Zig-Zag, Back Lock And Running Finish
Quickstep Zig-Zag Back Lock And Running Finish
This is a Bronze Level figure, listed as an additional step that can be danced in Medal Tests. 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.
S: LF fwd | Facing LOD | HT | Start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM
S: RF to side | Backing Wall | TH | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(S)
S: LF back in CBMP | Backing DW | TH | 1/8 between 2-3. Body turns less | Sway(S) | slight CBM Start to rise e/o 3. NFR
Q: RF back | Backing DW | T | Sway(S) | Continue to rise on 4 and 5
Q: LF crosses in front of RF | Backing DW | T | Sway(S)
S: RF diagonally back | Backing DW | TH | Sway(S) | Up. Lower e/o 6
S: LF back in CBMP | Backing DW | T | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | Rise e/o 7
Q: RF to side and slightly fwd | Pointing to LOD | T | 3/8 between 7-8 | Sway(L) | Up
Q: LF fwd preparing to step OP L side leading | Facing LOD | TH | Body turn to R | Sway(L) | Up, Lower e/o 9
S: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | Facing LOD | H | Sway(S) | CBM
Note: No "R side lead" is needed on steps 4 and 6 as the body is already in the correct position for the Back Lock when the "Body turns less" between steps 2-3. Timing SQQS may be used on 7-10
S: RF back | Backing LOD | TH | Start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM
Try to keep body parallel with Man during heel turn.
S: LF closes to RF (Heel Turn) | Facing DW | H | 3/8 between 1-2, Body turns less. | Sway(S)
This Heel Turn should be done similar to Tango's Open Reverse Turn:
After RF step back on step 1, keep knees bent. do not drag LF in, place LF heel to RF heel, LF pointing LOD, in plie position, R heel swivel a little bit.
When Man step back on step 3 CBMP, it will give room for Lady to move RF (HT).
With the plie position, lady and man will not bump knees.
At heel turn: keep body forward, do not shift to right and get into Man's space.
Head could turn to right, but it needs to be clear. Turning head to right has the tendency to make lady more in front of Man, which is not good. Start by keeping the head to left.
S: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | Facing DW | HT | Body completes turn | Sway(S) | slight CBM | Start to rise e/o 3, NFR
Q: LF diag fwd | Facing DW | T | Sway(S) | Continue to rise on 4 and 5
Keep knees flexed, keep head left during the lock. Keep right side stretched and connected with Man.
Q: RF crosses behind LF | Facing DW | T | Sway(S)
S: LF diagonally fwd, preparing to step OP | Facing DW | TH | Sway(S) | Up. Lower e/o 6
S: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | Facing DW | HT | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | Rise e/o 7
Q: LF to side | Backing DC | T | 1/4 between 7-8 | Sway(R) | Up
During Running Finish, keep upward swing. Right side positive, don't rotate right shoulder off Man.
Head shape to R
Q: RF back, R side leading | Backing LOD | TH | 1/8 between 8-9 | Sway(R) | Lower e/o 9
S: LF back in CBMP | Backing LOD | T | Sway(S) | CBM
Often, this is the start of Natural Turn. Big step.
Could use the alternative Running Finish timing QQSS (7-10)