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13. Double Reverse Spin
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Double Reverse Spin
Dance / Level:Full Bronze Slow Waltz
Suggested
Prerequisites:
Reverse Turn

The Double Reverse Spin is a popular and challenging bronze level International figure danced in Waltz and Quickstep. It has the distinction of being the only left-turning bronze figure where the dancers can complete a full rotation in just one measure of music. Also notable, the figure features a different number of steps for man and lady: The man has 3 steps (with only two weight changes), whereas the lady has 4.

In the first two steps, the man leads the lady to dance a heel turn. As the man completes the transfer of weight to his right foot, he dances a toe pivot on the right foot while drawing the left foot closed to the right, without weight. The lady, meanwhile, dances around the man in a side-cross action similar to steps 5-6 of the Viennese Waltz Reverse Turn. It is her crossing action that allows her to complete as much as 1/2 turn over the last two steps.

The narrated demonstration video and the charts show the Double Reverse Spin with 7/8 turn. It can alternatively be taken with as much as 1 full turn, or as little as 3/4 turn. It is quite popular to repeat the figure, especially when danced with a full turn, however most novice dancers will find repeating more than once will become problematic.

In the instructional video, Max and Lesya demonstrate the basic version of the Double Reverse Spin with 7/8 turn, commencing facing the line of dance and ending facing diagonal to wall. When they dance it to music, they show you how it can be repeated by taking 1 full turn.

 

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