Closed Telemark

Waltz Closed Telemark

The Waltz Closed 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.


  1. Count 1: LF fwd | FDC | HT | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | rise e/o 1

    • Use CBM and rise a bit early to lead heel turn.

  2. Count 2: RF to side | almost BLOD | T | slightly less than 3/8 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | Up

    • Get strong rotation through the feet, do not come off RF too early, which will allow Lady to turn. A little hover helps to keep Lady in front of Man.

  3. Count 3: LF to side and slightly fwd | Pointing DW | TH | slightly over 3/8 between 2-3. body turns less | Sway(S) | Up, lower e/o 3

  4. Count 1: RF fwd in CBMP, OP | DW | H | - | Sway(S) | CBM | --


  1. Count 1: RF back | BDC | TH | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | rise slightly e/o 1, NFR

    • Keep your own balance.

    • When starting the figure, feel left hip flexor working, do not think about R leg moving back, think about standing on the L leg to get weight moving into the foot.

    • Do not think about shoulder rotation at all, just think about strong diagonal stretch, stretching the left side,

    • Turn is all going to happen through base area. Lower center/hips are rotating. From sternum area, feel strong leftward, upward sway from sternum up, no rotation through shoulders. If you rotate shoulder, you'll end up on Man's left side.

    • Step straight back, not off to the side. Head: keep head at the same place, rotate body underneath and head ends up on the right and keep it there

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

    • Heel turn, the feeling is the turn is mostly done on RF, has a slight feeling of pushing off LF, then RF step back on 3 to finish.

    • Stay connected with Man.

  3. Count 3: RF to side and slightly back | BDW | TH | 3/8 between 2-3, body turns less | Sway(S) | Up, lower e/o 3

    • Keep moving, don't hover and stop, strong, bigger step (Man is waiting, need more power). Keep head position (which will make it shape to right).

    • Keep head to right, then on 1 of next e.g Natural Spin Turn, rotate body underneath (no sharp head movement, just keep head at same place starting at 1, not later).

  4. Count 1: LF back in CBMP | BDW | T | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • Next step, Man steps OP.

Preceding Figures

  1. Closed Change RF

  2. Closed Wing

  3. Double Reverse Spin

  4. Fallaway Reverse And Slip Pivot

  5. Hesitation Change

  6. Reverse Pivot

  7. Reverse Turn

  8. Wing

Following Figures

  1. Closed Wing

  2. Natural Spin Turn

  3. Natural Turn