Nate's Step Stuff #2

This is a Step pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 14998)

Hi Turnsteppers! I have been meaning to post this combination for awhile, but am just now getting around to it! This is a 64-count self-reversing advanced choreography combination with significant cross phrasing (boy, that's a mouthful!).

As usual, I have provided how I would breakdown this combination in the instance that you'd be interested. Believe it or not, in my adv. chorey step class, it takes me approximately 45 minutes to fully breakdown this combination, complete with all of the layers and options, which is actually kind of nice (less for me to have to remember!).

Some of these moves were inspired by a Patrick Goudeau workshop I took a few years ago (gotta give credit where it's due!).

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FINISHED PRODUCT

BREAKDOWN

I know you're probably wondering what the heck half of the above stuff means. If after reading the breakdown, you still don't know what I'm talking about, please email me! :-)

First base block of 16 counts: [Right lead] 2 knee repeater 2x (12), [Right lead] single ham curl (4) = 16, self-reversing. Rearrange block as [Right lead] 2 knee repeater (6), [Left lead] single ham curl (4), [Right lead] 2 knee repeater (6) = 16, self-reversing.

Add 4 alternating kicks after second 2 knee repeater to lengthen block size to 32. The 4 kicks are "filler" and although they might seem unnecessary now, your participants will appreciate the "brain break" later.

Layer a change on the first 2 knee repeater as: [Right lead] step knee (2), [Left lead] 4 marches on floor (4), [Left lead] single ham curl (4), [Right lead] 2 knee repeater (6), [Left lead] 4 alternating kicks (16) = 32, self-reversing. Begin to add propulsion to the single knee, insisting to your class that unless they unload the knee and ankle with propulsion, they cannot join in on the next layer, due to a potential safety issue.

This is a *DIFFICULT* layer, and it will require some practice. Whenever I introduce this layer, I ask my class to stay with the "base" version while they observe me demoing the layer 2 times (once on each lead leg). Half of them never listen to me, either (so, no, you're not alone!). On the propulsive step knee (assuming right lead), rotate your body counter clockwise while moving over the step. You will land in front of the step on a left lead, facing forward (you have done a full rotation). The 4 marches become a 4 count. "samba" as follows:

At this point, your left leg will be ready to step onto the step to do a step ham STRADDLE (4), and then finish the block with the regular [Right lead] 2 knee repeater (6), [Left lead] 4 alternating kicks (16) = 32, self-reversing. Note that you must do the STRADDLE on the step ham to bring the move back home.

Once they've got this (and give them ample time!), begin to block a move as an over the top (4)...and, yes, I will actually tap down at the beginning of this breakdown. However, this move quickly becomes a shuffle over/ball change. I've heard this called a "chasse' mambo" or "cha-cha-cha over the top", as well. The key is to get them to remember to do the ball change on counts 3 and 4. Also notice that the move faces only one wall. Here it is by beats:

This "shuffle over/ball change" fits in the combination as follows: [Right lead] reverse knee hop (2), [Left lead] 4 count. samba (4), [Left lead] shuffle over/ball change (4), [Right lead] 2 knee repeater, [Left lead] 4 alternating kicks (16) = 32, self-reversing.

At this point, I change the block as follows: [Right lead] reverse knee hop (2), [Left lead] 4 count. samba (4), [Left lead] shuffle over/ball change (4), [Right lead] mambo facing front (4), [Right lead] 3 alternating knee kicks (12), [Left lead] 2 alternating stomps (6) = 32, self-reversing.

From a mechanics standpoint, the above change got rid of one kick (which changes lead legs), and replaced it with a mambo (which does *NOT* change lead legs); at the same time, it got rid of the second 2 knee repeater (which changes lead legs), and replaced it with 2 alternating stomps (which, after 6 counts, does *NOT* change lead legs). That's how the combination stays self-reversing.

The next layer is to add a pivot turn in place of the mambo. The stylistic change is to add more hips/booty and sexy arms to it, resulting in a sexy "Push Pivot"-type move. The first count is on the step, while counts 2-4 are on the floor.

Now we have: [Right lead] reverse knee hop (2), [Left lead] 4 count. samba (4), [Left lead] shuffle over/ball change (4), [Right lead] "Push Pivot" (4), [Right lead] 3 alternating kicks (12), [Left lead] 2 alternating stomps (6) = 32, self-reversing.

Ok--time to step out of the layer for a little while. Create a new 16 count block as follows: [Right lead] "Split basic" (8), [Right lead] mambo shuffle (on SW corner of step) (4), [Left lead] basic (4) = 16, self-reversing. A "split basic" is a basic with 2 alternating rear lunges in the middle.

Eventually, move the mambo/shuffle to the back of the room. If it's a right lead, the mambo is on the floor facing SW; if it's a left lead, the mambo is on the floor facing SE.

To layer the "Whiplash", remind your students that the footwork of the split basic is not changing. The "Whiplash" is as follows:

The "Whiplash" will flow directly into the mambo/shuffle (which we already layered to face the back corners). This is another move where your students may need additional time to practice the mechanics. Always remind them that they can keep the "split basic" if they'd prefer. Now, the block is: [Right lead] "Whiplash" (8), [Right lead] mambo/shuffle to back corner (4), [Left lead] basic (4) = 16, self-reversing.

Going back to the original layer, we have: [Right lead] reverse knee hop (2), [Left lead] 4 count. samba (4), [Left lead] shuffle over/ball change (4), [Right lead] push pivot (4), [Right lead] "Whiplash" (8), [Right lead] mambo/shuffle to back corner (4), [Left lead] 2 alternating stomps (6) = 32, self-reversing.

This combo is now basically fully-layered, unless you have a bunch of divas in your class. If you're keen (and if they're also keen), you can add a funky, Patrick-inspired flair to the first stomp on counts 27-29. Instead of doing a regular stomp, you push forward onto the step (assume left lead) with your hip and then turn out clockwise on the toes on counts 2-3. The second stomp stays the same (although I do have a few participants who like to turn again, but I don't like going from an outside turn into the reverse knee hop).

Add show-stopping arms for the full "Chicago"-style effect, and you've got the full combo.

I think I'll go ahead and submit this so as not to thoroughly frustrate the Turnstep admins here. Once I see that this one gets posted, I'll post the second half of the breakdown. I welcome your feedback, and thanks for reading!
Nate



Added by Nate at 12:07 PM on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
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