Basic Weave (Weave in Waltz Time)

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Basic Weave
Basic Weave
What is this?
Syllabus Level
ISTD: Bronze – IDTA: Bronze
The Basic Weave (Subtitle: Taken after 1-3 Reverse Turn, ended backing DW) is a left turning Bronze waltz figure, which may end in closed position or promenade position. In the IDTA Syllabus, it is referred to as the Weave in Waltz Time.

The Basic Weave is the waltz version of the foxtrot figure of the same name. It was first codified for the waltz in Popular Variations as the Weave in Waltz Time,[1] and only entered the waltz syllabus relatively late as a "Named Variation" (the equivalent of Gold today).[2] For the current Ballroom Technique it was re-classified as Associate (Bronze), matching its counterpart in the foxtrot.

The Basic Weave in waltz shares many similarities with its parent: the ending incorporates the Outside Change just as the Feather Finish ends all weaves in syllabus foxtrot. At a corner, both weaves feature two alternative alignments — designated here as (A) and (B). Unlike in syllabus foxtrot, the waltz Basic Weave may end in promenade position.

Default: Basic Weave

As its subtitle suggests, the Basic Weave is explicitly designed to be: "Taken after 1-3 Reverse Turn, ended backing DW." For this purpose, the Ballroom Technique notes "It is better to commence facing LOD for the 3 steps of the Reverse Turn preceding this figure."[3]
 Man — Basic Weave
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF back Backing DW —— —— TH Yes 1
2 LF forward Facing DC
against LOD
Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 HT Yes 2
3 RF to side Backing LOD 1/8 between 2-3 Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 LF back in CBMP Backing DC 1/8 between 3-4 Com. to rise e/o 4 NFR TH 1
5 RF back Backing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 LF to side and
slightly forward
Pointing DW 1/4 between 5-6
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
RF forward in
CBMP, OP
Facing DW H Yes
Notes

Popular Variations: "The continuance of the turn of the body to the L. between steps 1 and 2 is important. R.F. will be in CBMP at the end of 1, and a slight sway to R. may be used on this step." [4]

Lady — Basic Weave
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF forward Facing DW —— —— H* Yes 1
2 RF back Backing DC
against LOD
Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 T Yes 2
3 LF to side Pointing DC 1/4 between 2-3
Body Turns Less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 RF forward
in CBMP, OP
Facing DC —— Com. to rise e/o 4 HT 1
5 LF forward Facing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 RF to side and
slightly back
Backing DW 1/4 between 5-6
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
LF back in CBMP Backing DW H Yes
Notes

* ISTD: "More advanced Lady dancers may, if they wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1 of this figure."

Popular Variations: "[...] a slight sway to R. (Ed. Lady: L) may be used on this step." [4]


Variant: Basic Weave at a Corner

The Ballroom Technique suggests two different alignments — designated here as (A) and (B) — at a corner following a 1-3 Reverse Turn ended backing LOD. Differences from the default Basic Weave in bold:
 Man — Basic Weave at a Corner (A)
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF back Backing LOD —— —— TH Yes 1
2 LF forward Facing against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 HT Yes 2
3 RF to side Backing DC 1/8 between 2-3 Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 LF back in CBMP Backing new LOD 1/8 between 3-4 Com. to rise e/o 4 NFR TH 1
5 RF back Backing new LOD Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 LF to side and
slightly forward
Pointing DW
of new LOD
3/8 between 5-6
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
RF forward in
CBMP, OP
Facing DW
of new LOD
H Yes
The Basic Weave at a Corner (A) was reconstructed from the notes; all alignments are inferential.[5]
Lady — Basic Weave at a Corner (A)
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF forward Facing LOD —— —— H* Yes 1
2 RF back Backing against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 T Yes 2
3 LF to side Pointing down
new LOD
1/4 between 2-3
Body Turns Less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 RF forward
in CBMP, OP
Facing new LOD —— Com. to rise e/o 4 HT 1
5 LF forward Facing new LOD Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 RF to side and
slightly back
Backing DW
of new LOD
3/8 between 5-6
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
LF back in CBMP Backing DW
of new LOD
H Yes
The Basic Weave at a Corner (A) was reconstructed from the notes; all alignments are inferential.[5]
Notes

* ISTD: "More advanced Lady dancers may, if they wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1 of this figure."




 Man — Basic Weave at a Corner (B)
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF back Backing LOD —— —— TH Yes 1
2 LF forward Facing against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 HT Yes 2
3 RF to side Backing new LOD 1/4 between 2-3 Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 LF back in CBMP Backing DC
of new LOD
1/8 between 3-4 Com. to rise e/o 4 NFR TH 1
5 RF back Backing DC
of new LOD
Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 LF to side and
slightly forward
Pointing DW
of new LOD
1/4 between 5-6
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
RF forward in
CBMP, OP
Facing DW
of new LOD
H Yes
The Basic Weave at a Corner (B) was reconstructed from the notes; all alignments are inferential.[5]
Lady — Basic Weave at a Corner (B)
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF forward Facing LOD —— —— H* Yes 1
2 RF back Backing against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 T Yes 2
3 LF to side Pointing DC
of new LOD
3/8 between 2-3
Body Turns Less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 RF forward
in CBMP, OP
Facing DC
of new LOD
—— Com. to rise e/o 4 HT 1
5 LF forward Facing DC
of new LOD
Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 RF to side and
slightly back
Backing DW
of new LOD
1/4 between 5-6
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
LF back in CBMP Backing DW
of new LOD
H Yes
The Basic Weave at a Corner (B) was reconstructed from the notes; all alignments are inferential.[5]
Notes

* ISTD: "More advanced Lady dancers may, if they wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1 of this figure."


Variant: Basic Weave to PP

Basic Weave to PP
Basic Weave to PP
What is this?
Syllabus Level
ISTD: Bronze – IDTA: Bronze
Both the Ballroom Technique and the Waltz and Basic Principles make a note of the variant Basic Weave to PP without providing a technical description.[6] Therefore the technique must be reconstructed from the notes: as the second half of the Basic Weave is derived from the Outside Change, it may be reasonably inferred that Basic Weave to PP is governed by the same alignment rules as the Outside Change to PP.[7] Similar to the technique for the Outside Change to PP [8] the first 5 steps of the Basic Weave to PP would be identical to those of the regular Basic Weave, but the alignment of step 6 would depend on the subsequent figure. The Basic Weave to PP could thus have as many as three separate exit alignments: Moving down LODPreparing for WingMoving toward DW.


The first alignment is in preparation for moving down LOD in a Chasse from PP:

 Man — Basic Weave to PP — moving down LOD
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF back Backing DW —— —— TH Yes 1
2 LF forward Facing DC against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 HT Yes 2
3 RF to side Backing LOD 1/8 between 2-3 Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 LF back in CBMP Backing DC 1/8 between 3-4 Com. to rise e/o 4 NFR TH 1
5 RF back Backing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 LF to side in PP Facing DW
Moving along LOD
1/4 between 2-3
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
RF forward and across
in PP and CBMP
Facing DW
Moving along LOD
H Yes
The Basic Weave to PP moving down LOD was reconstructed from the notes; steps 6 & (7) are inferred from Outside Change to PP.
Lady — Basic Weave to PP — moving down LOD
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF forward Facing DW —— —— H* Yes 1
2 RF back Backing DC against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 T Yes 2
3 LF to side Pointing DC 1/4 between 2-3
Body Turns Less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 RF forward in CBMP, OP Facing DC —— Com. to rise e/o 4 HT 1
5 LF forward Facing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 RF to side in PP Facing DC
Moving along LOD
—— Up. Lower e/o 6 TH 3
LF forward and across
in PP and CBMP
Facing DC
Moving along LOD
H Yes
The Basic Weave to PP was reconstructed from the notes; steps 6 & (7) are inferred from Outside Change to PP.
Notes

* ISTD: "More advanced Lady dancers may, if they wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1 of this figure."


The second alignment is specifically designed to prepare for the Wing:
 Man — Basic Weave to PP — preparing for Wing
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF back Backing DW —— —— TH Yes 1
2 LF forward Facing DC against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 HT Yes 2
3 RF to side Backing LOD 1/8 between 2-3 Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 LF back in CBMP Backing DC 1/8 between 3-4 Com. to rise e/o 4 NFR TH 1
5 RF back Backing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 LF to side and
slightly back in PP
Pointing DW
Body facing Wall
1/4 between 2-3
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
RF forward and
across in CBMP and PP
(a strong step)
[9]
Pointing LOD[9] H Yes
The Basic Weave to PP preparing for Wing was reconstructed from the notes; steps 6 & (7) are inferred from Outside Change to PP.
Lady — Basic Weave to PP — preparing for Wing
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF forward Facing DW —— —— H* Yes 1
2 RF back Backing DC against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 T Yes 2
3 LF to side Pointing DC 1/4 between 2-3
Body Turns Less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 RF forward in CBMP, OP Facing DC —— Com. to rise e/o 4 HT 1
5 LF forward Facing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 RF to forward
and slightly to R,
R side leading in PP
Pointing LOD —— Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
LF forward in
CBMP and PP
[10]
Facing DC[10] H Yes
The Basic Weave to PP preparing for Wing was reconstructed from the notes; steps 6 & (7) are inferred from Outside Change to PP.
Notes

* ISTD: "More advanced Lady dancers may, if they wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1 of this figure."


The third alignment is designed to move toward DW for a Chasse from PP, Cross Hesitation, Left Whisk or Fallaway Natural Turn:
 Man — Basic Weave to PP — moving toward DW
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF back Backing DW —— —— TH Yes 1
2 LF forward Facing DC against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 HT Yes 2
3 RF to side Backing LOD 1/8 between 2-3 Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 LF back in CBMP Backing DC 1/8 between 3-4 Com. to rise e/o 4 NFR TH 1
5 RF back Backing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 LF to side and
slightly foward in PP
Pointing DW
Body facing Wall
1/4 between 2-3
Body turns less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
RF forward in
CBMP and PP
[11]
Pointing DW
Body facing Wall
[11]
H Yes
The Basic Weave to PP moving toward DW was reconstructed from the notes; steps 6 & (7) are inferred from Outside Change to PP.
Lady — Basic Weave to PP — moving toward DW
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF forward Facing DW —— —— H* Yes 1
2 RF back Backing DC against LOD Com. to turn Left Rise e/o 2 T Yes 2
3 LF to side Pointing DC 1/4 between 2-3
Body Turns Less
Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
4 RF forward in CBMP, OP Facing DC —— Com. to rise e/o 4 HT 1
5 LF forward Facing DC Com. to turn Left Cont. to rise on 5 T Yes 2
6 RF diagonally forward
R side leading in PP
Moving DW
Pointing LOD
—— Up. Lower e/o 3 TH 3
LF forward and across
in CBMP and PP
[12]
Moving DW
Pointing LOD
[12]
H Yes
The Basic Weave to PP moving toward DW was reconstructed from the notes; steps 6 & (7) are inferred from Outside Change to PP.
Notes

* ISTD: "More advanced Lady dancers may, if they wish, use ball of foot to whole foot on step 1 of this figure."


Precedes and Follows

Basic Weave — Precedes
Figures in {curly brackets} are theoretically possible, but not listed. *Asterisks are not reciprocally listed.
Bronze ISTD 1-3 Reverse Turn commenced facing LOD — 1-3 Reverse Turn to back LOD at a corner, (A) and (B).
IDTA 1-3 Reverse Turn, start facing DC or LOD — {approaching a corner: Natural Spin Turn}.
Silver ISTD Approaching a corner: Natural Spin TurnUnderturned Outside Spin.
IDTA {Approaching a corner: Underturned Outside Spin}.
Notes

ISTD: The combination of Basic Weave and Natural Spin Turn is listed above level (both are Bronze) without further explanation.

Basic Weave — Follows  
Figures in {curly brackets} are theoretically possible, but not listed. *Asterisks are not reciprocally listed.
Bronze ISTD Any Natural Figure: (Natural TurnNatural Spin TurnHesitation Change).
IDTA Natural TurnNatural Spin TurnUnderturned Natural Spin TurnNatural Turn with Hesitation.
Gold ISTD Closed Wing.
IDTA Running Spin TurnLeft Whisk (count 1) — {Closed Wing}.
Basic Weave to PP — Follows  
Figures in {curly brackets} are theoretically possible, but not listed. *Asterisks are not reciprocally listed.
Bronze ISTD Chasse from PP.
IDTA Chasse from PP.
Silver ISTD WingCross Hesitation — *Weave from PP.
IDTA WingCross Hesitation.
Gold ISTD Left Whisk.
IDTA Left WhiskFallaway Natural Turn.
The Basic Weave to PP was reconstructed from the notes; the Follows are inferred from Outside Change to PP.


References

  1. Popular Variations [2nd Ed. Reprinted, 1963] Waltz #7: Weave in Waltz Time. The figure is virtually identical to the present codification.
  2. The Revised Technique [8th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1976] Waltz Named Variations The Weave. The figure is listed separately at the end of the Named Variations, which suggests it may have been an amendment.
  3. The Ballroom Technique [10th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1994] Waltz Basic Weave Subtitle and Notes.
  4. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Ballroom Technique [10th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1994] Waltz Basic Weave "Precede: 1-3 Reverse Turn to back LOD near a corner, then turn either 1/8, 1/8, 3/8; or 1/4, 1/8, 1/4 on Basic Weave to end DW of new LOD."
  5. the Ballroom Technique [10th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1994] Waltz Basic Weave "Note.— The Basic Weave may be ended in PP" — The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] Waltz Weave in Waltz Time "This figure may be ended in PP."
  6. The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] explicitly lists three alignments for the Outside Change to PP; in the Ballroom Technique [10th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1994] Waltz Outside Change to PP "Follow: Cross HesitationWing (The foot position of step 3 Outside Change will be the same as step 3 Open Telemark relevant to the follow to be used. Refer pages 31/32)."
  7. The Ballroom Technique [10th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1994] Waltz Outside Change to PP Notes: "Technique of steps 1-2 as on previous page"
  8. 9.0 9.1 Alignment is inferred from The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] Open Telemark followed by Wing Man, Steps 3 & 4
  9. 10.0 10.1 Alignment is inferred from The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] Open Telemark followed by Wing Lady, Steps 3 & 4
  10. 11.0 11.1 Alignment is inferred from The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] Fallaway Natural Turn Man, Step 1
  11. 12.0 12.1 Alignment is inferred from The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] Fallaway Natural Turn Lady, Step 1