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Three Step Turn

Samba Three Step Turn

The Samba Three Step Turn is a Gold Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, and movement, technique; 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.

Three Step Turn is used as an entry to Samba Locks and is preceded by 1-3 of Closed or Open Rocks, or Promenade and Counter Promenade Runs.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
Close LF to RF
--
BF
Man dances Stationary Samba Walks, turning to left.
Turn Lady to L taking L to R ahnd hold, then release hold with R hand continuing to turn her stronly to L under raised L arm during step 1.
(Note: when preceded by Closed Rock , Man is already holding lady's R hand in his L hand.)
2
a
RF back w/o weight. Toe turned out
--
I/E of T (Pressure)
Continue to turn Lady strongly to L on step 2 and 3, lowering L arm at the end of the her turn.
3
2
Take minimal weight to RF, draw LF back
--
F (Pressure on ball of foot)
During Lady's turn, lady moves to Man's left side, to end in Open CPP.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Turn
 Footwork Notes
1
1
RF to side turning L, then continue to turn 5/8 L on RF. Turn to L BF, then turn on B of RF with foot flat (T of LF) Note the difference in timing for Lady. No bounce.
2
2 LF fwd continuing to turn L  Turn to L BF
3
3 RF to side turning 1/4 L, then continue to turn 3/8 l on RF (Spiral action) Turn to L BF, then turn on B of RF with foot flat (T of LF)

Notes:
  • Man's timing 1 a 2. Lady's timing: 1 2 3 (different timing)