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Natural Turn
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1. Natural Turn

In Viennese Waltz, the Natural Turn is a progressive figure consisting of 6 steps taken in closed position, where one full turn to the right (clockwise) is completed over the course of the pattern. Many Natural Turns can be danced consecutively, allowing the couple to move freely down the line of dance while continuing to turn to the right.

The foot pattern is similar to the Right Box Turn in Waltz (figure #2), but with each step taken directly down line of dance, resulting in 1/2 turn to right for each three steps. In the first measure, the man steps right foot forward, left foot side, and closes right foot to left foot, all steps placed along the line of dance while turning to the right. In the second measure, he steps left foot back, right foot side, and closes left foot to right foot, also moving down line of dance while turning to the right. The lady's part is the natural opposite; Her first measure is his second, and vice-versa.

As in the Waltz, Natural Turns are often danced in a sequence with Reverse Turns, using Forward or Back Closed Changes to transition from one to the other. However, the speed of Viennese Waltz makes it cumbersome to switch back and forth from left to right turns so frequently. And since the turns are repeatable when danced with 1 full turn, it is customary in Viennese Waltz to dance a few turns in one direction before changing to the other.

As a general rule, the line of dance should be thought of in Viennese Waltz as a continuous curve around the room, rather than a square or rectangle with corners. As one dances toward a corner, the alignments of each figure should be altered, so that the resulting direction of movement is bent smoothly and gradually around each corner. The Natural Turn is a perfect figure for serving this purpose: Because the line of dance is counter-clockwise, and the Natural is a clockwise turn, it can be underturned quite easily, resulting in a smooth curving movement around a corner.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal center.
 
11Right foot forward.1/8 turn to right between previous step and 1 to move down line of dance. 
22Left foot side.1/4 turn to right between 1-2 to back center. 
33Close right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to right between 2-3 to back diagonal center. 
 
44Left foot back and slightly to side.1/8 turn to right between 3-4 to back line of dance. 
55Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 4-5 (body turns less) to point toward diagonal center. 
66Close left foot to right foot.Body completes turn to end facing diagonal center. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal center.
 
11Left foot back and slightly to side.1/8 turn to right between previous step and 1 to back line of dance. 
22Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 1-2 (body turns less) to point toward diagonal center. 
33Close left foot to right foot.1/8 turn to right between 2-3 to end facing diagonal center. 
 
44Right foot forward.1/8 turn to right between 3-4 to face line of dance. 
55Left foot side.1/4 turn to right between 4-5 to back center. 
66Close right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to right between 5-6 to end backing diagonal center. 
Natural Turn>> Natural Turn
LF Forward Closed Change>> Natural Turn
RF Closed Backward Change>>4-6 Natural Turn
LF Forward Hesitation>> Natural Turn
RF Back Hesitation>>4-6 Natural Turnif RF Back Hesitation is taken with man backing line of dance
LF Side Hesitation>> Natural Turn
RF Side Hesitation>>4-6 Natural Turnif RF Side Hesitation is taken with man backing line of dance
Side Whisk to Left>> Natural Turn
Promenade Hesitation>>4-6 Natural Turnman turning 1/4 to right over 4-6 or Promenade Hesitation to close to lady, then turning 1/8 between step 6 of Hesitation and step 4 of Natural Turn.
Open Break & Underarm Turn to R>> Natural Turn
Back Spot Turn>>4-6 Natural Turnif Back Spot Turn is begun with man facing diagonal wall, wall, or diagonal wall against line of dance and turned the appropriate amount to allow the Natural Turn to travel along line of dance
1-3 Back Spot Turn>> Natural Turnif Back Spot Turn is begun with man facing wall or diagonal wall against line of dance and turned the appropriate amount to allow the Natural Turn to travel along line of dance
Natural Turn>> Natural Turn
Natural Turn>> RF Forward Closed Change
1-3 Natural Turn>> LF Closed Backward Change
1-3 Natural Turn>>LF Side Hesitation
Natural Turn>>RF Side Hesitation
1-3 Natural Turn>>Side Whisk to Left
Natural Turn>>Side Whisk to Right
1-3 Natural Turn>> Promenade Hesitation
Natural Turn>> Open Break & Underarm Turn to R
1-3 Natural Turn>> Back Spot Turn


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