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Natural Turn

Foxtrot Natural Turn

This is a Newcomer 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF fwd
LOD
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM
rise at e/o 1
early rise to lead a heel turn, it's difficult for lady to do heel turn on bent knee, so man needs to rise enough to allow to have straight legs for heel turn.
2
Q
LF to side
BDC
T
3/8 to R btwn 1-2
R

up
It's really a forward step, transfer weight and then turn hips.
3
Q
RF back
BLOD
TH
1/8 btwn 2-3
R

up, lower e/o 3
After turning feet and hips to face may partner on step 2, hips and shoulders stay flat, as  lady steps between leader's feet.


LF back
BLOD
TH
 start to turn R
S
CBM -
 
5
S
RF to side, small step (Heel Pull)
FDC
H, IE of foot, WF, IE of LF
3/8 btwn 4-5
L

-
Turn less at corner to face new LOD or DC of new LOD. See note.
6
S
LF fwd
FDC
H
body turn to L
S
CBM
-

  • The figure can start Man facing DW, in which case, the first step will turn 1/4 between 1-2 and 1/8 between 2-3.
  • The figure can also be used at corner, in which case, Man turn 1/4 between 4-5 to face new LOD, or 1/8 to face DC of new LOD.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back
BLOD
TH
start to turn R
S
CBM
rise at end of 1, NFR
body should be moving out before foot moves
2
Q
RF closes to LF (Heel Turn)
LOD
HT
1/2 btwn 1-2
L

up, NFR.

3
Q
LF fwd
LOD
TH
-
L

up, NFR, lower e/o 3
Really push RF to get LF fwd further, don't fall short.
Hips and frame are square to LOD (different from Natural Weave).
4
S
RF fwd
LOD
HT
start to turn R
S
CBM
-
Be careful, this is inline with Man, not outside partner as in Natural Weave. Lower first and then step forward.
5
S
LF to side
BDC
TH, IE of T of RF
3/8 to R btwn 4-5
R

-

6
S
RF back, having brushed to LF
BDC
T
body turn to L
S
CBM
-


Difference between Waltz and Foxtrot:
  • In foxtrot, we only drive on the first step, and swing the leg on the second step. In waltz, we drive on the first and second step, and the swing is what brings our feet together to settle at the end of the third step.
  • In Waltz Natural Turn, step 1 is a driving step, then, Man puts his left foot forward on the ground, without weight, pointing it, and then Man push off the right foot. Man is turning around lady's outside shoulder. (Both steps are driving steps.)
  • In this Foxtrot Natural Turn, after the first step, Mans turns his body, bringing his left foot under his body, before swinging the RF foot back. This is part of the difference between leading the lady to pass her feet or do a heel turn, respectively. Man is turning around lady's sternum.
  • The Foxtrot Natural Turn, Natural Weave, and Hover Cross have the same steps for the first two steps, and it is after that they differentiate. For the leader,
    • Step 1: RF forward, with CBM
    • Step 2: LF forward, and then when transferring weight, turn hips
    • Brush RF to LF before taking next step on RF.