3. The come around in break time
"Break time is step, step, step, hold."
This is an eight count pattern where the footwork is changed to break time on the first four counts and the dancers rotate in closed position 180 degrees. This is also a pattern that can be used to make transitions between other patterns which will be demonstrated later on (i.e. in pattern 6). In balboa, break time is step, step, step, hold. This is different from the basic more common footwork which is step, step, hold, step.
Gent rock steps
on counts 1, 2...
large left step around
...cross behind on 4 - 5.
Gent's swinging right foot
will not touch down on
4 but rather on 5.
Since there is no step
down on 4, count 4 is
a hold step, so counts 1
through 4 are
" step step step hold "
which is referred to
as break time, different
from balboa's usual
" step step hold step "
For the leader, starting with the left foot, the come around footwork is half break time and half basic footwork:
step step step hold step step hold step 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 left right left right right left right right rock step wide step cross behind
forward together back (no weight) step
On 1,2, the leader does a rock step and turns in a clockwise rotation. On 3, the leader steps around clockwise with his left foot. As he does this the leader leans slightly to his left. This lean forces the follower to lean slightly to her right and put her weight on her right foot as opposed to doing a hold with her right foot. This tilting of the axis is not a bend at the waist but a slight lean from weighted foot straight up through the shoulders. This lean should be barely noticeable to anyone watching. On 4, with his weight still on his left foot, the leader does a hold and pivots on his left foot while crossing his right foot behind and completes a 180 degree rotation from 1. On 5, the leader steps with his right foot. On 6, he steps with his left so that his feet are uncrossed and side by side. On 7, he does a hold shifting his weight backwards slightly and on 8 he steps with his right foot.
For the follower, starting with the right foot, the break turn footwork is:
step step step hold step step hold step 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 right left right left (no weight) left right left (no weight) left
On 1,2, the follower is led to step right left in a clockwise rotation. On 3, the follower is led to lean to her right so that she steps with her right foot. On 4, she holds with her left foot and pivots on her right foot until she has completed the 180 degree rotation from 1. From 5-8, she does her basic footwork.
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