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March 30, 2009

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I like your interpretation of this, and I must say I also find Franklin's instructions rather vague. One thing I notice that you did not mention is that Franklin has them both starting on the right foot. To me this indicates that they are not coming into this from a normal waltz turn, but there has already been some set-up done by the time Franklin starts describing the figure (perhaps a hesitation or foot change for one of the partners). Not that this actually clarifies anything! And it's also possible it was a typo on Franklin or his editor's part.

I think Franklin is just leaving something out there. The woman normally starts on the right foot, and the man on the left. The instructions are sequential. She starts forward on the right foot [and he back on the left] for the first half-turn and then he starts forward on the right [and she back on the left] for the second half-turn. That's just how one would come in from a normal waltz of the era.

If the rest of the instructions on the page are understood to be sequential, which I'm not 100% certain of, they are coming into this move from a slight dip, where the woman is stepping back right and the man forward left. Presumably they have to change their weight back to the other foot (his right, her left) in order for the woman to then step forward right into the turn.

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