Natural Turn

Quickstep Natural Turn

The Quickstep Natural Turn is a Newcomer Level 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.

This could start in closed position or outside partner position, depending on the previous step.

Leader

  1. S: RF fwd | FDW | HT | Start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | start to rise e/o 1

    • Do not lean on Lady, keep R shoulder flat.

  2. Q: LF side | BDC | T | 1/4 to R between 1-2 | Sway(R) | Up

  3. Q: RF closes to LF | BLOD | TH | 1/8 to R between 2-3 | Sway(R) | Up, lower e/o 3

    • Collect at e/o 3

  4. S: LF back | BLOD | TH | cont to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | -

  5. S: RF to side, small step (heel pull) | FDW of new LOD | H, IE of foot, WF | 3/8 between 4-5 | Sway(S) | --

    • The heel pull can be underturned to face new LOD.

  6. S: LF fwd | FDW | H | -- | Sway(S) | slight CBM | --

Follower

  1. S: LF back | BDW | TH | starts to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | start to rise e/o 1, NFR

    • Pay special attention not to tilt shoulder. Shoulder needs to maintain flat throughout. Head follows elbow.

    • When stepping back, roll from toe to heel, gives you more distance, bigger step, so body doesn't further than feet.

    • Use CBM, body and feet are already slight turning.

    • When preceding step finishes with head turned to R, on this S, do not turn head sharp to left. Leave head and turn body underneath, smooth movementment.

  2. Q: RF side | PLOD | T | 3/8 between 1-2 | body turns less | Sway(L) | Up

    • Make sure to clear space for Man to pass and not block him.

  3. Q: LF close to RF | FLOD | TH | body completes turn | Sway(L) | Up, lower e/o 3

  4. S: RF fwd | FLOD | HT | start to turn R | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • Big driving step.

  5. S: LF to side | Back new LOD | TH | 1/4 between 4-5 | Sway(S) | --

    • Technically it's a side step. But in practice, it's often a fwd step, then turn.

    • Do not step too early, wait till Man finishes his heel turn part and and step/place weight as the Man does the "pull" part.

  6. S: RF back | BDW | T | 1/8 between 5-6 | Sway(S) | slight | --

    • Collect RF first before stepping back. Big step.

Notes:

  • The step can be underturned to end facing new LOD, in which case, 1/4 turn should be completed between 4-5.

Preceding Figures

  1. Closed Telemark

  2. Cross Chasse

  3. Fish Tail

  4. Forward Lock

  5. Four Quick Run

  6. Heel Pivot (Quarter Turn To Left)

  7. Natural Pivot Turn

  8. Natural Turn

  9. Progressive Chasse

  10. Running Finish

  11. Running Right Turn

  12. Six Quick Run

  13. Tipple Chasse To Right

  14. V6

  15. Zig-Zag, Back Lock And Running Finish

Following Figures

  1. Closed Impetus (after 1-3)

  2. Tipple Chasse To Right (after 1-3)

  3. Natural Turn And Back Lock

  4. Natural Pivot Turn

  5. Natural Spin Turn

  6. Natural Turn With Hesitation

  7. Natural Turn

  8. Cross Chasse (use 6th step of Natural Turn as entry)

  9. Forward Lock (and then Quick Open Reverse, after 1-5 of Natural Turn ending DC, ; or and then any Natural figures, after 1-5 of Natural Turn ending DW of new LOD, )

  10. Zig-Zag, Back Lock And Running Finish (use 6th step of Natural Turn as entry)

  11. Tipsy To R (after 1-4 of Natural Turn)

  12. Rumba Cross