Someone actually yelled, "Wheeee!"

This is a Step pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 15075)

All blocks are 32 or 64 counts; all are tapless and self-reversing. Any step followed by 2 stars (**) has an explanation following.

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Explanations (all are explained on right-foot lead for arguments' sake, regardless of how they are presented in the routine):

Stomp around the world: AKA (also known as) "1-4-7-10," because those are the beats when one of your feet lands on the step. Facing side, (count 1) right foot steps on left corner (2) left foot steps in place on floor (3) right foot straddles and steps on floor on front side of step (4) left foot steps on left corner (5) right foot steps in place on floor (6) left foot steps down beside right (you are facing back here) (7) right foot on right corner (8) left foot steps in place on floor (9) right foot straddles and steps on floor on back side of step (10) left foot steps on right end of step (11) right foot steps in place on floor (12) left foot down beside right.

Flip L-step (8): AKA turning L-step; L-step halfway around the world. It's 2 L-steps, turning toward the step in between, and exiting facing the back of the room. (1) step right foot on left corner (2) lift left knee (3-4) walk left/right on the floor off the left end of the step, turning the body toward the step to the back of the room (5) step left foot on step (6) lift right knee (7-8) exit right/left, facing the back of the room. (Note that the step actually starts on the front side of the step in the combo, although it is explained facing front here.)

Knee cha-cha: step knee, triple step on the floor. (1) step right foot on left corner (2) lift left knee (3-and-4) step feet left/right/left in place on the floor. Note that the base step is a Charleston knee; this step does NOT travel to the other side. I generally cue "cha-cha" when appropriate because it's shorter than "triple step."

Shuffle turn on top: A shuffle turn where both feet come up onto the step. Facing side, (1-and-2) feet step right/left/right on the step, moving toward the left end (left foot steps behind right) (3) left foot on floor, turning toward the step (4) right foot down beside left.

Spin around the step: a 360 spin basic (see below), but you never touch the step. "Cheat" by starting the turn an instant before count 1; you should already be well on your way toward facing the back of the room as you lift your foot for count 1 (that's why it follows the shuffle on top; you're already turning). (1) right foot steps completely over the step, landing on the front side with toes facing back of the room (2) left foot down beside right (you are facing the back of the room here) (3) right foot steps completely over the step, landing on the front side with toes facing front of the room (4) left foot down beside right. People can do a regular basic or a 360 spin if they feel like they're going to trip, but it's great fun if they can get it.

Power V-step: I used one regular V, one Power V here only because it's tough to get both feet off the floor after the spin around the step, but if they can do it, play with 2 Power Vs. Even more fun is 2 Double Power Vs: (1) feet jump wide on top (2) feet jump together on top (3) right foot down (4) left foot down.

Stomp each corner: AKA alternate stomp; 6-count mambo; 6-count stomp (or chug or pump or push or 1/2 mambo or whatever you call it). (1) Right foot steps on left corner (2) left foot steps in place on floor (3) right foot steps on floor (4) left foot steps on right corner (5) right foot steps in place on floor (6) left foot steps on floor.

Box step cha-cha: (1) step right foot on left corner (2) step left foot on floor off left side (3) cross right foot over left on floor (4) step left foot wide on the floor behind right (5-and-6) step right/left/right to the right corner. I teach it starting with a double knee; then 2 stomps, cha-cha; then add the box step.

Turning box step: AKA curb step; curb walk. It's sort of a walk off the end, turn to the back of the room. (1) step right foot on left corner (2) step left foot off the end, crossing over the right and starting a turn toward the left shoulder (inside, TOWARD the step) (3-4) walk right/left to the front of the step, completing the turn. It replaces a 4-count walk around the corner.

2-1-2 knee: Double knee on one corner, single knee facing back of the room, double knee on first corner. (1-4) step right foot on left corner; left knee lifts twice (5-7) walk left-right-left, turning to face the back of the room (8) right knee lifts (9-10) walk right/left back to left corner (11-14) step right foot on left corner; left knee lifts twice (15-16) exit left/right. I usually end up just cueing it: "Double knee! Single back! double knee!" Note: One or both double knees are often replaced by an "Elvis" when I see this in other people's classes. (Note that the step actually starts on the front side of the step in the combo, although it is explained facing front here.)

Broadway spin: Based on a Broadway knee, which is AKA karate knee, or walk back 3 and kick. (1) step right foot on left corner (2) lift left knee (3-5) 3-count turn left/right/left, rotating inside, toward the step (6) lift right knee (7-8) walk back to the step right/left.

Freeze L-step: A plyometric L-step. (1) right foot hops up on left corner, left knee lifted (2) hold in place (3) left foot hops down on floor at left side, right knee lifted (4) hold in place.

Squat jack: A half-time jack with a BIG squat. (Count 1) jump feet out into a squat (2) hold feet out (3) jump feet together (4) hold together. (The final Squat jack, Freeze-L-step should be three huge hops.)

Side leg flip 3x: 3 alternating side leg extensions on the short end, traveling between each one; but the short end is so small that you're "flipping" instead of traveling. The step before it is a pivot, so the first lift has to take you off the side, kind of like you're starting an L-step. (1) Step right foot on left corner (2) lift left leg into a side extension, moving off the short end (you're now on the side of the step) (3-4) walk left/right on the floor, turning inside, toward the step (5) step left foot on left end (you're now facing the back of the room) (6) extend right leg (7-8) walk right/left on the floor, turning inside, toward the step (9) step right foot on left end (you're facing front again) (10) extend left leg (11-12) walk left/right on the floor, turning inside, toward the step.

Revolve across: A 4-count revolving door (which is AKA orbit, turnover, tapless over the top), but moving "the long way" (in my cueing vocabulary, "over" = the short way; "across" = the long way). Facing front on left short end of step, (1) step right foot on top, moving across the top (2) left foot on top (3-4) exit right/left, turning inside, toward the step. (Note that the step actually starts facing the back in the combo, although it is explained facing front here.)

Mambo wide, cha cha home: Pretty self-explanatory if you've read this far, but you're spinning out of the revolve and this stops your momentum, so the mambo occurs out wide on the short end, and then you travel back to the back side (home/south) of the step. On the left side (short end), facing front: (1) right foot crosses way out to the left (2) left foot steps in place (3-and-4) travel right/left/right to the right back corner.

Weave over: AKA grapevine over, scissor over, sail over, fly, flyover, cross behind, popover, swing over, swing behind. It's an over the top where you cross the following leg behind. Facing side, (count 1) right foot on top (2) left leg crosses behind right, right leg hops a bit (3) left foot down on floor on front side (4) right foot down on floor beside left.

10-point turn: Based on a 6-point turn, but you face the back. (1) right foot steps up facing back (2) left foot steps up facing back (3) tap right foot forward on the floor (heel stays up, weight stays on the step) (4) left foot lifts slightly on the step (5) right foot back up on the step (6) tap left foot forward on the floor (7) right foot lifts slightly (8) left foot back up on the step (9-10) exit right/left facing front, completing the revolution.

Basic with 360-degree spin: AKA full reverse turn, but I cue "basic" to encourage them to do the basic if they don't like the spin. (1) right foot steps up, toes facing back (2) left foot up beside right, toes facing back (3-4) exit right/left facing front, completing the revolution.

Shuffle straddle: Shuffle forward, straddle down, shuffle backward, straddle down. Facing side, (1-and-2) with right foot on step and left foot on floor, step forward right/left/right (3) left foot steps in place (4) right foot straddles (5-and-6) with left foot on step and right foot on floor, step backward left/right/left (7) right foot steps in place on floor (8) left foot straddles.

Phew! Thank goodness I've started saving my explanations so I can cut and paste!

I welcome your feedback; please feel free to email me with questions, comments, queries, quirks, craziness, compliments, or criticism.

Please, please, please, Turnstep posters, include the counts and explanations for any non-standard steps, even if you think they're painfully obvious. Just because you got "stagger step" or "twist-and-fly" from someone else doesn't mean the rest of the group exercise world all knows what that is. We want to use your choreography; the more information you provide, the easier it is to do that (although if you've read this far, I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir).



Added by Jennifer Padgett at 2:51 PM on Friday, March 25, 2005 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
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