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“Better Man” by: James Morrison Int/Adv Modern – Time 2:20 Choreographed by: Miriam Vera

Beginning Position: Right Triangle with Soloist at Left Upstage Corner—standing facing L side or laying down

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Soloist—sway knees L/R/L 1-3, lift hips off the floor/R fan kick while laying down 4& Group—walk R/L 1-2, walk backwards R 3, walk backwards L while throwing arms and releasing head &4 Soloist—forearms on floor/pike 1, drop L knee and extend R leg 2, sit up and look to diagonal &, tuck in R leg and roll to stand over L shoulder to face front 3&4, reach forward R/L then twist hips and look R then recover &a, break knees/release head/fingers roll in 5, rebound body and open/close hands 6-7, R knee behind L knee/wrap arms (R over head/L around stomach)/look L 8, place R foot down/arms open/release head then place R hand on stomach/L hand behind head &a Group—melt/contract while holding L wrist and recover to standing 1-2, throw arms down and look front &a, shift weight to R to face front while reaching out R/L 3&, break arms twice in/out looking sideways 4&a, swaying sideways bring arms in/fingers roll in 5-7, step w/ L to face R side while contracting body/wrapping arms over 8& Soloist—contract body 1, spiral over L shoulder w/ L coupe/land facing Left front diagonal &2, collapse/melt body 3, two quick steps back as arms press down and look sides R/L &a, releve & circle arms up to high V 4, lean forward/arms create random circles in front of body/looking down &5&, break body & look front 6, walk facing back to join the group &a7, Travel to Formation #1B—R three step turn to front diagonal 8&a Group—snake head to look front 1, recover to standing &, pulse chest and hands 2&, melt down and press hands down 3, step L over L shoulder to face back and step R &a, reach arms to high V while looking at hands R/L 4&, releve and pulse hands/drop head 5&a, sway sideways and melt arms down/drop head &6&7, Travel to Formation #1B—R three step turn to front diagonal 8&a Different Soloist—drop/lift arms up & then recover to standing 1&a2&, join group 3&, Different Soloist—step R to front diagonal/arms reach out R/L and melt body down 4&5&6, join group 7&a8& Group—(facing to back diagonal) throw arms over to R side/L tendu behind R leg and look R 1, releve looking down and break arms to box position L/R &a, push arms down twice/slowly looking up 2&, Travel to Formation #1C—R rond de jambe as L arm circles back 3, L rond de jambe as R circles back &, inside turn over L shoulder/hands touching R knee/looking down 4&, land facing Right front diagonal/upper body roll L to R 5&, look down 6, small hinge (breaking knees)/extend R arm to “T”/L hand on chest/release head 7, twist legs L/R &a, step forward R/flex R hand reaching forward/look down 8, both hands at chest/look up & Together—releve/hold and un-hug yourself while swaying 1-2, throw arms down looking forward 3, Travel to Formation #2 (Staggered Lines)—three step turn &4, cover lips with both hands &, step forward with R to different directions as hands detach from lips and reach forward 5&, return to feet together/cover lips 6&, throw arms down while shifting weight to face Left front diagonal and look front 7&, step R/tendu L behind R as R finger motions “no” to the front 8& Group A—lift R knee/point out w/ R then point to self & contract 1-2, turn over L shoulder 3, cart wheel 4 Group B—face front/point out with both hands/hands to chest/open arms to T 1-3, look forward 4 Group A—roll to stand 1&a, reach behind/squeezing hands 2, reach forward R/L & break arms twice &a3&, turn over R shoulder/drop with R knee to floor 4&, break arms R/L 5&, present arms/melt 6-7, roll to L &8 Group B—slide L tendu/hands press behind body 1, tilt head forward/hands behind head &, drop L knee down 2, sway sitting on floor 3&4, kneel/flick hands 5, roll over R shoulder 6&7, flip over and stand up &8& Group A—continue rolling/prep for lift 1&a, “lift” 2&a, run to Right front diagonal 3&, hug/breathe up 4-5, disconnect 6, Travel to Formation #3 (Diagonal Line)—run &7&, stand facing back/throw L arm down 8 Group B—turn over R shoulder to grab partner 1, lift partner 2&a, run with partner 3&, hug/breathe up 4-5, disconnect 6, Travel to Formation #3 (Diagonal Line)—run &7&, stand facing back/throw L arm down 8 Group A—left inside turn/R hand presses down/lift L arm up 1&, land facing Left back diagonal/L arm extended in front/flexed hand then twist body R and recover a2&, flick R leg behind/L arm wraps head 3&, arms hug body R/L as body sways 4&, battement L leg sideways/flick hands above head 5, step L and turn over R shoulder to face front diagonal &, flick hands in front of body/release head/swaying body 6, continue to sway &7&, releve/press hands down R/L 8, step R and reach forward R/L then clasp hands &a Group B—step forward R/open arms to T 1, close feet and hug body 2, step back with L/collapse body and swing arms down 3&4, recover to stand/push hands up looking up &5, fingers roll in/sway body 6-7, break arms down R/L 8&

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