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Bolero Variation #3 (5:27)
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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:
Basic with Lady's Underarm Turn Left to Shadow Position, Quick Switch to R. Side Position, Lady's Free Spin to R., Man's UAT to R. with Hand Change to Lady's Free Spin to L., Leg Wrap & Dip, Fallaway Break, Closed Basic ending.

COMMENTS:
This variation is a great addition to your repertoire, with enough flair to add to any showcase routine, but potentially compact and maneuverable enough to fit onto a social dance floor. It is entirely leadable, with just one exception: The lady's leg wrapping action just prior to the dip. Unless she knows ahead of time that she is supposed to ronde and wrap her leg around the man, he has no way of causing her to do this (short of actually reaching down and picking up her leg). However, the ronde and leg wrap is not a necessary element -- the dip can be performed with or without it. Perhaps the most natural reaction on the lady's part would be a step forward on to her right foot (ended as a back step after completing the rotation), supporting her own weight throughout the dip. This is also the best approach for those who do not feel safe supporting the weight of their body on their partner, or for those who do not have the flexibility to lift the leg to waist level.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Close facing position.
 
1SlowLeft foot side. 
2-3Quick (&)Right foot back, small step.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. Begin to lead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-LH hold. Lower right hand to lady's waist and allow it slide around her body as she turns. 
4QuickReplace weight to left foot.1/8 turn to left between 2-3. Lower left hand at end of lady's turn and end in shadow position with right hand on lady's right side at waist level. 
 
5SlowRight foot side in shadow position (lady on right).1/8 turn to left between 4-5. Release LH-RH hold. 
6QuickLeft foot forward & across in CBMP, outside partner on lady's left side in shadow position.1/8 turn to right between 5-6. Place left hand on lady's left side at waist level. 
7QuickReplace weight to right foot.1/8 turn to right between 6-7. Use both hands on lady's waist to lead her to pass in front of you, from your left side to your right. 
 
8SlowLeft foot side.1/4 turn to right between 7-8. Release left hand from lady's waist. 
9-10Quick (&)Right foot side & slightly forward.Use right hand to lead lady to turn to her right, then release hand from her waist, allowing her to spin free. 
11QuickClose left foot to right foot.1/8 turn to right between 10-11. 
 
12SlowRight foot forward.Take lady's right hand with your left hand. End in open facing position, LH-RH hold. 
13QuickLeft foot forward. 
14QuickRight foot forward.1/2 turn to right under raised LH-RH hold between 13-14. 
 
15SlowLeft foot side.1/4 turn to right between 14-15. Release LH-RH hold and take RH-RH hold at waist level. 
16-18Quick & QuickClose right foot to left foot. (Position held 17-18).1/8 turn to right between 15-16. Retract right hand slightly and circle it counter-clockwise, leading lady to step toward you and turn to her left. Release RH-RH hold and wrap right arm around lady's back, at waist level, at end of lady's turn. End in close facing position (body contact). 
 
19SlowPoint left foot to side. 
20SlowTransfer weight side & slightly forward to left foot and flex knee. End in a lunge position with right leg pointing side & slightly back, leg straight.1/8 turn to left. If lady has wrapped her leg around your waist, you will be supporting her weight. 
 
21SlowTransfer weight to right foot, legs straight.1/8 turn to right. Return lady to an upright position, fully balanced over her left foot. 
22QuickLeft foot back, small step, in fallaway position.1/8 turn to left between 21-22. 
23QuickRight foot forward in promenade position. 
 
24SlowLeft foot side in cross-body position.1/8 turn to right between 23-24. Take lady's right hand with your left hand and end in close facing position. 
25QuickRight foot back.1/8 turn to left between 24-25, ending in closed position. 
26QuickLeft foot forward.1/8 turn to left between 25-26. 
 
27SlowRight foot side & slightly forward.1/4 turn to left between 26-27. End in close facing position. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Close facing position.
 
1SlowRight foot side. 
2QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP, small step, between man's feet.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. 
3andRight foot back in CBMP, small step (pivot).1/8 turn to left between 2-3. Release left hand from man's shoulder. Then turn 1/2 to left on right foot on 3, under raised right hand. 
4QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP, small step.1/8 turn to left between 3-4. End in shadow position (man on left). 
 
5SlowRight foot side in shadow position (man on left).1/8 turn to left between 4-5. Release LH-RH hold. 
6QuickLeft foot forward & across in CBMP.1/8 turn to right between 5-6. 
7QuickRight foot side.1/8 turn to right between 6-7. 
 
8SlowLeft foot back in CBMP (pivot).1/2 turn to right. 
9QuickRight foot forward, away from man (free turn).Continue turning to right. 
10&Left foot side (pivot).Continue turning to right. 
11QuickRight foot forward.1 full turn to right over 9-11. 
 
12SlowLeft foot side & slightly back.3/8 turn to right between 11-12 to end facing man. End in open facing position, LH-RH hold. 
13QuickRight foot back. 
14QuickReplace weight to left foot. 
 
15SlowRight foot forward towards man's right side.1/8 turn to right. 
16QuickLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
17QuickRight foot side, small step (pivot).Continue turning to left. 
18QuickLeft foot forward.1 full turn to left over 16-18. Extend left arm upward and over man's head. 
 
19SlowNo step.Lower left arm and place it along man's shoulders, around his neck. Then do the same with left arm. Lift right leg off floor and ronde counter-clockwise from back to front with leg held straight. Then bend right knee, wrapping leg around man's waist. 
20SlowNo step.3/8 turn to left. Embrace man and allow him to support your weight as he takes you off of your left foot into a "dip". Keep your left leg straight and your left foot pointed in place as you move away from it. 
 
21Slow3/8 turn to right. Man returns your weight over your left foot, leg straight. 
22QuickRight foot back, small step, in fallaway position.Release right arm from man's shoulder. 
23QuickLeft foot forward in promenade position. 
 
24SlowRight foot forward in cross-body position. 
25QuickLeft foot forward.3/8 turn to left between 24-25, ending in close facing position. 
26QuickRight foot back.1/8 turn to left between 25-26. 
 
27SlowLeft foot side & slightly back.1/4 turn to left between 26-27. End in close facing position. 
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