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Turning Lock

Waltz Turning Lock

The Waltz Turning Lock is a Silver 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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1 (1/2 beat)
RF back, R side leading
BDC
T
--
L

start to rise e/o 1
Thigh and hips are 1/8 to R. (not turning feet)
Angle through diagonal, head stretch leftward. Poised diagonally forward. Do not pull back.
2
& (1/2 beat)
LF crosses in front of RF
BDC
T
--
L

rise on 2 and 3

3
2
RF back and slightly R
BDC
T
start to turn L
S

--
Rotate through the hips, pivotRF and turn, make sure Lady stays with you.
4
3
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
TH
1/4 btwn 3-4, body turns less S

up, lower e/o 4

5
1
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
FDW
H
--
S
CBM
--

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM 
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1 (1/2 beat)
LF fwd, L side leading
DC
T
--
R

start to rise e/o 1
L side leading, but left is not the driving side.
The driving side is actually from standing leg and right lat muscle.
Connect R shoulder down.
2
& (1/2 beat)
RF crosses behind LF
DC
T
--
R

rise on 2 and 3

3
2
LF fwd and slightly L
DC
T
start to turn L
S


Be very ab aware when rising, pull center back and stay on your own balance.
4 3
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
TH
1/4 btwn 3-4, body turns less
S

up, lower e/o 4
This is closed finish. This could end in PP.
5
1
LF back in CBMP
BDW
T
--
S
CBM
--

  • Footwork for last step of preceding Natural Spin Turn will be the normal TH for Man and Lady.
  • Last step of preceding Natural Spin Turn may be shaped to the man's left, leading the lady to turn her head right.
  • The Turning Lock may end in PP, see Outside Change ended in PP.