Introduction: A Bronze level move for Waltz.
Frame: Standard. Count: 1-2-3
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers move differently.


Instructions (Leader Perspective)
The move to be done prior to this is normally a natural turn. So proceed with the first natural turn, you're now facing backing line of dance. We'll start from there.
1. Same as the first step of the 2nd natural turn. Left foot goes back, you begin rotating as you would for the 2nd natural turn.
2. Instead of beginning to rise as you normally would, you don't. Instead, stay at the same height (somewhat low because of the first step) and your right leg slides to your right side, as you face Center Line.The position you end in will have both knees bent, weight on right leg. Your spine should be curved, opening up to the upper left.
3. For the first half of the beat, hold the previous position. Take this time to shape your form along with your partner's (see Adv. Concepts). On the And of 3, your left foot comes in to your right so that you can proceed with the next move, perhaps a reverse turn.


Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Assume that we have just done a natural turn. You should be facing line of dance. We'll start from there.
1. Same as the first step of the 2nd natural turn. Right foot goes forward, you begin rotating as you would for the 2nd natural turn.
2. The way you know you're doing a hesitation change instead of a 2nd natural turn is that the leader will keep his height and weight low. Being the excellent follower that you are, you will notice this signal and will also stay low instead of rising as you would for a normal natural turn. You will end up in a position mirroring that of the leader's, both knees bent. During this count and beat 3, the leader will shape you so that you elongate. Respond accordingly.
Note that in this position, you now look right, same direction as the leader, instead of left of the leader's head.
3. Right foot comes in to your left as you shape with a rise, and then proceed with the next move.


Tips and Tricks
  • Video: The above description is a little sparse on what you should look like. A bit difficult to describe the entire body position really, so I recommend looking up hesitation change to understand what position you should end up in.


Advanced Concepts
  • Shaping: Rather than staying static for counts 2 and 3 in the same position, shaping is something you can do in these counts. Shaping is the elongation of spine and form very slowly in order to prep for the next move following Hesitation. It looks nice, you're dynamic instead of static. Note that the leader does the shaping and the follower conforms.