3b. Underarm Turns to R & L
Underarm Turns are simply Spot Turns danced by the lady under a raised LH-RH hold, while the man dances a Basic Movement. The lady will dance her Spot Turn to left as the man takes his forward break, and she will dance her Spot Turn to right as he takes his back break.
The hand hold is the same for either turn: Man's left hand to lady's right. However, each turn is slightly different.
To lead the left turn, the man should lift his left hand and elbow to lady's eye level. He should then pass the hand between their faces and around her head with a small circular motion in a counter-clockwise direction. Although the man must lift his elbow to provide space for the lady, she should not lift hers.
To lead the right turn, the man should take his left hand to her eye level and slightly outward. He should then pass the hand around her head with a small circular motion in a clockwise direction. It is unnecessary for the man or lady to lift the elbow; It should remain relaxed at a downward angle from the hand.
Although shown consecutively, either of these Underarm Turns can be taken individually, being preceded or followed by other figures as described below.
||Closed facing position, or open facing position with lady's right hand in man's left hand.|
|Prep||1||Right foot side.||Release right hand hold on end of prep step. Lift left hand and elbow to lady's eye level. |
|1||2||Left foot forward.||Carrying left hand between your faces, lead lady to turn left. |
|2||3||Transfer weight to right foot.||Continue leading lady to turn left under raised left hand. |
|3-5||4&1||Chasse to left, LRL.||Lady returns to open facing position. Lift left hand to lady's eye level on count 1. |
|6||2||Right foot back.||Begin to lead lady to turn right under raised left hand. |
|7||3||Left foot forward, turning away from partner.||Continue turning lady under raised left hand. |
|8-10||4&1||Facing partner, chasse to right, RLR.||Lady returns to open facing position. |
||Closed facing position, or open facing position with lady|
|Prep||1||Left foot side.||Release right hand hold on end of prep step. |
|1||2||Right foot forward.||1/4 turn to left between prep step and 1. |
|2||3||Left foot forward.||1/2 turn to left between 1-2 under raised right hand. |
|3-5||4&1||Facing partner, chasse to right, RLR.||1/4 turn to left between 2-3. |
|6||2||Left foot forward.||1/4 turn to right between 5-6. |
|7||3||Right foot forward.||1/2 turn to right between 6-7 under raised right hand. |
|8-10||4&1||Facing partner, chasse to left, LRL.||1/4 turn to left between 7-8. End in open-facing position. |