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


Instructions (Leader Perspective)
You start the natural spin turn when the leader's back is facing line of dance, weight on the right foot. Since the spin turn results in a 90 degree rotation along line of dance (i.e. if you were moving towards the windows before, now you will be moving along them), this is best done at the corners of a room.

1. Drive backwards onto your left foot, as usual.
2. Instead of the usual ~135 degree natural turn rotation, close with your right foot and pivot on your left 180 degrees (note that this is a heel turn). Once this is done, drive forward onto your right foot on beat 2. Stylistically, this almost looks like a pause in motion; you and your partner are momentarily suspended before entering the next step (at least, that's how it's always felt to me. Maybe this feeling isn't universal).
3. Pivot slightly on your right foot (~45 degrees clockwise) while stepping back onto your left foot in order to position yourself on a diagonal to the wall, rather than simply staring straight at it.


Instructions (Follower Perspective)
It is very important that you be receptive to the leader. Reason being, this is a move where it's very easy to separate if you're not careful. So take the cues carefully.

1. Drive forward with the right foot, just like the start of a natural turn.
2. Proceed just as if you were doing a natural turn. The difference between a natural turn and spin turn is what you will (or should...) feel from the leader. In a natural turn, the leader will turn approximately 135 degrees. In spin turn, it's a greater rotation to about 180 degrees. So Signal 1: Greater rotation. After having this cue, what will follow is that the leader will rise onto his right foot and prevent you from continuing with your original direction of movement. What is important here is that you be receptive and have the axis of rotation solely and perfectly on the left leg so that you can come down with your right. If the axis of rotation is off or isn't perfectly up-down, this will throw you and the leader off balance (take a look at ballet dancers who do spin cycles. Axis must be perfect; otherwise, they'll start accumulating mistakes and getting off balance).
3. Having finished rotated on the left leg while on toes, you will proceed to step down on toes with your right foot at approximately 45 degrees right backing line of dance. Ideally, what should happen is that on Count 2, you were perfectly balanced and could in fact remain on toes on left leg all day without falling. Then, the leader's weight would go in the direction that he would like, signaling for you to follow.


Tips and Tricks
  • Spin Turn + Whisk and Chasse. One way of incorporating the spin turn into a routine would be either before or after a whisk and chasse. This works technically because the whisk and chasse ends with the leader's back facing line of dance, and visually because you can use the whisk and chasse to get from the middle of line of dance to a corner.


Advanced Concepts
  • Connection: Waltz Spin Turn is truly a move where it's easy to see if the leader is leading and the follower is following. If these two roles aren't being followed, then on Counts 2 to 3, the follower and leader will separate. Leader is not maintaining a firm frame signaling/almost forcing follower to follow in direction that he wants. Follower is not being receptive to signal. Work on connection and frame so that leader/follower remain as one unit when performing this move.