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Running Right Turn

QuickStep Running Right Turn

The QuickStep Running Right Turn is a Silver 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.

Think of Running Right Turn as a couple of figures strung together: Natural Pivot, Half Natural Turn (Heel Turn for Lady), Running Finish (OP)

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

2
Q
LF side
BDC T
1/4 to R between 1-2
R
  up
3
Q
RF closes to LF
BLOD, down LOD, toe turned in
TH
1/8 to R between 2-3
R
  up, lower e/o 3

4
S
LF back
FLOD
THT
1/2 to R on 4 (pivot)
S
CBM --

5
S
RF fwd in CBMP
facing LOD
HT
continue to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 5

6
S
LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 btwn 5-6
R

up

7
S
RF back R side leading
BLOD
TH
1/8 btwn 6-7
R

up, lower e/o 7

8
Q
LF back in CBMP
BLOD
T
continue to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 8

9
Q
RF to side and slightly fwd
Facing new LOD
T
1/4 btwn 8-9
L

up

10
S
LF fwd, preparing to step OP L side leading
LOD
TH
-
L

up, lower e/o 10

11
S
RF fwd  in CBMP, OP
LOD
H
-
S
CBM
--


Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment
Footwork    Turn  Sway
CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back
BDW
TH
Start to turn R
S
CBM
start to rise e/o 1 , NFR
Can be slightly to side to give Man room to step. Use CBM.
2
Q
RF to side
Pointing LOD
T
3/8 to R between 1-2, body turns less
L
  up
Track Man's legs. Otherwise Lady will gap with Man.
3
Q
LF closes to RF
Facing LOD
TH
body completes turn
L
  up, lower e/o 3
Feet together, settle and prep legs. Do not break at hip or stick butt out.
4
S
RF fwd
LOD
HTH
1/2 to R on 4 (pivot)
S
CBM --
Styling, shaping head to right, but do not bring head to Man's space.
It's both a slight "dip" to right, as well as rotating to the right at the same time.
Keep L leg where it is, do not close up with R leg after pivot. Need to leave room for man to step next step.
5
S
LF back
BLOD
TH
continue to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 5, NFR

6
S
RF closes to LF (Heel Turn)
facing LOD
HT
1/2 btwn 5-6
L

up
Draw in R heel slowly, R side is slightly raised for a quick second. Keep rotating.
7
S
LF fwd preparing to step OP, L side leading facing LOD
TH
-
L

up, lower e/o 7
Rise on toes and sending middle part of body forward. Keep body rotating. Left side strongly forward and around Man. It appears to have big extension, when in fact it's just sending middle body forward. L toe keep pressure on floor to keep balance.
8
Q
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
facing LOD
HT
starts to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 8
Keep left side up and around Man. Do not break at the hip and make hip closest Man. Make sure the whole R side including middle of body is still connected with Man, then stretch as far fwd and left as possible.
9
Q
LF to side
BDC of new LOD
T
1/8 btwn 8-9
R

up
Point LF forward, big step, then swivel LF (it becomes a side step). Styling option: turn head to R.
10
S
RF back, R side leading
BLOD
TH
1/8 btwn 9-10
R

up, lower e/o 10

11
S
LF back in CBMP
BLOD
T
-
S
CBM
--


Technique Notes
  • Other alignments:
    • Across corner: 3/8 on Pivot, 1/2 on Natural Turn, 3/8 on Running Finish.
    • Two corners: 3/8 on Pivot, 3/8 on Natural Turn, 1/4 on Running Finish
    • Side of room: 1/2 on pivot, 1/2 on Natural Turn, 3/8 on Running Finish
      • When 3/8 is made on Running Finish, using "pointing" instead of "facing" at step 9 for Man.
  • Alternative timing SQQ may be used on steps 5-7, in which case, SQQS will be used on the Running Finish.

Connecting Figures