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Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
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4. Reverse Turn and Feather Finish

In simple terms, the Reverse Turn is a basic figure consisting of six steps that turns to the left and progresses generally down line of dance. Most of the ballroom dances have a figure called a Reverse 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 Reverse Turn of Foxtrot is notable for its elongated, passing steps and its distinct two halves. The first half contains a lady's heel turn, while the second half, known as a Feather Finish, ends with man stepping outside partner.


The first half of the Reverse Turn begins with the man facing diagonal center. He steps forward with his left foot, side with the right, then back with the left, turning 3/8 to left to end backing line of dance. The lady begins backing diagonal center and steps back with her right foot, closing her left foot to her right to dance a heel turn, and finishing with a forward step on her right foot in line with the man, having turned 3/8 to left to end facing line of dance.

The second half of the Reverse Turn, also known as the Feather Finish, begins with man stepping back on his right foot, side and slightly forward on his left, and finally forward with his right foot in CBMP, outside partner. The lady's part is nearly the natural opposite, except that her second step is described simply as "side". 3/8 turn is taken overall, to end moving toward diagonal wall, with the upper body turning slightly less to accommodate the outside partner position on the final step. As with the Feather Step, the man and lady will return to an inline position on the first step of the following figure.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal center.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
2QuickRight foot side.1/4 turn to left between 1-2. 
3QuickLeft foot back.1/8 turn to left between 2-3 to back line of dance. 
 
4SlowRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
5QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward.3/8 turn to left between 4-5, body turns less. 
6QuickRight foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Facing diagonal wall, body turned slightly to right. 
 
(7)SlowLeft foot forward, as first step of following figure.Body completes turn, squaring off to feet, to face diagonal wall. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal center.
 
1SlowRight foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
2QuickClose left foot to right foot (heel turn).3/8 turn to left between 1-2 to face line of dance. 
3QuickRight foot forward. 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
5QuickRight foot side.1/4 turn to left between 4-5. 
6QuickLeft foot back in CBMP, partner outside.1/8 turn to left between 5-6 (body turns less), to back diagonal wall, body turned slightly to right. 
 
(7)SlowRight foot back, as first step of following figure.Body completes turn. End backing diagonal wall. 
Feather Step>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Closed Impetus and Feather Finish>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Open Telemark and Feather Ending>>1-4 Reverse Turn and Feather Finish(overturned) then check and Basic Weave.
Top Spin>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Hover Feather>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Hover Telemark>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Natural Telemark>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Hover Cross>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Open Telemark, Natural Turn & Outside Swivel>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Open Impetus>>4-7 Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Natural Twist Turn>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Natural Zig Zag from PP>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Natural Hover Telemark>> Reverse Turn and Feather Finish
Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Three Step
Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Change of Direction
1-4 Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Basic Weaveto end backing diagonal wall. Check, then follow with Basic Weave.
1-4 Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Basic Weaveto end backing line of dance, when dancing into a corner. Check, then follow with Basic Weave turning 1/8, 1/8, 3/8, or 1/4, 1/8 1/4 to end diagonal wall of new line of dance.
Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Reverse Turn, Check & Weave
1-6 Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Top Spinchecking step 6 of Reverse Turn & Feather Finish
Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Hover Telemark
1-6 Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>>7-11 Open Telemark, Natural Turn & Outside Swivelchecking step 6 of Reverse Turn & Feather Finish
Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Reverse Wave
Reverse Turn and Feather Finish>> Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivotat a corner


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