Fallaway Whisk

Waltz Fallaway Whisk

Fallaway Whisk is an additional figure at Gold Level and may be danced in Medal Tests. 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: LF back | Backing LOD | TH | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | Start to rise e/o 1, NFR

  2. Count 2: RF to side and slightly back | Pointing DC | TH | 3/8 btwn 1-2, body turns less | Sway(S) | - | Continue to rise on 2

    • Using "T" footwork is also correct.

  3. Count 3: LF crosses loosely behind RF in Fallaway | Facing DC | TH | Body continues to turn R | Sway(R) | - | Lower on 3

Follower

  1. Count 1: RF fwd | Facing LOD | HT | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | Start to rise e/o 1

  2. Count 2: LF to side | Backing DC | TH | 3/8 btwn 1-3 | Sway(S) | - | Continue to rise on 2

    • Even when footwork is "to side", still feel the body is traveling forward toward your partner.

  3. Count 3: RF crosses loosely behind LF in Fallaway | Facing DC against LOD | TH | 1/4 btwn 2-3, body continues to turn R | Sway (L) | - | Lower on 3

    • Whisking action, keep body forward. upper body, arms belong to Man.

    • Do not allow shoulder blade to collapse down

    • Lady's head may be turned to L or R. Both are ok..

Preceding Figures

  1. Back Lock

  2. Cross Hesitation

  3. Drag Hesitation

  4. Hover Corte

  5. Left Whisk

  6. Natural Turn

  7. Progressive Chasse To R

  8. Reverse Corte

Following Figures

  1. Chasse From Promenade Position (Standard Chasse From Promenade or moving DC to follow with Closed Wing)

  2. Weave From Promenade Position (after 1-2 moving to center after Whisk turned to face DC, OR, steps 1-2 moving DC after Whisk turned to face LOD)

  3. Wing

  4. Left Whisk

  5. Cross Hesitation