Sugar Push

West Coast Swing Sugar Push

This pattern is in open facing position. It could end in L to R hand hold or double hande hold position.

Leader

  • 1: LF back | --

  • 2: RF side

  • 3: LF no weight

    • "compression"

  • 4: LF pretty much in place

    • "tension"

  • 5&6: Chasse in place RLR

Follower

  • 1: RF forward

    • weight in back of foot "tension", lazy hang back feeling. Easy heel lead.

  • 2: LF forward

    • 1st half of beat, weight in back of foot "tension" and step LF forward, heel lead.

    • slight body rotation to R. L hip settle more fwd.

    • At end of beat "&", do "compression", body compress forward, using center/middle, not just going from the top/head.

  • 3: RF tap next to LF (3rd position)

    • tap is one option. Or, do triple step here:

    • 3&4: "compression" from end of previous beat, then 3& RL in place.

      • 3: R hip to R, &: return L hip to L

    • Stay compressed, till 4. Don't start going back too early.

  • 4: RF back

    • back to "tension", anchor position. Lady "give" hand to Man, do not pull.

    • &: settle on R hip

    • Do not push Man's hand, push your own foot to go back.

  • 5&6: Chasse in place, LRL

    • Count "6" is settling which connects to next pattern.

    • Styling: small ronde with LF and still do triple step.

    • Styling variation 1:

      • 5: weight on LF, point RF out to side and hold 6.

    • Styling variation 2:

      • 5: LF ronde and end behind RF with weight on 6.

    • 6: settle L hip.

      • Lady's RH is holding Man's LH, do not "pull" him, not too loose either. Tension is not from pulling Man's hand, it's from moving center/hip joints back.

      • Settle L hip, crunch left side, R knee bent.

Note:

  • Variation: adding 2 more walk steps after step 2 before doing the tap step.

  • There is settling action, but not as pronounced as in Latin dances. Settling is when connection is changed between tension and compression.


Anchor step variations

Syncopated Point:

  • 5: Small ronde cross back, body turning to L

  • &: RF closes to LF

  • 6: LF point fwd,

  • &1: turning body back to face Man, LF closes next to RF and point RF, suck in tummy. poise forward.

  • &2: RF closes to LF and step LF fwd continue.

One Side Point:

  • 5: LF point to side.

  • 6: LF collect and closes next to RF, switch weight and ready for normal 1.

Both Sides Syncopated Point:

  • 5: LF point to side. Body slight rotate to R, like skater.

  • &6: Switch foot and point RF to right side. &: LF closes to RF, 6: point RF to side. Body rotate to L. (can repeat)

  • 1: come out normal RF fwd walk.

Both Sides Syncopated Point and a fwd point:

  • 5: LF point to side. Body slight rotate to R, like skater.

  • &6: Switch foot and point RF to right side. &: LF closes to RF, 6: point RF to side. Body rotate to L. (can repeat)

  • 1: RF point fwd, hip is settling back, creates that "tension" feeling with Man (extend her R arm a bit) before coming out of the step.

    • If music is fast, it could be like a Jive kick.

    • If music is slow, can be more relaxed and point.

  • &2: RF closes to LF, then LF walk fwd.