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4. Cuban Walks

Cuban Walks are a series of forward or backward walks taken three at a time, to the count of slow-quick-quick. There are several variations in the beginning bronze syllabus, including those taken in closed or open facing position, as well as those taken in promenade and counter-promenade positions.

4a. Cuban Walks Forward

When Cuban Walks are danced in closed or open facing position with the man walking forward and lady backward, they are called Forward Cuban Walks. The figure in the man's and lady's charts shows two consecutive measures of walks, however, it is not necessary to dance them in this sequence. The order of the two measures can be reversed (based on the previous figure), or one measure can be taken individually and combined with other figures.

Forward Cuban Walks can be curved gradually to the left or right, up to 1/4 turn per measure. Each pair of measures can be repeated as desired.

4b. Cuban Walks Backward

When Cuban Walks are danced in closed or open facing position with the man walking backward and lady forward, they are called Backward Cuban Walks. The figure in the man's and lady's charts shows two consecutive measures of walks, however, it is not necessary to dance them in this sequence. The order of the two measures can be reversed (based on the previous figure), or one measure can be taken individually and combined with other figures.

Backward Cuban Walks can be curved gradually to the left or right, up to 1/4 turn per measure. Each pair of measures can be repeated as desired.

4c. Promenade Walks

Promenade Walks are taken forward by both man and lady in promenade position. They can also be taken in open counter-promenade position with an arm-to-arm hold, or in right side-by-side position with a RH-LH hold.

To enter promenade position, the man and lady must each turn 1/8 (to promenade) or 1/4 (to right side-by-side) between the last step of the previous figure and the first Promenade Walk. Or, they can begin in promenade position, if the previous figure ends this way, such as if following a Fifth Position Break that remains in promenade on the last step.

To exit promenade position, the man and lady must each turn 1/8 (from promenade) or 1/4 (from right side-by-side) to end facing each other between the last Promenade Walk and the first step of the following figure. For a complete list of entries and exits, refer to the precedes and follows tabs above.

4d. Counter-Promenade Walks

Counter-Promenade Walks are taken forward by both man and lady in counter promenade position. Although they can technically be danced in closed hold, they are more typically taken in open counter-promenade with arm-to-arm hold, or in left side-by-side position with a LH-RH hold.

To enter counter promenade position, the man and lady must each turn 1/8 (to promenade) or 1/4 (to right side-by-side) between the last step of the previous figure and the first Counter-Promenade Walk. Or, they can begin in promenade position, if the previous figure ends this way, such as if following a Fifth Position Break that remains in counter-promenade on the last step.

To exit counter-promenade position, the man and lady must each turn 1/8 (from counter-promenade) or 1/4 (from left side-by-side) to end facing each other between the last Counter-Promenade Walk and the first step of the following figure. For a complete list of entries and exits, refer to the precedes and follows tabs above.

4a. Cuban Walks Forward
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward. 
2QuickRight foot forward. 
3QuickLeft foot forward. 
 
4SlowRight foot forward. 
5QuickLeft foot forward. 
6QuickRight foot forward.Up to 1/2 turn to left or right over 1-6. 
4b. Cuban Walks Backward
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
1SlowRight foot back. 
2QuickLeft foot back. 
3QuickRight foot back. 
 
4SlowLeft foot back. 
5QuickRight foot back. 
6QuickLeft foot back.Up to 1/4 turn to left or right over 1-6. 
4c. Promenade Walks
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Promenade position, or right side-by-side position with RH-LH hold.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
2QuickRight foot forward in promenade position. 
3QuickLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
 
4SlowRight foot forward in promenade position. 
5QuickLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
6QuickRight foot forward in promenade position. 
4d. Counter-Promenade Walks
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Counter promenade position, or left side-by-side position with LH-RH hold.
 
1SlowRight foot forward in counter promenade position. 
2QuickLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
3QuickRight foot forward in counter promenade position. 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
5QuickRight foot forward in counter promenade position. 
6QuickLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
4a. Cuban Walks Forward
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
1SlowRight foot back. 
2QuickLeft foot back. 
3QuickRight foot back. 
 
4SlowLeft foot back. 
5QuickRight foot back. 
6QuickLeft foot back.Up to 1/4 turn to left or right over 1-6 (according to man). 
4b. Cuban Walks Backward
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed or open facing position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward. 
2QuickRight foot forward. 
3QuickLeft foot forward. 
 
4SlowRight foot forward. 
5QuickLeft foot forward. 
6QuickRight foot forward.Up to 1/4 turn to left or right over 1-6 (according to man). 
4c. Promenade Walks
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Promenade position, or right side-by-side position with RH-LH hold.
 
1SlowRight foot forward in promenade position. 
2QuickLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
3QuickRight foot forward in promenade position. 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
5QuickRight foot forward in promenade position. 
6QuickLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
4d. Counter-Promenade Walks
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Counter promenade position, or left side-by-side position with LH-RH hold.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
2QuickRight foot forward in counter promenade position. 
3QuickLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
 
4SlowRight foot forward in counter promenade position. 
5QuickLeft foot forward in counter promenade position. 
6QuickRight foot forward in counter promenade position. 
Rumba Box>> Cuban Walks Forward
1-3 Rumba Box>>4-6 Cuban Walks Forward
Alternative Basic>>4-6 Cuban Walks Forward
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Cuban Walks Forward
Side Breaks>>5-6 Cuban Walks Forward
1-6 Side Breaks>>4-6 Cuban Walks Forward
1-4 Side Breaks>>2-6 Cuban Walks Forward
1-3 Side Breaks>> Cuban Walks Forward
Cuban Walks Forward>> Cuban Walks Forward
Rumba Box>>4-6 Cuban Walks Backward
1-3 Rumba Box>> Cuban Walks Backward
Alternative Basic>> Cuban Walks Backward
1-3 Alternative Basic>>4-6 Cuban Walks Backward
Side Breaks>>2-6 Cuban Walks Backward
1-6 Side Breaks>> Cuban Walks Backward
1-4 Side Breaks>>5-6 Cuban Walks Backward
1-3 Side Breaks>>4-6 Cuban Walks Backward
Rumba Box>> Promenade Walks
1-4 Rumba Box>>5-6 Promenade Walks
1-3 Alternative Basic>> Promenade Walks
Step 1 Alternative Basic>>5-6 Promenade Walks
1-3 Side Breaks>> Promenade Walks
1-5 Side Breaks>>3-6 Promenade Walks
Step 1 Rumba Box>>5-6 Counter-Promenade Walks
1-3 Rumba Box>> Counter-Promenade Walks
1-4 Alternative Basic>> Counter-Promenade Walks
Alternative Basic>> Counter-Promenade Walks
1-6 Side Breaks>> Counter-Promenade Walks
1-2 Side Breaks>>3-6 Counter-Promenade Walks
Cuban Walks Forward>> Rumba Box
Cuban Walks Forward>>1-3 Rumba Boxto be followed by Backward Cuban Walks
1-4 Cuban Walks Forward>>2-3 Alternative Basicto be followed by Backward Cuban Walks
1-4 Cuban Walks Forward>>2-6 Alternative Basic
Cuban Walks Forward>>4-6 Alternative Basic
Cuban Walks Forward>>4-7 Side Breaks
1-3 Cuban Walks Forward>> Side Breaks
Cuban Walks Forward>> Cuban Walks Forward


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