Basic Tuck Turn

West Coast Swing Basic Tuck Turn

This pattern starts in closed position and ends in open facing position.


  • 1: LF rock behind RF

    • Man's R hand extend/turn to R to open up to allow Lady to rock back.

  • 2: RF back and to side of LF | slight turn to L

    • there are resistance in arm. Man's R hand help to get lady to tuck in.

  • 3: LF touch

  • 4: LF forward

    • raise L arm to turn the lady, Man's R hand on lady's back to assist and then release hold.

  • 5&6: anchor triple step


  • 1: RF rock behind LF

  • 2: Replace weight on LF

    • Lady is in front of Man.

  • 3: RF tuck, touch step | slight turn to L to tuck

    • Tap step for tuck: turning L toward Man to wind up, look at Man, shoulder turns L, extend arm to not disturb hand. connection.

    • Option: triple step a34

      • a: after count 2, Lady flex her L knee, turning to L, push LF, RF to side/fwd, on ball of RF

      • 3: LF cross in front of RF. Lady's body really turns to L (not rushing going fwd away from Man just yet), winding up, head faces Man, body and hip turns more to L than head. Do not turn head away.

  • 4: RF forward, away from Man | starting turning R

    • "4a"This is still part of winding up, do not turn too early. The shoulder is more "open" to L in a more wound up position.

    • Only on "a", start turning to R.

  • 5&6: triple step turning 1/2 to R | total 1/2 to R

    • adjusting distance.

    • Variation: can do a double turn here. Turning in place, do not travel.


  • Variation: touch step can be replaced by a triple step (both both Man and Lady).

  • Variation: Lady can do 1 and 1/2 turn over count 5&6.

  • This pattern can be naturally followed by Underarm Turn.

  • This can start from Open position, doing sugar push.