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Reverse Turn

Foxtrot Reverse Turn (Feather Finish)

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Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
LF fwd
FDC
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise at e/o 1
Step straight forward DC.

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. Man "walks with a particularly straight knee" which stops the movement forward and make Lady do heel turn.
2
Q
RF to side
BDW
T
1/4 between 1-2
L

up
The step is forward relative to the body. There is minimal pivot on the LF. The RF stepping forward relative to the body will thus be stepping between DC and center.The man then can pivot on the RF as he is transferring weight from the LF.

When leading heel turns, brush the foot, it helps to not fall over
3
Q
LF back
BLOD
TH
1/8 between 2-3
L

up, lower e/o 3
Step straight back.


RF back
BLOD
THT
start to turn L
S
CBM rise at e/o 4
 
5
Q
LF to side, slightly fwd
Pointing DW
T
3/8 between 4-5
body turns less
R

up

6
Q
RF fwd in CBMP, OP FDW
TH
-
R

up, lower e/o 6

7
S
LF fwd
FDW
H
-
S
CBM
-

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
S
RF back
BDC
TH
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise slightly 3/o 1, NFR
Straight back. Drive, big step. Keep head even more left which helps to turn.
(Bigger step actually helps balance, if step is too small, body falls back more easily.)
To initiate the turn, keep shoulders with partner, but turn hips to L, RF is slightly turned in when stepping (foot position always goes with hip position).

Do not pop. Absorb rise with knees.
2
Q
LF closes to RF (Heel Turn)
FLOD
HT
3/8 between 1-2
R

up, NFR.
When dragging LF close to RF, be in sync with Man's leg movement, don't drag too quick.
Do not wait till last second to turn. Body is turning as LF is being dragged back.

Do not pop. Absorb rise with knees.

Heel turn is not on straight knee, legs are slightly bent all the time.
3
Q
RF fwd
FLOD
TH
-
R

up, NFR, lower e/o 3
Push LF off, don't fall short stepping RF forward. Slide ball of feet forward. Settle at the end. Next step starts with heel lead.
4
S
LF fwd
FLOD
HT
start to turn L
S
CBM
rise e/o 4
Lower first, then step, bigger step, straight forward, don't go sideways. Do not turn out foot. Stay very left.
5
Q
RF to side
BW
TH
1/4 between 4-5
L

up
Though written as "side step", it is really a swinging "fwd" step, then turn body. Drop heel, collect before stepping next step in CBMP.
6
Q
LF back in CBMP
BDW
TH
1/8 between 5-6
body turns less
L

up, NFR, lower e/o 6
Leave left shoulder forward, don't lead back.
7
S
RF back
BDW
T
-
S
CBM
-
continuing with next step, do toe release.

Note:
  • Step 4-7 of the Reverse Turn is Feather Finish and may be commenced in other alignments. Less turn may be made.
  • Feather Finish is the ending of many patterns.