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double reverse spin
Posted by twinkletoes1978
3/7/2006  4:52:00 PM
hi,
i just learned the double reverse spin yesterday. on my own i dance it perfectly, but when partnered its so difficult to get the lady around you from step 2.

how do i lead the lady so that we end up facing diagnally to wall (if i'm correct here) at the end of the step.

also whats the best way to lead the lady into a heel turn?

all suggestions welcome

Re: double reverse spin
Posted by leading is hard
3/7/2006  5:06:00 PM
No offense, but if you just learned it yesterday then chances are you aren't doing it perfectly by yourself either.
Re: double reverse spin
Posted by Don
3/7/2006  5:25:00 PM
Twinkle Toes 1978. I can say that on a Heel Turn, ( man does one on an Open Imputes ). Some ladies do not take the full beat value, that is two beats on their first step. What happens is the LF , if this a Reverse Turn Foxtrot starts to move too soon, it now has a good chance of passing the standing foot making a sloppy Heel Turn. As practice it is a good idea for both parties to music count 12 and don't move the free foot untill the end of the second beat. The other thing that is being taught, that on the first step turn the toe inwards slightly ( felt but not seen). And turn on one heel only. It is a Heel Turn and not a Heels Turn. Also don't over do it, but there is sway to the right on 2 as well as 3.
Re: double reverse spin
Posted by suomynona
3/7/2006  5:34:00 PM
Rushing the timing is usually a result of falling into the heel turn rather than rising into it.

From a simplified perspective, a heel turn has an early rise because the lady must straighten her leg and "stand up" as she arrives over the foot, so that her second step swings only to closed, and not through. The man gets her to straighten her leg as she arrives by straightening his own.

Even once she can sort of do a heel turn, the lady may need to practice to get used to carrying the momentum she entered the heel turn with, through the heel turn, and on into the crossing steps past the man that finish the figure - many ladies tend to stop and wait at the end of the heel turn. The man is still leading, be he cannot make the lady go past him, since he is in a weak position spinning on the ball of his foot. What he can do is time the lowering so that the couple will be down when the lady has completed the amount of turn he wants.
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