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Reverse Turn

Samba Reverse Turn

The Samba Reverse Turn is a Bronze Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
LF fwd
1/8 to L
BF
Incline body slightly fwd
2
a
RF to side and slightly back, w/o weight
1/8 to L between 1&2
I/E of T (pressure)
Incline body fwd and slightly L
3
2
Take minimal weight to RF and cross LF in front of RF. Toe turned out.
1/8 to L between 2&3
BF
Incline body fwd and slightly L
Styling: L arm comes in and then out (a circle).
4
1
RF back and slightly rightwards
1/4 to L between 3&4
BF
Incline body slightly back
5
a
Place L heel close to R heel, w/o weight
1/4 to L between 4 &5. Body turns less
B (Pressure)
Incline body back and slightly R
6
2
Take minimal weight to LF and close RF to LF
Body completes turn
BF
Incline body back and slightly R. (Arm back to usual position.)

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF back
1/8 to L
BF
Incline body: slightly back
2
a
Place L heel close to R heel, w/o weight
1/4 to L between 1&2. Body turns less
B (pressure)
Incline body: back and slightly R
3
2
Take minimal weight to LF and close RF to LF
Body completes turn
BF
Incline body: back and slightly R
Styling: lady put the behind out. R arm out. (still connected with Man)
4
1
LF fwd
1/8 to L between 3&4
BF
'&': Feels like middle of body is apart from partner. "Stick the rear out".
Incline body: slightly fwd
5
a
RF to side and slightly back, w/o weight
1/4 to L between 4&5
I/E of T(Pressure)
Incline body: fwd and slightly L
6
2
Take minimal weight to RF and cross LF in front of RF. Toe turned out.
1/8 to L between 5&6
BF
Incline body: fwd and slightly L

  • Start in Closed Position. Use bounce action. Start facing LOD, turn to face DC.
  • May be repeated. Could use some arm shaping.
  • When following another Reverse Turn, For Man: step 1 is LOD. Turn 1/4 L between 1 and 2 to back wall, then continue as shown above. (Lady: do the normal opposite.)
  • Timing: "SQQ SQQ" can be used, the differences would be:
    • full weight is taken on to each step
    • Footwork: step 2: Ball, step 5 BF
    • No bounce action.