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14. Running Finish
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Running Finish
Dance / Level:Full Bronze Quickstep
Aliases:Open Natural Turn (second half), Open Right Turn
Suggested
Prerequisites:
Natural Turn, Back Lock

The Running Finish is a right-turning figure consisting of 3 steps, similar to the second half of an Open Natural Turn, where man and lady pass their feet (rather than closing them) on the final step. It can be taken to the counts "Slow, quick quick" or "Quick quick slow". It can also be thought of as a sort of right-turning version of a Foxtrot Feather Finish.

The man begins with weight on his right foot and steps back with his left foot in CBMP, lady outside partner on his right side, beginning to turn to right. He then steps side & slightly forward on his right foot, then forward on his left, with left side leading, preparing to step outside partner on lady's right as he begins the following figure. The total amount of turn is normally 3/8 to right, but it can be turned as much as 1/2 or as little as 1/4, alignments permitting. The lady's part is the natural opposite, beginning forward on her right foot in CBMP, outside partner, and ending back on her right foot with right side leading.

The Running Finish can either be danced at the side of the room or around a corner. At the bronze level, it can only be danced at the side of the room if commenced with man backing diagonal wall, following a Back Lock or Progressive Chasse to Right, and turning 3/8 to right to end facing the line of dance. It can then be followed by any natural figure, or by a Forward Lock. To turn a corner, it could begin with man backing either line of dance or diagonal wall. At the completion of the figure, the man will be facing either the new line of dance, or diagonal wall of the new line of dance, depending on the commencing alignment, and how much turn was taken.

At the silver and above levels, the Running Finish can also be taken at the side of the room to end with man facing diagonal to center. It is then followed by either a Fishtail, or a Quick Open Reverse. Note that in the latter case, the final step of the Running Finish in the man's and lady's charts labeled "First step of following figure" is not, in fact, the first step of the Quick Open Reverse, but an additional step that joins the two figures together.

 

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