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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
Step straight forward, do not veer to right, 
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
Settle at end.
4
S
LF back
FLOD
THT
1/2 to R on 4 (pivot)
S
CBM --
(Pivot): do not lean forward and stick butt out.
5
S
RF fwd in CBMP
facing LOD
HT
continue to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 5
Man step straight fwd
6
S
LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 btwn 5-6
R

up
Man does not have to complete turn with his body on this step, the turn completes through next step
7
S
RF back R side leading
BLOD
TH
1/8 btwn 6-7
R

up, lower e/o 7
Body completes turn
8
Q
LF back in CBMP
BLOD
T
continue to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 8
Running fish.
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
Don't be "steppy" - all steps are smooth flowing.

Slightly to side to give Man room to step. Use CBM to open door for Man to pass.
2
Q
RF to side
Pointing LOD
T
3/8 to R between 1-2, body turns less
L
  up
R leg track Man's R leg. Otherwise Lady will gap with Man.

Extend head to L.
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 --
(Pivot)
Lady can keep head strongly to the left; be careful not to bring head into Man's space.

Or, Lady can turn her head to right (which, when done right is preferable, will help Man with the pivot.), head should stay on Man's right side, do not let head get in front of Man if turning head to right.

When
 shaping head to right, 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. Man is tracking the leg.
5 S
LF back
BLOD
TH
continue to turn
S
CBM
rise e/o 5, NFR
L leg should have been been left where it was during pivot, just step back.

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

up
Heel turn. Draw in R heel slowly, R side is slightly raised for a quick moment. (Man lifting side for heel turn.) Do not close both feet too fast.

Leave head, turn body, so head is more stretched to left. hip more forward. which makes head extension bigger.
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 and left side strongly forward and around Man (to keep connection with Man). LF forward, push from standing R leg. Keep body rotating, very twisted to R, head stretched. 

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
This timing is QQS. Running Finish is also often danced as SQQ.

  • SQQ: Running Finish, head turned to R. Don't get too close to Man, body to Man, but extend to R. Ending weight on RF, get into R knee.

RF strong forward step. Keep left side up and around Man. Do not break at the hip. Make sure the whole R side including middle of body is still connected with Man, then stretch as much as possible.

Styling option: head turn to right, but body still needs to stay to left, only turn head
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 (if shaping to R, commit to it, don't do it half way.)
10
S
RF back, R side leading
BLOD
TH
1/8 btwn 9-10
R

up, lower e/o 10
Ending weight on RF, get into R knee. Don't fall back to next step.
11
S
LF back in CBMP
BLOD
T
-
S
CBM
--
e.g followed by a Natural Turn. If head had turned to right earlier in the Running Finish, keep head there, turn body to right, which will return head to head position. Keep it smooth.

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