The Waltz Hesitation Change

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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
6 3  LF closes to RF without weight Facing DC IE of toe (LF)


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
6 3 RF closes to LF without weight
Backing DC
IE of Toe (RF)
  R    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. To Dance Waltz Volume 1: A complete Beginner's Guide To Dancing The Waltz
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camera sans fil 08/26/2010 19:33

Nice pic