Titanic Lesson Write Up | HiFi 02.09.15

Posted by Jake on 3rd September 2015

So I've started putting up videos of the material we cover in class at HiFi, and I thought - why not do a quick write up?  It's tough to just watch a video and remember what we covered!

Here are the moves we covered, from two different angles on YouTube, followed by a write-up of the moves and some tips.

Check out the video then read the description below.

Titanic Lesson 02.09.15


Move 1 - Basic Step

Pretty straight forward, I started the combo with a Basic Step!  I'm the Lead, while Emma is the Follow.

Move 2 - Right Turn with a Hand Change

I continue to do the footwork from a Basic Step, while Emma is going to perform the Right Turn footwork.  I take the opportunity to change hands into the Right to Right Hold, as I lift Emma's right hand in preparation of the turn.  To lead the turn, I draw a dinner plate sized circle around Emma's head in a clockwise direction.

Move 3 - Using a Basic Step to get into Crossed Hands

The next move is again a Basic Step, but I take the opportunity to connect my left hand with Emma's left hand - getting into the Crossed Hands position that we covered last week.  The important thing to remember here, is that I offer my left hand underneath my right.

Left to Left + Right to Right = Crossed Hands!  In this case, Crossed Hands Left Under.

Move 4 - Walk Through Into to Titanic

OK, now we're getting to the crux of the matter.  This move finishes with the pair of us in the Titanic Position.  On the 1,2,3,4 counts, I clear the Line to the Emma's left-hand side.  Remember that I must mark the line with my feet and make sure I'm out of the way.

Then I simply lead Emma forward in three steps on the 5,6,7,8 - making sure that I lift my right arm over her head as I do!

And we're in the Titanic Position.  'I'm Flying...'

Move 5 - Titanic Step

Now you can do as many of these as you want, or not at all.  That's the fun of dancing freestyle.  I chose to do one of these Titanic Steps in my video.  

Emma is crossing here feet in front on 1 and 5, while I cross mine behind on the same counts.  This move is easier to do than say, so just check the video.

TIP FOR THE FOLLOWS:  It's important in the Titanic Position that you don't let your elbow go behind your rib cage, and that you don't completely straighten your arms.  This will keep you safe from injury and make the lead's life easier.

Move 6 - Exiting Titanic with a Right Turn for the Follow

The most common exits from Titanic all start with the first part of the Titanic Step above - as in this case.  The main difference is I lift up my right hand by Count 3.  From there I lead a right turn for my partner (well actually a full turn and a half) in a similar way that I did in Move 2.

Keep turning your partner until they come back to face you for the second time.  You'll finish this move in Right to Right.

Move 7 - Using a Basic Step to get into Crossed Hands

Another Basic, taking the opportunity to get back into Crossed Hands - this time with the left over the right.  I did it almost immediately but you can do it at any point during this Basic Step.

Move 8 - Cross Body with Left Turn into Titanic

Rather than the 'Walk Through Into Titanic' that we saw in Move 4, it's much more common to use a 'Cross Body with Left Turn' to get into Titanic.  It won't work very well if you don't have the left hand on top!  So be warned :)

We cover Cross Body with Left Turn in more detail during other parts of the syllabus, so I won't talk about it too much here.  And in this case there is a slight difference - the Follow only does a single turn rather than a turn and a half.

Move 9 - The Showstopper

OK, so this is the move we spent a fair amount of time looking at.  This move demonstrates that you can exit from Titanic without the first four counts we saw in Move 6.

Instead I lead with the positioning of my body to turn Emma a half turn right to face in the opposite direction by Count 3.

Then the move proceeds as a Cross Body with a Left Turn.  To facilitate this move, on Count 4 I give Emma a slight prep to the right - because I'm in a difficult position to lead this move as I normally would.

The on 5,6,7,8 I lead Emma in a turn and half to the left - using only my right hand.

After this move I simply repeat the pattern from the opposite angle.

That's it for this week!

Well that's it for this week, if you fancy getting involved then I definitely think you should!  Check out events at HiFi for more information.  Next week we'll be looking at shines...

Any questions or comments?!  Just use the comments below...

By Jake

Nearly a decade ago, I resolved to run a salsa night the way I thought it should be run and the idea for StreetSalsa was born.  The rest as they say is history..

I've made some of the best friends you could wish for through dancing, and want to share what a life-changing experience dance can be.

By Siobhan on 3rd September 2015 at 20:34

Love this idea of a write up! More of this please :-)

By Jake on 3rd September 2015 at 20:41

Happy to do it if people think it's worthwhile!  Any thoughts on the class itself?

By Siobhan on 3rd September 2015 at 21:44

It was great to practise something quite tricky and I thought the leads did really well.

Just a thought / tip for the leads, if it helps - not a criticism just an observation. Remember to be gentle on the follower's arms once in Titanic position! Followers need to be comfortable and keep their elbows in front of the rib cage, so to do this we need a little bit of flexibility.

To get a comfortable arm position, I think leads have to get a bit closer than usual and I appreciate some people may be hesitant to do so - don't be!

I really did enoy the combinations this week. I have done Titanic both ways social dancing but it was good to break it down to refine the 'proper' technique. This is why I am still attending the Beginners' classes after over a year of salsa, because I really want to drum the basics.

Any leads fancy giving followers some tips? :-)

By John on 4th September 2015 at 14:56

The video and verbal write up are both useful. In the class I sometimes find it hard to follow complicated moves, esp those involving turns (left or right?) so a written description covering things like this definitely helps. Many thanks for taking the time to do this

By Sarah on 9th September 2015 at 11:52

Really liked this addition of the write up with the video, thank you for taking the time to put it together Jake.  Really good to be able to review what we covered in class, and for me to be able to look at what was done in the later class.

Thanks again