Underarm Turn

West Coast Swing Underarm Turn

This pattern is danced in open facing position.


  • 1: LF back slightly to side

  • 2: RF forward

    • start raising L arm to lead lady do to underarm turn.

  • 3: LF to side | total 1/2 turn to R btwn step 3-7

  • &: RF cross in front of LF

    • lower L hand and finish in L to R hand hold.

  • 4: LF side, slightly back

    • Variation: finish with Hand Change:

    • At the end of step 5, switch to R to R hand hold (and follow with Right Side Pass.)

    • Variation: finish in double hand hold:

    • Man keeps his R hand gliding behind lady's back and connect with Lady's L hand to end in double hand hold.

  • 5&6: Chasse in place RLR


  • 1: RF forward

  • 2: LF forward

  • 3: RF forward | start turning L

    • this is toward Man's R side. He'll be raising his left arm.

  • &: LF cross in front of RF | turning L

    • This is also called "French Cross": complete 1/2 turn to L gradually in 3 steps.

    • Variation: instead of doing French Cross,

    • Lady could do another forward step and leave the turn to end of next step.

  • 4: RF side and back | finish 1/2 turn

    • ending facing partner now in open position.

    • For the variation: do forward step, at the end of step, do sharp 1/2 turn to L to face partner.

  • 5&6: Chasse in place LRL

    • Anchor step.


  • Variation: Underarm Turn with Hand Change