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The Split Ronde
The Split Ronde
difficult phase 6 waltz figure. It requires balance on one foot while
rotating, extra steps for the lady, lower-rise-and-lower must be done
or it doesn’t work, you must retain upper body frame even while
rotating, and the rotation is almost full around (normal is 7/8 but
at least 3/4).
There are two
weight-taking steps for the man and four for the lady, but the
primary action – the ronde – does not take weight. Think of the
timing for these steps as &1-&2-3. The man takes weight on
beats 2 and 3. The lady takes weight in the first half of beat 1,
twice on beat 2, and once on beat 3.
Begin a Split
in Closed Position with lead foot free. The man will thrust his left
foot forward & side (about 10 o’clock) and then swing it
counterclockwise (CCW) in a wide arc behind him. As the man thrusts
his left leg forward, he will lead the lady to take weight onto her
right foot by rotating left-face and lowering so that the lady can
also thrust her left leg forward and swing it around CCW. Both the
man and the lady lower by relaxing their right knee but staying on
the ball of their right foot to allow their entire body to swivel
left-face as their left legs swing behind them. This first beat
ronde/swivel rotation should turn nearly half way around (180
degrees). One common problem is to lean forward when lowering,
especially when the ronde leg goes behind --- don’t do it, or you
will lose balance and lose contact with partner – instead keep a
good upright upper body frame as you rotate left-face.
After the ronde
comes beat two. Both the man and lady take weight onto their left
foot which is now behind them. Do not stop the rotation but continue
turning left-face as you take weight. The lady will even take another
small step side onto her right foot very quickly. You should be able
to turn another quarter turn during beat two while still in Closed
Position and still rotating left-face.
Ronde with a “Slip” step. The man will step back with his right
foot rotating left-face about another 1/8 turn. The lady will step
forward with her left foot following the man’s body to end in
Closed Position with lead foot free.
in the first beat was necessary to enable extending the left legs out
which helps generate the momentum during the ronde to rotate quickly
left-face. Rising up on the second beat helps get up onto the left
toe to help keep the rotation going. Lowering into the third-beat
slipping movement helps complete the figure with good balance and
Note that you
in Closed Position, rotate in Closed Position, and finish in Closed
Position. Keep good upper body frame throughout. Keep heads left.
their second, third, and fourth steps as a “syncopated circular
vine”, i.e., behind/side, forward while rotating left-face.
prepared many Round Dance Tips for Calls 'n' Cues,
WASCA, for his weekly
Rocket Rounds email reports, and for other
publications. DRDC is
grateful for permission to collect and reprint. A Tim Eum archive.
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