Thursday, November 8, 2012

Forward and Backward Walks

Basic, Basic, Basics.
We have covered the Rock Step and the Chasse, solid dance movements in perhaps 5000 dances. Yes, This is a WAG * Now we have the Forward and Backward walks. They can be done in Waltz, using the box step, Foxtrot, using the box step, Rumba, using the box step and the Rock step etc. etc. in many dances.

 "Stardust"   ...   Artie Shaw

In Forward Walk (for the Lead) in the Waltz, the man leads with his left foot forward, his right foot goes to the right and then his left foot comes up to his right completing the first pattern. Then instead of stepping back he leans forward and steps forward with his right foot. When he leans forward it is the sign for the lady to step back. He will complete the pattern and then step forward with his left foot, completing that pattern. Then he will step back with his right foot completing that pattern as is usually done in Waltz.

"I'll Never Smile Again"   ...   Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)

In the Backward Walk (for the lead) in the Waltz, the does the first pattern and the second pattern in the usual way. Then he leans back and applies little hand pressure for the lady to get the signal that he is going back. And instead of going a normal forward, he steps back with his left  foot and completes the pattern, then step back again with his right foot, completes the pattern and the start the usual box pattern again. He must be careful and check behind before he starts the backward walk.

This can be easily done in just about any dance out there and it should not be done more than once during a dance but it is a very nice relaxing move. Much later you could learn to do the forward walk in the promenade position and after that in the open position. What fun!

* WAG:  Wild Ass Guess

Pub's Side Note: "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

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