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Natural Spin Turn

Waltz Natural Spin Turn

The Natural Spin Turn is a Newcomer Waltz 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
RF fwd
FDW
HT
Start to turn R
S
CBM Start to rise at end of 1 * Need to "lower and drive forward".

* Don't lean to the right, when getting into the turn; struggle against that and put left side more forward. Spine tilted left, hip to Lady, so it won't gap.

* Do not turn feet when rotating/twisting the frame (CBM).

* Think about stepping forward through step 2, don't start turning too soon.
* “Start turning as you come out of your first step, not as you go into it.”

* In Natural turning figures, Man achieves the turn more through position.
2
2
LF to side
BDC
T
1/4 between 1-2
R

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
* Rise on toes, it will help to bring the feet together on 3rd step.
* Have continuous swing of the leg through the step.
3
3
RF closes to LF
BLOD
TH
1/8 between 2-3
R

Lower at end of 3 Collect at the end of 3 and then drive straight back on next step.
4
1 LF back
BLOD, toe turned in
THT
1/2 to R (pivot)
S
CBM No rise.
Foot is placed turned 1/8 to right to prepare for turn.
Pivot is made on toe. Heel is place on ground to stop turn.
Although footwork "THT" - Heel is in contact with floor during turn.
Roll up onto toe to generate movement into step 5.
Variation: at corner, this step turns 3/8, another 1/4 between 5-6.
Feet end 4 in the same track, to avoid running into the follower's feet.
CBMP is maintained through the end of this step.
The leader's step is small, so that the follower can get around him. Leader maintains one track.
Head stay far left.
5 2 RF fwd in CBMP
FLOD
HT
Cont to turn
S
CBM
Rise e/o 5
This is a large step, as the leader is on the outside of the turn. Avoid tendency to rise up on toe too soon, as this will negatively affect timing and balance. (Heel lead and rise up on toe completely, don't drop to heel too quickly to get into next step.) The rise and the turn happen together.
6 3 LF to side and slightly back
BDC
TH
3/8 between 5-6
S

Up, Lower e/o 6
Be sure next step is straight through under body, it is common to swing the leg out a bit on the next step but this is not correct.
Variation: at corner, turn 1/4 between 5-6

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF back
BDW
TH
Starts to turn R
S
CBM
Start to rise e/o 1, NFR
Big driving step, straight back (toe may turned in a little bit).
Left side forward, CBM action, lift up left hip as well, to open door for Man to pass easily.
2
2
RF to side
PLOD
T
3/8 between 1-2, body turns less
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
Keep feet on the floor with pressure to help maintain balance.
Leave the head "behind" a bit to increase layout/extension.
3
3
LF closes to RF
FLOD
TH
body completes turn
L

Lower e/o 3
* Stay left. do not anticipate and start moving right which will block Man.
* Keep the feet with pressure on the ground in order to maintain balance on your toes when you collect on 3
* Show off extension between 2 & 3.
* collect at end of 3 and then drive straight forward.
4 1 RF fwd
FLOD
HT
1/2 to R (pivot)
S
CBM
No rise
* RF forward, do not twist ankle when step. Step first, then pivot, L leg trailing (together with R leg, no big gap,), keep legs rotating as one unit so the partners' feet do not collide.
* Then LF does a back and slightly side step. Keep to Man's Left. Follow elbow.
* It's very important to keep leg contact: Lady's upper R leg to Man's R leg.
* Large, driving step, as follower is on outside of turn on this step. RF is about 1/8 turn out, but knee is straight forward LOD.
* Should end this step with feet maintaining separate tracks, there needs to be enough room for leader to step between the follower's feet on the next step.
Variation: at corner, this step turns 3/8, another 1/4 between 5-6.
5 2 LF back and slightly side
BLOD
T
Cont to turn
S

Rise e/o 5
* Man has CBM, Lady does not. When RF brushes to LF in next step, LF is on the ball.
* Lady: Rise is taken from ball of LF. Rise is the reason RF will brush to LF.
* When stepping on LF, keep pressure on RF toes to maintain balance
* Brush RF to LF and collect R hip, so Man can pass over. Keep R side (body contact) to Man.
* Stay on the LF till Man leads to lower.
* Show off extension again.
6
3 RF diagonally fwd after brushing to LF
FDC
TH
3/8 between 5-6
S

Up. Lower e/o 6
During brushing, ball of RF (not Heel) is in contact with floor.

* diagonally forward gently; don't jut put foot out too early
* push from LF and RF should slide out more. So RF is not "short".

Variation: at corner, turns 1/4 between 5-6.
Collect/track LF under body before stepping fwd in next step, to avoid ronde kind of look.

When followed by Reverse Turn 4-6: Lady should step fwd with her L leg on his R side of his R leg - Lady should not step her LF in between Man's legs.

Technique notes

  • First half is same as Natural Turn. Practice the rocking action ("pivoting"), keep legs "closed", don't do side steps when pivoting.
  • Do rise & fall as much as your partner does. Always stay on your partner's right side.
  • Natural Spin Turn can be underturned: 3/8 for pivot, then 1/4 between 5-6.
  • Compared to Closed Impetus: (last finishing part is the same)
    • Spin turn: pivot action, then LF goes "back" and slightly side.
    • Closed Impetus: Man stops "short" and Lady does "side step"