Change of Direction
Foxtrot Change of Direction
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S: LF fwd | Facing DW | H | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | --
At the preceding step (e.g. feather finish), frame should already be turning.
This step has CBM, with LF turned out a bit.
S: RF diag fwd R side leading, and close LF to RF slightly fwd without weight | DW R Toe pointing towards LOD, End facing DC | IE of TH, then IE of T of LF | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | --
At a corner, 3/8 or 1/2 turn may be made.
Pay attention to move along the same line/direction, do not change moving direction by doing step side - it's a fwd step. (though some coaches say this is a side step, don't do forward step.)
Big step, push off LF.
S: LF fwd in CBMP | Facing DC | H | Sway(S) | CBM | --
This is exactly like a preparation step, shaping to right
S: RF back | Backing DW | TH | Start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Head really turns to L, follow the L elbow. Collect LF and push off RF to side.
One instructor says: she sometimes does a heel turn on this step.
S: LF diag, back, L side leading, and close RF to LF slightly back without weight | Backing DW, End backing DC | IE of TH, then IE of T of RF | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | --.
Upper body stay with partner. do not get into his space.
Pull weight onto LF, with balance. Do not anticipate movement. Allow L hip to finish, then keep turning L.
S: RF back in CBMP | Backing DC | T | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Option: This is like preparation step, shaping to left.
Depending on next, this could shape to R, head turn to R.