Open Telemark and Feather Ending
Foxtrot Open Telemark and Feather Ending
The Open Telemark and Feather Ending 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: LF fwd | FDC | HT | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | rise e/o 1
Compress down through right shoulder, hip and foot. Use CBM to send lady to inside turn. Rise through LF leading heel turn. Then, let right hip swing ahead.
Q: RF to side | Backing DW | T | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | Up
When leading to PP ending, Man left his LF there (like in spiral turn), there is no brush, LF then steps out in step 3 to PP.
Base rotate to left more than PP
Q: LF to side and slightly fwd in PP | Pointing DW | Body Facing Wall | TH | 1/2 between 2-3. body turns less | Sway(S) | Up, lower e/o 3
Body turn less to PP. Keep body facing Lady.
S: RF fwd in PP and CBMP | Pointing DW | Body Facing Wall | HT | -- | Sway(S) | Rise e/o 4
After stepping on RF, anchor RF, allow L leg to swing ahead of body, create diagonal stretch.
Q: LF diag fwd preparing to step OP | Facing DW | T | Sway(R) | Up
Upper body rotate slightly left, indicating Lady to close her head and do Feather Finish
Q: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | Facing DW | TH | Sway(R) | Up, lower e/o 6
S: LF fwd | Facing DW | H | Sway(S) | CBM | --
S: RF back | BDC | TH | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | rise slightly e/o 1, NFR
Left turning figures - anchor right shoulder and hip down, turn the base. keep upward leftward diagonal stretch. Do not turn L shoulder back.
Do not turn head to PP on this count, it's too early.
Q: LF closes to RF (Heel Turn) | LOD | HT | 3/8 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | continue to rise on 2
Do not lock the knees, keep knees flexed, keep action soft. Take stomach muscle back.
Allow arms and upper body to continue following the Man, upper body will finish the turn.
Head started turning to PP into next step.
Q: RF diag fwd in PP, R side leading | Pointing to LOD | TH | slight body turn to L | Sway(S) | Up, lower e/o 3
Body turn more to PP.
S: LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP | Pointing to LOD (Moving DW) | HT | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | rise e/o 4
It's different to do feather finish from PP. Lady really has to use this step 4 (S) and next step 5 (Q) to move a lot of space to keep up with Man.
Q: RF to side and slightly back | Backing Wall | TH | 1/4 between 4-5 | Sway(L) | up
Swing R hip forward, then allow feet to turn under the body.
Body never feels travel side ways. Body feels like traveling forward.
R side stretch diagonally.
Keep arms forward in front of body.
Q: LF back in CBMP | Backing DW | TH | 1/8 between 5-6, body turns less | Sway(L) | up, NFR Lower e/o6
S: RF back | Backing DW | T | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Basic Weave (1-4 Reverse Turn to end BDW, check, and Basic Weave)
Reverse Turn (1-4 Reverse Turn to end BLOD near corner, check and Basic Weave turning 1/8, 1/8, 3/8; or 1/4, 1/8, 3/4; to end DW of new LOD)
Top Spin (check back after step 6)
Outside Swivel (check back after step 6)
Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot (at corner)