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East Coast Swing
Closed Tuck-In Turn Turn
11. Closed Tuck-In Turn Turn

A Tuck-In Turn is a figure similar in foot positions to the Underarm Turn to Right (figure #4), but where the man releases the lady, allowing her to spin completely on her own. In order to lead the turn without guiding her under the raised hand, the man first "tucks her in" -- a winding up in the opposite direction to prepare the turn -- and then provides a push impulse as a lead to turn, before releasing her.

A Closed Tuck-In Turn is one that begins in closed hold. From promenade position following the rock step of the previous figure, the man leads the lady to "tuck in" by turning her 1/4 to left to closed position as they begin the first compact chasse. Tone is increased in the LH-RH hold throughout the first chasse (1a2). The push impulse is given, and the lady released from hold, immediately after count 2. She proceeds to turn in place, taking a compact chasse (3a4), until they end in open facing position for the final rock step (1,2). Following the spin, the man can take any hand hold desired, such as LH-RH, RH-RH, or two-hand hold.

Because the figure begins closed but ends open, it is not repeatable. However, there are several figures that can precede, follow, or be alternated with the Closed Tuck-In to create a short, repeatable sequence. Examples are the Link to Closed Position (figure #3), or Underarm Turn to Left when ended in closed position (a variation of figure #5).

Variations of Turn

As is the case with the Underarm Turn to Right, the Closed Tuck-in is flexible in the total amount of turn taken by the lady, based on the man's lead and how much he turns himself. As shown in the man's & lady's charts, the lady takes 1 full turn, while the man has no turn at all. He may also lead her to turn 7/8 to right while he turns 1/8 to left, or she can turn 3/4 to right while her turns 1/4 to left. With either of these alternatives, he will need to take his second chasse to the side, curving slightly around the lady.


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