Bounding Unicorns

Foxtrot

Technique

Height

For beginners: When walking forward, head stays at the same height (like in Tango).

On side steps (e.g. swing step): rise & fall, push with outgoing ankle. Not so much on the side step in the basic I think, though some rise & fall may be acceptable there.

At higher levels: the second step is executed on both toes with heel never coming down, 1st & 3rd step are down.

Walks

Feet should always be on the floor.

When going forward, ball of the rear foot should stay on the floor.

When going back, push with the heel.

When walking, brush feet against each other as they are crossing. For example for magic step forward:

LF forward & brush past RF          (S)
RF forward & brush past LF          (S)
LF to RF & LF left                  (Q)
    (LF is moving in an L shaped path, not diagonally)
RF together                         (Q)

Frame

Frame can be lower elbows & closer which is more of a social frame, or higher elbows and upper body further apart from the partner which is more of a competition frame. In either case elbows should be at the same height in all figures.

Basic / Magic Step Forward

Leader's steps:

LF forward          (S)
RF forward          (S)
LF left             (Q)
RF together         (Q)

Outside Step

Leader's steps:

LF forward                          (S)
RF forward left of follower's RF    (S)
LF left                             (Q)
RF together                         (Q)

The outside step is not a figure by itself.

Back Basic

Leader's steps:

LF back (S)
RF back (S)
LF left (Q)
RF together (Q)

Left Rock Turn / Magic Left Turn

Right Rock Turn

Box

Leader's steps, from closed:

LF forward          (S)
RF right            (Q)
LF together         (Q)

RF back             (S)
LF left             (Q)
RF together         (Q)

Left Turning Box

Good info here

Open Box

This is the regular (closed) box executed with feet passing instead of being together.

Leader's steps, from closed:

LF forward          (S*)
RF right            (Q)
LF back             (Q^)

RF back             (S*)
LF left             (Q)
RF forward          (Q^)

The steps marked (^) can be smaller than steps marked (*), or they can be similar size.

Like in the closed box, the feet move in a rectangular path, not diagonally.

Left Rock Ending

This is done in a corner.

Leader's steps:

LF forward & rotate CCW             (S)
RF back & rotate CCW                (S)
LF forward & rotate CCW less        (Q)
RF back & rotate CCW less           (Q)

Zig Zag / Junior Walk

Leader's steps:

LF forward                  (S)
RF forward & rotate R 90°   (S)
LF left                     (Q)
RF together                 (Q)

LF back                     (S)
RF back & rotate L 90°      (S)
LF left                     (Q)
RF together                 (Q)

Variation: instead of closing at the end the leader can go into promenade.

Zig Zag Outside Partner / Senior Walk

Foot Change

From left foot, leader's steps:

LF forward          (S)
rock RF             (S)
LF left             (Q)
RF together         (Q)
LF left/forward     (S*)

The last step is "a side step with forward intention".

From right foot, leader's steps:

RF forward          (S)
rock LF             (S)
RF right            (Q)
LF together         (Q)
RF right            (S)

Grapevine

Leader's steps:

LF forward                  (S)
RF forward                  (S*)
LF left                     (Q)
RF back                     (Q)
LF left                     (Q)
RF forward                  (Q)
LF left                     (Q^)
RF back                     (Q)
LF left                     (Q)
RF together                 (Q)

On the step marked (*), the leader can step inside or outside the follower. If stepping outside the follower the forward step is slightly bigger I think.

On the step marked (^) the leader can lead a UAT for the follower, in which case the step is called "grapevine w/outside turn". The turn takes up the last 4 quick counts.

Grapevine can also be done from right foot. Sample sequence:

foot change from left
grapevine from right
foot change from right

Grapevine can also take 4 counts instead of 6 counts, in which case the last 4 quick steps are taken out.

8 Count Zig Zag

This is the normal zig zag with one of the slow counts eliminated in each direction.

Leader's steps:

LF forward & rotate R 45°   (S)
RF right                    (Q)
LF together                 (Q)

RF back & rotate L 135°     (S)
LF left                     (Q)
RF together                 (Q)

The first rotation is 1/8 of a turn. The second rotation is 90° left from starting direction, or 135° considering the previous rotation was 45° right.

The lead for the rhythm change is rotation at the end of the first step, where ordinarily the follower would step straight back.

Swing Step From Closed

Leader's steps:

LF left                     (S)
RF together                 (a)
RF right                    (S)
LF together                 (a)
LF left                     (Q)
RF together                 (Q)

Swing Step From Closed w/UAT

Leader's footwork is the same as regular swing step. On 1 count raise LH to lead follower's turn.

Swing Step From Promenade

Hand hold is like in swing: leader's LH is on follower's waist level, palm up. Follower's RH is palm down on top of leader's LH.

The double step version, leader's steps:

LF left                     (S)
bounce L knee down          (a)
RF right                    (S)
bounce R knee down          (a)
LF back/right behind RF (Q)
rock RF                     (Q)

This is essentially identical to the basic swing step, starting with the double rather than the back rock. The biggest difference is partners are parallel to one another rather than being in a V (going by American social swing).

When doing the double step version, there are two bounces in the knees on each of the slow steps, as there are in swing.

One can also do the triple step version:

LF triple step left pointing L      (S)
RF triple step right pointing R     (S)
LF back/right behind RF         (Q)
rock RF                             (Q)

I imagine the single step like in swing step from closed is also allowed.

Promenade Walk

Leader's steps:

LF left facing L                    (S)
RF left of LF facing L              (S)
LF left facing original direction   (Q)
RF together                         (Q)

Promenade Check

Leader's steps:

LF left facing L                    (S)
RF left of LF facing L              (S)
    & down on R knee (check)
LF back                             (Q)
RF together                         (Q)

(into a promenade walk)

Promenade Outside UAT

Leader's steps:

LF left facing L                    (S)
    & LH up to lead follower's turn
RF left of LF facing L              (S)
LF left facing original direction   (Q)
RF together                         (Q)

Do a regular promenade before to set up the lead for promenade UAT.

Promenade Pivot

From promenade to promenade.

Leader's steps:

LF left facing L                                            (S)
RF left facing forward in front of follower                 (S*)
rotate R 90° & LF forward left of follower & rotate R 90°   (Q)
rotaet R 90° & RF right facing R[^] & rotate R 90°          (Q)

(regular promenade:)
LF left facing L                                            (S)
RF left of LF facing L                                      (S)
LF left facing original direction                           (Q)
RF together                                                 (Q)

Notes:

  1. The pivot figure has 360° of total rotation, unless it is done in a corner in which case it has 270° of total rotation, making it easier to execute.
  2. At the point marked [^], leader's RF should face the original promenade direction (the one at the start of the figure).
  3. During the pivot turn leader's right leg is very close to, possibly contacting, follower's right leg.
  4. The step marked (*) cuts the follower off, but leader needs to not trip the follower through the pivot which can be tricky.
  5. At the end of the pivot the follower must return to promenade position by herself. Apparently this figure is the only instance in ballroom dancing where the follower is not led into promenade.