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Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum—

The Telefeather

 
The Telefeather, a phase 6 foxtrot figure, can be described as a Telespin to SCP with an extra step turning to BJO. But this only makes sense if you know what a Telespin is.
 
Here’s a description more suitable to a phase 4 dancer – The Telefeather is a two measure figure where you begin in CP or BJO facing LOD with a Telemark to SCP except that the man points instead of taking his third step and the lady syncopates her third step (thus taking 2 steps while the man points) swiveling to pickup into CP on her fourth step. Then in the second measure, the couple does a progressive left pivot in 4 steps to end BJO-DLW. The timing for the man is thus SQ-; QQQQ; while the timing for the lady is SQQ&; QQQQ; Roundalab actually specifies a slightly different timing with the lady delaying her pickup until the second measure – but this causes the couple to rush the execution of the second measure steps instead of it being more smooth & progressive like a Foxtrot should be.
 
Here's a little more detail. Begin the Telefeather just like a Telemark for the first two steps – The man steps forward turning LF, - , then side R rotating LF around the lady, and then points his L foot side. The lady steps back with her R foot into a heel turn, - , closes her L foot finishing her heel turn rising to L toe ending in SCP, then quickly runs forward/forward swiveling to face man (i.e., pickup). A common mistake when going to SCP is to open up so much that the lead shoulders separate away from partner and the dancers end up more side by side than in SCP. 

The second measure should start in loose CP man facing DLW with lead foot free. You will now do a progressive left pivot in 4 steps in QQQQ timing ending in BJO-DLW. The man steps forward (lady back) pivoting LF, then the man steps back (lady forward) continuing the LF pivot, then man steps side & forward to BJO, and finally crosses in front (lady crosses in back) ending in BJO-DLW. 

One dance that has both a Telespin to SCP and a Telefeather is “I Will Wait for You” by Randy & Marie Preskitt, FT-6 (March 2017).


 

Tim Eum has 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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