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Natural Twist Turn

 Foxtrot Natural Twist Turn

The Foxtrot Natural Twist Turn is a Gold Level 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.

Natural Twist Turn with Hover Feather Ending

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF fwd Facing LOD HT Continue to turn R S CBM - No upward swing (rise) on first 3 steps.
2 Q (1/2) LF to side Backing DC TH 3/8 between steps 1-2 R
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3 & (1/2) RF crosses behind LF slightly back Backing LOD T 1/8 between 2-3 R
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4 Q Twist on both feet.  Facing DC Twist on T of RF and H of LF with feet flat. End with weight on RF 3/8 on steps 4-5. Body turns slightly more. S


5 S End as in Heel Pull Facing DC T of RF with pressure on IE of T of LF
L

Rise on 5. Body overturns on step 5.
6 Q LF diag fwd preparing to step OP L side leading Facing DC T - L

Complete figure with a Hover Feather
7 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DC TH - S


8 S LF fwd Facing DC H - S CBM

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back Backing LOD TH
S CBM Continue to turn R No upward swing (rise) on first 3 steps.

Head can keep left during the whole figure. Don't go back to straight position. Keep very left, more extended back during Weave.

Connect L shoulder down, Feel partner on the right side.
2 Q (1/2) RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) Backing LOD HT
L
1/2 between 1-2 Heel turn. Positive R side stretch. 

(Man is in an awkward leg position.  Man will be stationary. Lady can't step too big.)
3 & (1/2) LF fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading Facing almost DW T
L
- A serious of T steps. Keep compact steps, soft relaxed knees and ankles. It's very cushioned actions. Even though it's on Toe, do not stand straight tall.  

R side connected to partner.
4 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DW T
S CBM 1/8 between 2-4
5 S LF to side, RF brushes to LF Backing DC T and IE of T of RF
R
1/4 between 4-5 Compression into the L knee. Take head more leftward into L side. Keep R side connected with partner.

RF will brush, before pushing off on L leg.

Q RF diag back, R side leading BDC TH
R

Complete with a Hover Feather
7 Q LF back in CBMP BDC TH
S


8 S RF back BDC T
S CBM


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Natural Twist Turn with Natural Weave Ending

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF fwd Facing LOD HT Continue to turn R S CBM - No upward swing (rise) on first 3 steps.
2 Q (1/2) LF to side Backing DC TH 3/8 between steps 1-2 R
-
3 & (1/2) RF crosses behind LF slightly back Backing LOD T 1/8 between 2-3 R
-
4-5 QS Twist on both feet. Ending with RF fwd and slightly to the side Facing LOD



No sway on step 5.
6 Q LF to side and slightly back Backing almost DC





7-12 QQQQQS Continue with 3-8 of Natural Weave






Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF back Backing LOD TH
S CBM Continue to turn R No upward swing (rise) on first 3 steps.

Keep head extended very left during the twist.
2 Q (1/2) RF closes to LF (Heel Turn) Backing LOD HT
L
1/2 between 1-2
3 & (1/2) LF fwd, preparing to step OP, L side leading Facing almost DW T
L
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4 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Facing DW T
S CBM 1/8 between 2-4
5 S LF to side and slightly back Backing LOD T



No Sway, LF swivels, knee and ankle relaxed. The foot ends in a slightly back position (after swiveling). 
6 Q RF diag. fwd Facing DC T



R shoulder goes down. Swinging side (L) is not the driving side, R side is driving side.
7-12 QQQQQS Continue with 3-8 of Natural Weave Finish BDW T T T TH TH 



Head keep very left. Don't go back to "safe" straight position. Extend head even more left back during Weave. Send ribs to Man.

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Natural Twist Turn with Closed Impetus And Feather Finish Ending

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1-5
SQ&QQ As for Natural Twist Turn





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6 Q LF to side and slightly back Backing DC against LOD





7-10 SQQS RF back into Feather Finish






Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1-5
SQ&QQ As for Natural Twist Turn
Last Q: T, RF brush



Lady needs to monitor where Man's body is, where his center is.
Last Q: small step, then bring stomach muscle back, brush RF to LF before stepping out. 
6 Q RF diag fwd having brushed to LF Facing DC against LOD TH



Need to have own individual balance.
L shoulder forward with RF fwd, opposite side of body is working with moving leg..
7-10 SQQS LF fwd into Feather Finish Ending BDC HT TH TH 



Dissolve sway, use range of motion, taking head, spine to LF, Swing, turn feet underneath body.

Keep shoulders quiet.  Arms belong to partner at all times (especially when going backward.)

Natural Twist Turn with Open Impetus Ending

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1-5
SQ&QQ As for Natural Twist Turn





Last Q: LF to side, but body is not traveling to side, flat. "side" is the finishing position. Think about stepping forward and finish to side.

Do not step too big. 
6 Q LF diag fwd in PP L side leading Pointing DC. body facing LOD TH



Turn feet under waist, keep body with partner.
7-10 SQQS RF fwd in PP and CBMP Pointing DC. body facing LOD




Feather finish

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1-5
SQ&QQ As for Natural Twist Turn
Last Q: T, RF will brush LF



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6 Q RF to side in PP Pointing to center, moving DC TH




7-10 SQQS LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Pointing to center, moving DC





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