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Foxtrot Variation #1 (7:57)
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Foxtrot Combination (2:45)
All 5 Foxtrot variations shown together.

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STYLE:
American Style Foxtrot

LEVEL:
Advanced (Interm. if modified)

DESCRIPTION:
Hairpin Twinkle (Traveling Contra Check), Flip-Flops with RH-RH hold, Lady's Inside Underarm Turn (double hand-hold), Change of Places to cuddle position (lady behind), Cuddly Lunge Thing, Lady's Underarm Swivel, Free Spin to Left, Curved Feather (Hairpin), Hesitation Change.

COMMENTS:
Modifications for social dancing
To make this combination more appropriate for social dancing, or to make it easier for bronze-level dancers, try any or all of the following modifications:

(1) Begin facing diagonal wall and substitute a basic Twinkle for the Hairpin Twinkle over steps 1-3.

(2) As shown on the video clip, dance the combination around corners. The Flip-Flops, the Hairpin and the Hesitation Change are much easier to do when underturned.

(3) The man can take a smaller lunge, or skip the lunge altogether.

(4) If the man does take a full lunge, the lady can slide her left foot forward and support her own weight.

(5)Substitute a basic Right Box Turn or Progressive Quarter Turns for the Hairpin and Hesitation Change over steps 22-26.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal center.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP, foot turned in.Strong step with pronounced rightward sway. End pointing towards line of dance. 
2QuickClose right foot to left foot.As right foot is closing, dissolve rightward sway. End with both feet pointing to line of dance, having turned 1/8 to right over 1-2. Body turns slightly more, to end facing almost diagonal wall. 
3QuickLeft foot diagonally forward in promenade position, left side leading.Pointing to line of dance, body facing diagonal wall. Sway to left. 
 
4SlowRight foot forward in promenade position and CBMP.Feet turn 1/8 to right over 3-4. End facing diagonal wall. Dissolve leftward sway. 
5QuickLeft foot side & slightly back. Brush right foot towards left foot.3/8 turn to right between 4-5. Separate from body contact and dance slightly ahead of the lady. At the same time, release right hand from lady's back and place her right hand in your right hand, to end with a RH-RH handshake hold. 
6QuickRight foot side in open counter-promenade position.3/8 turn to right between 5-6 (body turns less). End with feet pointing to diagonal center, body facing almost to center. 
 
7SlowLeft foot forward & across in open counter-promenade position and CBMP.Body continues turning to right. Now facing diagonal center. 
8QuickRight foot forward. Left foot brushes toward right foot.1/8 turn to right between 7-8, to end facing line of dance. Use RH-RH hold to lead lady to turn to her right and dance toward your right side, to end in open facing position. 
9QuickLeft foot diagonally forward in open promenade position.Facing line of dance, moving towards diagonal center. 
 
10SlowRight foot forward & across in open promenade position and CBMP.Facing line of dance, moving towards diagonal center. Use RH-RH hold to lead lady to begin to turn to her left. Reach left hand over and across the right hand, to take a LH-LH hold (above the RH-RH hold). 
11QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward.Take left hand over lady's head, leading her to continue turning to her left. Now facing line of dance, passing through shadow position (lady directly in front of you). 
12QuickClose left foot to right foot.Take left hand down to waist level and right hand over lady's head, continuing to lead her to turn to her left. End in open facing position, with LH-LH hold overhead and RH-RH hold at waist level. 
 
13SlowLeft foot forward & slightly to side, passing in front of lady.Take right hand over your head, ending in shadow position with lady behind you. Both hand should end at appriximately shoulder level, slightly out to sides. Note: Left foot should be placed in front of lady's left foot, in very close proximity. 
14SlowRight foot closes to left foot.1/8 turn to right to face diagonal wall. Draw your arms inward towards the body, hands coming together at the base of the neck. This will lead the lady to wrap her arms around your shoulders, drawing her into body contact behind you (slightly towards your right side). 
 
15Slow, (Slow)Lunge side & slightly forward onto left foot. Relax weight deep into left knee.Step taken down line of dance, facing diagonal wall. Maintain hold of the hands and keep lady in body contact. As you lunge, she will fall forward off her feet and you will be supporting the weight of her body. 
16SlowPush up from left leg and transfer weight sideways to right foot.1/4 turn to right to face diagonal wall against line of dance. When lady has regained balance over her feet, release LH-LH hold. 
17SlowNo step.Extend right arm sideways, using RH-RH hold to lead lady to step forward on her right foot away from you (against line of dance). Then take right hand over her head, leading her to turn to her right on her right foot. End facing diagonal wall against line of dance, in open cross-body position, RH-RH hold. 
 
18QuickBegin to transfer weight sideways toward left foot.Retract right arm and lower it to waist level, leading lady to step toward you and begin to turn to her left. 
19QuickTransfer weight completely to left foot.1/8 turn to left over 18-19 to face wall. Release RH-RH hold, allowing lady to turn freely to her left. 
20QuickRight foot closes to left foot.1/8 turn between 19-20 to end facing diagonal wall. Lady continues her free turn. Depending on the size of the lady's steps, your right foot may actually step forward, rather than closing, in order to maintain proper spacing with the lady. 
21QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward.As lady completes her turn, place right hand on lady's back and take LH-LH hold, ending in a relaxed closed dance hold. 
 
22SlowRight foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Begin to turn to right. 
23QuickLeft foot forward, left side leading.Continue turning to right. 
24QuickRight foot forward in CBMP, outside partner, small step.3/8 turn to right over 22-24. End backing line of dance, having re-established full body contact. 
 
25SlowLeft foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Begin to turn to right. 
26SlowRight foot side. Close left foot to right foot, without weight.3/8 turn to right over 25-26. For added styling, use leftward sway and turn head to left on 26. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal center.
 
1SlowRight foot back in CBMP.Strong step with pronounced leftward sway. 
2QuickClose left foot to right foot.As left foot is closing, dissolve leftward sway. End facing diagonal center, having turned 1/2 to right on ball of right foot between 1-2. 
3QuickRight foot side in promenade position.Sway to right. Step taken down line of dance, facing diagonal center. 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward & across in promenade position and CBMP.Step taken down line of dance, facing diagonal center. Dissolve leftward sway. 
5QuickRight foot forward.1/8 turn to right between 4-5 to face line of dance. Release left hand from man's shoulder and allow him to separate from body contact. End in open facing position with RH-RH handshake hold. 
6QuickLeft foot diagonally forward in open counter-promenade position.1/8 turn to right between 5-6 to face diagonal wall. 
 
7SlowRight foot forward in open counter-promenade position and CBMP.Begin to turn to right. 
8QuickLeft foot side & slightly back. Right foot brushes toward left foot.3/8 turn to right between 7-8, to end backing line of dance. 
9QuickLeft foot side in open promenade position.Body facing diagonal center, moving along line of dance. 
 
10SlowLeft foot forward in open promenade position and CBMP.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left. Reach left hand over and across the right hand, to take a LH-LH hold (above the RH-RH hold). 
11QuickRight foot to side (toe pivot).Approximately 7/8 turn to left, under raised LH-LH hold, over steps 10-11. Now facing line of dance, passing through shadow position, directly in front of man. 
12QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.1/8 turn to left between 11-12 under raised RH-RH hold, while LH-LH hold lowers to waist level. Step taken towards diagonal center. 
 
13SlowPivot on left foot and close right foot to left foot.5/8 turn to left on left foot, to end facing wall. Right hand will pass over man's head, to end in shadow position behind man with arms out to sides. 
14SlowNo step.1/8 turn to left on right foot to face diagonal wall. Rise up to your toes and wrap your arms around man's shoulders in a "cuddle" hold with full body contact. 
 
15Slow, (Slow)No step.As man lunges forward, allow your weight to fall forward off of your own feet and onto his body. Note: It is important that you keep your hips picked up and forward throughout the lunge. 
16SlowNo step.Push hips backwards and arch back slightly to assist in recovering your weight over your feet. When you are balanced over your feet once again, release LH-LH hold. 
17SlowRight foot forward, away from man. Pivot on RF and close LF to RF, without weight..3/8 turn to right between 16-17. Step taken against line of dance, under RH-RH hold. Then turn 1/2 to right on right foot on 17 to end facing line of dance. 
 
18QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.Down line of dance. Begin to turn to left. 
19QuickRight foot side (toe pivot).Down line of dance. Continue turning to left. Release RH-RH hold. 
20QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.Down line of dance. Continue turning to left. 
21QuickLeft foot side & slightly back.Total of 1 & 3/8 turns to left over 18-21, to end backing diagonal wall (facing man). Allow man to take your right hand in his left and end in a relaxed closed dance hold. 
 
22SlowLeft foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Begin to turn to right. 
23QuickRight foot back, right side leading.Continue turning to right. 
24QuickLeft foot back in CBMP (partner outside), small step.3/8 turn to right over 22-24. End facing line of dance, having placed left hand on man's shoulder. 
 
25SlowRight foot forward in CBMP outside partner.Begin to turn to right. 
26SlowLeft foot side. Close right foot to left foot, without weight.3/8 turn to right over 25-26. For added styling, use rightward sway and turn head to right on 26. 
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