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Slow Foxtrot
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish
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5. Closed Impetus and Feather Finish

The word impetus is defined as the force or energy that propels something. The Closed Impetus may have derived ts name from the impression one gets from watching a couple as they swing around each other, much as they do when dancing this figure. More specifically, during the Closed Impetus, the lady swings naturally around the man as he dances a heel turn.

The Impetus in Foxtrot begins in closed position with the man backing and lady facing line of dance. The man begins by stepping back on his left foot, closing his right foot to his left to dance a heel turn. The lady follows by stepping forward on her right foot, then sideways around the man. At this point they rise to toes, and the man then steps side & slightly back, lady diagonally forward. The slight difference in their direction of travel on this last step owes to the fact that the man is stepping slightly around the lady, as the rotation continues until the last step has begun to receive weight. In total, they will have turned 5/8 to right.

In the Foxtrot syllabus, the Impetus is always followed by a Feather Finish. This is the same Feather Finish as described in the Reverse Turn, with the one exception that in most cases it is danced with only 1/4 turn to left overall (bodies slightly less to accommodate the outside partner position on the final step). This leaves the dancers moving toward diagonal center to dance a reverse action, or at a corner, moving toward diagonal wall of the new line of dance to follow with a Three Step.

As a variation, one could indeed choose to take the full 3/8 turn of the normal Feather Finish following an Impetus if danced at a corner. This could then be followed either by a Three Step moving down line of dance, or by a Reverse Turn, Check and Basic Weave.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing line of dance.
 
1SlowLeft foot back.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickClose right foot to left foot (heel turn).3/8 turn to right between 1-2. 
3QuickLeft foot side & slightly back.1/4 turn to right between 2-3. End backing diagonal center against line of dance. 
 
4SlowRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
0QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward.1/4 turn to left between 4-5. Body turns less. 
6QuickRight foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.End facing diagonal center. 
 
(7)SlowLeft foot forward, as first step of following figure. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing line of dance.
 
1SlowRight foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickLeft foot side. RF brushes to LF, without weight.3/8 turn to right between 1-2. 
3QuickRight foot diagonally forward.1/4 turn to right between 2-3. End facing diagonal center against line of dance. 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
5QuickRight foot side.1/8 turn to left between 4-5. 
6QuickLeft foot back in CBMP, partner outside.1/8 turn to left between 5-6. Body turns less. End backing diagonal center. 
 
(7)SlowRight foot back, as first step of following figure. 
1-3 Natural Turn>> Closed Impetus and Feather Finish
1-6 Reverse Wave>> Closed Impetus and Feather Finish
Natural Twist Turn>> Closed Impetus and Feather Finish
Curved Feather to Back Feather>> Closed Impetus and Feather Finish
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Three Stepat a corner
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Change of Directionat a corner
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Basic Weavealong side of room
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Reverse Turn, Check & Weave
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Closed Telemark
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Open Telemark and Feather Ending
1-6 Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Top Spinchecking step 6 of Closed Impetus & Feather Finish
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Hover Telemarkat a corner
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Open Telemark, Natural Turn & Outside Swivel
1-6 Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>>7-11 Open Telemark, Natural Turn & Outside Swivelchecking step 6 of Closed Impetus and Feather Finish
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Reverse Wave
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Bounce Fallaway with Weave Ending


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