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5. Whisk

The Whisk is one of the few steps in beginning Waltz ended in promenade position. It begins similarly to a [step]Left Foot Forward Change||127[/step], but with the man and/or lady turning to promenade position, crossing one foot behind the other on the final step. There are three variations of the Whisk, based on the amounts of turn.

The basic Whisk begins in closed position with man facing and lady backing diagonal wall. He steps forward with his left foot, then side and slightly forward with his right, turning the lady to promenade position. He then crosses his left foot behind his right in promenade position, facing diagonal wall with body turned slightly to right, and ready to move down line of dance in promenade position.

The lady's part is nearly the natural opposite, except that she is the one turning to promenade position, and so the direction of her second step is notably different. Rather than stepping side and slightly back, she steps diagonally back, turning 1/4 to right around the man's right side.

5b. Whisk at Corner

The Whisk at a corner begins in closed position, with man facing and lady backing diagonal wall. Whereas the lady does all the turning on basic Whisk taken at the side of the room, when the Whisk is taken at a corner, it is the man who turns to promenade. In his case, the turn is 1/4 to left, leaving the couple ready to travel down the new line of dance in promenade position.

The man begins facing diagonal wall in the corner of the room and takes 3 steps: Forward on the left foot, diagonally forward on the right foot, right side leading, and finally crossing the left foot behind the right foot in promenade position. The lady, on the other hand, takes two steps straight back before crossing her right foot behind the left in promenade position, having turned only slightly to left in the body.

5c. Whisk to Diagonal Center

The Whisk to Diagonal Center begins in closed position, facing diagonal wall, and both the man and the lady turn 1/8 in opposite directions to end in promenade position, ready to travel toward diagonal center. The man opens himself (1/8 turn to the left to face line of dance) and the lady (1/8 to the right to face center) to promenade position between steps 1 and 2, and both cross the moving leg behind the standing leg on step 3, achieving the final, characteristic position of the Whisk.

5. Whisk
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal wall.
 
11Left foot forward. 
22Right foot side & slightly forward.Leading lady to turn to promenade position. 
33Cross left foot behind right foot in promenade position.End facing diagonal wall in promenade position. 
5b. Whisk at Corner
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal wall, approaching a corner.
 
11Left foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
22Right foot diagonally forward, right side leading.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. 
33Cross left foot behind right foot in promenade position.1/8 turn to left between 2-3. End facing diagonal wall of new line of dance. 
5c. Whisk to Diagonal Center
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal wall.
 
11Left foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
22Right foot side & slightly forward.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. 
33Cross left foot behind right foot in promenade position. 
5. Whisk
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal wall.
 
11Right foot back. 
22Left foot diagonally back.1/4 turn to right between 1-2. Body turns less. 
33Cross right foot behind left foot in promenade position.Body completes turn. End facing diagonal center in promenade position. 
5b. Whisk at Corner
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal wall, approaching a corner.
 
11Right foot back. 
22Left foot back, left side leading. 
33Cross right foot behind left foot in promenade position.End facing diagonal center of new line of dance, preparing to move down new line of dance. 
5c. Whisk to Diagonal Center
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal wall.
 
11Right foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
22Left foot diagonally back.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. Now backing line of dance. 
33Cross right foot behind left foot in promenade position.1/4 turn to right between 2-3. End facing center. 
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Whiskat a corner
Reverse Turn>> Whisk
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Whiskfollowing Natural Spin Turn
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Whiskat a corner, following underturned Natural Spin Turn or Closed Impetus
Hesitation Change>> Whiskat a corner
Double Reverse Spin>> Whisk
Reverse Pivot>> Whisk
Closed Wing>> Whiskwhen Closed Wing is taken facing DW
Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot>> Whisk
Wing>>at a corner
Reverse Turn>> Whisk at Cornerat a corner
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Whisk at Cornerat a corner, following Natural Spin Turn
Double Reverse Spin>> Whisk at Corner
Reverse Pivot>> Whisk at Corner
Closed Wing>> Whisk at Corner
Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot>> Whisk at Corner
Reverse Turn>> Whisk to Diagonal Center
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Whisk to Diagonal Centerfollowing Natural Spin Turn
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Whisk to Diagonal Centerat a corner, following underturned Natural Spin Turn or Closed Impetus
Hesitation Change>> Whisk to Diagonal Centerat a corner
Double Reverse Spin>> Whisk to Diagonal Center
Reverse Pivot>> Whisk to Diagonal Center
Closed Wing>> Whisk to Diagonal Center
Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot>> Whisk to Diagonal Center
Whisk>> Chasse from Promenade Position
Whisk>> Cross Hesitation
Whisk>> Wing
Whisk>> Left Whisk (from PP)
Whisk at Corner>> Chasse from Promenade Position
Whisk at Corner>> Cross Hesitation
Whisk at Corner>> Wing
Whisk at Corner>> Left Whisk (from PP)
Whisk to Diagonal Center>> Chasse from Promenade PositionChasse moving toward diagonal center, then followed by a Closed Wing.
Whisk to Diagonal Center>> Weave from PP
Whisk to Diagonal Center>> Cross Hesitation
Whisk to Diagonal Center>> Wing
Whisk to Diagonal Center>> Left Whisk (from PP)


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