Introduction: A Newcomer level move for Waltz.
Frame: Standard. Count: 1-2-3.
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers move differently. Used after natural and reverse turn.


Instructions (Leader Perspective)
This move is typically executed after a natural turn or a reverse turn. This is because when transitioning from natural turn to reverse turn, your feet need to switch. That is, if we start with natural turn with right foot, we go: RLR, LRL. But then Reverse turn demands that we start with our left foot. So, closed change helps with that.
Assume we just finished 2 natural turns.
1. Right foot drives forward, almost like doing a box step (but not quite).
2. Body faces the same direction still. Left foot follows. Comes up to the right foot before sliding left.
3. Right foot comes up next to the left foot.
From there, you can now begin reverse turn with your left foot. In waltz, your feet usually alternate steps (LRLR, never LLRR).
If going from reverse to natural turn, you do the same thing, but reverse the feet.


Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Same as the Leader, but you're going backwards. Let's assume we just finished 2 natural turns. What you will be doing is basically the 2nd half of a box, the going backwards part.
1. Left foot goes back.
2. Right foot comes to the left foot, then slides out to the right.
3. Left foot comes up next to the right foot.

And then, your right foot is probably going to be the next thing that moves for a reverse turn.


Tips and Tricks
  • Simple: Closed changes are quite simply transition moves from natural to reverse turns and vic versa.


Advanced Concepts
  • Drive: Don't forget that even though this is simply a transition step to get from one foot to the next, you still need to be driving. Even in a step like this, you can still cover ground, so make the most of it!