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Heel Lead

Places the forward part of the heel on the floor first and then transfers the weight onto the rest of the foot.  Also see Foot Leads


Hijacking

The follower takes control of a step pattern and extensions to execute some advanced interpretive styling. When the follower has completed their moves they will turn the lead back over to the leader -- similar to placing a period at the end of a sentence. During the Hijacking sequence the leader will normally do something that will not interfere with or detract from the follower's material. Also see Funk Swing


Hop

In a Hop the same foot is used to send and receive the weight. There is no foot change, everything is executed on one foot. A spring action is executed by quickly pressing the ball of the Sending Foot into the floor causing the a spring-up action, then returning the weight to the same foot.

The following is an example one styling Hop Step. That is, a Hop on one foot followed by a Step on the other foot. The Hop is on the "&" or "a" count and the Step is on the Beat. 

Hopping In Place
From One Foot To The Other
Rolling Count

   
EVEN
Count
&
a
1
&
a
2
Rhythm
O
x
X
O
x
X
Foot
L
L
R
R
R
L
Direction
T
T
T
T
T
T
Foot Pos
1
1
1
1
1
1

For diagram definitions see
Short Hand Terms or Annotation

Also see Jump, Leap, Scoot, Skip.


Hustle

There are several different ways of annotating Hustle. One uses 3 beat dance Rhythm Measures/Units in 4/4 time and the other uses 2 beat dance Rhythm Units in 4/4 time. The following are examples commonly used in the dance world.

3 Beat Rhythm Unit in 4/4 Time

This method of annotating Hustle creates an interesting conundrum. The music is in 4/4 time (4 beats to the measure), but the dance is executed to a virtual 3 beat dance measure in 4/4 time -- and yet, it is not waltz. Even with the interesting music v. dance conundrum the dance is easily learned. The following are 2 different types of dance rhythm units used. Please don't confuse this with Waltz, because it is not Waltz.

Version Starting on counts &1

   
EVEN
Count
&
1
2
3
Rhythm
x
X
X
X

Some prefer to count this [&1 2 3] [&4 5 6].

Version Starting on count 1

   
EVEN
Count
1
2
&
3
Rhythm
X
X
x
X

Some prefer to count this as [1 2 & 3] [4 5 & 6].

2 Beat Rhythm Unit in 4/4 Time - Starting on count 1

This method of annotating Hustle conforms to the more standard usage of 2 beat Rhythm Units in 4/4 time.

   
EVEN
ODD
ODD
Count
&
1
&
2
&
3
&
4
&
5
&
6
Rhythm
X
X
x
X
X
X
x
X

This would be counted [1 2] [&3 4] [5 & 6]

For diagram definitions see
Short Hand Terms or Annotation

Look carefully and see if you can figure out how the actual steps for each can be performed identically depending on where you start your pattern. Therefore, whichever version you are taught you can convert to the other without too much mental effort.

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