First, let me express a small reservation about the photo. Rarely do we lead a Lariat with our leg.
is a Latin figure from Rumba and Cha, and it takes two measures. At the
beginning of the first measure, you will be in a left-open-facing
position with the woman on the man's right side. He will do small
Cucarachas in place and keep lead hands high while the woman steps
forward right, fwd L, fwd R (quick, quick, slow in Rumba), and fwd L,
fwd R, fwd L (again, qqs), around to face partner again. Again, don't
kick her on her way. Usually, the man will place his right hand on her
back and gently support her as she begins her circle walk.
Rope Spin is a somewhat strange modification of the Lariat in that the
two measures of the Rope Spin are really just a Lariat, but the cue
"Rope Spin" also tells you to modify the last step of the previous
figure by leading the woman to spiral right face. You can think of the
Rope Spin as a Lariat that begins with a woman's spiral, as if the
cowboy had given his "lariat" an extra twirl, but do realize that the
spiral occurs at the end of the previous measure.
the previous figure might have been an Alemana. On the last beat of
that figure, the sixth step of the Alemana, the man should raise lead
hands. She will take that last step with her left foot and spiral right
face. If the man will take care to put his lead hand directly over her
head with a little right sway, he will not pull her off the spot of
that last step, and she will be able to spiral in place with better
At the beginning of the next measure, you will
be in that left-open-facing position with the woman on the man's right
side. Her legs will be tightly twisted from the action of the Spiral,
but she simply uncrosses the right leg and steps forward for her circle
walk in six, and he will do his small Cucarachas in place. The Rope
Spin is a Spiral to a Lariat.