Figures Without Phase
by Roy &
DOUBLE AERIAL RONDE:
Although this is a challenge figure, it can be danced by any
advanced-level dancer with some practice, particularly with balance
in the ronde. The "double" refers to both partners doing
the aerial, not to a repetitive action. It starts normally from a
modified closed position with weight on the man's R and the lady's L
and knees flexed. The man has his free foot to the side using only
toe pressure with the lady's R toe lightly touching the floor. It can
start in any facing position, but we will describe it with the man
facing the wall and using a shape to the right as the lady's match it
with left shaping.
The action starts
slight rise on the man's R and the lady's L while starting a little
RF turn and eliminating the sway. Ladies take a small step on their R
to start blending to tight contra banjo. As she places her weight on
the R toe, the man will continue to rise to his R toe and force the
lady into an Aerial Ronde as he follows quickly with his own Aerial
Ronde on his L with a continuation of the RF turn, now facing
approximately DRC. He must be careful to keep his left side to the
lady. Both partners have their shoulders well back with the man
looking left and the lady's head changing from well left to looking
over her right shoulder.
On step 2, the man
his R knee while continuing to turn RF and shapes to the right with
his L toe now touching the floor. The lady will take a small step to
the side and toward the man after lowering on her L and slipping her
R backward with the toe pointing downward and her head still to the
left. This step requires a continuation of the rotation as the body
is lowered with the man ending to face approximately COH.
On step 3, the man
his weight to his L while lowering to the heel and increasing the
right sway. As he rises to the ball of the foot, he will develop
momentum to a RF swiveling action to force the lady to step
diagonally forward on her R to end next to her L with the head well
to the left. The man continues to look at the lady and will end up in
CP with his L slightly ahead of his R, now facing LOD.
On step 4, the man
his RF turn while taking a small step to the side and slightly back
on the R while rising from the heel to the ball of the foot and
opening his head and losing sway. Ladies step around the man RF on
the ball of her L and then continue to turn and place the R to the
side and slightly forward (no weight) to compact SCP. The total
amount of turn is 1 1/4 RF with the ladies turning a little more. The
man will end in compact SCP facing DRW ready for a Hover Fallaway or
other figure that will bring the partnership back to something
Note: The Aerial
should be done with the lower leg parallel to the floor and the toe
pointed slightly downward. The shoulders, being well away from the
partner, will act as a counterbalance to the partnership as contact
is kept at waist level. This is typically a waltz figure (12&3)
but can be done in foxtrot using SQQ&.
"line" is a position that does not incorporate a figure, we
will describe the normal Opposition Line in it's regular entry and
suggested exit, hence make a figure out of it.
Starting in compact
the man's L and lady's R feet free, the man steps directly to the
side on the ball of the L with full body rise and into a left sway.
Ladies step side on their R and develop a right sway with strong rise
also and her head will to the right (man left). On step 2, the man
starts to flex his L knee and lose his sway while closing R toward L.
As the weight is changed to the ball of the R, the body lowering is
focused on the R knee with a right-shaping action as the L is
extended well to the side. The man should now be looking at the lady
as she leans well back in the man's right arm and extends her left
well to the side. All her weight is on the ball of the R foot with
the R knee strongly flexed and the head well to the left. She should
feel that it is very much like an X-Line configuration.
Note: To preserve the
of opposition, the best exit is a Same Foot Lunge but using a little
different appearance from what we described in a previous column.
This would be a true "line" because the normal preparation
is not used as the man can lead the lady by rising on his R and
losing sway to bring his L in closer. As the lady closes L to R, he
will turn a little RF and shape to the left. Ladies turn a full 1/4
RF and have all their weight on the flat of the R as the L is
extended forward so that the outside edge of the toe is touching the
floor so that the extended leg forms a straight line with the upper
body. The ladies look over their R shoulder as the man looks straight
ahead (now using a left sway). This differs from the normal Same Foot
Lunge in that there is a maximum separation at the shoulder line to
give the look of the opposition line.
Another Note: Some of
figures have been phase-rated since this series was written.
Next Time: Aerial
column comes from a series published in Cue Sheet Magazine between
1987 and 1992, and is reprinted with permission. The full series is
collected in an 86-pg booklet, available for $30.00 plus postage.
E-mail Fran Kropf at email@example.com. This
article was published in the Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC)
Newsletter, February 2013.