Combination: The "Catch" preceded by a tuck turn

This move is a smilemaker!

The first part of this combination is the same tuck turn already discussed previously. The lady's part remains the same. However, the gent's part differs in that instead of remaining in the middle of the slot, he will travel to the lady's end of the slot (left to right in the video) and on the very last step he is going to "catch" the lady in closed position.

So, on the 4, 5 & 6 counts (step, tri-ple step), the gent travels towards the lady to "catch" her as she completes the turn. The hook-up or "catch" is completed on 6. The footwork:

6-Count west coast swing foot rhythm (6 counts, 8 steps)
with descriptions in red specifically for the 2-Hand Tuck Turn
ending in the "Catch"

Counts
------>

one
two
three
four
five
six

Men Do
------>
(start left)

Walk
(left)
("back")
Walk (right)
("forward, out of slot")
Tri-ple-step
(left-right-left)
("both turn the lady and raise her arm and step forward
on the last left")
Tri-ple-step
(right-left-right)
("go - and - catch")

Women Do
------>
(start right)

Walk
(right)
Walk
(left)
Touch Step
(right touching, right step)
Tri-ple-step (left-right-left)

The lady's touch step
on count 3

The gent travels and
"catches" (reconnects with
his right hand) on count 6

Now, the couple are in closed position -- the gent has the right hand on the lady's back and holds her right hand with his other. From closed position, the couple end the combination with the starter step (see section 1f.)

As well as with the tuck turn, the "catch to closed position" (we've renamed it already) may be done with the "Go Back Turn" (see section 1d.), and less eye-catchingly with the underarm turn (see section 1c.). Be sure to try to imagine and experiment.

A digression:We have already mentioned that because the human body can only do so many movements, the same figures appear in many dances. For example, the crux of the "Catch" may be seen in the Jitterbug section 4b which you may view by clicking here. The same movement is found in cha cha, lindy, polka, and presumably any other couple dance where the woman turns. The same is true of most of the other moves in this west coast site -- tuck turn, underarm turn, free turn -- forms of these are all common to many dances. Oftentimes, the moves have different footwork and or different names.

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