The Right Lunge Line
by Mary & Pete McGee
A Right Lunge is a phase IV figure, and
we dance it a lot in waltzes and foxtrots. Sometimes the
choreographer gives us a full measure to go into the lunge line, and
a full measure to come out of it, but usually the lunge, roll, and
slip are all done in one measure.
Because a lot happens in that specific
figure, we have a tendency to become anxious and rush in and out of
it with too much turning action, making it look rushed and out of
control. There are a lot of reasons that make this happen, so let's
start with what I call the main reason, and that is the preceding
figure. If the preceding figure is not ended correctly, it seems to
make everything that happens afterwards go wrong. Make sure that the
preceding figure ended in the proper position. Also, make sure that
you have lowered into the supporting foot at the end of the figure.
After we have this correct, we are then ready to do our right lunge.
When practicing the right lunge, we should think of it in terms of one piece at a time, as follows:
The lady lowers on her R foot to go out
with the L foot into the lunge line, keeping her head well to the
left with right-side stretch. She recovers on the R Foot and slips to
CP on the L. Her head remains well to the left throughout.
This sounds like a lot, and probably
you feel that you won't have enough time to do all of these things in
one measure, but the secret is practicing it several times slowly,
making sure you are standing over each foot for balance, and in time
you can do it all with a rolling action and it will look much more in
Good Luck!!! And remember, "Practice
Published in the ROUNDALAB Journal, fall 1995. Reprinted in the Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC) Newsletter, November 2012.
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