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Natural Turn

Waltz Natural Turn

The Natural Turn is a Newcomer 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
Starts to turn R

S
CBM Start to rise at end of 1 * Man starts to turn frame (CBM) as step begins, "opening the door" to allow him to pass the follower. (i.e. rotate frame 1/8 to the right.) 1/8 is about the max that is comfortable.
* Man drives, big step, to get through partner.
2
2
LF to side
BDC
T
1/4 between 1 and 2
R

Cont to rise on 2 and 3  * Though written as side step, Man actually starts by pointing LF straight forward, then as you push off RF, turning the body as well, it ends up being a side step. Continue turning on next step to end BLOD.
3
3
RF closes to LF
BLOD
TH
1/8 between 2 and 3
R

Lower at end of 3 Do not lower too early.
4
1 LF back
BLOD TH Starts to turn R
S CBM Start to rise e/o 4, NFR
The leader starts to turn his frame right (CBM) to allow follower to pass
5 2 RF to side
PDC
T 3/8 between 4 and 5, body turns less
L
Cont to rise on 5 and 6

6 3 LF closes to RF
FDC TH body completes turn
L
Lower e/o 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
* On inside turn, smaller step.
* At the end of 1, LF and hip turns, leaving body with partner, hip separated from upper body, RF tracks under body before stepping to side and PLOD.
* The turning of the fame continues (CBM) at the end of 1 to allow Man to pass through.
2
2
RF to side
PLOD
T
3/8 between 1 and 2, body turns less
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
* Opening out to let Man through.
* Very important to keep upper body very left to Man, otherwise, Lady's body will block him.
* Swing hip "forward", then body will catch up in step 3.
3
3
LF closes to RF
LOD
TH
body completes turn
L

Lower e/o 3
* Deep the feet with pressure on the ground in order to maintain balance on your toes when you collect on 3.
* Then body starts catching up, then collect and close LF to RF. Settle to normal position and "sit", hips underneath, free to move again.
4 1 RF fwd
LOD
HT
starts to turn R
S
CBM
Start to rise e/o 4
* Really drive, bigger step (for person on the outside of the turn)
5 2 LF to side
FW
T 1/4 between 4 and 5
R
cont to rise on 5 and 6
* Though written as side step, Lady actually starts by pointing LF straight forward, then as you push off RF, turning the body as well, it ends up being a side step. 
* LF tracks under body, passing through RF/ankle before pushing off RF to step LF to side. Big step.
6
3 RF closes to LF
BDC TH 1/8 between 5 and 6
R
Lower e/o 6


Technique notes

  • Keep posture: adjust step size, follower always stays on leader's right side