Waltz Hesitation Change
The Waltz Hesitation Change 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.
Count 1: RF fwd | Facing DW | HT | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | Start to rise e/o 1
Count 2: LF to side | Backing DC | T | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | Continue to rise on 2 and 3
Count 3: 3 | RF closes to LF | Backing LOD | TH | 1/8 between 2-3 | Sway(R) | Lower e/o 3
Count 1: LF back | Backing LOD | H | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Count 2: RF to side small step (Heel Pull) | Facing DC | IE of foot, whole foot | 3/8 between 4-5 | Sway(L) | --
Count 3: LF closes to RF without weight | Facing DC | IE of toe (LF) | -- | Sway(L) | --
When danced at a corner, 1/8 or 1/4 turn could be made between 4-5.
Count 1: LF back | Backing DW | TH | starts to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | start to rise e/o 1, NFR
Count 2: RF to side | Pointing LOD | T | 3/8 between 1-2, body turns less | Sway(L) | continue to rise on 2 and 3
Count 3: LF closes to RF | Facing LOD | TH | Body completes turn | Sway(L) | lower e/o 3
Count 1: RF fwd | Facing LOD | HT | start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | --
Drive. Do not cross Man's tie line.
Keep knees very soft, try not to pop up and rise quickly. Keep action down into the legs.
Count 2: LF to side | Backing DC | TH | 3/8 between 4-5 | Sway(R) | --
Stay left to Man. Knees soft, compressed.
3 ways of doing shaping:
No shaping: flat shoulder
Shape to L, recover on 3 (some people do this)
Shape to R, recover on 3 (still stay on Man's R side) - This is preferred.
Do not pop up. Body rise only, no foot rise. Heel down. Stay low. Stretch and extend.
Count 3: RF closes to LF without weight | Backing DC | IE of Toe (RF) | Sway(R) |
Settle (recover from shaping)
Reverse Turn (normal; or to back DW then Basic Weave when Hesitation Change ends facing new LOD)
Closed Change LF (when facing DW of new LOD)
Contra Check (at corner)