Step is a movement of the foot from here to there. A Figure is a
specific sequence of steps forming a set that is complete, is often
standardized, and is widely accepted and used as one component of a
Slow Two Step, Left Turn With Inside Roll
by Harold & Meredith Sears
In loose closed position, lead feet
free, step forward left turning left-face (woman back right), raise
lead hands, and bring them between the couple to lead the woman into
a left-face turn (an inside roll; notice the lead hands move "inside"
the couple). The second step is side, turning, as the woman turns
under joined lead hands. The last step is a cross in front while the
woman steps side right, continuing her turn to face partner. The
timing is SQQ.
The hard way to do this figure is to
begin facing the wall and to turn 1/2 (woman 1 1/2). More often, the
preceding figure will be modified, as in "Basic Ending picking
up," so that the left turn is begun early, on the last step of
the preceding figure, and the Left Turn With Inside Roll itself then
needs to turn only 3/8 - 1/4. Even if the cuer doesn't give the
"helper cue" -- "picking up" or "to a
pickup," you will hear the cue itself while you are doing
that Basic Ending, so you can modify the last step yourself, with a
little left-face rotation, and so be in position, facing DLW or even
LOD rather than WALL, for an easier, smoother Left Turn With Inside
An important feature of this and many
other slow-two-step figures is the third step, which crosses in front
for the man. Something often makes us want to cross behind. Maybe
we're thinking about a vine. But doing so breaks our connection with
the woman and makes it harder to progress along with her. Make that
third step forward and thru—you'll stay together better.
Published in Dixie Round Dance Association (DRDC) Newsletter, March 2013.
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