Hesitation Change (Natural Turn with Hesitation)

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Hesitation Change
1-6 Hesitation Change
What is this?
Syllabus Level
ISTD: Bronze – IDTA: Bronze
The Hesitation Change is a right turning Bronze waltz figure. In the IDTA Syllabus, it is referred to as the Natural Turn with Hesitation.

The Hesitation Change is one of the oldest waltz figures and among the first figures to have been featured in the Associate Syllabus,[1] and has been listed at the equivalent of Bronze ever since. It was later copied to the quickstep and renamed Natural Turn with Hesitation.[2] The IDTA Syllabus refers to both the waltz and quickstep figure as Natural Turn with Hesitation.

The Hesitation Change is composed of steps 1-3 of the Natural Turn and a Hesitation, which may be turned between 1/8 and 3/8 to Right. The Waltz and Basic Principles allows 4-6 Hesitation Change to be danced individually, e.g. after a Progressive Chasse to Right or a Back Lock.

Default: Hesitation Change

 Man — Hesitation Change
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF forward Facing DW Com. to turn R Com. to rise e/o 1 HT Straight Yes 1
2 LF to side Backing DC 1/4 between 1-2 Cont. to rise on 2 & 3 T Right 2
3 RF closes to LF Backing LOD 1/8 between 2-3 Lower e/o 3 TH Right 3
4 LF back Backing LOD Com. to turn R —— TH Straight Yes 1
5 RF to side small step
(Heel Pull)
Facing DC 3/8 between 4-5 —— H, IE of foot,
whole foot
Left 2
6 LF closes to RF
without weight
Facing DC —— —— IE of T (LF) Left 3
Notes

ISTD: "When danced at a corner 1/8 or 1/4 turn could be made between 4-5."

Lady — Hesitation Change
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF back Backing DW Com. to turn R Com. to rise e/o 1 NFR TH Straight Yes 1
2 RF to side Pointing LOD 3/8 between 1-2
Body turns less
Cont. to rise on 2 & 3 T Left 2
3 LF closes to RF Facing LOD Body completes turn Lower e/o 3 TH Left 3
4 RF forward Facing LOD Com. to turn R —— HT Straight Yes 1
5 LF to side Backing DC 3/8 between 4-5 —— TH Right 2
6 RF closes to LF
without weight
Backing DC —— —— IE of T (RF) Right 3
Notes

IDTA: "If danced at a corner 1/8 or 1/4 may be made. The turn between 4 and 5 is not divided."

Variant: 4-6 Hesitation Change

4-6 Hesitation Change
4-6 Hesitation Change
What is this?
Syllabus Level
ISTD: Not permitted – IDTA: Silver
The Waltz and Basic Principles allows 4-6 Hesitation Change to be danced individually, e.g. after a Progressive Chasse to Right or a Back Lock.
 Man — 4-6 Hesitation Change
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF back Backing LOD Com. to turn R —— TH Straight Yes 1
2 RF to side small step
(Heel Pull)
Facing DC 3/8 between 4-5 —— H, IE of foot,
whole foot
Left 2
3 LF closes to RF
without weight
Facing DC —— —— IE of T (LF) Left 3
Notes

ISTD: "When danced at a corner 1/8 or 1/4 turn could be made between 1-2."

Lady — 4-6 Hesitation Change
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF forward Facing LOD Com. to turn R —— HT Straight Yes 1
2 LF to side Backing DC 3/8 between 4-5 —— TH Right 2
3 RF closes to LF
without weight
Backing DC —— —— IE of T (RF) Right 3
Notes

IDTA: "If danced at a corner 1/8 or 1/4 may be made. The turn between 1 and 2 is not divided."


Modification: Hesitation Change begun OP

When the Hesitation Change is danced after a figure such as Chasse from PP, Step 1 is taken in Outside Partner. Differences are noted below:
Hesitation Change begun Outside Partner
Man
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 RF forward in CBMP, OP [3] Facing DW Com. to turn R Com. to rise e/o 1 HT Straight Yes 1
Lady
Step # Feet Positions Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall Footwork Sway CBM Timing
1 LF back in CBMP, OP [3] Backing DW Com. to turn R Com. to rise e/o 1 NFR TH Straight Yes 1


Precedes and Follows

Hesitation Change — Precedes
Figures in {curly brackets} are theoretically possible, but not listed. *Asterisks are not reciprocally listed.
Bronze ISTD LF Closed ChangeChasse from PPOutside ChangeBasic Weave.
At a corner — Natural Turn.
IDTA LF Closed Change — *Natural Turn.
Starting Outside Partner: Chasse from PPOutside ChangeWeave in Waltz Time.
Silver ISTD Weave from PPClosed TelemarkOutside SpinTurning Lock.
IDTA Starting Outside Partner: Closed TelemarkOpen Impetus followed by WeaveWhisk followed by WeaveTurning Lock to Left.
Gold IDTA Outside Spin.
Starting Outside Partner: Fallaway Natural TurnContra Check ended in Close Hold.
Unlisted IDTA Starting Outside Partner: *Drag Hesitation.
4-6 Hesitation Change — Precedes
Figures in {curly brackets} are theoretically possible, but not listed. *Asterisks are not reciprocally listed.
Bronze IDTA {Reverse Corte turning 1/2 to end backing DW after Underturned Natural Spin Turn or Closed Impetus}.
Silver IDTA Progressive Chasse to RightBackward Lock Step — {Open Impetus followed by Cross Hesitation}.
Unlisted IDTA Drag Hesitation.
Hesitation Change — Follows  
Figures in {curly brackets} are theoretically possible, but not listed. *Asterisks are not reciprocally listed.
Bronze ISTD Reverse TurnDouble Reverse SpinProgressive Chasse to Right.
Facing DW of new LOD: LF Closed ChangeWhisk.
Facing new LOD: 1-3 Reverse Turn to back DW then Basic Weave.
IDTA Reverse Turn.
If ended DW at a corner: LF Closed ChangeWhisk.
Silver ISTD Closed TelemarkOpen Telemark — *Drag Hesitation.
IDTA *Closed Telemark — *Open Telemark — *Open Telemark followed by Wing — *Open Telemark followed by Cross HesitationProgressive Chasse to Right.
Gold ISTD Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot. At a Corner — Contra Check.
IDTA Double Reverse Spin. At a corner — *Contra Check.
Unlisted IDTA *Drag Hesitation.


References

  1. The Revised Technique of Ballroom Dancing [2nd Ed. 1950] Hesitation Change
  2. First seen to our knowledge in the The Revised Technique [8th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1976] Quickstep Natural Turn with Hesitation
  3. 3.0 3.1 This is consistent with The Ballroom Technique [10th Ed. Reprinted w/Amendments, 1994] & The Waltz and Basic Principles [6th Ed. Reprinted, 2011] Chasse from PP, Outside Change, Basic Weave, Weave from PP, Closed Telemark, Outside Spin, Turning Lock.