Change of Direction

Foxtrot Change of Direction

This is a Bronze 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 fwd | Facing DW | H | start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • At the preceding step (e.g. feather finish), frame should already be turning.

    • This step has CBM, with LF turned out a bit.

  2. S: RF diag fwd R side leading, and close LF to RF slightly fwd without weight | DW R Toe pointing towards LOD, End facing DC | IE of TH, then IE of T of LF | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(L) | --

    • At a corner, 3/8 or 1/2 turn may be made.

    • Pay attention to move along the same line/direction, do not change moving direction by doing step side - it's a fwd step. (though some coaches say this is a side step, don't do forward step.)

    • Big step, push off LF.

  3. S: LF fwd in CBMP | Facing DC | H | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • This is exactly like a preparation step, shaping to right


  1. S: RF back | Backing DW | TH | Start to turn L | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • Head really turns to L, follow the L elbow. Collect LF and push off RF to side.

  2. S: LF diag, back, L side leading, and close RF to LF slightly back without weight | Backing DW, End backing DC | IE of TH, then IE of T of RF | 1/4 between 1-2 | Sway(R) | --.

    • Upper body stay with partner. do not get into his space.

    • Pull weight onto LF, with balance. Do not anticipate movement. Allow L hip to finish, then keep turning L.

  3. S: RF back in CBMP | Backing DC | T | -- | Sway(S) | CBM | --

    • Option: This is like preparation step, shaping to left.

    • Depending on next, this could shape to R, head turn to R.

Preceding Figures

  1. Basic Weave

  2. Bounce Fallaway with Weave Ending

  3. Closed Impetus and Feather Finish

  4. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

  5. Feather Step

  6. Hover Feather

  7. Natural Hover Telemark

  8. Natural Telemark

  9. Natural Twist Turn

  10. Natural Weave

  11. Natural Zig-Zag from PP

  12. Open Telemark and Feather Ending

  13. Open Telemark, Natural Turn, Outside Swivel and Feather Ending

  14. Reverse Turn

  15. Top Spin

  16. Weave from PP

Following Figures

  1. Feather Step

  2. Curved Feather to Back Feather

  3. Natural Weave (at corner for Bronze; side of room for Silver and Gold)