Natural Turn

Viennese Waltz Natural Turn

The Viennese Waltz Natural Turn is a Bronze 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.

Man

Start with Man facing DC, turning 1/8 to step RF forward along LOD.

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF fwd
LOD
HT
1/8 to R btwn preceding step and 1
S
CBM
rise e/o 1
Use strong range of motion, guiding Lady to inside of turn. 

Body should not arrive too early, it will knock Lady off her balance. Body arrives behind foot.

L leg swing ahead of body. Don't take head with L leg.
2
2
LF to side
Back Center
T
1/4 to R btwn 1 and 2
R

up on 2
L leg swing, keep diagonal line. 
3
3
RF closes to LF
BDC
TH
1/8 to R btwn 2 and 3
R

up on 3, lower e/o 3
Dissolve the sway at the end.
4
1 LF back and slightly to side
BLOD
TH
1/8 to R btwn 3 and 4
S
CBM
rise e/o4, NFR
After dissolving sway, use range of motion.
5 2 RF to side
Pointing DC
T
3/8 to R btwn 4 and 5, body turns less
L

body rise btwn 5 and 6
Don't take body with RF, allow Lady to move.
6 3 LF closes to RF
FDC
Flat
body completes turn
L

lower e/o 6
Maintain the sway till ready to move on next count.

Note:

  • Man may hold the preceding sway slightly at the beginning of steps 1 and 4.

Lady

Lady's steps are pretty much the same as Man's but doing 2nd half first, then 1st half of Man's steps.

Lady begins BDC, use range of motion, turning 1/8 to turn, first step will move BLOD.

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF back and slightly to side
BLOD
TH
1/8 to R bwtn preceding step and 1
S
CBM
rise e/o 1, NFR
End of previous step: release L leg quickly to get out of the way, to create space for Man to move.

Use strong range of motion. Curve off track, moving LOD.

Make sure right side is connected to Man. Don't rotate upper body off too quickly. 

For right turns, keep right side "positive", allow hips to turns, lower center travels faster than upper center, R side maintains the stretch and give to Man. 
2
2
RF to side
PDC
T
3/8 to R btwn 1 and 2, body turns less
L

body rise btwn 2 and 3
Opening up hips, keep head on LF, don't take head to RF too quickly, allow Man to pass, 

A lot more flat than slow Waltz, do not pop up and rise, keep knees flexed. 

Gauge Man's step size, don't over step and end in front of Man. Stay left.
3
3
LF closes to RF
FDC
Flat
body completes turn
L

lower e/o 3
Do not pop up. R knee flexed. Use RF to invite and draw LF in. It helps to stay grounded.

Slight shape, but not as much as slow Waltz.
4 1 RF fwd
FLOD
HT
1/8 to R btwn 3 and 4
S
CBM
rise e/o 4
Big step, deliver and drive spine to RF. Keep core engaged. Keep head left of the spine, don't shift to right and get into Man's space.
5 2 LF to side
Backing Center
T
1/4 to R btwn 4 and 5
R

up on 5
Swing L leg and L hip forward. Even though the L side is swinging fwd, but the movement power actually comes from the standing side (R side), not the swinging side.

LF swivels, it will end LF to side.
6
3 RF closes to LF
BDC
TH
1/8 to R btwn 5 and 6
R

up on 6, lower e/o 6
Maintain heads to L. Head never cross Man's middle tie line. Still keep R side positive, do not over rotate shoulder quickly which will peel R shoulder off Man.

Note:
  • Slight shaping toward inside of the turn is ok.
  • There is no feet crossing in Natural Turn. On beat "3", feet are closed.