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Double Reverse Spin

Waltz Double Reverse Spin

The Waltz Double Reverse Spin is a Bronze 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.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
LF fwd
Facing LOD
Starts to turn L

CBM Start to rise at end of 1 Important to do CBM. Give Lady the indication of left by lowering.
Early rise is to lead Lady into closing her feet into a heel turn.
RF to side
3/8 btwn 1-2
Up Wait until the lady's feet are together before taking this step.
When taking step, point RF forward with straight knees, then step onto the straight knee and turn to L.
LF closes to RF without weight (Toe Pivot)
Facing DW T
1/2 btwn 2-3
Up, Lower at end of 3


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
RF back
starts to turn L
rise slightly e/o 1, NFR
* Very important to do CBM, with CBM shoulder will clear way for Man to pass. keep shoulder flat, and do not drop it on one side. (It will "feel" left shoulder is "up", but in fact it will be flat.)
* Step directly back, not to the side.
* turn RF in, use power to create a big step, drag the left heel with pressure to help balance, begin turn on right heel.
* LF toe release, draw in on its heel - keep heel on floor to feel Man's lead.
* Do not lock the knees.. Lengthen through center, but not locking knees.
* Lift center, shoulder slightly to R on left turning figures.
LF closes to RF (Heel turn)
Facing LOD HT
1/2 between 1 and 2
Cont to rise on 2 * draws trailing foot in, both legs should straighten, do not rise early (though Man is rising), rise after heel turned, weight transferred to LF.
* be sure feet are parallel and together; do not lift toes off floor.
* turn head slightly more to left (don't do it too early, though)
* Keep head left to follow left elbow, and look over left shoulder the whole time to avoid being pulled into the center of the turn
* keep body contact with Man throughout the heel turn.
& RF to side and slightly back
Backing wall T
1/4 between 2-3     S
Up * bigger step, push off left foot, get around (or "through") partner.
* stay with Man, keep on his R side.
4 3 LF crosses in front of RF
Backing DW TH 1/4 between 3-4 S

Up. Lower e/o 4
do not lower too early, lower on "&"
  • Advanced dancers often use the timing of 123& when the beat value would be 1, 1, 1/2, 1/2.
  • Per coach: Timing: do 1 2 &3. Man's early rise signals Lady should do heel turn. Lady does RF "back", L heel closes to R heel, turn, rise and "forward", then RF "out" to side (after turning) and "cross", stay on left.
  • Note: The Double Reverse Spin may be started DC, DW, or LOD. The amount of turn may vary between 3/4 and a whole turn.
    • 3/4 turn:
      • Man: 1/4 between 1-2, 1/2 between 2-3, or 3/8 between 102, 3/8 between 2-3
      • Lady: 3/8 between 1-2, 1/4 between 2-3, 1/8 between 3-4
    • 7/8 turn:
      • as shown in chart
    • whole turn:
      • Man: 3/8 between 1-2, and 5/8 between 2-3.
      • Lady: 1/2 between 1-2, 3/8 between 2-3, 1/8 between 3-4.