Foxtrot Natural Telemark
The Natural Telemark is a Silver 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.
S: RF fwd | Facing DW | HT | start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | rise e/o 1
Leading heel turn, stretch body through diagonal. The sway is less than other figures. There is more rotation in this figure.
Q: LF to side | Backing DC | T | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | Up
Continue turning through the feet.
Q: RF side (small step) | Facing DC | T | 1/2 between 2-3. | Sway(S) | Up
Compress into knee without lowering into heel.
Continue through diagonal.
Q: LF diag fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading | Facing DC | T | -- | Sway(L) | Up
Q: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | Facing DC | TH | Sway(S) | Up. Lower e/o 5
S: LF fwd | Facing DC | H | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Note -- 1/2 or 5/8 turn may be used at a corner. Amount of turn in each case will be 1/4 between 1/2, whether started facing LOD or DW
S: LF back | Backing DW | TH | start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | rise slightly e/o 1, NFR
Heel Turn to Right, access point is through left shoulder. Body has strong diagonal, feel body is going forward, don't think about bending upper body backward.
Q: RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) | Facing LOD | HT | 3/8 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | continue to rise on 2
Q: LF to side, RF brushes toward LF | Backing DC | T | 3/8 between 2-3 | Sway(S) | Up
Take head and weight to LF, compress L knee, then brush RF.
This step stays on T, there is no toe release for LF into next step.
Q: RF diag back R side leading | Backing DC | TH | -- | Sway(R) | Up
Bring LF underneath body, skimming floor, then step back.
Q: LF back in CBMP | Backing DC | TH | -- | Sway(S) | Up. NFR. Lower e/o 5
There is RF toe release when LF is stepping back on this step.
S: RF back | Backing DC | T | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Note -- When underturned, the Lady will always turn 3/8 between 1-2