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Spiral

Rumba Spiral Turn

Spiral Turn is a Silver Level figures. This online reference gives a detailed description of the different variation of the dance steps, including timing, and movement; 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.
  • It is danced by the Lady and is a turn made on RF turning L or on LF turning R, allowing the other foot to cross in front without weight.
  • Normally a spiral turn will end with ankles crossed although the cross in the Curl is looser.

Leader

Commence in Closed Position

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
LF to side in RSP
slight body turn to R
Start like Closed Hip Twist.
Increase tone and lower L arm to R at chest level. Widen R arm in hold to R side
2 3
Transfer weight to RF

Retain tone in arms
3 4 1
Close LF to RF
slight body turn to L to normal position
Return arms to normal position and raise L hand above Lady's R shoulder to circle counterclock wise.
If preferred, Man can keep his fingers lightly in contact with Lady's waist as she dances her spiral turn.
4 2 RF back

L arm to L side lowering L hand to waist level
5 3 Transfer weight to LF
1/8 to L over step 5 and 6
Increase tone in L arm
6 4 1
RF to side in Fan Position

Slightly extend L arm L hand still.

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn Notes
1 2
RF back in RSP
1/2 to R
Start like Closed Hip Twist
Turn is commenced at end of preceding step.
2 3
Transfer weight to LF


3 4 1
RF fwd and slightly across LF in front of Man, then turn underarm, allowing LF to cross in front without weight (Spiral Turn)
1/4 to L, then a further 7/8 spiral turn
Lady can use extended forward walk.
Turn is made on ball of RF with foot flat (T of LF).
Turn could also be made on the R toe with heel well off the floor.
4
2
LF fwd
1/8 to L
Alternative: continue with Aida ending: LF fwd
5
3
RF fwd and slightly across, then turn to end RF back
1/8 to L, then a further 1/2 Body turns less
Aida ending: RF fwd in line with LF, then 1/2 to end RF back in LSP.
6
4 1
LF back in Fan Position
Body completes turn
Aida ending: LF back in LSP.

Alternatives:
  • Underturned Spiral Turn:
    • Man: turn 1/8 L over step 5 and 6 to end in Open Position with RF fwd.
    • Lady 3/4 L after she has placed step 3. End in Tandem Position with Man; Lady LF fwd,; RF fwd in line with LF, then turn 1/2 to end with RF back; then LF back.
  • Ending in Open Position:
    • Man turn 3/8 to L over step 5 and 6.
  • Ending in Open CPP.
  • End in Contact Position: Closed Spiral
    • Man turn 5/8 to L over step 5 and 6 to Contact Position, to end RF side and slightly fwd, overturning Lady, keeping fingers lightly in contact with Lady's waist throughout as she turns within the circle of his R arm. On step 4, lower arms to normal position.
    • Lady: make a complete turn L over step 4 to 6 to end LF behind RF as Cuban Cross