Running Spin Turn

Quickstep Running Spin Turn

The Quickstep Running Spin Turn is a Gold 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.


  1. S: LF back, pivot, RF held in CMBP | BLOD | THT | 1/2 pivot turn to R, continue to turn R

    • Strong range of motion, curving body to inside of the turn.

    • After landing weight onto LF, keep body shaped slightly to left (do not square up shoulders and hips, shoulder is diagonal - relative to traveling direction, R side diagonal fwd stretched)

  2. S: RF fwd in CBMP | LOD | HT | 3/8 turn to R

    • Do not allow head and body tip to the right.

  3. Q: LF to side, slightly back | BDC | T

    • Swing L side forward and around Lady.

  4. Q: RF back, R side leading | BDC | T

    • Keep the angle through body and hips, poised fwd toward Lady. Do not square up.

  5. S: LF back, small step, CBMP | BDC | TH


  1. S: RF fwd, pivot | LOD | HT | 1/2 pivot turn

    • SQQ: "Spin Turn" part

    • Get shoulder weight connecting down to foot (previous step), using the standing leg to push. then pivot on RF.

    • Do not use shoulders to help with the turn. Power comes from the leg.

  2. S: LF back, slightly leftwards | BLOD | T | 3/8 to R

    • Use the ball of LF. Flex into the knee. swivel on LF.

  3. Q: RF fwd, slightly rightwards | DC | T

    • Relax R shoulder down to RF, R knee is bent. then drive next step.

    • The strongest side, the driving side is the lowest point , not the swinging side.

  4. Q: LF fwd, L side leading | DC | T

    • This step and next step (QS) are the "Running" part.

  5. S: RF fwd, CBMP, OP | DC | TH

Note: (*) this figure is not in the "book", but is often danced.