Curly Whip

Jive Curly Whip

Curly Whip is a Gold Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, movement, 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.

Start in Closed Position.


  • Q: LF fwd | No turn

    • Lower and extend L arm fwd.

    • Option: Man can turn slightly R on step 1, leading Lady to turn R. (Lady 1/4 to R to a 90 degree angle to Man on his R side.)

  • Q: Replace weight to RF | Start to turn R

    • Start to raise L arm

    • Option: Man turns Lady more strongly L over steps 2-5 (Lady turns 3/4 to L.)

  • QaQ: Side chasse LRL. End in Closed Position. | 1/2 to R over steps 2-5

    • Raise L arm and circle hand in an counter-clockwise direction. Loosen R hand hold on Lady's back for Lady to turn within circle of arm. Regain normal hold at end of Lady's turn.


  • Q: RF back | No turn

  • Q: Replace weight to LF | Start to turn L

  • QaQ: Compact chasse RLR underarm | 1/2 to L over steps 2-5.

Preceding Figures

  1. Whip

Following Figures

  1. Whip

  2. Whip Throwaway