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West Coast Swing

Whip

(Straight Count)

This is probably the most interesting of all of the basic Step Patterns. If students really learn their Absolute Patterns then they will have no trouble executing the Whip. If they don't learn their Absolute Patterns then learning the Whip can turn into their worst nightmare. In the beginning, students will probably say "it doesn't feel right." That may be true, but "it is right" and will start to feel right very quickly if they focus on their Absolute Patterns.

The Whip exhibits a rubber band effect on counts [3 & 4]. That is, the Follower comes in to the Leader on counts [1 2], and like a rubber band that has reached its maximum length on counts "3" starts changing direction on counts "&4" and whips back in the direction from whence it came on counts [5 & 6] into the Follower's Anchor on counts [7 & 8].

DEFINITIONS

8 Beat Rhythm Patterns
Introduce 8 beat Rhythm Pattern using Rhythm Unit Cards.
Spotting - Up Slot ("U") and Down ("D") Slot
Up and Down Slot is from the perspective of the dancer at the beginning of the Step Pattern. This is defined for patterns starting in open position. Prior to starting a pattern, the Leader's Up Slot is looking in the direction of the Follower; the Follower's Up Slot is looking in the direction of the Leader. Down Slot is in the opposite direction as Up Slot.
 
 

DEMONSTRATE

Pattern (Cards): Double, Triple, Double, Triple.

Whip Step Pattern: Demonstrate the Whip Step Pattern.

E X E R C I S E

Please be aware that the most critical part of this Step Pattern are counts [3 & 4][5 6]. It is highly recommended that all students practice both the man's and woman's part.

PATTERN: Even, Odd, Even, Odd

Shorthand Terms

Leader

 
EVEN
 
ODD
 
EVEN
 
ODD
Count
&
1
&
2
&
3
&
4
&
5
&
6
&
7
&
8
Rhythm
X
X
X
x
X
X
X
X
x
X
Foot  
L
 
R
 
L
R
L
 
R
 
L
 
R
L
R
Direction  
B
 
P
 
S
P
S
 
S
 
B
 
T
T
T
Slot/Rails
<
<
<
<
>
<
=
=
=
=
Foot Pos  
4
 
4
 
2
2
2
 
2
 
4
 
1
1
3
Turn
>
1/4R
>>
1/4R
>>
1/4R
>>
1/4R
>

Shorthand Terms

Follower

 
EVEN
 
ODD
 
EVEN
 
ODD
Count
&
1
&
2
&
3
&
4
&
5
&
6
&
7
&
8
Rhythm
X
X
X
x
X
X
X
X
x
X
Foot  
R
 
L
 
R
L
R
 
L
 
R
 
L
R
L
Direction  
F
 
S
 
B
T
f
 
S
 
B
 
T
T
T
Foot Pos  
4
 
2
 
4
1
4
 
2
 
4
 
1
1
3
Turn
>
1/4R
>>
1/4R
>
>
1/4R
>>
1/4R
>

Verbal: [1 2][3 & 4] [5 6] [7 & 8]


IMPORTANT POINTS

Slot
The Follower's path will be directly through the Leader. The Leader will use the Rails to clear the Slot for the Follower.
Frame
Leader: Rh catch on Count 2, but don't stop Follower's rubber band effect.
Spotting
This is something that can be added later to make a very exciting whip.
Count "2"
The Leader's right foot will be between the Follower's feet.
Count "4"
The Follower's right foot will be between the Leader's feet.

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