Re: outside partner technique Posted by anymouse 11/3/2008 3:15:00 PM
"But isn't that energy "generated" from a flat foot after the downswing of the first step and not a preceding figure?"
Supplemented a little from a muscular push, but no, most of the energy in an upswing comes from the previous downswing or body speed of the previous measure.
"What possible preceding figure would lead into a Feather on a downswing?"
The feather is not on a downswing, it is preceded by the downswing of the previous figure.
Any time we have two figures with rise with an intervening lowering we see this - the actual cycle of a swing is from step three of one measure, down, then back up to step three of the next.
An alternate source is the situation of the prep step, where you descend from standing height while also getting an additional step to gradually contribute movement energy from your muscles.
Choreographically, there would a greater number of clear downswing-upswing energy carry over opportunities for the feather finish and the back feather than for the ordinary forward feather. But regardless of where the energy came from originally, the challenge during step three of the feather action is to sustain that projection forward of the toe of a risen standing foot.
"If one did, you would have no energy for the rise at the end of step one."
The projection and body drift in step three comes from having more energy than is needed for the rise - the body does not stop in waltz, it drifts right on through while only slowing. That this movement continues into a projection of the body into an outside partner position beyond the risen toe of its standing foot is what makes step three outside partner in foxtrot so much more challenging than the step one outside partner encountered in bronze waltz and quickstep.
Waltz & Quickstep: project body into outside partner position supported from a standing foot that is flat on the floor
Foxtrot feather action: project body into outside partner position supported from the toe of a risen standing foot