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Reverse Turn

Waltz Reverse Turn

The Waltz Reverse 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
LF fwd
FDC
HT
Stars to turn L

S
CBM Start to rise at end of 1 In Reverse turning figures, Man should maintain the frame orientation. The turn is achieved through movement (than position).
2
2
RF to side
BDW
T
1/4 btwn 1-2
L

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
* Track and brush feet. No ronde.
* Stretch right side passing  lady.
3
3
LF closes to RF
BLOD
TH
1/8 btwn 2-3
L

Lower at end of 3
4
1 RF back
BLOD
TH
Cont to turn L
S CBM Start to rise e/o 4, NFR

5 2 LF to side
PDW
T
3/8 btwn 4-5, body turns less
R

Cont to rise on 5 and 6

6 3 RF closes to LF
FDW
TH
body completes turn
R

Lower e/o 6

Follower

Step Timing Movement
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
RF back
BDC
TH
starts to turn L
S
CBM
Start to rise e/o 1, NFR
Straight back step, do not veer off to right and turn early.
At end of 1, RF swivels to L and then pushes off.
2
2
LF to side
PLOD
T
3/8 between 1 and 2, body turns less
R

Cont to rise on 2 and 3
* LF really needs to track under body, collect to RF before stepping to side (pushes off RF).
* Lady is on inside of the turn and will finish the rotation early (which doesn't mean she'll step early).
* Sway: remember to go forward, don't do broken sway which gets Lady in front of Man.
* Keep shoulder, head position all the same, relative to the spine. Spine sways.
* This step will appear that left elbow is aiming upward, be careful not to raise shoulder.
* Stay very left.
3
3
RF closes to LF
FLOD
TH
body completes turn
R

Lower e/o 3
* Keep foot on floor with pressure.
4 1 LF fwd
FLOD
HT
Cont to turn L
S
CBM
Start to rise e/o 4
Really drive, bigger step.
5 2 RF to side
BW
T 1/4 between 4 and 5
L

cont to rise on 5 and 6

6
3 LF closes to RF
BDW
TH 1/8 between 5 and 6
L

Lower e/o 6