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3a. Spot Turns

A Spot Turn is loosely defined as two forward steps and a chasse danced solo by man or lady, circling either to the left or right, to the count of 2, 3, 4&1. Turns to the left are commenced with the right foot; Turns to the right are commenced with the left foot.

Spot Turns as a Basic element can be danced in a variety of ways: Man and lady turning at the same time, man turning lady underarm, or one partner turning while the other dances a Time Step, just to name a few. But as a figure, Spot Turns are generally danced by both man and lady at the same time, and that is how they are shown here.

The Spot Turn in this context is danced completely solo by both man and lady, so it will be necessary to release both connected hands. However, one hand connection should remain until the turn has been led. It is recommended that you use the hand that is closer to the direction of turn for this purpose.

Partners should have completed one full turn by count 4, so that they can face each other throughout the chasse.

Pay close attention to the hand connections when watching the video clip. Also notice the dancers' visual focus, as it helps them to maintain a sense of direction throughout the turn.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position.
 
Prep1Right foot side.Release left hand hold on end of prep step. 
 
12Left foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to right between prep step and 1. Release right hand hold. 
23Right foot forward, turning away from partner.1/2 turn to right between 1-2. 
3-54&1Facing partner, chasse to left, LRL.1/4 turn to right between 2-3. Regain left hand hold on 3. 
 
62Right foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to left between 5-6. Release left hand hold. 
73Left foot forward, turning away from partner.1/2 turn to left between 6-7. 
8-104&1Facing partner, chasse to right, RLR.1/4 turn to right between 7-8. End in closed or open-facing position. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Open facing position.
 
Prep1Left foot side.Release right hand hold on end of prep step. 
 
12Right foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to left between prep step and 1. Release left hand hold. 
23Left foot forward, turning away from partner.1/2 turn to left between 1-2. 
3-54&1Facing partner, chasse to right, RLR.1/4 turn to left between 2-3. Regain right hand hold on 3. 
 
62Left foot forward in side-by-side position.1/4 turn to right between 5-6. Release right hand hold. 
73Right foot forward, turning away from partner.1/2 turn to right between 6-7. 
8-104&1Facing partner, chasse to left, LRL.1/4 turn to left between 7-8. End in closed or open-facing position. 
Spot Turns>> Spot Turns
1-5 Closed Basic Movement>>Spot Turn to Left
1-5 Alternative Basic Movement>>Spot Turn to Left
New York in Left Side Position>>Spot Turn to Left
Underarm Turn to Left>>Spot Turn to Left
Left Side Shoulder to Shoulder>>Spot Turn to Left
Hand to Hand in Right Side Position>>Spot Turn to Left
Three Cha Chas in Right Side Position>>Spot Turn to Left
1-5 Side Steps to Left>>Spot Turn to LeftSide Steps to Left ended in open promenade position.
LF Time Step>>Spot Turn to Left
6-10 Closed Basic Movement>>Spot Turn to Right
6-10 Alternative Basic Movement>>Spot Turn to Right
New York in Right Side Position>>Spot Turn to Right
Underarm Turn to Right>>Spot Turn to Right
Underarm Turn to Right>>Spot Turn to Right
Right Side Shoulder to Shoulder>>Spot Turn to Right
Hand to Hand in Left Side Position>>Spot Turn to Right
Three Cha Chas in Left Side Position>>Spot Turn to Right
6-10 Side Steps to Right>>Spot Turn to RightSide Steps to Right ended in open counter promenade position.
There and Back>>Spot Turn to Right
RF Time Step>>Spot Turn to Right
Overturned Hockey Stick>>Spot Turn to Right
Spot Turns>> Spot Turns
Spot Turn to Left>>1-5 Closed Basic Movement
Spot Turn to Left>>1-5 Open Basic Movement
Spot Turn to Left>>1-5 Alternative Basic Movement
Spot Turn to Left>>New York in Left Side Position
Spot Turn to Left>>Underarm Turn to Left
Spot Turn to Left>>Left Side Shoulder to Shoulder
Spot Turn to Left>>4-9 Three Cha Chas in Left Side PositionSpot Turn to Left ended in open counter promenade position.
Spot Turn to Left>>1-5 Side Steps to Left
Spot Turn to Left>>1-5 Side Steps to Right
Spot Turn to Left>> There and Back
Spot Turn to Left>>LF Time Step
Spot Turn to Left>> Fan
Spot Turn to Left, LF Forward Break>> Three Cha Chas Back
Spot Turn to Right>>6-10 Closed Basic Movement
Spot Turn to Right>>6-10 Open Basic Movement
Spot Turn to Right>>6-10 Alternative Basic Movement
Spot Turn to Right>>New York in Right Side Position
Spot Turn to Right>>Underarm Turn to Right
Spot Turn to Right>>Right Side Shoulder to Shoulder
Spot Turn to Right>>Hand to Hand in Left Side Position
Spot Turn to Right>>4-9 Three Cha Chas in Right Side PositionSpot Turn to Right ended in open promenade position.
Spot Turn to Right>>6-10 Side Steps to Left
Spot Turn to Right>>6-10 Side Steps to Right
Spot Turn to Right>>RF Time Step
Spot Turn to Right>>6-10 Fan
Spot Turn to Right>> Alemana from Open Facing Position
Spot Turn to Right, RF Back Break>> Three Cha Chas Forward


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