Figures Without Phase
by Roy &
RUNAROUND: This is a
layman's term for several figures that resemble a "running
around" action as a continuation of a standard figure. We will
describe the normal types as used in ballroom and some round dances.
These can only be used in waltz rhythm because of the count sequence
and musical adaptation.
CONTINUOUS WING: As the name
indicates, the preparation is a Wing (from any of the three positions
but nearly always from the one starting in SCP) where the man
initiates a LF turning action. He gives the impetus from crossing
behind on his L with a LF rotation, then maintains nearly a flat foot
on his R for step 2 while using weight on the ball of the foot as he
allows the heel to rotate. The man's L is used for a small paddling
action to maintain the rotation as weight is transferred alternately
to the ball of the foot. Ladies use what can be described as cross
steps where the paddling action is on their R and the L is used to
position the body. The count used is 1&2&3 . . . and the
lady's crossing step is on the "and" as she makes her
larger turning action. It is important to maintain a compact SCP
throughout, where it may be necessary to blend to this configuration
on the first step after the Wing.
More often than not, a
6-count is used (= 2 measures) because it is not too speedy and leads
to a more easily controlled exit, however, a 9-count is not uncommon.
A good rule to remember is that the foot nearest your partner is on
the numerical count and the outside foot on the "and."
Sometimes the man will finish with L behind R in a twist position by
underturning and then will use a checking action for a right-turning
figure to follow.
CONTINUOUS DOUBLE REVERSE:
To lead this Runaround, the man completes two steps of the Double
Reverse Spin, but when he closes for the toe pivot he turns his body
to the left. This then follows the action of the Continuous Wing
where the lady must feel like she is doing a series of side closes.
Because of the starting position, this figure has a timing of
1,2&3&4& . . . and the lady will keep a closed head as
she blends into compact SCP.
This figure has a normal
count of 9 (= 3 measures) because of the entry speed. When using the
9 count, the partners must start to reposition themselves on counts 7
& 8. The lady can end either on the man's left or right side, or
as in a normal Double Reverse Spin where the man must use a ronde
action to bring L to R with no weight. In any event, the man must use
a higher body line than in the Continuous Wing, and the lady has to
develop more rotation power.
Somewhat of a coined name for a clockwise movement, it can be
considered the generic term that is now accepted for this sort of
action. Actually it can be danced from almost any position that
permits the lady to step outside the man with a R-foot lead. A
typical entry would be from a Left Whisk where the man simply
untwists and uses his L to paddle while the R is kept nearly flat on
the floor. Ladies have a 1,2&3& . . . count because of the
untwisting action. The numerical count is on the outside foot,
however, and the weight is on the lady's R for the "and"
count as before.
Because of the possibility
of mixing up the action on the RF turn for this figure, we will
describe the initial action in more detail. It will be a follows for
a starting position other than after a Left Whisk. On step 1, the man
starts a RF turn on the ball of the R with nearly a flat foot and
moves a little to the right to lead the lady outside on his right
side. This will result in an approximate turn of 1/8 RF and should be
accompanied by a little right sway (lady left). On step 2, the lady
is outside the man as she maintains weight on the ball of the L while
her R is to the side and slightly back. The man is now on a flat foot
for his R and into a paddling sequence with his L as both lose the
sway and continue as described above. An easy exit after, say, 9
counts, is to open to compact SCP and move forward in whatever facing
position is desired.
STANDING SPIN: Another
generic term that describes a compact turning action where the
partners are staying up in a high body-rise position. The Continuous
Double Reverse is only one of several choices and we do not imply
that this is a limiting option. For instance, the LF-turning
Runaround can start with a leg hook (man's L XIB of R) or from an
Opposition Line, etc. The Left Whisk to a CW turn is a sort of leg
hook lead but does not qualify as a Standing Spin -- ditto the
Continuous Wing (the body line is basically down). On the other hand,
the Fleckerl, as used in the Viennese Waltz, is not listed under the
normal Standing Spin but certainly qualifies. We will cover this
later on in the Viennese Waltz section to follow.
Next Time: Bounce Fallaway
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, March 2013.