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    American Style Waltz
    Waltz Variation 2
    Waltz Variation 2
    At a Glance

    Twinkle (Hover Telemark to PP), Open Natural Turn, Tipple Chasse to Pivots, Rudolf Ronde to Slip Pivot, Open Reverse Turn to Left Whisk, Twist Turn (Lady's Spot Run) to Back Twinkle, Promenade Chasse, Promenade Close.

    This variation, taken entirely in closed hold, was conceived to appeal to International and American style dancers alike. A couple of the movements are of a decidedly American flavor, and in these cases there are substitutions suggested for International dancers below.

    The man and lady begin in closed position, man facing diagonal to wall. The first two measures will be very familiar to American style dancers, as it begins with a staple of the silver level syllabus: A Twinkle, followed by an Open Natural Turn from Promenade (sometimes referred to as the first two bars of a "Triple Twinkle"). International dancers will more likely identify the first measure as a Hover Telemark to Promenade.

    The next movement is one borrowed from the Quickstep syllabus, but also very popular in Waltz: The Tipple Chassé. This particular variation of the Tipple turns strongly to the right, the 4th step being taken as a pivot, and is then followed by another measure of pivots. The timing of the Tipple is 1,2&3, and the Pivots that follow are taken 1,2,3.

    This is followed by a Rudolf Ronde, whereby the man takes a strong step (almost a lunge) forward on his right foot in CBMP, turning his body to the right. This leads the lady to step on her left foot and then rondé her right leg front to back, ending in fallaway position. They then follow the ronde with a Slip Pivot action (steps 2-3 of American Waltz fig. 41) to end closed. Note that the Tipple, Pivots and Rudolf Rondé all move down line of dance. When taken at the side of the room, the Slip Pivot then only needs to turn 1/8 to end with man facing diagonal center. If taken at a corner, the Slip PIvot turns 3/8.

    As shown, the first step into the Rudolf is taken on count 1, and the rondé is taken slowly around for counts 2,3, and the following 1. The Slip Pivot is then taken on counts 2,3. Advanced dancers may prefer to compress this entire action into one measure, dancing the step *and* the rondé entirely on count 1, then Slip Pivot on 2,3.

    The next section consists of the first three steps of an Open Reverse Turn (i.e. Open Left Box), a Left Whisk, and a Twist Turn (lady's counts are 1&2,3), exiting with a Back Twinkle. The Open Reverse begins moving toward diagonal center, and Left Whisk moves down line of dance, ending with man facing diagonal to wall. The Twist Turn is taken with 7/8 turn to right, and the Back Twinkle is then taken beginning with man backing against line of dance.

    International dancers may feel more at home substituting a Back Whisk for the Back Twinkle, and a Closed Reverse Turn for the Open Reverse. To add even more challenge, advanced dancers can substitute steps 1-5 of Progressive Chasse to Right, counted 1,2&3,1, followed by the Left Whisk counted &2,3.

    To finish, there is a Promenade Chassé and a Promenade Close (steps 4-6 of a Twinkle), taken down line of dance and ending with man facing diagonal to wall. International dancers will probably prefer a Chassé that ends closed, followed by 1-3 of a Natural Turn.


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