Whisk (ballroom dance)

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The whisk is a ballroom dance step used in the Waltz or Viennese Waltz. It is one of several ways to get into promenade position and is used to turn dancers around corners or change their direction on the dance floor. It is often performed after a complete reverse turn.[1]

Footwork[edit]

The basic whisk is only three steps. As in most Waltz steps, the body rises on the second beat and lowers on the third.

Man (Leader)[edit]

  1. Move the left foot forward, facing it diagonally to the wall while slightly raising the body (Heel-toe).
  2. Move the right foot to the side and slightly forward (toe). Push a little bit forward from the left foot while swaying the body to the left. Slightly raise the body.
  3. Cross the left foot behind the right foot, facing the wall diagonally (toe-heel). The step finishes in promenade position.

Woman (Follower)[edit]

  1. Move the right foot back, facing it diagonally to the wall while slightly raising the body (toe-heel).
  2. Move the left foot diagonally to the back while swaying the body to the right. Slightly raise the body (toe).
  3. Cross the right foot behind and slightly to the left of the left foot. The step finishes in promenade position (toe-heel).

Back Whisk[edit]

The back whisk is a variation on the basic whisk. It is very similar to the basic whisk except that it progresses backward rather than forward. The back whisk begins with the leader backing diagonal center against line of dance and finishes with the follower in promenade position.

Left Whisk[edit]

The Left Whisk is a Gold syllabus variation on the whisk. [2]

Leader (Man)
Step # Foot Position Alignment Amount of Turn
1 RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP FDW, moving along LOD
2 LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW Body start to turn L
3 RF crosses behind LF FDW Body turn to L
Follower (Lady)
Step # Foot Position Alignment Amount of Turn
1 LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Facing DC, moving along LOD Start to turn L
2 RF to side and slightly back BDW 1/4 btwn 1-2
3 LF back in CBMP BLOD 1/8 btwn 2-3

There are two variations on the Left Whisk. One begins with the man moving backward on the right foot. The other is a Left Whisk on the first beat.

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