Nikko Paso

by  Ian and Sue Webster (2001)

Time 4/4. Tempo 56 to 60bpm.  Music used: Sweet Beat by Punta Prima.  Commence in Shadow Hold, man and lady both facing LOD on the same foot, LH in LH, man's RH on lady's R shoulder blade.  Man's steps only described.  Lady dances normal counterpart
unless otherwise stated.

Appel, bar 9 : The Appel is a preparation step used to commence a movement during which Close Hold is not maintained.  Commencing from Close Hold with feet together, weight on left foot (Lady RF) the Appel consists of a strong lowering through the RF and leg accompanied by the appropriate lead for the figure to be danced.  The footwork is Ball Flat.
Walter Laird - Technique of Latin Dancing.

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FWork

Timing

LEFT FOOT VARIATION IN SHADOW HOLD - LINK

Man and lady on same foot for bars 1 to 4

1 LF fwd down LOD HF 1
  RF fwd down LOD HF 2
2 LF fwd down LOD HF 1
Point RF fwd and across with slight flexing of L knee, facing LOD T 2
Close RF to LF facing LOD BF a
3 Point LF to side with slight flexing of R knee, facing LOD IET 1
  Close LF to RF facing LOD BF 2
4 Releasing hold, RF fwd facing LOD, com to turn R (Lady turning L, RF to side along LOD, end facing centre) HF 1
  LF closes to RF ww facing wall and partner, adopting Closed Hold (Lady LF closes to RF facing centre and partner) B 2
CHASSE TO LEFT FROM STEP 2 FOR 7 COUNTS* (NO APPEL) -
TOE TAP ON COUNT 8 - (LADY SIDE CLOSE -
SWITCH TURN TO R SIDE - CLOSE - SWITCH TURN TO L)
*side close, side close, side close, side
5 LF to side moving along LOD facing wall and partner BF 1
  RF closes to LF facing wall and partner BF 2
6 LF to side moving along LOD releasing RH and raising the still joined L arm (Lady RF to side swivelling 1/2 turn to R on RF to end facing wall directly in front of the man) [Tandem Position] BF 1
  RF closes to LF facing wall, placing the back of the RH on the L side of the lady's back at waist height (Lady LF closes to RF ww facing wall) BF 2
7 LF to side moving along LOD facing wall and the back of partner (Lady LF to side moving along LOD facing wall) BF 1
RF closes to LF facing wall and the back of partner (Lady RF closes to LF facing wall) BF 2
8 LF to side moving along LOD facing wall releasing RH from lady's back (Lady LF to side swivelling 1/2 to L on LF to end facing centre and partner) BF 1
  Tap the tip of the toe on the floor adjacent to the heel on the LF adopting closed hold (Lady RF closes to LF facing centre and partner) T 2
ECART(FALLAWAY WHISK) -
UNTWIST TO L (LADY 3 CIRCLING WALKS - POINT)
9 Appel on RF facing wall WF 1
LF fwd facing wall HF 2
10 RF to side and slightly back in Fallaway pointing DW moving against LOD BF 1
  LF crosses behind RF in Fallaway facing DW BF 2
11 Com to untwist to L with feet in place (Lady LF fwd com to circle L)   1
  Cont to untwist to L with feet in place (Lady RF fwd cont to circle L)   2
12 Cont to untwist to L (Lady LF fwd cont to circle to L)   1
  End with feet almost closed, weight on LF facing centre and partner (Lady point RF to side ww facing wall and partner)   2
OUTSIDE FWD FLICKS - TURNING TWINKLE (LADY CIRCLING ZIG ZAG)
13 Keeping the bodies square to each other, flick RF fwd and across OP on R side facing centre and partner (Lady flick RF fwd and across OP on R side)   1
  Close RF to LF facing centre and partner (Lady close RF to LF facing wall and partner) BF 2
14 Keeping bodies square, flick LF fwd and across OP on L side facing centre and partner (Lady flick LF fwd and across OP on L side)   1
  Close LF to RF facing centre and partner (Lady close LF to RF facing wall and partner) BF 2
15 RF fwd OP on R side to centre com to turn R (Lady RF fwd OP on R side to wall com to turn R) HF 1
  Releasing hold, LF to side facing LOD (Lady LF to side backing almost to wall cont to turn R) BF 2
16 RF back against LOD (Lady cont to turn R, RF back against LOD) BF 1
LF closes to RF ww facing LOD adopting Shadow Hold (Lady LF closes to RF ww) BF 2