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Learning to dance Waltz doesn’t have to be hard. In this guide we will teach you how to dance the American Waltz Box Step with Underarm Turn.

This step introduces a turn and is great to show off your follower.

How to Dance the American Waltz Box Step with Underarm Turn

Waltz Timing

Waltz is a slower tempo dance. The timing for Waltz is 3/4 and is counted 1, 2, 3.

A change step only takes one measure and is counted 1, 2, 3. If you want to get back to where the left foot is leading then you will need to complete another change step. 

Footwork

This step starts with a box step. Check out our tutorial on how to do the box step if you have not learned this step yet.

Leader’s Footwork:

  • Basic Box (count 1-2-3, 1-2-3)
  • Front Half of Box Step: Left foot forward, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right foot and change weight. (count 1-2-3)
  • Back Half of Box Step while raising Left hand for underarm turn: Right foot back (as you take the step back raise your left arm), Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left and change weight. (count 1-2-3)
  • Front Half of Box Step: (count 1-2-3)
  • Back Half of Box Step: Right foot back (invite the follower back into closed positon), Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left and change weight. (count 1-2-3)

Note: After the follower does the underarm turn resume closed position.

Follower’s Footwork:

  • Basic Box (count 1-2-3, 1-2-3)
  • Back Half of Box Step: Right foot back, Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left and change weight. (count 1-2-3)
  • Underarm turn right: Left foot foward (leader will raise the follower’s right hand – make sure you continue to make your step straight at the leader), Right foot forward beginning to walk under right hand, Left foot forward, Right foot forward, Left foot forwarad, Right foot forward – each step will continue to walk around for underarm turn. (count 1-2-3, 1-2-3)
  • Front Half of Box Step: Left foot forward – joining back together with the leader, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right and change weight. (count 1-2-3)

Check out the video below to learn how to dance the underarm turn in waltz.

What to learn more American Waltz steps?

See Full Step List
  • Waltz box
  • Box with Underarm Turn to Right
  • Change Step
  • Right Box Turn
  • Front to Front and Back to Back side changes
  • Balance Steps
  • Hesitation Step with Turn
  • 5th Position Breaks
  • Open Break with Underarm Turn
  • Cross Body Lead
  • Turning Rock
  • Closed Twinkle
  • Twinkle with Promenade Chasse
  • Reverse Turn
  • Natural Turn
  • Natural Spin Turn
  • Grapevine

What is the best music to dance Waltz to?

Waltz music is generally slower then the faster tempos of rhythm dances.

Check out this spotify playlist for some Waltz music ideas.

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