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6. Natural Weave
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Natural Weave
Dance / Level:Full Bronze Slow Foxtrot
Natural Turn, Feather Finish

The term "weave" elicits images of zig zagging in and out of various positions and directions of movement, and that is exactly what the Foxtrot Natural Weave does. It is one of two Weaves in the bronze Foxtrot syllabus, one natural and one reverse. The Natural Weave is the more progressive of the two, beginning like a Natural Turn and moving in a sort of zig zag direction down the line of dance. The figure begins in closed position with man and lady inline, then transitions back and forth between the inline position to one where the lady is outside partner on man's right side, ultimately finishing inline as the following figure begins.

The Natural Weave begins with man facing diagonal wall, as he leads the lady to dance steps 1-3 of a Natural Turn, turning 1/4 to right to end moving toward diagonal center. The third step differs from the basic Natural Turn in that the step stays up on toes, and the man turns his body slightly to right, in order to make room for the lady to step outside partner on the following step. Step 4 is simply a step back in CBMP for man (forward in CBMP for lady), on toes with lady outside partner. The figure then ends with a type of Feather Finish begun on toes, sometimes called a Weave Finish.

It is also possible to begin the Natural Weave with man facing the line of dance, taking 3/8 turn to right over the first 3 steps. This practice is less common now than in the past, but it provides an interesting variation to use on occasion. This can be achieved either by beginning the preceding Three Step with man facing line of dance, or beginning facing diagonal wall and turning the Three Step 1/8 to left.

Although not allowed in syllabus competitions or medalist exams, there is a simple variation of the Weave so popular in social dancing and open (non-syllabus) competition, it is worth mentioning: The Extended Weave. To dance an Extended Weave, simply repeat steps 3-4 as desired. It is, however, strongly advised to look ahead as you begin the figure to ensure there is ample room, and use caution when moving backward for an extended period of time.


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