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Multiple Alignment Figures

So...you may ask, "Why the heck do we need so many different types of whisk or double reverse spin?" 

These figures are there to breakdown two things. First, they give choreographic options to link different types of figures together. Second, they gave the writers of the technique book a way to show the changes in turn, alignment, and body position with slight changes to direction. The list is not exhaustive, but I've listed most of the figures with multiple alignments below.

Waltz

 

Natural Spin Turn

7/8R over 456 1/2 and 3/8

5/8R ove 456 3/8 and 1/4

 

Whisk

man no turn, lady 1/4 R

man 1/8 and 1/8, lady no turn

man 1/8, lady 1/8 L and 1/4 R

 

Progressive Chasse to Right

1/4 man 1/8 1/8btl, lady 1/4btl and slight body turn

3/8 man 1/4 1/8btl, lady 3/8btl and slight body turn

1/2 man 1/4 1/8 1/8btl, lady 3/8btl body completes turn 1/8 btl

 

Double Reverse Spin

7/8, 3/8 and 1/2

3/4, 1/4 and 1/2, or 3/8 and 3/8

full turn, 3/8 and 5/8

 

Reverse Corte

man 3/8, lady 1/4 and 1/8

man 1/2, lady 3/8 and 1/8

man 5/8, lady 3/8 and 1/4

man 1/4, lady 1/8 and 1/8

 

Outside Spin

man 3/8 3/8 1/4, lady 5/8 1/4 1/4

3/4 overall man 3/8 3/8, lady 1/2 1/4

1/2 overall man 1/4 1/4, lady 3/8 1/8

 

Weave from PP

moving to center

moving to DC

 

Back Whisk

Man with no turn or up to 3/8 to the right

 

 

Foxtrot

 

Change of Direction

Reverse Wave

natural telemark

weave from PP

 

Quickstep

 

Tipple Chasse

Running Right Turn

Running Finish

 

 

Tango

 

Four Step

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