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Saturday, 12 July 2003 00:00

Shines

1: Basic.
2: Basic.
3: Basic.

5: Back, right diagonal step.
6: Forward, left diagonal step.
7: Forward, side step.
(Forward is from aspect of beginning basic. Body faces left from slot and does side step)

1: Lift left foot off ground and pivot in same place.
2: Weighted step but pivot towards left.
3: (Twist body left 90 degrees to face right, from aspect of beginning basic. Left toe faces that right, while right toe faces back)

&: Right left bends up from knee behind left leg.

5: Back step. (from aspect of beginning basic)
6: Lock step.
(Left foot steps backwards but remains in front of right and is crossed in front of it)
7: Right side step.

1: Twist body left, and move weight to left foot. Right foot is toe tapped.
2: Left foot, forward toe tap.
3: Back toe tap.

5: Left foot weighted.
6: Right foot, back toe tap.
7: Right leg, swing forward. Right calf accross left thigh.

1: Body facing right, but still within slot. Right foot back step.
2: Large step forward. (Body still facing right within slot)
3: Slide back. (Left leg slides back after right leg steps back)

5: Side basic.
6: Basic.
7: Basic.

Published in Shines/Footwork
Thursday, 28 August 2003 00:00

Shines

1: Left foot, front right cross tap.
(Left leg steps accross and in front of right leg. Feet are side by side with each other.)
2: Left foot, back right cross tap.
(Left foot is brought behind right leg in a cross step. Feet side by side.)
3: Right leg, right side sweep.
(Weight is transferred to left foot, right leg then sweeps out to a side step with weight still on left foot.)

5: Right foot, back left cross step.
(Right foot continues sweep so that right leg ends up behind left leg.)
6: Left foot, back right cross step.
(Left foot is brought behind right leg in a cross step. Feet side by side.)
6 and 1/2: Forward lock step.
(At this half way point, right foot steps forward while staying in cross step.)
7: Forward lock step.
(While in cross step, left foot steps forward while staying in cross step.)

123 - Basic.
567 - Basic.

123 - Outside (right) turn.
567 - Basic.

Published in Shines/Footwork
Thursday, 11 September 2003 00:00

Leaders Box Step

1: Left foot, right cross step. (Left crosses accross right leg.)
2: Right foot, right side step. (Right foot steps shoulder length.)
3: Left foot, back step.

5: Right foot, left cross step. (Right foot crosses behind left leg.)
6: Left foot, left side step. (Step left at shoulder length.)
7: Right foot, forward step.

1: Forward basic step.


Followers Box Step
1: Right foot, left cross step. (Right foot steps behind left leg.)
2: Left foot, left side step. (Shoulder distance step.)
3: Right foot, forward step.

5: Left foot, right cross step. (Left foot steps in front of right leg.)
6: Right foot, right side step. (Shoulder distance step.)
7: Left foot, back step.

1: Right foot, back basic step.

Published in Shines/Footwork
Thursday, 23 October 2003 00:00

Grape-Vine Series

1: Left foot, right cross-step, front.
(Steps accross and in front of the right leg.)
2: Right foot, right side step.
(Right foot steps to right side in open stance.)
3: Left foot, right cross-step, behind.
(Similar to 1, except step behind the right leg.)

&: Right leg, mid-air pass.
(The count connects the 3rd and 5th count with a mid-air leg fan.)

5: Right foot, left cross-step, behind.
(Similar to above, the right foot steps behind the left leg in cross step.)
6: Left foot, left side step.
(Left foot steps to left in open stance.)
7: Right foot, left cross-step, front.

1: Left foot, left side step.
2: Left travelling turn.
(Travel in a left turn by staying in the line of dance and step with the right foot after turn.)
3: Left travelling turn.
(Continue to travel in a turn by turning left and stepping down with the left foot within the line of dance.)

5: Right foot, left cross step, behind.
6: Left slide.
(The left foot steps far left.)
7: Left slide.
(slide the right foot towards the left.)

1: Forward Basic.

Published in Shines/Footwork
Thursday, 30 October 2003 00:00

Lock Steps Aerial Cross Steps

123: Forward basic.

5: Right foot, left cross sweep, front.
(The right leg sweeps accross the left leg.)
6: Left foot, back lock step.
(While remaining in a cross step position, step directly back with the left foot.)
7: Right foot, back lock step.

1: Left foot, forward cross step, front.
(Lift the left foot up and over the right leg from the last position. The left foot steps in front of the right leg in a right cross step.)
2: Right foot, right side sweep.
(Bring the right foot to the side away from the left leg. Height is low.)
3: Left side pop.
(Bring the right foot to the left foot. When they touch, the left leg pops out to the left side. Height is low. )

Aerial Cross Step
(An aerial cross step is two cross steps done mid-air. Land on the ground by count 5.)

&: Go aerial by pushing off from the right foot. While in the air, half a foot off the ground, the left foot crosses in front of the right leg. Then, the right leg crosses in front of that.

5: By count 5, land on the ground with the right leg crossed in front of the left leg.
6: Left foot, back lock step.
7: Right foot, back lock step.

1: Left foot, Forward basic step.

Published in Shines/Footwork
Sunday, 12 November 2006 12:27

Wrap Check to Crossbody Inside Turn

Wrap Check to Crossbody Inside Turn
Start - Cross hold.

123 - Open break to inside turn wrap w/ linked hands.
(lead puts follower into left turn so that the follower's left arm is accross their body and they are facing away from the lead.)
567 - Pull back for outside turn to left broken-arm w/ lead right turn w/ hold switch. Reconnect left hand to follower's right hand.
123 - Forward basic for crossbody prep in hold.
567 - Crossbody inside turn on lead's left-hand hold.
123 - Basic.
Published in Wraps
Sunday, 12 November 2006 12:38

Helicopter to Lead Right Turn

Helicopter to Lead Right Turn
Start - Cross hold.

123 - Basic.
567 - Outside turn w/ linked hands.
123 - Helicopter.
(With hands still connected, step to left of follower into a travelling shadow. Walk in a circle with back to follower. Followers walk with leader in the circle. Lead ends about 180 degrees from beginning slot.)
567 - Lead right turn in helicopter.
(Lead steps with left leg accross right leg. On 6, lead turns right while maintaining the hold with follower. Lead releases left hand hold only when the follower's arm touches the lead's neck. Lead is now facing the follower.)
123 - Basic.
(Release holds and return to an open hold.)
Published in Walk-Around
Helicopter to Right Head Duck to Outside Turn
Start - Cross hold.

123 - Basic.
567 - Outside turn w/ linked hands.
123 - Helicopter.
(With hands still connected, step to left of follower into a travelling shadow. Walk in a circle with back to follower. Followers walk with leader in the circle. Lead ends about 180 degrees from beginning slot.)
567 - Lead right turn in helicopter.
(Lead steps with left leg accross right leg. On 6, lead turns right while maintaining the hold with follower. Lead does not release hold.) 123 - Right Head Duck.
(While maintaining holds, lead ducks down and right of follower's left hand. After ducking and coming back up, lead brings follower's hands up to prepare for outside turn w/ linked hands.)

567 - Outside turn w/ linked hands.
123 - Basic.
Published in Walk-Around
Sunday, 12 November 2006 12:37

Lead Side Wrap to Walk-Around w/ Style

Lead Side Wrap to Walk-Around w/ Style
S
tart - Open hold.

123 - Open break to Lead side wrap.
(The lead, by count 3, the lead stepped forward and turns left 90 degrees in a right side wrap with the follower. To get into the wrap, the lead brings the right hand hold accross the body left while turning, and brings the arm hold over the head and down to the waist level.)
567 - Walk-around in side wrap.
(While in the side wrap, the lead walks sideways in a clockwise direction while pulling the follower with the right hand. It is important for the lead to keep the right arm against the body while pulling. The follower simply walks forward to follower the lead.)
123 - Walk-around with lead body twist.
(While still walking sideways, on 1 the lead turns their body to the right a good 45 degrees. On 2, the lead turns to the left 15 degrees. On 3, the lead turns back to the left, pass the original position by a couple of degrees. The lead and the follower should form a somewhat flat 'U'.)
567 - Outside turn.
(The lead releases the left hand hold and cranks the follower into a right turn.)
123 - Basic.
Published in Walk-Around
Sunday, 12 November 2006 12:33

Tornado Walk-Around

Tornado Walk-Around
Start - Reverse cross hold.

123 - Crossbody prep.
567 - Crossbody, half outside turn, with linked hands to right broken-arm position.
(With the right hand low and the left hand hold high, lead brings follower into a right turn.)
123 - Prep for crossbody inside turn w/ linked hands.
567 - Crossbody, half inside turn w/ linked hands to check.
(While the follower remains in a right broken-arm through the turn, the lead turns the follower in a half left turn. The follower and lead will end with the right arm accross the follower's stomach and the left arm holding the follower's left arm out to their left side. The follower continues to be in a right broken arm.)
123 - Lead walk-around while bringing follower's left arm into a broken-arm.
(In the last step, the lead was behind and slightly to the right of the follower. For this step, the lead steps over in front of the follower and ends on their left side. At the same time the lead brings the follower's left arm behind so that both of the follower's arms are in a broken-arm position. Lead's right arm is in front of the follower.)
567 - Inside turn check, with links hands from last hold.
(Without letting go, the lead checks the follower with the right forearm going accross the follower's upper chest. The leader does not release the holds on the follower's hands.)
123 - Pull-back from check with hold switch.
(The leader pulls the follower into a right turn with the right hand and releases the left hand hold. Once the follower is done turning and facing the lead, the leader holds the follower's left wrist with the left hand while the right hand releases the hold. From here, prep the follower into a travelling outside turn.)
567 - Travelling outside turn.
(The leader pulls the follower into a right turn, accross from them.)
123 - Reconnect for basic step.
Published in Walk-Around
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