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Natural Turn

Quickstep Natural Turn

The Quickstep Natural Turn is a Newcomer Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

This could start in closed position or outside partner position, depending on the previous step.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Alignment
Footwork    Turn  Sway
CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF fwd
FDW
HT
Start to turn R
S
CBM
start to rise e/o 1
do not lean on Lady, keep R shoulder flat.
2
Q
LF side
BDC
T
1/4 to R between 1-2
R
  Up

3
Q
RF closes to LF
BLOD
TH
1/8 to R between 2-3
R
  Up, lower e/o 3
collect at e/o 3
4
S
LF back
BLOD
TH
cont to turn R
S
 CBM --

5
S RF to side, small step (heel pull)
FDW of new LOD
H, IE of foot, WF
 3/8 between 4-5
S
  --
The heel pull can be underturned to face new LOD.
6
S
LF fwd
FDW
H
 -- S
 slight  --  

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment
Footwork    Turn  Sway
CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back
BDW
TH
starts to turn R
S
 CBM start to rise e/o 1, NFR
* Pay special attention not to tilt shoulder. Shoulder needs to maintain flat throughout. Head follows elbow.
* When stepping back, roll from toe to heel, gives you more distance, bigger step, so body doesn't further than feet.
* Use CBM, body and feet are already slight turning.
2
Q
RF side
PLOD
T
3/8 between 1-2
body turns less
L
  Up
Make sure to clear space for Man to pass and not block him.
3
Q
LF close to RF
FLOD
TH
body completes turn
L
  Up, lower e/o 3

4
S
RF fwd
FLOD
HT
start to turn R
S
 CBM --
Big driving step.
5 S
LF to side
Back new LOD
TH
1/4 between 4-5
S
  --
Technically it's a side step. But in practice, it's often a fwd step, then turn.
Do not step too early, wait till Man finishes his heel turn part and and step/place weight as the Man does the "pull" part.
6 S RF back
BDW
T
1/8 between 5-6
S
 slight --
Collect RF first before stepping back. Big step.

Technique Notes:

  • The step can be underturned to end facing new LOD, in which case, 1/4 turn should be completed between 4-5.

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