Basic Weave

Waltz Basic Weave

The Waltz Basic Weave is a Bronze 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. Count 1: RF back | BDW | TH | -- | - | CBM | --

  2. Count 2: LF fwd | BDW | HT | starts to turn L | - | CBM | rise e/o 2

  3. Count 3: RF to side | BLOD | TH | 1/8 between 2-3 | - | up, lower e/o 3

  4. Count 1: LF back in CBMP | BDC | TH | 1/8 between 3-4 | - | starts to rise e/o4, NFR

  5. Count 2: RF back | BDC | T | starts to turn L | - | CBM | continue to rise on 5

  6. Count 3: LF to side and slightly fwd | PDW | TH | 1/4 between 5-6, body turns less | - | up, lower e/o 6

    • This could end in PP.

  7. Count 1: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | FDW | H | - | CBM | --

Follower

  1. Count 1: LF fwd | DW | H | -- | - | CBM | --

    • More advanced version: use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1.

    • Soft knee on this step.

  2. Count 2: RF back | DW | T | starts to turn L | - | CBM | rise e/o 2

    • Take center back.

  3. Count 3: LF to side | PDC | TH | 1/4 between 2-3, body turn less | - | up, lower e/o 3

  4. Count 1: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | FDC | HT | - | - | starts to rise e/o 4

    • This is like outside change step.

    • Body stay behind the foot.

    • Allow R side to relax down to create the diagonal.

    • Avoid turn center and shoulder to left.

  5. Count 2: LF fwd | FDC | T | starts to turn L | - | CBM | cont to rise on 5

    • Taking spine to LF.

  6. Count 3: RF to side and slightly back | BDW | TH | 1/4 between 5-6, body turn less | - | up, lower e/o 6

    • Finish the turn on LF (in previous step) before stepping RF diagonally back.

    • This could end in PP.

  7. Count 1: LF back in CBMP | BDW | T | - | - | CBM | --

Technique Notes

    • In the class, the instructor used a variation of this step to finish in Promenade position going DW

      • step 3: ending moving down LOD

      • step 4: same, LOD

      • step 5: Man back step, Lady: fwd; CBM

      • step 6: lady: RF forward DW (after collecting/brushing). then collect LF, ending in promenade position.

    • This step is usually used in corners. Not very good to use along LOD to stop movement.

    • When Reverse Turn precedes this step, it's better to commence 3 steps Reverse Turn facing LOD.

Preceding Figures

  1. Natural Spin Turn

  2. Outside Spin

  3. Reverse Turn

Following Figures

  1. Natural Spin Turn

  2. Natural Turn

  3. Hesitation Change

  4. Left Whisk (when ended in PP)

  5. Wing (when ended in PP)

  6. Chasse From Promenade Position (when ended in PP)

  7. Closed Wing

  8. Cross Hesitation (when ended in PP)