2 New Ones from Maggie

This is a Double Step pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 2630)

Two new double patterns:

Combo I

Repeats with opposite lead on Jail

Combo II

Repeats with right lead on Green

Performance notes:
Traditional 4-square formation:

 Front of room

       B
     Home      Red
       A        G
  D  Jail  E  Green
       C        F

  Back of room

Combo I:

Lunge over 2/turn on the floor: Assume right lead at Home, beginning at the "A," looking toward the left side of the room.
  1. Right foot up
  2. Left foot up
  3. Right foot lunges (or taps) over other side
  4. Right foot back on top
  5. Left foot lunges (or taps) over original side
  6. Left foot back on top
  7. Right foot down on other side, begin turning toward the left
  8. Left foot down with the right, complete turn
You are now outside of the formation at "B" with right lead, looking toward Red.

Three repeater knee/straddle down: This is the basic move, but there are two embellishments that can make it more interesting for your "choreography maniacs."

  1. Right foot up
  2. Left knee up
  3. Left foot touches down
  4. Left knee up
  5. Left foot touches down
  6. Left knee up
  7. Left foot down
  8. Right foot straddles on opposite side
You end this and the two variations at "A."

Variation 1: Same as three repeater, but on beat 6 add a little hop so that the left foot comes down on the opposite side on beat 7. Use this as a stepping stone for breaking down Variation 2.

Variation 2:

  1. Right foot up
  2. Right foot hop (on top) and left knee up, preparaing to go to the opposite side
  3. Left foot touches down on opposite side
  4. Right foot hop and left knee prepares for original side
  5. Left foot touches down on original side
  6. Right foot hop and left knee prepares for opposite side
  7. Left foot down
  8. Right foot down
I don't have a name for either of these variations because I mostly teach beginning to intermediate; I begin with 3 repeater/straddle and hold it with 2 mambos, show the variations, but always perform and cue the basic move, allowing a more advanced student to be the model. If anyone has a suggestion or knows another name, I'd LOVE to hear it!

Ping-pong: Beginning with left lead at "A," looking right (toward Red and Green)

  1. Left foot up on Home
  2. Right leg out (I like the gluteal press, but hams, knees, etc. will work)
  3. Right foot down approaching Jail
  4. Left foot down approaching Jail
  5. Right foot up on Jail
  6. Left leg out
  7. Left foot down approaching Home
  8. Right foot down approaching Home
You will end up at "A" once again.

Revolving door: This move is performed as a reverse turn right into a regular turn. Sadly, the reverse turn is not allowed in my club anymore. If you are not able to use this for whatever reason, consider doing a 4 count mambo and a turn to the bench behind you in its place. Begin at position "A," looking toward Red and Green.

  1. Left foot up
  2. Right foot down
  3. Left foot crosses behind
  4. Right foot stays in place
  5. (Begin a standard turnstep) Left foot up
  6. Right foot up, turning toward your left
  7. Left foot down approaching Jail
  8. Right foot down approaching Jail
You are between Home and Jail at "A" again, looking AWAY from Red and Green, ready to approach Jail with left lead. This will prepare you to begin Combo II if you desire.

For the complete revolving door, perform 1-4 as follows:

  1. Left foot up
  2. Turning body toward the RIGHT, right foot up (you are turning AWAY from your bench)
  3. Continue turning, left foot on floor, you are facing Home as though to perform a basic step
  4. Right foot on floor

Combo II:

Over-the-top/L-step: Pretty standard, but let's go through it anyway. Begin at position "A."

  1. Left foot up, crossing Jail
  2. Right foot up
  3. Left foot down on the floor (at "C")
  4. Right foot taps down
  5. Right foot steps up ("C")
  6. Left foot taps up
  7. Left foot steps off the side ("D")
  8. Right foot taps down
6 over is the low impact marching version that leads to a "tick-tock" or "pendulum" higher impact version. From "D" you are facing the front of the room.
  1. Right foot up and march
  2. March
  3. March
  4. March
  5. March
  6. March
  7. Right foot exits and approaches Green ("E")
  8. Left foot down

Higher impact version:

  1. Right foot up
  2. Hop and left foot up, right leg extends to side
  3. Hop and right foot up, left leg extends to side
  4. Hop and left foot up, right leg extends to side
  5. Hop...
  6. Hop...
  7. Right foot exits and approaches Green ("E")
  8. Left foot down

Volley: alternating knee, ham, or glutes between Green and Jail at "E" for 8 counts. Ready to begin next move at Green.

Basic/turn-straddle: The approach is not the traditional basic approach, it's from the side ("E"), but once you're on the bench it exits just like we're all used to. From "E:"

  1. Right foot step laterally to Green
  2. Left foot up
  3. Right foot down ("F")
  4. Left foot down
  5. Right foot up, begin turning toward the right
  6. Left foot up, continue turning toward the right
  7. Right foot down
  8. Left foot straddles other side ("G")
From here, you can repeat Combo I with a new orientation (Home=Green, Jail=Red) if you like.

I hope you can use and/or enjoy parts of my combinations if not the whole thing. Please email me for help with breakdowns or suggestions.


Added by Maggie Rappaport at 9:56 PM on Saturday, June 6, 1998 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
(Email: maggeriffic@yahoo.com)
From: Tucson, Arizona (USA)
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