Nate's Hi-Low Stuff #1

This is a Hi/Lo pattern from (pattern 15006)

I've never posted a Hi/Lo combination before, so I'm hopeful that my descriptions are adequate. Please feel free to email me with any questions you have about the chorey.


Combo 1



First thing I would do is set up a 16 count block as follows: [Right lead] repeater 3 step knee (6), [Left lead] double step knee (4), [Right lead] step knee (2), [Left lead] march 4 counts (4) = 16, self-reversing. Then, I would turn the double step knee and single step knee into ham curls.

I'd also rearrange the order of the movements to look like this: [Right lead] repeater 3 step knee (6), [Left lead] march 4 counts (4), [Left lead] double step ham curl (4), [Right lead] step ham curl (2) = 16, self-reversing.

Eventually, I'd turn the 4 marches into a mambo. Then, I'd layer in a change on the repeater 3 knees so that it becomes a step knee, followed by a double rear lunge. In beats:

Then, on beat 7, you'd be ready to go into the mambo. All the divas should feel free to change the mambo into a pivot turn. :-)

To introduce the next layer (which is the "Slow V"), I'd step out of the block for a minute to work with just the double step ham curl and single step ham curl (6). I'd set up a block as follows: [Right lead] double step ham curl (4), [Left lead] single step ham curl (2), [Right lead] Repeat counts 1-6 3x (18), [Right lead] grapevine (4), [Left lead] step touch 2x (4) = 32, self-reversing.

While we're doing this, I would begin to demo the "Slow V" in place of the double and single step ham curl. The "Slow V" is simply a half-time forward V-step, but stepping back home at regular speed, or:

I'd say about 75% of my class will choose to the more dancy "Slow V" while the other 25% prefer to stay with the double and single step ham curls, which are more athletic. The good thing is that they can do whichever one they want and we still end up on the same foot.

Ok, so let's go back to the layer. It now looks like: [Right lead] step knee (2), [Left lead] double rear lunge (4), [Left lead] pivot turn (4), [Left lead] "Slow V" (6) = 16, self-reversing. If I haven't added a 16 count "brain break" filler already, I'd go ahead and add 4 grapevines after the "Slow V" to make a 32 count self-reversing block.

Next layer to teach has the following base block: [Right lead] grapevine (4), [Left lead] double side heel dig (4) = 8, self-reversing. Repeat this mini-block until they're comfortable with the weight transfer necessary to do it confidently.

Now remove one of the heel digs to create the following block: [Right lead] grapevine (4), [Left lead] side heel dig (2), [Left lead] grapevine (4), [Right lead] side heel dig (2), [Right lead] step touch 2x (4) = 16, NOT self-reversing, but with an equal number of repetition on each leg, so no need for it to be self-reversing.

The first layer for this block is to add a full revolution on the heel dig. The body turns clockwise after a right grapevine (with a left heel dig), and counter-clockwise after a left grapevine (with a right heel dig).

The second layer is to turn the step touches into ponies.

Combo 2



First thing to teach is the "pop turn", which I set up as a step double ham curl (4 counts). Change the step double ham curl and begin to swing the free leg behind the stepping leg, adding a ball change on counts 3-4. I refer to this as "blast off" (I've also heard it called "glute swing"). It looks like:

I then add 4 marches to the front end of this move to make an 8 count mini-block (self-reversing). Eventually, we begin to travel with the marches, walking towards the E wall on a right lead march, and to the W wall on a left lead march. Building up a little momentum, increasing the distance travelled, and using the arms on the "blast off" really help to bring intensity and fun to this move.

Once they've got this 8 count sequence, begin to offer the option of doing a "pop turn" instead of a "blast off". This is only a change in the sense that you are now rotating your body FORWARD (with more rotation) on the pop turn, as opposed to rotating your body BACKWARD (with less rotation) on the blast off. Either one will get you to where you want to be, but I just find the forward-turning pop turn to be more fun. :-)

Now you can add 2 grapevines to the beginning of the block to get: [Right lead] grapevine 2x (8), [Right lead] march 4 counts towards E wall (4), [Right lead] pop turn (4) = 16, self-reversing. Note that those are 2 *alternating* grapevines (right and left), not a double grapevine right.

Once they've got the footwork, add a "brain break" of 16 counts of step ham curls so that they'll have something safe to hang onto as you demo the next layer.

While you've got them doing the regular version of the 2 grapevines, march and pop turn, demo moving forward diagonally on the grapevines, and turning to face the back to walk forward 4 counts and pop turn. The net result of this directional change is that the pop turn spins you around to the face the front, and the 16 counts of step ham curls give you the chance to "catch your breath" (physically and/or mentally) and return to home.

The next block to introduce is: [Right lead] repeater 3 step knee 2x (12), [Right lead] step ham curl 2x (4) = 16, NOT self-reversing, but balanced leg movement. I will usually add something like 6 step touches (12) and a grapevine (4) to the end of this block as a means of introducing a temporary "artificial" transition. I think it helps for my participants to feel this block starting on both lead legs.

Move the step ham curl 2x in-between the repeater 3 step knee as follows: [Right lead] repeater 3 step knee (6), [Left lead] step ham curl 2x (4), [Left lead] repeater 3 step knee (6), [Right lead] step touch 6x (12), [Right lead] grapevine (4) = 32, self-reversing.

The next layer is for the repeater 3 step knee, and it looks like the step knee/double lunge move from Combo 1. However, the double lunge this time is done on a diagonal "behind" the body, like this:

The step ham curl 2x holds the body "in neutral" before going over to the other side to do another repeater 3 step knee. Eventually layer in a scissor (or "ski") variation on beats 3-5 of the repeater 3 step knee.

The final change is to add a backwards-turning rotation on the step ham curl 2x. Assuming the right lead repeater 3 step knee as above, this would look like:

The momentum from the turn on the step ham curl 2x should help propel you into the second repeater 3 step knee scissor.

Now just add this 16 count block to the first 16 counts to complete the combination.

So, how did I do? Were the descriptions ok? I've never had to describe hi/low movements before, so I hope it all made sense. Email me with any questions! :-)


Added by Nate at 4:44 PM on Thursday, March 3, 2005 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
From: Arlington, Virginia (USA)
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