The Waltz Hesitation Change is a Bronze level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.
|Step||Timing|| Movement ||Alignment||Footwork||Turn||Sway||CBM||Rise & Fall|
|1||1||RF fwd||Facing DW||HT||Start to turn R||S||CBM||Start to rise e/o 1|
|2||2||LF to side||Backing DC||T||1/4 between 1-2||R|| Continue to rise on 2 and 3 |
|3||3||RF closes to LF||Backing LOD||TH||1/8 between 2-3||R|| |
Lower e/o 3
|4||1||LF back||Backing LOD||H||Start to turn R||S||CBM|
|5||2||RF to side small step (Heel Pull)||Facing DC|| IE of foot, whole foot || 3/8 between 4-5 ||L|
|6||3||LF closes to RF without weight||Facing DC|| IE of toe (LF) ||L|
|Step||Timing||Movement||Alignment||Footwork||Turn||Sway||Sway||Rise & Fall|
|1||1||LF back||Backing DW||TH||starts to turn R||S||CBM||start to rise e/o 1, NFR|
|2||2||RF to side||Pointing LOD||T||3/8 between 1-2, body turns less||L||continue to rise on 2 and 3|
|3||3||LF closes to RF||Facing LOD||TH||Body completes turn||L||lower e/o 3|
|4||1||RF fwd||Facing LOD||HT||start to turn R||S||CBM|
|5||2|| LF to side || Backing DC ||TH|| 3/8 between 4-5 ||R|
|6||3|| RF closes to LF without weight || Backing DC || IE of Toe (RF) ||R|
What is Drag Hesitation: Actually it is like Hesitation Change in Waltz? You do hesitate but on a forward step. Men: Start facing LOD, 1. LF forward, 2. RF to side and 3. Drag LF to RF without weight. Make 3/8 turn to left and you have done a drag hesitation. Bodies turn a little less so that Lady will easily step forward outside partner RF at the end and man will step back LF in CBMP (PO) and from here you can do a Back Lock backing DW. Ladies reciprocate or normal opposite.
Why use Drag Hesitation: I find it as one of the most beautiful movements as you drag and it helps to change the rhythm and weight change leads, also body relationship at the end to encourage lady to go outside partner. There is so much here and it is easy to do
Why was this figure eliminated: Good Question? I dont know. I wish some of you who are more familiar with committees and have high connections will shed some light on this subject. Elizabeth Romain did not say Why? She just said Bill was surprised or something to that effect.
Choreography: Do a Natural Spin Turn (Underturn). end backing DC against LOD, make 456 of Reverse Turn, end facing DC and Double Revers Spin x 2, end facing LOD. Execute Drag Hesitation as above, Follow with back Lock, followed by 456 of Natural Turn, end facing DC ready for a RF Closed Change. This is how I used it in my routine and after a speedy couple Double Reverses it was a nice contrast.
In the next Tid-bits I will suggest few Technical Hints on Lead and Follow which are slightly different from the prescribed technique.
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