For Kellie

This is a Step pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 11125)

Here is an intermediate to advanced routine I devised for Kellie, one of my favorite step instructors.

Horizontal bench. Tapless and self-reversing 32-count combos. Each move occurs only once. Right/left at the beginning of each line indicates the lead for that move. Moves with an asterisk are described below. You may need to come up with clever names for some of the moves, as the descriptions here may be unwieldly for cueing.

Combo 1

Repeat left lead

Combo 2

Repeat left lead

Combo 3

Repeat left lead

Combo 4

*See below for a variation on the first 12 counts of Combo 4. Repeat left lead

Combo 5

Repeat left lead

Move descriptions/explanations:
All descriptions assume right lead, starting on home (south) side.

Combo 1 moves:

2-knee lunge and flip:
At left/west corner facing west.
Right lead, 2-knee repeater (counts 1-4)
Left foot to floor, right foot to floor in a back lunge, still facing west (5, 6)
Jump and turn to face east, i.e., right to floor, left in a back lunge (7, 8)

Combo 2 moves:

Star repeater:
Facing forward in center of bench throughout.
Step, left knee, left foot to the floor at home (counts 1-3)
Hop to a V position on the bench (4)
Hop to left foot in center of the bench, right foot to floor (opposite of count 3 position) (5)
Right knee lift and exit (6-8)
Note that this is a repeater without a lead change.
A simpler version just steps to the bench on count 4, and lunges back on count 5:
Step, left knee, left foot to the floor (counts 1-3)
Left foot back to the bench (4)
Right foot lunge back (5)
Right knee lift and exit (6-8)

Combo 3 moves:

Reverse hop-turn, lunge, lunge, reverse hop-turn:
Begin facing forward in center of bench.
Right lead, reverse hop turn, left foot to the floor (counts 1-3)
You are now facing the back of the room, with right foot on bench, left on floor.
Left foot to bench (4)
Right foot lunges to floor, left is still on bench (5)
Left reverse hop turn and exit at home (6-8)
Note that the hop turns can just as easily be forward. I prefer backward, because I really prefer that the move be done like this:
Facing left side throughout.
Right foot to the bench (Count 1)
Sweep left leg behind right to floor on front (north) side (2, 3)
Hop to put left foot on bench, right foot dangling in the air (4)
Right foot to the floor, left is still on bench (5)
Sweep right leg behind left to floor on home (south) side and exit (6-8)
However, the foot dangling in the air seems a difficult concept to get across.

Chasse over, rock back (also called a quick over):
Note that this is a tapless over-the-top move.
Facing left side throughout.
With a syncopated pace (Counts 1 & 2):
Right foot to the bench (1)
Left foot to the bench (&)
Right foot to floor on front (north) side (2)
Left foot does a mambo (rock back) on floor, crossing behind left leg, while right foot lifts a little (3)
Right foot back to the floor to finish the mambo/rock back. (4)
On counts 4 and 5, you can also do a forward mambo, crossing left leg in front of right, or a pivot on the floor.

Triple sweep over:
Facing left throughout.
Right foot to the bench (Count 1)
Sweep left leg behind right to floor on front (north) side (2, 3)
Sweep left leg back to floor on home (south) side (4, 5)
Sweep left leg back to floor on front side (6, 7)
Exit right leg to floor on front side (8)

Combo 4 moves:

Chasse turn-step:
This is like a shuffle turnstep, except that the left foot is on the step behind the right foot on count 1 &.
Begin facing left (west) at right (east) corner.
Right foot to the bench near the center, moving forward (count 1)
Left foot to the bench behind right foot position (&)
Right foot to the bench near left end (2)
Left foot to the floor near left end, beginning inward turn.
Right foot to the floor, completing inward turn to face right (east)

Hop turn, keep turning, mambo cha-cha:
This is a 360 degree move.
Start facing left side (west).
Begin a right lead forward (clockwise) hop turn (counts 1-3), trying to rotate so that you are facing the back of the room (south) when the left foot hits the floor on the front (north) side on count 3.
Continue clockwise rotation to face west as right foot comes to floor on front (north) side (4).
Continuing clockwise rotation, begin the mambo with left foot stepping north-west, right foot raising a little (5).
Rock back on right foot to finish the mambo and begin turning counterclockwise back to the bench (6)
Cha-cha back to the bench (7 & 8).

Variation for first 12 counts:
Here is a slightly more advanced version of the beginning of Combo 4. (Thanks to Rita for this combination.)
Begin as before with a turn, straddle, and up, except do the straddle and up double time. Count: 1, 2, 3, &, 4, &. (4)
Continue with the lunge, hop-turn, straddle as before (4)
Change the mambo across from a 2-count mambo to a 4-count mambo - forward and back on the floor on the home side. (4)

Combo 5 moves:

Stomp, straddle, stomp, straddle, spin:
Facing left (west)
Right foot to the board, left foot raises off the floor (1)
Left foot to the floor, right foot raises above the step (2)
Right foot to front (north) side in a straddle (3)
Left foot to the board, right foot raises off the floor (4)
Right foot to the floor, left foot raises above the step (5)
Left foot to the floor on the home (south) side in a straddle, beginning counterclockwise rotation of the body (6)
Right foot steps over the bench to home side, continuing counterclockwise rotation (7)
Left foot to the floor, completing rotation to face the bench (8)

Step kick, walk back and kick
Also called Extended Charleston, or Broadway Kick.
At left (west) corner, step right, kick left (1, 2).
Left foot to the floor; walk back right, left, moving diagonally backwards (3, 4, 5)
For the (optional) spin, turn 360 degrees clockwise on (4, 5)
Right foot kicks (or kicks backward if you prefer) (6)
Walk back to the bench right, left (7, 8)
For this routine, walk back to the right (east) corner, to begin the kicking diagonal.

Kicking diagonal
This is a tapless diagonal move.
Begin at right (east) corner facing left (west)
Walk on the bench right, left, moving diagonally toward the north-west corner (1, 2)
Kick right leg (straight leg kick) holding leg extended (3)
Fall off the bench onto the right foot, placed on the floor near the north-west corner, as the left foot raises off the bench (4)
You are now standing on your right foot, ready to begin the next move with your left foot.
I have found that it helps with the momentum of the kick if you do a little hop from the right foot to the left on count 2, while cocking the right leg for the kick.

Half tick-tock (just a tick?):
This move is syncopated, with a count of 1, 2 & 3, 4. The '&' count is just before the 3 count, i.e., in musical notation, the rhythm is: quarter, dotted eighth, sixteenth, quarter, quarter. Think of the first four notes of the Funeral March.
Begin at left corner, facing left.
Right foot to the bench (1)
Hop and swing right foot outward, while left foot comes to the bench, like a tick-tock. (2)
Slightly before the 3 count, with a little hop on the left foot, right foot comes back to the bench. (&)
Left foot to the floor (3)
Right foot exits to the floor (4)

Please email me with any questions or comments.

I hope you can find some choreography you can use in this routine. If you successfully use some of this, I would be interested to know via email.



Added by Dick Price at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
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