Closed Impetus

Quickstep Closed Impetus

The Quickstep Closed Impetus is a Bronze level 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.

Technical Details of Closed Impetus are the same in the Waltz figure.When danced in Quickstep it is counted SSSS.


  1. S: LF back | Backing LOD | TH | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | --

  2. S: RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) | Facing DC | HT | 3/8 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | Rise e/o 2

    • Legs should straighten as RF comes in, creating late rise. Late rise is required to allow lady to pass the man.Too early a rise will stop her.

  3. S: LF to side and slightly back | Backing DC against the LOD | TH | 1/4 between 2-3 | Sway(S) | Up. Lower e/o 3

  4. S: RF back | Backing DC against the LOD | T | - | Sway(S) | CBM

    • This often becomes Reverse Pivot. Man needs to track his RF under LF before stepping back.


  1. S: RF fwd | LOD | HT | starts to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • Strong CBM will make the step easier, lighter for Man.

  2. S: LF to side | BDC | T | 3/8 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | rise e/o 2

    • Difference from Natural Spin Turn: this is not spin. It's a side step (normally done as forward step, then turn.)

    • Delayed rise. side step is a bit like diagonal, depending on how much Man turns.

    • This step is not too big, otherwise it will pull Man off balance. Measure Man's step size.

    • After side step, stay very left, leave the right side to the Man, brush (contract thigh muscles) and then out. Do not start shifting to front of Man. Extend head and upper body to shape more.

  3. S: RF diag fwd having brushed to LF | Facing DC against LOD| TH | 1/4 between 2-3 | Sway(S) | up, lower e/o 3

    • When followed by Reverse Pivot, the lowering only happens in foot, not in leg. Lady does not completely lower. Next step in Reverse Pivot will be a toe lead to complete the lowering.

  4. S: LF fwd | FDC against LOD | H | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --

Preceding Figures

  1. Back Lock

  2. Natural Turn

  3. Natural Turn And Back Lock

  4. Progressive Chasse To Right

Following Figures

  1. Reverse Pivot (after step 3)

  2. Progressive Chasse (at corner)

  3. Heel Pivot (Quarter Turn To Left)

  4. Four Quick Run

  5. V6 (2-12, at corner after step 3, lower L heel on previous step)

  6. Six Quick Run (after step 3, lower L heel on previous step)

  7. Hover Corte