From the Balboa Section:
5. Balboa Push breaks


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Push breaks have 4 counts in basic time (step, step, hold, step) and 4 counts in break time (step, step, step, hold) and can be repeated indefinitely.

How to get into push breaks:

For the leader: The first 4 counts are in basic time (step, step, hold, step). Starting with his left foot on 1, the leader steps back with his left foot. On 2, he steps back with his right so that his feet are together. On 3, he sweeps out and forward with his left foot without stepping down. As the leader does this he separates from the follower by extending his arms forward and pressing her away gently with the front of his right hip. On 4, he steps down with his left foot crossed in front of his right foot.

First position:

The rest of the pattern is in break time. On 1, the leader steps back with his right foot. On 2, he steps back with his left foot so that his feet are together and shifts the follower to his right. On 3, he steps forward, crosses over his left foot with his right foot, and shifts the follower forward so that she is to the right, from the leaderís perspective, of the leaderís center. On 4, there is a hold and the lead slides his left foot to the left as he pushes the follower away from him.

Second position:

From first position the leader continues the pattern in break time. On 5, the leader steps back on his left. On 6, he steps back with his right foot so that his feet are together and shifts the follower over to his left. On 7, he steps forward, crosses over his right foot and shifts the follower forward so that she is to the left, from the leaderís perspective, of the leaderís center. On 8, there is a hold and the leader slides his right foot to the right as he pushes the follower away from him.

For the Follower -- How the follower is led into push breaks:

On 1, the follower steps forward with her right foot. On 2, she steps forward with her left foot bring her feet together. On 3, she holds with her right foot as the leader separates from her. On 4, she steps back with her right foot.

First position for the follower:

On 1, the follower steps in place with her left foot. On 2, the follower steps in place right foot and twists to her left. On 3, the follower steps forward and to the left with her left foot. At this time, the follower should be, from the perspective of the follower, to the left of the lead. On 4, there is a hold and the follower is pushed away from the lead.

Second position for the follower:

On 1, the follower steps in place with her right foot. On 2, the follower steps back with her left foot bringing her feet together and twists to her right. On 3, the follower steps forward and to the right with her right foot. At this time, the follower should be, from the perspective of the follower, to the right of the lead. On 4, there is a hold and the follower is pushed away from the lead.

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