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The Open Impetus is often danced poorly, primarily because of a misunderstanding of how it should be led. This video provides some valuable insights.

The Open Impetus is used in Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. In this figure, the man performs a heel turn while turning to the right. It can end in closed position, with the man stepping diagonally back with his left foot while the lady brushes her right foot in and then steps diagonally forward with that right foot between the man's feet, or it can end in Promenade Position with both partners stepping forward. A great many leads don't quite understand what is happening from the follow's perspective, which creates an ugly situation in the open version where the man essentially pulls the lady off her feet into a forward step. George provides some useful information to help leads develop the technical skill to give clarity to their partner.

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George Pytlik

Author George Pytlik

Before turning pro, George achieved impressive results as an amateur competitor, holding the Senior (30+) Latin championship in BC, Canada for 7 consecutive years with his wife Wendy. The couple twice achieved a top-3 Canadian ranking in Senior Latin as well as a 3rd place Canadian ranking in 30+ Ten Dance. Today, George and Wendy are professional teachers with a vision of growing a strong dance community in Delta near Vancouver, BC.

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