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Slow Waltz
Natural Turn
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2. Natural Turn

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.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal wall.
 
11Right foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
22Left foot side.1/4 turn to right between 1-2. 
33Close right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to right between 2-3. End backing line of dance. 
 
41Left foot back.Begin to turn to right. 
52Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 4-5, body turns less. 
63Close left foot to right foot.Body completes turn. End facing diagonal center. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal wall.
 
11Left foot back.Begin to turn to right. 
22Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 1-2, body turns less. 
33Close left foot to right foot.Body completes turn. End facing line of dance. 
 
41Right foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
52Left foot side.1/4 turn to right between 4-5. 
63Close right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to right between 5-6. End backing diagonal center. 
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 Turn
Natural Turn>> Natural Turnat a corner
Natural Turn>>1-3 Natural Turnto be followed by Outside Change taken toward center, turning 1/8 to L.
Natural Turn>>1-3 Natural Turnat a corner, to be followed by Closed or Open Impetus, or Outside Change
Chasse from Promenade Position>> Natural Turn
Chasse from Promenade Position>>1-3 Natural Turnto be followed by Closed or Open Impetus, or Outside Change
Outside Change>>1-3 Natural Turnto be followed by Closed or Open Impetus
Outside Change>> Natural Turn
Reverse Corte>>4-6 Natural Turnstep 4 of Natural Turn taken with lady outside partner
Basic Weave>> Natural Turn
Forward Lock>> Natural TurnFirst step of Natural Turn taken outside partner.
Back Lock>>4-6 Natural TurnStep 4 of Natural Turn taken with partner outside.
Progressive Chasse to Right>>4-6 Natural TurnStep 4 of Natural Turn taken with partner outside.
Weave from PP>> Natural Turn
Closed Telemark>> Natural Turn
Cross Hesitation>>4-6 Natural TurnStep 4 of Natural Turn taken with lady O.P. on man's right side.
Outside Spin>> Natural Turn
Turning Lock to Left>> Natural Turn
Drag Hesitation>>4-6 Natural TurnStep 4 of Natural Turn taken with partner outside.
Natural Turn>> Closed Change - Natural to Reverse
4-6 Natural Turn>> Closed Change - Natural to Reversefollowing Back Lock or Progressive Chasse to R.
Natural Turn>>1-3 Natural Turnto be followed by Outside Change taken toward center, turning 1/8 to L.
Natural Turn>>1-3 Natural Turnat a corner, to be followed by Closed or Open Impetus, or Outside Change
Natural Turn>> Natural Turnat a corner
Natural Turn>> Natural Spin Turnat a corner
Natural Turn>> Underturned Natural Spin Turnat a corner
1-3 Natural Turn>> Closed Impetus
Natural Turn>> Hesitation Changeat a corner
1-3 Natural Turn>> Outside Changeunderturning Natural Turn to end with man backing diagonal center
1-3 Natural Turn>> Outside Change to Promenadeunderturning Natural Turn to end with man backing diagonal center
1-3 Natural Turn>> Back Whiskat a corner, turning 1/4 or 3/8 to right over 1-3 of Back Whisk
Natural Turn>> Forward LockAt a corner, taking step 1 of Forward Lock inline with partner.
1-3 Natural Turn>> Back LockFirst step of Back Lock taken inline with partner, moving down line of dance.
1-3 Natural Turn>> Open Impetus


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