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21. Open Reverse Turn
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Open Reverse Turn
Dance / Level:Beginning Silver American Style Waltz
Aliases:Open Left Turn, Open Left Box, Continuity Left Turn, Continuity Box

The Open Reverse, also known as Open Left Turn or Continuity Left Turn, is the logical next step in the series of "continuity" figures introduced in the Silver level. It is, in a nutshell, the continuity version of the basic Left Box Turn: A series of 6 steps, turning to the left, where the feet are passed rather than closed on the third and sixth steps.

Like the Left Box Turn, the Open Reverse Turn can have slight variations on the total amount of turn taken. But its primary purpose is to travel generally down the line of dance, and so it is taught in its basic form as a 3/4 turn, beginning with man facing diagonal center, and ending with man facing diagonal wall.

Steps 4-6 of the Open Reverse Turn are a small group of steps known as a Continuity Finish (or by International style dancers as a Feather Finish). These three steps deserve special attention, as the slightly unusual direction of movement and resulting footwork help facilitate the passing step and outside partner position on the final step.]

The man should be aware of keeping is poise quite forward, releasing the heel slightly earlier than usual at the end of step 1 (note his footwork toe-heel-toe on step 4). This in turn will project his movement slightly forward through step 5, the additional forward momentum causing the feet to pass, rather than close on step 6. As usual, the amount of turn is described as "3/8 to left (body turns less)", but notice that the body does not complete the turn on step 6, in order to maintain the slight body turn to right as he steps outside partner on step 6. The body then squares off on the first step of the following figure.

The lady's direction on step 5 is side and slightly back, with the turn continuing in such a way that by the time the feet are passing and beginning to move toward step 6, she will be moving backwards. She should therefore allow the right heel to lower by the end of step 5, and release the right toe by the end of step 6.


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