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14. Reverse Pivot
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Reverse Pivot
Dance / Level:Full Bronze Slow Waltz
Aliases:Pivot to Left
Suggested
Prerequisites:
Reverse Turn, Natural Spin Turn

The Reverse Pivot is a figure consisting of just one step: A left-turning pivot taken back on the man's right foot in CBMP (forward on the lady's left), taking a half-beat of music, counted "&".

The Reverse Pivot is attached to the end of certain other figures (or parts thereof) such as 1-3 Reverse Turn, 1-3 Closed Impetus, or 4-6 Spin Turn. When it is, it acts as a modifier to the figure it follows, creating, in effect, an entirely new movement.

The Reverse Pivot occupies the last half beat of the bar in which the previous figure is danced, effectively "stealing" that time from the last step of the figure. Since all of the syllabus figures that can precede the Reverse Pivot are normally counted "1, 2, 3", the timing that results by adding the Reverse Pivot is always "1, 2, 3&".

The Reverse Pivot can begin with man backing line of dance, following 1-3 Reverse Turn (as written in the chart), backing diagonal center following a Natural Spin Turn, or Backing DC against LOD following a Closed Impetus or underturned Natural Spin Turn. It can turn as little as 1/4 or as much as 1/2 to left, and followed by most reverse turning figures, or a Whisk if alignment permits.

A note on footwork: The Reverse Pivot has a very interesting type of footwork, described in the technical charts as "toe-heel-toe" for the man. This is an indication that the weight should be held toward the ball of the foot throughout the step, which enables the foot to pivot easily. Nonetheless, the heel should be allowed to lower and remain in light contact with the floor, so that the body does not rise unnaturally while weight is taken on the foot.

 

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