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2. Natural Turn
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Natural Turn
Dance / Level:Beginning Bronze Slow Waltz
Aliases:Closed Natural Turn, Natural Chasse Turn
Suggested
Prerequisites:
None

The Natural Turn is a simple figure consisting of six steps that turns to the right and progresses generally down line of dance. Most of the ballroom dances have a figure called a Natural Turn, each one having its own unique character based on the music, the actions involved, the amount of turn, the rise and fall, and so forth. The Natural Turn in Waltz is the most fundamental.

In the Slow Waltz, the figure begins with man facing diagonal wall and will rotate 3/4 of a turn to right over six steps to end facing diagonal center. Emphasis is placed on creating the effect of swinging motion of the bodies through space, and maximizing rise as the feet come together on the 3rd and 6th steps.

When the Natural Turn is combined with Closed Changes and Reverse Turns, a dancer will have sufficient repertoire with which to navigate around the floor. This set of figures is combined into a sequence known as the Turn and Change Combination.

 

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