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American Style Foxtrot
Left Box (Reverse) Turn
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3. Left Box (Reverse) Turn

Considered by some to be the alternative basic movement, the Left Box Turn is an integral part of the Foxtrot repertoire. Most notable is the 8-count "box rhythm" (SQQ SQQ), which is a departure from the SSQQ rhythm typically associated with Bronze level Foxtrot.

The Left Box Turn in Foxtrot is a figure borrowed from the Waltz. Other than the expected rhythmical difference (SQQ vs 1,2,3), the main difference between Foxtrot's Box and Waltz's Box is the rise & fall action, which in Foxtrot is more subtle. As in the Forward Basic, the chasse on steps 2-3 and 5-6 of the Foxtrot Box is taken with an earlier lowering than its Waltz counterpart; The knees begin to flex and heels begin lowering as the feet begin closing.

The Left Box Turn, sometimes known simply as the "Box Step", gets its name from the steps that comprise the pattern when it is taken without turn. These steps outline the four corners of a box, as can be seen in the diagram:

Man's Part

Lady's Part

The Left Box Turn can be taken without turn, as in the diagram above, or with up to 3/8 turn to left over each measure of music / 3-step group. When taken without turn, or when turning 1/8 or 1/4 per measure, the Box is considered a spot movement, and can be taken anywhere in the room, facing any alignment. When turning 3/8, it should be taken with very specific alignments to ensure proper travel in the general direction of the line of dance. They are as follows:

Step #Man's AlignmentLady's Alignment
1 Facing diagonal center Backing diagonal center
2 Backing diagonal wall Pointing to line of dance
3 Backing line of dance Facing line of dance
4 Backing line of dance Facing line of dance
5 Pointing toward diagonal wall backing wall
6 Facing diagonal wall Backing diagonal wall

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward. 
2QuickRight foot side. 
3QuickClose left foot to right foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-3. 
 
4SlowRight foot back. 
5QuickLeft foot side. 
6QuickClose right foot to left foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 4-6. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowRight foot back. 
2QuickLeft foot side. 
3QuickClose right foot to left foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left between 1-3. 
 
4SlowLeft foot forward. 
5QuickRight foot side. 
6QuickClose left foot to right foot.Up to 3/8 turn to left between 4-6. 
Forward Basic>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Back Basic>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Hesitation Left Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Hesitation Right Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Side Sway>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Promenade>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Progressive Quarter Turns>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Progressive Quarter Turns to Right>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Forward Changes O.P.>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
1-10 Forward Changes O.P.>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Right Box (Natural) Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Forward Basic
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Back Basic
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Hesitation Left Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Hesitation Right Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Left Box (Reverse) Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Side Sway
1-3 Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>2-4 Side Sway
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Promenade
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Progressive Quarter Turns
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>>5-8 Progressive Quarter Turns
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Progressive Quarter Turns to Right
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Forward Changes O.P.
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Backward Changes O.P.
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Right Box (Natural) Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Right Pivot Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Twinkle
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Back Twinkle
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Promenade Check
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Promenade Twist Turn
Left Box (Reverse) Turn>> Promenade Pivot


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