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Underarm Turn

West Coast Swing Underarm Turn

This pattern is danced in open facing position.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
1
LF back slightly to side


2
2
RF forward

start raising L arm to lead lady do to underarm turn.
3
3
LF to side
total 1/2 turn to R btwn step 3-7
4
&
RF cross  in front of LF

lower L hand and finish in L to R hand hold.
5
4
LF side, slightly back

Variation: finish with Hand Change:
At the end of step 5, switch to R to R hand hold (and follow with Right Side Pass.)
Variation: finish in double hand hold:
Man keeps his R hand gliding behind lady's back and connect with Lady's L hand to end in double hand hold.
6-8
5&6
Chasse in place RLR


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1
1
RF forward


2
2
LF forward


3
3
RF forward
start turning L
this is toward Man's R side. He'll be raising his left arm.
4
&
LF cross in front of RF
turning L
This is also called "French Cross": complete 1/2 turn to L gradually in 3 steps.
Variation:  instead of doing French Cross,
Lady could do another forward step and leave the turn to end of next step.
5
4
RF side and back
finish 1/2 turn
ending facing partner now in open position.
For the variation: do forward step, at the end of  step, do sharp 1/2 turn to L to face partner.
6-8
5&6
Chasse in place LRL

Anchor step.

Notes:

  • Variation: Underarm Turn with Hand Change
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