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LITTLE USED POSITIONS & FIGURES

Round dancers are always clamoring for increased variety in their dancing. "Give me something new," they will say. "Something different; something exciting and challenging. Something with a thrill."

Well, here are just a few positions and picture figures that might be used more often. The position below might be called a Cantilever.

Cantilever

As round dancers, we want to try to imagine the choreography. What would be a good entry figure? Perhaps you have just done a Same Foot Lunge. The cuer tells us to rise and then lower to a Cantilever. He draws himself up, she changes weight, stepping against his supporting foot. She does a little leg crawl and he crosses left over right, taking her right ankle and retaining lead hand hold. They then lean back, away from each other, into the Cantilever.

What if the next cue is, "Extend?" Oh dear. It seems as though all our principles about "supporting our own weight" have gone out the window.

Well, let's rise to a Hover Telemark. He's certainly going to have to haul her up with a strong left arm, rotating a little left face (woman right face). I'm not as convinced that this was a good idea, after all.

Let's check out just a few more. What would be a good name for some of these picture figures? Shall we try to learn them? Breaststroke

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Photos © A. Curths; A. Moore & E. Allen; E.Allen; F. Lepretre; P. Sosabowski; and V. Kanonikov; from Dancesport UK photo gallery.



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