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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

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.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall

Begin Facing LOD

LF fwd in CBMP (small step) LF 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.
  • 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.