Bronze Waltz - Whisk and Chasse Ballroom Dance Lesson

Uploaded by aanw97 on 15.03.2009

Now, I’ll show you step #2, The Whisk and Chasse.
This is how it looks – and 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.
We’re going to show you the steps together but separate,
so we’re 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 called “The 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, you’ll have trouble continuing stepping
back on the next step.
So, we do this – and 1, 2, 3;
1, 2 and, 3. If we continue,
the man will not step between the lady’s feet
because that’ll 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, we’re going to dance this
in music down the room for you.