Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quickstep - Check (or Rock) Step

The steps you already have for Quickstep are easy enough to simply navigate around the circle of the room, but sometimes corners jump out at you unexpectedly, or there are other people on the floor that you need to be able to drive around. The Check Step is perfect for that.

Repeat it as many times as necessary, with turn or without, it is versatile and when coming after a long string of movement, feels fun too.

Leaders'/Men's Footwork

Basically the man leads the first step forward (on his Left foot) but keeps the pressure behind the Lady's back to tell her that she is not going to keep moving backwards. He then rocks backwards to replace the weight onto his Right foot (Both of these being "Slow" counts)

and then takes the side together on the quick quick, starting on the Left foot and closing the right.

You can do this step with no turn, a quarter turn on the side together, or any amount of turn that is needed. You can do four in a row to go in a circle (if using a quarter turn) should you get blocked in somewhere on a busy floor, or one to help you navigate a corner.

Followers'/Lady's Footwork

As usual you will step back on the Right foot on a Slow count. Instead of continuing to move backwards though, you will be led by pressure on your back to rock forward onto your Left foot on the next slow.

Then the following two quicks are done as usual stepping side on your Right and together on your Left.

Notes for Both Leaders and Followers:

- The amount of turn you do is dictated by the motion in the man's upper body on initiating the movement. Turn the shoulders slightly pulling the left one back and right one forward as you initiate the turning portion of the step.

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