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Posted by LondonBallroom
11/13/2013  3:48:00 AM
The reason why both gentleman and lady close in the natural turn but cross in front in the reverse turn is that in the case of the natural turn we are turning towards the open side of the hold but in the case of the reverse turn we are turning towards the closed side*. Although the amount of turn is the same of course, the reverse turn feels "tighter" than the natural turn therefore and this is reflected in the different foot positions.

*In the normal hold, from the gentleman's point of view the left hand side of the hold is described as open even though the body position is closed.


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