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  • Now, I’ll show you step #2, The Whisk and Chasse.

  • This is how it looksand 1, 2, 3;

  • 1, 2 and, 3. Continue with Natural Turn,

  • 4, 5, 6. Now this step doesn’t turn

  • essentially goes straight sideways down the line of dance.

  • Were going to show you the steps together but separate,

  • so were going to have Wendy just stand a little bit off the side so

  • you can see both of us. We start at 45˚ angle

  • and we have step 1 – 1 man’s left; lady’s right.

  • Step 2 - the man turns a little bit in his body

  • to the right, places his right foot underneath his right shoulder;

  • think of the same floor board. The ladies make a little turn to your right;

  • turn the feet on the toes. We now dance back; man’s left foot;

  • lady’s right foot. Back behind the other foot

  • and come down on that foot. Both knees bend.

  • That’s calledThe Whisk”. Chasse, we step across, 1.

  • We go up onto our toes and dance 3 little steps, side together side;

  • side together side. Come down that last step.

  • The count for the Chasse because it’s 4 steps

  • is 1, 2 and, 3. The 2nd beat #2 split in half

  • 1, 2 and, 3. So we show that to you again

  • The Whisk - and 1 going up on the toes;

  • 2 going backwards; 3 coming down. And Chasse - 1, 2 and, 3.

  • The man doesn’t have to worry too much about turning.

  • He’s going to keep parallel to the lady in his body, shoulders and hips;

  • and 1, 2 and, 3. Always keeping parallel,

  • another word if you turn like that, that would be a mistake.

  • The lady always keeps parallel to the man, but she has the additional responsibility

  • of turning her head on the Whisk, 1, 2, 3.

  • And then taking the 1st step and turn the head back to the left on the

  • Chasse. This is important because if the lady

  • does not turn her head back, youll have trouble continuing stepping

  • back on the next step.

  • So, we do thisand 1, 2, 3;

  • 1, 2 and, 3. If we continue,

  • the man will not step between the lady’s feet

  • because thatll hit the lady’s right foot. In dancing,

  • the person going forward whenever the feet are apart,

  • like we are now, the person going forward has to go outside

  • with the right foot. Lady’s back left, we continue with the right

  • turn, 4, 5, 6.

  • The man leads the step by going up, faster than normal

  • and dancing the lady back behind him. If I do this by myself,

  • I want to go 1, up and back. The idea of going up and back

  • will give her the signal to dance the Whisk. I’ll do it again.

  • And 1, up for 2, back for 3. Staying parallel as much as we can,

  • 1, 2 and, 3; turning right 2, 3.

  • There’s your Whisk and Chasse. Now, were going to dance this

  • in music down the room for you.

Now, I’ll show you step #2, The Whisk and Chasse.

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