CDC Revision Notes

Russell Sole's B+L New (1st Term) Improvers

By the end of their 2nd term of dancing (ie 1st term in improvers), Russell's ballroom and latin new improvers classes have generally covered the following dances:


Waltz

2 walls: a long wall and a short wall. Leader starts facing diagonally into the centre from corner at start of long wall.

Summary (18 bars)

Reverse 1 + Reverse 2
Whisk + Chasse from PP
Natural 1 + Natural Hesitation
Chasse to R + Weave 2
Natural 1 + Nat.Spin ("rock" turn) + Reverse 2 (in corner)
Reverse 1 + Reverse 2
Whisk + Chasse from PP
Natural 1 + Nat.Spin + Reverse 2 (in corner)

Detail

  1. Reverse Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to back line of dance)
  2. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face diag to wall)
  3. Whisk to Promenade Position [1, 2, 3]
  4. Chassé from PP [1, 2 & 3] (along the line of dance)
  5. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right to back line of dance)
  6. Natural Hesitation [1, 2, 3] (turn to right and brush closed)
  7. Chassé to Right [1, 2 & 3] (along the line of dance)
  8. Weave (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turning left, no closing step)
  9. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right)
  10. Natural Spin Turn [1, 2, 3] (pivot/rock turn to right, in the corner)
  11. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face out of the corner)
  12. Reverse Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to back line of dance)
  13. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face diag to wall)
  14. Whisk to Promenade Position [1, 2, 3]
  15. Chassé from PP [1, 2 & 3] (along the line of dance)
  16. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right)
  17. Natural Spin Turn [1, 2, 3] (pivot/rock turn to right, in the corner)
  18. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face out of the corner)

Quickstep

2 walls: a long wall and a short wall. Leader starts facing diagonally into corner at start of long wall.

Summary

Natural Turn + Nat.Spin ("rock" turn) in corner
Back Basic + Forward Lock
Natural Turn + Natural Hesitation
Reverse Turn + Back Basic + Forward Lock
Natural Turn + Nat.Spin ("rock" turn) in corner
Back Basic + Forward Lock

Detail


Tango

Leader starts facing diagonally to wall at start of long side.

Summary

6 walks [SS QQ SS]
full reverse turn inline then closed [QQS QQS]
2 walks + prog.link to PP [SS QQ]
closed promenade [SQQS]
contra-check and tap link to PP [QQ(S)]
closed promenade [SQQS]
walks into pivoting rocks [SS QQ]
back corte [SQQS]

Detail


Cha-cha

A very long collection of many different figures (which could be used in some different orders if led). This is the same routine as achieved by the end of beginners.

Summary (28 bars)

(4) 4 basics
(4) 3 new yorks + solo spot turn
(4) 3 hand-to-hands + alemana turn
(4) 3 progressive cha-chas back and forth
(2) basic + alemana
(4) 3 shoulder-to-shoulders + alemana
(2) CPP new york + solo spot turn
(4) time steps with solo spot turns

Detail

  1. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1] (close hold)
  2. Back Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1] (close hold)
  3. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  4. Back Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  5. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  6. PP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  7. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  8. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold)
  9. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  10. CF Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  11. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  12. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  13. Forward Basic into ... [2, 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  14. ... Three Cha-chas Back [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  15. Back Basic into ... [2, 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  16. ... Three Cha-chas Fwd [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  17. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  18. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  19. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  20. R Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  21. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  22. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  23. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  24. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  25. Time Steps [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold, "coathanger" arms)
  26. Lady's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  27. Gent's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  28. Both turn, ie PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]

Rumba

A very long collection of many different figures (which could be used in some different orders if led). Note that rumba can be counted as beats within a bar or as Quick-Quick-Slow steps. This is the same routine as achieved by the end of beginners.

Summary (28 bars)

(4) 4 basics
(4) 3 new yorks + solo spot turn
(4) 3 hand-to-hands + alemana turn
(4) basic into walks back, rocks and walks fwd
(2) basic + alemana
(4) 3 shoulder-to-shoulders + alemana
(2) CPP new york + solo spot turn
(4) time steps with solo spot turns

Detail

  1. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (close hold)
  2. Back Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (close hold)
  3. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  4. Back Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  5. CPP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  6. PP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (right-to-left handhold)
  7. CPP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  8. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (no handhold)
  9. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (right-to-left handhold)
  10. CF Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  11. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (right-to-left handhold)
  12. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (left-to-right handhold)
  13. Forward Basic into ... [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  14. ... Three Walks Back [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  15. Rocks into ... [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  16. ... Three Walks Fwd [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  17. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  18. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  19. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (double handhold)
  20. R Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (double handhold)
  21. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (double handhold)
  22. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  23. CPP New York [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  24. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (no handhold)
  25. Time Steps [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS] (no handhold, "coathanger" arms)
  26. Lady's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  27. Gent's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]
  28. Both turn, ie PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4&1 = QQS]

Jive

Start in close hold but re-start by linking up again into close hold on the basic figure:

Summary

1 basic
2 change-of-places (turn and return)
1 behind the back
1 change of places to return
2 american (push) spins
2 hip bumps

Detail