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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.

Start from perfect balance, lower first, and drive big, gliding smooth steps, keep pressure on floor. Curve. Then release L leg to prepare next step and make room for Man, but don't step onto LF yet, wait till Man decides how big 2nd step is.

Keep the head/upper body turning left with counter-balance in the shoulder for stability

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).

When there is big movement, there is sway to stop the movement, then we need shaping. In Reverse Turn, Lady could turn head to right and be very careful not to get in front of Man.

LF to side, extend left side, keep R side to Man, stretch up and leave head, so head effectively turns to R, keep it there, it will create shaping to R.

Lady's head turning comes from Man's shaping/sway. When spine shapes/sways to one side, it's comfortable (and looks better) for head to go with the spine and shape/turn. If Man shapes, and Lady's head doesn't turn, Man feels resistance. Shaping is for improved balance and it looks better. 2

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.

Show off extension between 2 & 3
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