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    American Style Foxtrot
    Foxtrot Variation 2
    Foxtrot Variation 2
    At a Glance

    Curved Three Step to Checked Back Run (ended O.P.), 2 Swivels, Passing Change to Left, Grapevines to Left, Overturned Passing Change to Right, Grapevines to Right, Progressive Chasse to R. with lady's Underarm Turn to Left, Outside Swivel to Reverse Promenade Pivot, 4-6 Left Box Turn.

    There is a considerarble amount of traveling involved in this, the second Foxtrot variation.

    It begins in closed position, with man facing diagonal center. The first two measures are taken in closed hold: The Curved Three Step, and the Back Run, danced to "slow, quick quick" timing. The Back Run is a sort of inverted Three Step, with man traveling backward and lady forward, the third step being checked, with lady outside partner on man's left side.

    The next five measures are very flexible in terms of dance position. As shown, the dancers separate a few inches to dance in a very comfortable semi-closed (i.e. closed facing) position, with the man's left / lady's right hand dropped to waist level. But it could also be danced fully closed, which would be more appealing to International dancers, albeit with an increase in difficulty. It could also be danced even more open than shown, if the man releases his hand from the lady's back to take a two-hand hold.

    The first of these five measures is a pair of outside partner swivels, or step-point actions, (slow, slow). This is followed by a Passing Change (slow, quick quick), which is used to change the man's orientation from diagonal wall against line of dance to diagonal wall, as he prepares to move down line of dance with 4 counts of Grapevine to left (QQQQ).

    An overturned Passing Change to right (slow, quick quick) with 3/4 turn to right swiftly reorients the man to face diagonal center, preparing teh couple to move down line of dance with 4 more counts of Grapevine, this time to right (QQQQ).

    The next measure is the only truly open movement of the entire combination: A Progressive Chassé to Right with lady's Underarm Turn to Left (slow, quick and quick). International dancers may choose to remain in closed position, omitting the underarm turn to dance a simple Progressive Chassé to Right. This is followed by an Outside Swivel (slow) and a Reverse Pivot beginning in promenade position, lady turning to her left around the man to end closed (quick, quick). A simple 4-6 Left Box Turn concludes the variation.

    As written, this variation travels straight down line of dance. However, as you can see from the video demonstration, it can easily be made to curve around corners. In fact, it takes up such a length of floor that you are more likely than not to encounter one or two corners while dancing through it.

    Since it is always easier to underturn rather than overturn, the best opportunities for cornering are the right turning movements, namely: (1) Step 8: the swivel to Right, and (2) Steps 16-18: The Passing Change to Right. Other possibilities include curving the grapevines as necessary (as seen on the video), or even overturning one of the left-turning movements such as the man's Chasse to R. with lady's UAT to L. (steps 23-36).


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