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


Instructions (Leader Perspective)
You start the whisk and chasse when facing diagonal-wall, with your weight on your right foot. Note that this step travels a lot -- avoid doing it while near a corner or you'll hit something. Usually, this move is executed after having finished a natural turn (normally followed by a closed change).

The first two counts are identical to a non-turning box step.
1. Drive forward onto your left foot.
2. Drive onto your right foot, making sure to rise appropriately.

3. This is where you deviate from the box step. Instead of closing your left foot, cross it behind your right. A couple of points on technique:
a) Your left foot should be really close, on the right side of your right foot.
b) Your weight should transfer to your left foot on this step, such that you can lower your heel on beat 3.
c) Leading is important here. The way you signal the whisk and chasse is by entering a slight promenade position -- rotate your partner clockwise while opening your own upper body counterclockwise.

4. Drive along line of dance with your right foot, maintaining promenade position.
5. Re-enter closed frame, bringing your partner in front of you as you execute a Quickstep-esque chasse along line of dance. That is to say, on beat 2 step along line of dance with your left foot, on "and" close with your right, and on 3 step forward once more.

6. Conclude with a natural turn.


Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Similar to natural spin turn, this move tests as to whether you are truly connected to the leader or not.

1. You begin as you would with a closed change. Right foot drives backwards.
2. Left foot goes out to the left, and rise appropriately.

Between Counts 2 and 3, the leader's right hand on your left shoulder blade should make a "up-and-over"motion, a semicircle of sorts. This serves two purposes. First, it indicates to you that you are NOT doing closed change. Second, this "up-and-over" is the exact motion your entire body should be doing. In fact, the leader is also doing a bit of up-and-over, but you're channeling that more. In addition, it is during this transition that your head goes from facing left to facing right (so as to match the leader's direction).

3. Right foot crosses behind left. Similar to the leader, make sure to have a small step.

1. Drive along line of dance with left foot, maintaining promenade position. Promenade position is that you aren't exactly in standard closed position, though you are still in closed position. Instead, you and the leader are now both facing the same direciton.
2. Right foot comes around, enough so that you and the leader are now in closed position again.
And: Feet come together as left foot comes together with right foot, thereby closing your feet.

3. Right foot steps backwards.
4. Continue with natural turn.



Tips and Tricks
  • Body orientation. Note that during the middle three counts, your body orientation differs with respect to where you're stepping. On beat 1, you're stepping forward-ish because you're in promenade position. On 2 + 3, you're stepping to the side.
  • Don't forget to exit promenade position for the chasse. Trying to stay in promenade throughout this will leave your partner stuck behind you.


Advanced Concepts
Closed to Sortof Closed: You proceed from a closed position to promenade position and back again in the span of 4 beats. Make sure to definitely show the change. Leader, your head stays left all the time. Follower, your head is normally facing left. But when changing from closed to promenade, your head can face the right to emphasize that you are in promenade position. Then when you enter closed position, your head should go back to facing left.

Note: Facing left and facing right is relative to your partner's face, not your current body position.