of 1
2
2
RF diag fwd, with R side leading
FLOD
T
1/8 btwn 1-2
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3

3
3
LF crosses behind RF in PP
FDW of new LOD
TH
1/8 btwn 2-3
L

Lower at end of 3

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back
BDW
TH
Nil
S
No
Start to rise e/o 1, NFR

2
2
LF back, L side leading
BDW T
Nil R
No
Cont to rise on 2 and 3
feet completes the turn between 1-2
3
3
RF crosses behind LF in PP
FDC on new LOD
TH
Nil R
No
Lower e/o 3
Waltz Whisk:

Waltz Whisk: Ending traveling DC (Both Man and Lady turn)

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF fwd
FDW
HT
Starts to turn L
S
slight
Start to rise at end of 1
2
2
RF to side and slightly fwd
FLOD
T
1/8 btwn 1-2
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3

3
3
LF crosses behind RF in PP
FLOD
TH
Nil
L

Lower at end of 3

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back
BDW
TH
Starts to turn L
S
No
Start to rise e/o 1, NFR

2
2
LF diag back
BLOD
T
1/8 to L btwn 1-2
R
No
Cont to rise on 2 and 3
feet completes the turn between 1-2
3
3
RF crosses behind LF in PP
FC
TH
1/4 to R btwn 2-3
R
No
Lower e/o 3