Natural Telemark

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.

Leader

  1. 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.

  2. Q: LF to side | Backing DC | T | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | Up

    • Continue turning through the feet.

  3. 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.

  4. Q: LF diag fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading | Facing DC | T | -- | Sway(L) | Up

  5. Q: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | Facing DC | TH | Sway(S) | Up. Lower e/o 5

  6. 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

Follower

  1. 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.

  2. Q: RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) | Facing LOD | HT | 3/8 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | continue to rise on 2

  3. 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.

  4. Q : RF diag back R side leading | Backing DC | TH | -- | Sway(R) | Up

    • Bring LF underneath body, skimming floor, then step back.

  5. 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.

  6. S: RF back | Backing DC | T | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --

Note -- When underturned, the Lady will always turn 3/8 between 1-2

Preceding Figures

  1. Closed Telemark

  2. Hover Telemark

  3. Three Step

Following Figures

  1. Reverse Turn

  2. Closed Telemark

  3. Open Telemark and Feather Ending

  4. Open Telemark, Natural Turn, Outside Swivel and Feather Ending

  5. Three Step (at corner)

  6. Change Of Direction (at corner)

  7. Hover Telemark (at corner)

  8. Reverse Wave (at corner)

  9. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

  10. Bounce Fallaway with Weave Ending