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Reverse Pivot

Waltz Reverse Pivot

The Waltz Reverse Pivot 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

Begin Backing LOD

This figure can start in different alignment, e.g. it could start with Man backing DC, ending facing DW.
RF back in CBMP (small step), LF held in CBMP
DC toe turned in
up to 1/2 to L (Pivot)
RF should track under the body. Body begins turning at the beginning of this step.

Small step. Straight back. Keep head weight on your left. Watch Lady's position, don't pivot too much too early, which will peel off from lady.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall

Begin Facing LOD

LF fwd in CBMP (small step) RF held in CBMP
up to 1/2 L (Pivot)

* Step forward, head goes more left. Show off extension.
* Primary contact between man and lady is the inside of the lady's upper thighs: her right thigh to inside of his R leg; her left thigh to outside of his R leg. 
* Lady's L leg should track Man's R leg when stepping this step. keep with Man, do not travel too much.
* For left turning figures, think about having belly button and shoulder slightly to the R, do not let shoulder turn to L the same as toe.

Controlled lowering at the end, before next step
  • If the Reverse Pivot is started backing DC the alignment for the Pivot (Man) would be "to center, toe turned in".
  • Note also that this step is in CBMP owing to the body turning strongly to L as the RF foot slips back.
  • This step is on the half beat, at end of last step of previous figure (e.g. Closed Impetus) - body has not completely lowered in previous figure when stepping on this step.
  • Allow this step to blend smoothly with the preceding step, if necessary borrowing from the next beat.