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Closed Changes
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1. Closed Changes

Closed changes consist of three steps: forward, side & slightly forward, close (or for lady, back, side & slightly back, close), and can be likened to the first three steps of a Natural or Reverse Turn, danced without turn. In Waltz, the Closed Changes are used primarily to change from a Reverse Turn to a Natural Turn, or visa versa.

When the basic Natural and Reverse Turns are combined and linked together with Closed Changes, it creates an amalgamation known as the Turn and Change Combination. This simple combination is the basis of many smooth and standard dances, allowing the dancer to navigate easily around the dance floor.

Closed Changes are also useful as a learning tool. As an exercise they can be danced consecutively, alternating right and left foot. This teaches the beginning student fundamental concepts such as foot closure, weight changes, rise & fall, and balance.

Note that the second step is described as "side &amp slightly forward" for man, and "side & slightly back" for lady. Becuase there is no turn taken on the Closed Change, the body flight will cause the natural momentum of the first step to carry over slightly into the second, and a step that would have otherwise been taken directly to the side becomes "side and slightly..."

1a. Closed Change - Natural to Reverse

The Closed Change that links a Natural to a Reverse Turn is taken toward diagonal center, beginning with the man's right foot forward, which is why it is often referred to as the Right Foot Closed Change. It is danced without turn, preparing the couple to begin a Reverse Turn.

1b. Closed Change - Reverse to Natural

The Closed Change that links a Reverse to a Natural Turn is taken toward diagonal wall, beginning with the man's left foot forward, which is why it is often referred to as the Left Foot Closed Change. It is danced without turn, preparing the couple to begin a Natural Turn.

1a. Closed Change - Natural to Reverse
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal center.
 
11Right foot forward. 
22Left foot side & slightly forward. 
33Close right foot to left foot. 
1b. Closed Change - Reverse to Natural
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal wall.
 
11Left foot forward. 
22Right foot side & slightly forward. 
33Close left foot to right foot. 
1a. Closed Change - Natural to Reverse
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal center.
 
11Left foot back. 
22Right foot side & slightly back. 
33Close left foot to right foot. 
1b. Closed Change - Reverse to Natural
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal wall.
 
11Right foot back. 
22Left foot side & slightly back. 
33Close right foot to left foot. 
Natural Turn>> Closed Change - Natural to Reverse
4-6 Natural Turn>> Closed Change - Natural to Reversefollowing Back Lock or Progressive Chasse to R.
Reverse Turn>> Closed Change - Reverse to Natural
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Closed Change - Reverse to Naturalfollowing Natural Spin Turn or underturned Outside Spin
4-6 Reverse Turn>> Closed Change - Reverse to Naturalat a corner, following underturned Natural Spin Turn or Closed Impetus
Hesitation Change>> Closed Change - Reverse to Naturalat a corner
Double Reverse Spin>> Closed Change - Reverse to Natural
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Reverse Turn
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Whiskat a corner
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Double Reverse Spin
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Progressive Chasse to Right
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Closed Telemark
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Open Telemark
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Drag Hesitation
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Contra Checkat a corner
Closed Change - Natural to Reverse>> Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot
Closed Change - Reverse to Natural>> Natural Turn
Closed Change - Reverse to Natural>>1-3 Natural Turnto be followed by Closed or Open Impetus, or Outside Change
Closed Change - Reverse to Natural>> Natural Spin Turn
Closed Change - Reverse to Natural>> Underturned Natural Spin Turn
Closed Change - Reverse to Natural>> Hesitation Change


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