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Basic patterns

  • Underarm pass or right-side pass: A six-count basic where the follower is led to the other end of the slot, passing on the leader's right (right side pass) or additionally under the leader's arm (underarm pass). Count: 1 2 3a4 5a6
  • Left-side pass: A six-count basic where the follower is led to the other end of the slot, passing on the leader's left. Count: 1 2 3a4 5a6
  • Tuck pass: This is like a left side pass in six counts, but the leader creates a "tuck" action on 2 by turning the woman towards the man and then reversing her direction back toward the slot on count 4. Then the woman turns under the man's left arm on 5&6. The turn can be either a half turn or a turn and a half. Some teachers teach that the "tuck" is no longer led because it is difficult to follow. In theory, the Tuck action ought to function similarly to the wind-up before throwing a frisbee. Count: 1 2 3a4 5a6
  • Sugar push or Push Break: A six-count "move" where the follower, facing the leader, is led from the end of the slot to a one- or two-hand hold, then led back to the same end of the slot. The seemingly very simple Push Break requires "compression" or "resistance", to make the pattern. While the arms remain firm but flexible, there should be no excessive pushing or pulling in the arms but in the body. The Sugar Push has been around since 1952. In some instances this sequence is taught as "The Six-Count Basic". Count: 1 2 3a4 5a6
  • Whip: An eight-count basic with many variations. In a basic whip, the follower is led past the leader and then redirected (or "whipped") back towards the end of slot from which she (or he if a man is following) started. The basic footwork for a whip extends the six-count pattern by inserting a pair of walking steps between
  • the triple steps. The footwork is therefore "step step tri-ple-step step step tri-ple-step." Count: 1 2 3a4 5 6 7a8
 

 
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Basic patterns