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American Rumba – Walk Around Turn

Learn how to dance the Walk Around Turn in American Rumba.

How to dance the Walk Around Turn in American Rumba

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Timing

The Walk Around Turn is counted in slow, quick, quick which equals one measure. You can perform one walk around turn at a time or multiple in a row.

Leader’s Footwork:

Forward Half of Box:

Left foot forward, right foot to the side and left foot closes to right foot and changes weight.

Walk Around Turn to the Right:

Right foot to the side and then reach your left foot forward and across your body.

At this point with your left hand you will let go and give a push away with your hand to signal to the follower that they should turn and move away from you.

Next, shift your weight to your left foot and then turn your foot to the right rotating 1/2 a turn. This is called a spiral turn.

Take a step forward with your right foot. Next, shift weight to your foot and then you will turn to the right 1/4 of a turn. This is called a pivot turn.

In the technique section below we will discuss the difference between a spiral turn and a pivot turn.

At this point you will be facing your partner again and you should your partner’s hand with your right hand.

 Walk Around Turn to the Left:

Left foot to the side and then reach your right foot forward and across your body.

At this point with your right hand signal to your follower that you want to turn by letting go and give a push away with your hand.

Next, shift your weight to your right foot and then turn your foot to the left rotating 1/2 a turn for a spiral turn.

Take a step forward with your left foot. Next, shift weight to your foot and then you will turn to the left a 1/4 of a turn for a pivot turn.

5th position break to Right:

To finish out the phrasing and to get back to a left foot lead you can end with a 5th position break to the right or a basic in place.

Timing: slow, quick, quick for 4 measures.

Follower’s Footwork:

Back Half of Box:

Right foot back, left foot to the side and right foot closes to left foot and changes weight.

Walk Around Turn to the Left:

Left foot to the side and then reach your right foot forward and across your body.

At this point the leader will let go of your left hand and push it away signaling that you should turn away from them.

Next, shift your weight to your right foot and then turn your foot to the left rotating 1/2 a turn for a spiral turn.

Take a step forward with your left foot. Next, shift weight to your foot and then you will turn to the left a 1/4 of a turn for a pivot turn.

At this point you will be facing your partner again and they will grab your left hand.

Walk Around Turn to the Right:

Right foot to the side and then reach your left foot forward and across your body.

At this point the leader will let go of your left hand and push it away indicating that they want you to turn away from them.

Next, shift your weight to your left foot and then turn your foot to the right rotating 1/2 a turn for a spiral turn.

Take a step forward with your right foot. Next, shift weight to your foot and then you will turn to the right 1/4 of a turn for a pivot turn.

At this point you will be facing your partner again.

5th position break to Right:

To finish out the phrasing and to get back to a right foot lead you can end with a 5th position break to the left or a basic in place depending on how you are lead.

Timing: slow, quick, quick for 4 measures.

Rumba Technique

Spiral turn vs Pivot turn

  • Spiral turn: This turn occurs when you are turning in the opposite direction of the foot you are standing on. For example a left spiral turn occurs when you are standing on your right foot and you turn to the left. 
  • Pivot Turn: This turn occurs when you are turning in the same direction as the foot your are standing on. For example with a left pivot turn you are standing on your left foot and you turn to the left. 

The Walk around turn incorporates both a spiral turn and a pivot turn. 

Collecting your feet with a Brush Pivot

When turning and pivoting on your foot you want to make sure that you brush your feet. This is another way of saying that you want to collect your feet as you pivot and turn. This will help you to stay ground and sharp with your turn.

Check out the video below to learn more about the brush pivot.

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