Wedding Waltz Workshop (Lent 2018)

For the purposes of learning something more impressive than just waltz basics these figures have been chosen to be slightly more demanding but still manageable and arranged into interchangeable groups of just 4 figures at a time.

Walking On and Taking Up Hold

For a competition, exam or other formal performance, you and your partner will want to make an impressive entrance and look like you know what you're doing right from the start. Then having good a posture and arm frame will make the steps work better.

It may not be obvious when seen from a distance or on TV/film, but dance costumes are cleverly constructed for the purpose. Eg the jackets have special sleeve inserts so that the shoulders don't rise up when the arms are raised in a classic dance hold. Dresses also need space to allow for the required range of motions. So you will want to check in advance that you *can* dance and look good in whatever your planned costume is for the occasion.

Group A: Whisk, Wing, Closed Telemark and Reverse Turn 2nd

This set of figures won't travel very far and is useful for a small space.

Whisk to PP123
leader forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) cross left close behind (on the toe), look to promenade pos.
follower back right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) cross right close behind (on the toe), turn right, look right

Wing123
leader forwards right (on the heel) leading partner around bring left foot ... ... close to right foot but without weight
follower forwards left (on the heel) to walk around partner forwards right (on the toe) forwards left (on the toe), outside partner, looking to left

Closed Telemark123
leader forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) around partner back left (on the toe)
follower back right (on the toe) close left to right while twisting left forwards right (on the toe)

Reverse Turn (2nd half)123
leader back right (on the toe) starting to turn left sideways left (on the toe), small step turning L close right to left (on the toe)
follower forwards left (on the heel) starting to turn left sideways right (on the toe), large step turning L close left to right (on the toe)

Group B: Contra Check, Weave 1st, Weave 2nd, Outside Check

This set of figures is for showing off partner and travelling further. Putting a slip pivot (turning left) onto the end of the outside check will also enable a change of direction, eg for a corner of the room.

Contra Check (not to PP)123
leader forwards left (under partner) replace back on right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) turning left
follower back right (on the toe) replace forwards on left (on the toe) sideways right (on the toe) turning left

Weave (1st half)123
leader forwards right (on the heel) outside partner forwards left (on the toe) turning left sideways right (on the toe) turning left
follower back left (on the toe) back right (on the toe) turning left sideways left (on the toe) turning left

Weave (2nd half)123
leader back left (on the toe) back right (on the toe) turning left sideways left (on the toe) turning left
follower forwards right (on the heel) outside partner forwards left (on the toe) turning left sideways right (on the toe) turning left

Outside Check123
leader forwards right (on the heel) outside partner replace back on left (on the toe) back right (on the toe) small step, optionally turning left
follower back left (on the toe) replace forwards on right (on the toe) forwards left (on the toe) small step, optionally turning left

Group B': Contra Check with extra bar, Chassé from PP, Outside Check + Slip Pivot

To display partner for longer, use up another bar of music when lowering into the contra check position. It's also possible to exit the contra check in promenade position. To travel less far (for a smaller room space) than a weave, try a chassé from PP.

Contra Check (slow)123
leader forwards left under partner slowly rotate left ... ... and a bit more
follower back right (on the toe) slowly rotate left and ... ... stretch out to drop left ear

... and recover to PP123
leader indicate the recovery phase replace weight back on right foot (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) turning partner to PP
follower start to become more upright again replace weight forwards on left (on the toe) sideways right (on the toe) turning right to PP

Chassé from PP12&3
leader forwards right (on the heel) through gap across own body sideways left (on the toe) close right to left (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe)
follower forwards left (on the heel) through gap across own body sideways right (on the toe) starting to turn left close left to right (on the toe) sideways right (on the toe) looking left again

Outside Check123
leader forwards right (on the heel) outside partner replace back on left (on the toe) back right (on the toe), a small step with pivot to left
follower back left (on the toe) replace forwards on right (on the toe) forwards left (on the toe) tracking partner's foot to pivot to left

Group C: LF Basic, Natural Turn 1st, Nat. Spin/Rock Turn, RB Basic

This set of figures is for turning a corner of the room. The left-foot basic at the start could be a contra check figure instead but then the natural turn would start with a step outside partner.

LF Basic123
leader forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) close left (on the toe)
follower back right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) close right (on the toe)

Natural Turn (1st half)123
leader forwards right (on the heel) starting to turn right sideways left (on the toe), large step turning R close right to left (on the toe) still turning R
follower back left (on the toe) starting to turn right sideways right (on the toe), small step turning R close left to right (on the toe) still turning R

Natural Spin/Rock Turn123
leader back left (on the toe) turning right forwards right (heel then toe) turning R back left (on the toe) still turning R
follower forwards right (on the heel) turning right back left (on the toe) turning R brush right closed and then step forwards (on the toe)

RB Basic123
leader back right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) close right (on the toe)
follower forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) close left (on the toe)

Group D: Whisk, Weave From PP, Weave To PP, Chair Check

Mixing up some variants of figures from groups A + B. Putting a slip pivot (turning left) onto the end of the outside check will also enable a change of direction, eg for a corner of the room.

Whisk to PP123
leader forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) cross left close behind (on the toe), look to promenade pos.
follower back right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) cross right close behind (on the toe), turn right, look right

Weave From PP123
leader forwards right (on the heel) through middle forwards left (on the toe) turning left sideways right (on the toe) turning left
follower forwards left (on the heel) through middle fwd-side right (on the toe) turning left sideways left (on the toe) turning left

Weave To PP123
leader back left (on the toe) back right (on the toe) turning left side-fwd left (on the toe) to promenade
follower forwards right (on the heel) outside partner forwards left (on the toe) turning left forwards right (on the toe) to promenade

Chair Check123
leader forwards right (on the heel) through middle replace back on left (on the toe) back right (on the toe) small step, optionally turning left
follower forwards left (on the heel) through middle replace back on right (on the toe) side-fwd left (on the toe) small step, turning left

Basic Waltz Figures

Note that a pair of reverse basics, gradually rotated to the left, will also work to turn a corner of the room.

LF Basic123
leader forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) close left (on the toe)
follower back right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) close right (on the toe)

RB Basic123
leader back right (on the toe) sideways left (on the toe) close right (on the toe)
follower forwards left (on the heel) sideways right (on the toe) close left (on the toe)