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5. Whisk
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Whisk
Dance / Level:Beginning Bronze Slow Waltz
Reverse Turn

The Whisk is one of the few steps in beginning Waltz ended in promenade position. It begins similarly to a Left Foot Forward Change, but with the man and/or lady turning to promenade position, crossing one foot behind the other on the final step. There are three variations of the Whisk, based on the amounts of turn.

The basic Whisk begins in closed position with man facing and lady backing diagonal wall. He steps forward with his left foot, then side and slightly forward with his right, turning the lady to promenade position. He then crosses his left foot behind his right in promenade position, facing diagonal wall with body turned slightly to right, and ready to move down line of dance in promenade position.

The lady's part is nearly the natural opposite, except that she is the one turning to promenade position, and so the direction of her second step is notably different. Rather than stepping side and slightly back, she steps diagonally back, turning 1/4 to right around the man's right side.

5b. Whisk at Corner

The Whisk at a corner begins in closed position, with man facing and lady backing diagonal wall. Whereas the lady does all the turning on basic Whisk taken at the side of the room, when the Whisk is taken at a corner, it is the man who turns to promenade. In his case, the turn is 1/4 to left, leaving the couple ready to travel down the new line of dance in promenade position.

The man begins facing diagonal wall in the corner of the room and takes 3 steps: Forward on the left foot, diagonally forward on the right foot, right side leading, and finally crossing the left foot behind the right foot in promenade position. The lady, on the other hand, takes two steps straight back before crossing her right foot behind the left in promenade position, having turned only slightly to left in the body.

5c. Whisk to Diagonal Center

The Whisk to Diagonal Center begins in closed position, facing diagonal wall, and both the man and the lady turn 1/8 in opposite directions to end in promenade position, ready to travel toward diagonal center. The man opens himself (1/8 turn to the left to face line of dance) and the lady (1/8 to the right to face center) to promenade position between steps 1 and 2, and both cross the moving leg behind the standing leg on step 3, achieving the final, characteristic position of the Whisk.


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