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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

Need to dance L hip more forward, don't be afraid to go forward, before rotating.
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.

Just turn 90 degrees left first, RF fwd, then spiral in front of Man

Turn is made on ball of RF with foot flat (T of LF) after getting full weight onto RF.

 Turn could also be made on the R toe with heel well off the floor. (High Spiral)

At end of 1, make sure to settle R hip before stepping next step (shouldn't fall into next step.)
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