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4. 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 of Quickstep is a unique hybrid with a Waltz-like first half, where the feet close on the third step, and a Foxtrot-like second half, with a heel-pull action danced by the man. In the bronze syllabus, it is used exclusively to turn a corner.

The first half of the figure begins with man facing and lady backing diagonal wall. He steps forward with the right foot, then side with the left, and then he closes the right foot to the left, counted "Slow, quick quick", having taken 3/8 turn to right to end backing the line of dance. The lady's part of the first half of the figure is the natural opposite, and she ends facing the line of dance.

The second half nearly mimics that of the Foxtrot Natural Turn. The man steps back on his left foot, then takes a small side step on the right foot to dance a heel pull action, turning 3/8 to right. His final step is forward on the right foot, to end facing diagonal wall oft he new line of dance. Unlike the first half, the second half is taken without rise and fall, and is counted "Slow, slow, slow".

The lady's part of the second half begins forward on the right foot, then side on the left, and finally back on the right foot, also counted "Slow, slow, slow", and turning 3/8 to right to end backing diagonal wall of the new line of dance.

The man's heel pull action keeps the couple in line, and so the following figure, be it a Quarter Turn to Right, Forward Lock or otherwise, will begin with the first step taken in line.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal wall.
 
1SlowRight foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickLeft foot side.1/4 turn to right between 1-2. 
3QuickClose right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to right between 2-3. End backing line of dance. 
 
4SlowLeft foot back.Begin to turn to right. 
5SlowRight foot side, small step (heel pull).3/8 turn to right between 4-5. 
6SlowLeft foot forward.Facing diagonal center (or facing diagonal wall of new line of dance). 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal wall.
 
1SlowLeft foot back.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickRight foot side.3/8 turn to right between 1-2, body turns less. 
3QuickClose left foot to right foot.Body completes turn. End facing line of dance. 
 
4SlowRight foot forward.Begin to turn to right, 
5SlowLeft foot side.1/4 turn to right between 4-5. 
6SlowRight foot back.1/8 turn to right between 5-6. End backing diagonal center (or backing diagonal wall of new line of dance). 
Progressive Chasse>> Natural Turn
Forward Lock>> Natural Turn
Natural Turn>> Natural Turnat a corner
Natural Pivot Turn>> Natural Turn
Natural Pivot Turn>>1-3 Natural Turn1-3 Natural Turn followed by Closed Impetus, Tipple Chasse to R. or Running Finish.
Tipple Chasse to Right>> Natural Turn
Overturned Tipple Chasse>> Natural Turn
Running Finish>> Natural Turn
Cross Chasse>> Natural Turn
Fishtail>> Natural Turn
Running Right Turn>> Natural Turn
Four Quick Run>> Natural Turn
V6>> Natural Turn
Closed Telemark>> Natural Turn
Six Quick Run>> Natural Turn
Natural Turn>> Quarter Turn to Rightat a corner
Natural Turn>> Forward Lock
1-5 Natural Turn>>2-5 Forward Lock
Natural Turn>> Natural Turnat a corner
Natural Turn>> Natural Turn with Hesitationat a corner
Natural Turn>> Natural Pivot Turnat a corner
Natural Turn>> Natural Spin Turnat a corner
1-3 Natural Turn>> Closed Impetus
1-3 Natural Turn>> Tipple Chasse to Right
1-3 Natural Turn>> Overturned Tipple Chasse
1-3 Natural Turn>> Underturned Tipple Chasseat a corner
1-3 Natural Turn>> Running Finish
Natural Turn>> Natural Turn to Back Lockat a corner
1-5 Natural Turn>> Cross Chasse
Natural Turn>> Running Right Turnat a corner
1-5 Natural Turn>> Rumba Crossat a corner, if under-turned by 1/8, or along side of room, if over-turned by 1/8


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