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Bolero Variation #2 (3:46)
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Bolero Combination (2:48)
All 4 Bolero variations shown together.

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STYLE:
Bolero

LEVEL:
Intermediate to Advanced

DESCRIPTION:
Half-Basic with lady's turn to shadow position, Shadow Basic with lady's underarm turn, Shadow Basic with lady's underarm turn to closed position.

COMMENTS:
This is a combination of very simple actions, but the syncopated transitions are technically very challenging. The man's left hand is the key component to leading the turns, but it is his right hand which tells the lady how much to turn and when to stop. Note that steps 5-12 can be repeated as desired.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Close facing position.
 
1-4Slow Quick (and) Quick1-3 BOLERO BASIC STEPLead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. Lower hands at end of lady's turn and release LH-RH hold. Take LH-LH hold and end in shadow position (lady on right). 
 
5SlowRight foot side in shadow position.Man's total turn is 1/2 to left over 2-5. 
6QuickLeft foot forward & across (check) in shadow position. 
7QuickReplace weight to right foot. 
 
8SlowLeft foot side & slightly back in shadow position. 
9-10Quick (and)Right foot back.Begin to turn to left. Lift left hand and begin leading lady to turn to her left under raised LH-LH hold. 
11-12Quick (and)Replace weight to left foot.Continue turning to left. Continue leading lady to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. Lower hands at end of lady's turn and end in shadow position (lady on right). 
 
13SlowRight foot side in shadow position.Man's total turn is 1/2 to left over 9-13. 
14QuickLeft foot forward & across (check) in shadow position. 
15QuickReplace weight to right foot. 
 
16SlowLeft foot side & slightly back. 
17-18Quick (and)Right foot back.Begin to turn to left. Lift left hand and begin to lead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-LH hold. 
19QuickReplace weight to left foot.Continue turning to left. Continue leading lady to turn under raised hands. At end of lady's turn, release LH-LH hold and resume normal close facing position. 
 
20-22Slow, Quick Quick4-6 BOLERO BASIC MOVEMENT.1/2 turn to left over 17-20. 
 
23-25Slow, Quick Quick1-3 BOLERO BASIC MOVEMENT. 
 
26SlowRight foot side.1/2 turn to left over 24-26. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Close facing position.
 
1SlowRight foot side & slightly forward. 
2QuickLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
3andRight foot back.Continue turning to left, now under raised LH-RH hold. 
4QuickLeft foot forward (small step).Continue turning under raised LH-RH hold. End in shadow position (man on left). 
 
5SlowRight foot side in shadow position.Total 1 full turn to left over 2-5. 
6QuickLeft foot forward & across (check) in shadow position. 
7QuickReplace weight to right foot. 
 
8SlowLeft foot side & slightly back in shadow position. 
9QuickRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
10andLeft foot forward.Continue turning to left, now under raised LH-LH hold. 
11QuickRight foot side (small step).Continue turning to left under raised LH-LH hold. 
12andLeft foot forward (small step).Continue turning to left under raised LH-LH hold. End in shadow position (man on left). 
 
13SlowRight foot side in shadow position.Total of 1½ turns to left over 9-13. 
14QuickLeft foot forward & across (check) in shadow position. 
15QuickReplace weight to right foot. 
 
16SlowLeft foot side & slightly back. 
17QuickRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
18andLeft foot forward.Continue turning to left, now under raised LH-LH hold. 
19QuickRight foot side & slightly back (small step).Continue turning to left under raised LH-LH hold. End in normal close facing position. 
 
20-22Slow, Quick Quick4-6 BOLERO BASIC MOVEMENT.Total of 1 full turn over 17-20. 
 
23-25Slow, Quick Quick1-3 BOLERO BASIC MOVEMENT. 
 
26SlowRight foot side.1/2 turn to left over 24-26. 
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