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Chasse Reverse Turn
Posted by Jonathan Atkinson
5/13/2017  9:21:00 PM
Your guide shows an option to do a forward lock dig center followed by the chase reverse turn at the bronze level. But fwd lock step ends with right foot free, slow step. Chasse Reverse turn starts with left foot. If you just change feet and do two slows back to back you end up out of phrase (plus it is awkward). Am I missing something.

As written, both the Progressive Chasse and the Forward Lock end with an "overlap" step, which is the type of step that ends with the description "as first step of following figure".

In most cases the overlap step does indeed become the first step of the following figure, but in certain cases it can simply be an extra step, where the following figure begins on the next foot. Such is the case when either a Progressive Chasse or Forward Lock is followed by a Chasse Reverse Turn (bronze) or Quick Open Reverse (silver). The final slow forward step on the man's right foot is not, in this case, the first step of the following figure, but a complete step of its own, to be followed by the first step of the Reverse Turn, forward on his left foot.

Two slows in a row is not at all unusual. Quickstep does not phrase in repeating neat little groups of 4 or 8 counts. Even the most basic patterns fall immediately out of phrase, such as Quarter Turn, Progressive Chasse and Forward Lock, all of which consist of 6 beats (and all of which, when juxtaposed, result in two consecutive slows). This in spite of the fact that Quickstep music is played in 4/4 time. So really, each 6-count figure alternately switches the dancers on and off the barline, which is true of so many dances from the swing era, including Foxtrot, Quickstep, and various forms of Swing and Jive.

Bottom line: Don't worry about how the amalgamation affects the phrasing. It does the same thing all the other combinations of syllabus Quickstep figures do in this regard.

The bigger concern is that of floorcraft: Either combination takes several steps diagonally across the line of dance -- especially the Lock Step, which presumably has followed a Progressive Chasse, adding even more travel toward center. The combination requires quite a large floor, and hopefully one that's not too crowded. Some of that movement toward center can be mitigated slightly by moving along a steeper diagonal. But this in turn requires a Chasse Reverse with slightly more than 3/8 turn, which takes skill to execute comfortably.

The other consideration is that although all of the involved figures are of the bronze level, many examining bodies and dance competitions consider the combination itself to be difficult, and so it tends to be restricted to the silver level.

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