Reverse Turn

Viennese Waltz Reverse Turn

The Viennese Waltz Reverse 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.

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

Man

Start with Man facing DW, turning 1/8 to step LF forward along LOD.

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF fwd
Facing LOD
HT
1/8 to L between preceding step and 1

S
CBM Start to rise at end of 1 Commencing alignment is DW, start with 1/8 turn L, then step. LF straight, don't turn out LF.
2
2
RF to side and slightly back
Backing Wall
T
1/4 L btwn 1 and 2
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
Instead of thinking side step, it's more of a forward step, then turn.
RF should track under LF and then forward, Avoid rondes.
3
3
LF crosses in front of RF
BDW
TH
1/8 L btwn 2 and 3
L

up on 3, lower at end of 3 At end of step 2, RF is turning on ball of foot, causing LF to cross, don't gap LF and RF to much, two feet should be parallel.
4
1 RF back and slightly to side
BLOD
TH
1/8 L btwn 3 and 4
S CBM Start to rise e/o 4, NFR

5 2 LF to side
Pointing DW
T
3/8 L btwn 4 and 5, body turns less
R

body rise on 5 and 6

6 3 RF closes to LF
FDW
Flat
body completes turn
R

Lower e/o 6
Settle.

Note:

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

Lady

Starting BDW, then turn 1/8 to L.

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back and slightly to side
BLOD
TH
1/8 L btwn preceding step and 1 S
CBM
Start to rise e/o 1, NFR
Toe slightly turned in.
2
2
LF to side
Pointing DW
T
3/8 L btwn 1 and 2, body turns less R

body rise on 2 and 3
Track with leg, do not leave out and block Man.
slight shape.
3
3
RF closes to LF
FDW
Flat
body completes turn R

Lower e/o 3
Settle. Lower to neutral position.
4 1 LF fwd
LOD
HT
1/8 L btwn 3 and 4 S
CBM
Start to rise e/o 4
* Straight forward down LOD. It appears to step right at Man, the fact that he's turning as well, it will work out. Don't try to step to side, it will create gap.
* LF could have slightly turn out, but not too much.
* Shape slightly (not too much) toward inside of the turn, lengthen the opposite side, don't collapse left side, help to make next step bigger.
5 2 RF to side
Backing Wall
T
1/4 L btwn 4 and 5 L

cont to rise on 5 and 6
* Swivel on LF and push off LF to make the side step bigger.
* RF track under LF (no rondes), then forward, then turn on ball (which makes it a equivalent of a side step).
* RF should be quite fwd down LOD first, (then turned to be BW), do not veer off LoD to right side otherwise, after crossing LF in front RF, the feet are going to be too far apart.
* RF continue to turn when LF draw crosses in front (in next step).
6
3 LF crosses in front of RF
BDW
TH
1/8 L btwn 5 and 6 L

up on 6, lower e/o 6
The two feet should be parallel, BDW. If RF is turned out, it means RF didn't continue to swivel.
Settle with weight on LF (front foot).

Note:
  • The movement is straight down line of dance.  (Linear rather than circular.)
  • To avoid dizziness: (instead of spotting on one spot), spot different spots on the wall.
  • Feet should keep solid contact with floor. it helps to provide control/balance and makes steps smoother.
  • Don't do double lowering. Settle at end of 3 (this is the "neutral" position with flexed knees.). Next step, because of spreading the legs, it will naturally go lower. Do not do another "lower" and then step.
  • Reverse Turn either has light shaping to inside of the turn, or some top dancers do not do shaping at all. Shaping allows for longer step on step 2 and 5.
    • Shaping: lengthening opposite side for bigger stride, shape forward, do not collapse the other side.
  • Reverse turn is normally used to travel down long side, and Natural Turn on short side. It's easier to underturn Natural Turn to go around corners than overturning Reverse Turn.