CDC Revision Notes

Russell Sole's B+L ongoing (2nd Term) Improvers

By the end of their 3rd term of dancing (ie 2nd term in improvers or 1st year overall), Russell's ballroom and latin new improvers classes have generally covered the following dances in addition to their previous routines:


Waltz

4 separate walls (starting into the corner to head down a long wall):

Summary (24 bars)

corner 1 = Natural 1 + Nat.Spin + Turning Lock
long wall = Natural 1 + Nat.Hesitation + Double Reverse Spin
+ Chasse to R + Back Lock + Back Whisk (into corner 2)
short wall = Weave from PP, Weave 2
corner 3 = Natural 1 + Nat.Spin + Reverse 2
long wall = Reverse 1 + Reverse 2 + Reverse 1
+ Check into Weave + Weave 2
corner 4 = Natural 1 + Open Impetus + Wing
short wall = Chasse to R + Weave 2

Detail

  1. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right into the corner)
  2. Natural Spin Turn [1, 2, 3] (pivot/rock turn to right, in the corner)
  3. Turning Lock [1 & 2, 3] (right shoulder back to lead)
  4. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right to back line of dance)
  5. Natural Hesitation [1, 2, 3] (turn to right and brush closed)
  6. Double Reverse Spin [1, 2 & 3] (full turn to left)
  7. Chassé to Right [1, 2 & 3] (along the line of dance)
  8. Back Lock [1, 2 & 3] (backing LOD)
  9. Back Whisk [1, 2, 3] (to Promenade Position facing out of the corner)
  10. Weave from PP [1, 2, 3] (turning left, no closing step)
  11. Weave (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turning left, no closing step)
  12. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right into the corner)
  13. Natural Spin Turn [1, 2, 3] (pivot/rock turn to right, in the corner)
  14. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face out of the corner)
  15. Reverse Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to back line of dance)
  16. Reverse Turn (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to face diag to wall)
  17. Reverse Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to left to back wall)
  18. Check and ... [1, 2, 3]
  19. Weave (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turning left, no closing step)
  20. Natural Turn (1st half) [1, 2, 3] (turn to right into the corner)
  21. Open Impetus Turn [1, 2, 3] (man's heel turn to PP, in the corner)
  22. Wing [1, 2, 3] (lady walks round man to wrong side)
  23. Chassé to Right [1, 2 & 3] (along the line of dance)
  24. Weave (2nd half) [1, 2, 3] (turning left, no closing step)

Cha-cha

Start in close hold with closed hip twist to fan but restart in open hold with open hip twist to fan.

Summary (35 bars)

(4) hip twist to fan + exit fan with alemana
(4) 3 new yorks + solo spot turn
(4) 2 hand-to-hands into 3 CPP cha-chas + CPP new york
(4) solo spot turn + 1 Hand-to-Hand into 3 PP cha-chas + solo spot turn
(4) the 3 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
(3) knee lifts + do-si-do

Detail

  1. Forward Basic into [2, 3, 4 & 1] (close or open hold)
  2. Hip Twist out to [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  3. Fan, exiting with [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  4. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  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 into [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  11. ... 3 CPP Progressive Cha-chas [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  12. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1] (left-to-right handhold)
  13. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold)
  14. Fallaway Hand-To-Hand into [2, 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  15. ... 3 PP Progressive Cha-chas [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (right-to-left handhold)
  16. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold)
  17. Forward Basic into ... [2, 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  18. ... Three Cha-chas Back [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  19. Back Basic into ... [2, 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  20. ... Three Cha-chas Fwd [2 & 3, 4 & 1] (locks not chassés)
  21. Forward Basic [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  22. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  23. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  24. R Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  25. L Shoulder-To-Shoulder [2, 3, 4 & 1] (double handhold)
  26. Alemana (Underarm Turn) [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  27. CPP New York [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  28. PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  29. Time Steps [2, 3, 4 & 1] (no handhold, "coathanger" arms)
  30. Lady's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  31. Gent's Solo Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  32. Both turn, ie PP Solo Spot Turn [2, 3, 4 & 1]
  33. Knee Lifts [2, 3, 4, 1]
  34. Do-Si-Do Fwd [2, 3, 4 & 1] (passing partner R side to R side)
  35. Do-Si-Do Back [2, 3, 4 & 1] (passing partner L side to L side)

Samba

Note that not all steps have full weight (typically the "a" beats don't). Start in close hold with leader facing wall:

Summary (54 bars)

8 natural basics (for 1 full turn)
3 whisks (PP, CPP, PP)
4 promenade samba walks
3 whisks (CPP, PP, CPP)
6 "outside" basics (turning 1/4 L, R, L to end LOD)
4 bota fogos forwards (follower backwards)
4 natural basics (turning to back LOD)
4 bota fogos backwards (ending last in PP)
3 samba walks (side, forward, side)
2 criss-cross bota fogos
2 sets of criss-cross travelling voltas (ie 4 bars music)
1 set of solo spot voltas with leader's foot cheat (ie 2 bars)
1 shadow bota fogo (LxF)
2 sets of travelling voltas in shadow (turn 1/2 L between, 4 bars)
1 set of solo spot voltas with leader's foot cheat (ie 2 bars)

Detail

  1. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  2. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  3. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  4. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  5. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  6. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  7. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  8. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  9. PP Whisk [SQQ] (flat timing)
  10. CPP Whisk [SQQ] (flat timing)
  11. PP Whisk [SQQ] (flat timing)
  12. Promenade Walk [1 a 2] (outside foot)
  13. Promenade Walk [1 a 2] (inside foot)
  14. Promenade Walk [1 a 2] (outside foot)
  15. Promenade Walk [1 a 2] (inside foot)
  16. CPP Whisk [SQQ] (flat timing)
  17. PP Whisk [SQQ] (flat timing)
  18. CPP Whisk [SQQ] (flat timing)
  19. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (then turn 1/4 left)
  20. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (partner outside)
  21. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (outside partner)
  22. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (after 1/4 right turn)
  23. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (then turn 1/4 left)
  24. L Back Outside Basic [1 a 2] (partner outside)
  25. R Forward Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn 1/8 right)
  26. L Forward Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn 1/4 left)
  27. R Forward Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn 1/4 right)
  28. L Forward Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn 1/8 left)
  29. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  30. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  31. R Forward Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  32. L Back Basic [1 a 2] (rotating 1/8 right)
  33. R Back Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn 1/8 left)
  34. L Back Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn 1/4 right)
  35. R Back Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn left - more for leader)
  36. L Back Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (turn to PP)
  37. Side Samba Walk [1 a 2] (inside foot)
  38. Promenade Walk [1 a 2] (outside foot)
  39. Side Samba Walk [1 a 2] (inside foot)
  40. Criss-cross Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (lady in front)
  41. Criss-cross Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (lady in front)
  42. Criss-cross Travelling ... [1 a 2]
  43. ... Voltas [a 3 a 4]
  44. Criss-cross Travelling ... [1 a 2]
  45. ... Voltas [a 3 a 4]
  46. Solo Spot ... [1 a 2] (leader turns L and follower turns R)
  47. ... Voltas [a 3 (a) 4] (with leader's foot cheat)
  48. LF Shadow Bota Fogo [1 a 2] (facing LOD)
  49. RF Shadow Travelling ... [1 a 2]
  50. ... Voltas [a 3 a 4] (letting follower get ahead)
  51. LF Shadow Travelling ... [1 a 2] (turn 1/2 L first)
  52. ... Voltas [a 3 a 4]
  53. Solo Spot ... [1 a 2] (both turn R)
  54. ... Voltas [a 3 (a) 4] (with leader's foot cheat)