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Left Box (Reverse) Turn
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1. Left Box (Reverse) Turn

Although Waltz has no one definitive basic step per-se, the Left Box Turn is often chosen as the starting point for most newcomers to the dance, and so it is sometimes though of as the Waltz basic step. Many people simply call it the "Box Step", because when taken without any turn, the steps which make up the pattern outline the four corners of a box, as can be seen in the diagram:

 
Man's Part   Lady's Part

For the sake of simplicity, the diagram illustrates a Box Step taken without turn. However, in most cases this Box will be turned to the left, and so it is called the Left Box Turn.

The actual amount of turn that one can take over the course of the six steps is optional -- anywhere between 1/8 and 3/4 turn may be applied, depending on the dancers' skill level and the purpose of the movement. With any more than 3/4 turn, the Box Turn becomes an entirely different animal known as the Left Cross Turn, as can be seen in the Viennese Waltz. With any less than 3/4 turn, the Box becomes a "spot movement" used for turning corners, realigning oneself to set up for a particular pattern, or for confining oneself to a small area of the dance floor (the latter of which is particularly handy in crowded nightclub situations).

Advanced dancers will actually use the Left Box Turn to travel down the line of dance, but this must be done in a very specific way. The man must begin facing a diagonal center alignment, and take the Left Box Turn with exactly 3/4 turn, to end facing diagonal wall. This is often done in combination with the Right Box Turn, resulting in a sequence of consecutive turns which enable the dancers to travel around the line of dance.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
11Left foot forward. 
22Right foot side. 
33Close left foot to right foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-3. 
 
41Right foot back. 
52Left foot side. 
63Close right foot to left foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left between 4-6. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
11Right foot back. 
22Left foot side. 
33Close right foot to left foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-3. 
 
41Left foot forward. 
52Right foot side. 
63Close left foot to right foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 4-6. 
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
RF Closed Forward Change>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Closed Forward Changes>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
LF Closed Backward Change>>4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Six-Count Underarm Turn>>4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
RF Back Hesitation>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
LF Forward Hesitation>>4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
RF Side Hesitation>>1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
LF Side Hesitation>>4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Side Whisk to Right>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Promenade Hesitation>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Forward Changes O.P.>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
LF Forward Change O.P.>>4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Backward Changes O.P.>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Cross-Body Lead>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Twinkles to PP and CPP>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
1-3 Left Cross Turn>>4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
4-6 Left Cross Turn>>1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Left Cross Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Promenade Cross>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Underarm Turn L. from Closed Position>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Underarm Turn to Left from Promenade>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Side-by-Side Changes>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Side-by-Side Changes Backward>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>LF Closed Forward Change
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>RF Closed Backward Change
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Six-Count Underarm Turn
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>RF Back Hesitation
4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>LF Forward Hesitation
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>RF Side Hesitation
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>LF Side Hesitation
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>Side Whisk to R.
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>Side Whisk to L.
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Promenade Hesitation
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to Right
4-6 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>Underarm Turn to R.
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Forward Changes O.P.
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Backward Changes O.P.
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Cross-Body Lead
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Twinkle
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Back Twinkle
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>Twinkles or Progressive Twinkles to PP and CPP
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Left Cross Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Back Spot Turn
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Underarm Turn L. from Closed Position
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Cross-Body Lead to Underarm Turn to Left
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Side-by-Side Changes
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Side-by-Side Changes Backward


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