33. Cross Arm Behind the Back to Lady's Free Turn

The figure is shown twice,
once from each side.

He will catch her right hand.

His right hand to her right hand
("cross hand" or "cross arm"
position). His left leg goes....

....out....

....he steps left onto
his right footprint

A nice line with his bent left leg

He gets out of her way
while bringing her through. Be-
cause of the cross arm position,
his arm is going behind his
back.

The follower's left arm is re-
laxedly held out as if resting
on an invisible table.

He still holds her right hand...

As she passes, he keeps his hand
which leads her to turn.

A little flick with his hand
and she is in a free turn

The leader starts this pattern facing away from the follower holding the follower's right hand with his right hand. On 1,2, the leader does a step forward and back (as in a send out) leading the follower forward on 2.

As he does this, he steps a little to his right to make room for the follower who will be traveling in a straight line past him. He also sticks out his left hand pointing down at a 45 degree angle so that the follower can see it.

On 3 & 4, the leader triple steps in place and directs the follower's right hand with his right hand toward his left hand.

On 5 & 6, as the follower goes past the leader, the leader triple steps back in line with the follower and does a "j lead" with his left hand hooking first to the right and then to the left as he leads the follower through a clockwise free spin.

On 1,2, the follower swivels stepping right left coming forward, as led, on 2.

On 3 & 4, the follower continues forward with a triple step, and seeing the leader's offered left hand, allows her right hand to go behind the leader's back.

On 5 & 6, the follower triple steps clockwise until she is facing the leader.


As with most patterns where the follower travels on a line past the leader, the leader makes space so she can travel without having to go around him. The leader goes on and off the imaginary line. He goes off the line as she approaches, and moves back onto it when she is past him. If the follower's path is oval-shaped instead of linear, the figure does not look as crisp. The idea of the follower traveling back and forth on a line with the leader getting on and off the line is central to another swing dance style, west coast swing.

A Digression:
Lindy Hop is generally thought of as a circular dance while west coast swing is a slot or linear dance. But both dance forms feature figures where the leader moves out of the way of the follower as she moves past him in a line. To see an example of this in west coast swing, click here..

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