Introduction: A Newcomer level move for Foxtrot
Frame: Standard. Count: 1+2+3+4+.
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers move differently.


Instructions (Leader Perspective)
So a Natural Turn in Foxtrot is similar to a Natural Turn in Waltz. You turn approximately 135 degrees. The difference is that in Waltz, you drive on counts 1 and 2 before closing feet on 3. In foxtrot, you drive on counts 1 and 2 (one step altogether), and float/glide on counts 3 and 4.

Let us begin facing diagonal wall, feet together.. You'll finish this move backing line of dance.
1: Right foot drives forward.
And: Left foot pushes, you are now in split-weight position. Left Toe, Right Heel.
2: Move weight onto right leg.
And: Left foot closes with right foot.
Note: 1And2And is essentially the 1And2And of Feather Step.
3: Step forward with your left leg onto toes, stepping across your partner. In this position, you will be in CBM since your partner will be executing Heel Turn and staying exactly where she is.
And: Have your right foot close with your left foot. Turn 135 degrees to your right.
4: Right foot steps back on toes. Transfer weight to the right leg.
And: Close your left foot with your right foot, now both feet on heels.

In short, it's a Waltz Natural Turn with the characteristics and count of Foxtrot.


Instructions (Follower Perspective)
For you, Natural Turn in Foxtrot is also similar to that of NT in Waltz. But...there's an element of difficulty on top of incorporating the count and toe-heel characteristics of foxtrot. It's called the Heel Turn. But let's start with the beginning counts.
1: Left foot drives backward.
And: Right foot pushes backward, you are now in split-weight position. Left Toe, Right Heel.
2: Move weight onto left leg.
And: Right foot closes with left foot.

Note: 1And2And is essentially the 1And2And of Feather Step.
3And: Now with both feet together, you execute the Heel Turn. Go onto your heels, stay balanced, and when your partner goes by you, you'll turn on your heels.
4: Right foot rolls forward from heel to toe, which allows your left foot to go forward, landing on toes. Use your right foot to push.
And: Right foot closes with left foot.

See T&T on how to execute Heel Turn.


Tips and Tricks
  • Heel Turn Followers: Probably the most difficult part of this move. Why? Because you've never had to turn on your heels before and your balance is determined not only by your weight but by how well your partner moves. When doing Heel Turn, you should be able to stay balanced on your own. Your weight should not be dragging on your partner. And when Heel Turn is finished, you need to be able to quickly transfer weight in order to take the step with the left foot.
  • Heel Turn Leaders: How you move on Count 3 determines whether your partner will be happy or angry with you. Think of it not so much as a rotary turn but instead your left leg swings across and past your partner. Then on the And of 3, your feet close and this is where you close feet and turn your lower body to face your partner. During Counts 3, And, you are in CBM facing your partner. The purpose for this is that you stepping past your partner is all that you need to turn her, you don't need to do anymore. In fact, doing more = doing less since you'll throw the both of you off balance.
  • CBM: Clearly, CBM is very important in Foxtrot and especially important here, particularly during the Heel Turn. Make sure leaders to have your right side facing your partner during the Heel Turn.


Advanced Concepts
  • Plant & Angle: Visualize on the And of 2 that you are planting your partner. She is now a pillar and you most go around that pillar. Said pillar is immovable and if you aren't careful, pulling too hard or being too close will mean that this pillar topples like Jenga blocks. One way to help you with this planting is to step across on Count 3 at a good angle. If you step too close to your partner, your bodies will scrunch together, causing your partner to fall backwards. Step too far away, your partner will fall forward. On the count of 3, and, the leader's upper body is with the partner's.