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Cross Basic

The cross basic is used often as it covers a lot of ground, usually to circle around a partner who is turning on the spot or spinning. This basic gets its name because it is a cross between the back basic and side-to-side, and also because one leg moves across the other.

Verbal Cue:
Back-Cross-Side-Clap

Prepare to start:
Stand with your weight on your right leg ready to move with your left leg.

Beat:
1. Take a step back with your left leg.
2. Take a step to the left with your right leg by swinging it across the front of your left leg and transferring your weight onto it.
3. Take a side step to the left with your left leg.
4. Clap your hands once to mark the null beat.

Your weight should now be on your left leg ready to move with your right.

Repeating the process moving to the right,

Beat:
5. Take a step back with your right leg.
6. Take a step to the right with your left leg by swinging it across the front of your right leg and transferring your weight onto it.
7. Take a side step to the right with your right leg.
8. Clap your hands once to mark the null beat.

You are now where you began, with your weight on your right leg, ready to move with your left.

Comments:
When practising this while viewing the clip: Cross Basic, Solo; remember that you are dancing in mirror image to Dan. The clip is cropped late on beat one, so please don't be alarmed.

 

 
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