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3. Reverse Turn
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Reverse Turn
Dance / Level:Beginning Bronze Slow Waltz
Aliases:Closed Reverse Turn, Chasse Reverse Turn

The Reverse Turn is a simple figure consisting of six steps that turns to the left and progresses generally down line of dance. Most of the ballroom dances have a figure called a Reverse 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 Reverse Turn in Waltz is the most fundamental.

In the Slow Waltz, the figure begins with man facing diagonal center and will rotate 3/4 of a turn to the left over six steps to end facing diagonal wall. Emphasis is placed on creating the effect of swinging motion of the bodies through space, and maximizing rise as the feet come together on the 3rd and 6th steps.

When the Reverse Turn is combined with Closed Changes and Natural Turns, a dancer will have sufficient repertoire with which to navigate around the floor. This set of figures is combined into a sequence known as the Turn and Change Combination.


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