Introduction: A Newcomer level move for QuickStep.
Frame: Standard. Count: SQQSSS
Leaders and Followers: As one unit.

So, how do you turn corners in Quickstep? Well, if you only know basic QS, you "fudge" it. Usually, this is done when the leader is stepping backwards. Rather than step diagonal center, the leader curves his steps so that he is proceeding down a new line of dance. Of course, fudging only takes you so far. Not to mention, it's a bit awkward having to somehow "twist" you and your partner to go in the right direction.

Natural Turn is the solution to this problem and it's very similar to the Natural Turn in Waltz, just different timing.
Instructions (Leader Perspective)

Let us begin by assuming you just completed Side Chasse and are now proceeding forwards. But a corner is coming up. So rather than go Slow, Slow (forward), Quick, Quick (second side chasse), here's what we do.
Slow: Proceed as normal. Left foot steps forward, toe-heel.
Slow2: Proceed as normal. Right foot steps forward, heel-toe. But, Natural Turn is coming up, meaning that you will be turning to your right. To facilitate this, slightly twist your foot to have your toes facing to the right.
Quick1: Left foot steps to the side, the same as you normally would if you weren't doing a Natural Turn.
Quick2: Right foot closes with your left foot. But rather than having your feet face outside wall, they're facing backing line of dance, along with your entire body. You are currently facing your partner.

Slow1: Left foot steps back, toe-heel. You are stepping backwards, but to help you with the turn, your left foot can turn slightly so your toes face slightly right.
Slow2: Right foot goes back. Your partner will swing by you. Her momentum should carry your right to go heel-toe, where you are now facing the old line of dance (or 90 degrees right of your new line of dance). You will linger on toe for the duration of the slow, beginning to fall backwards when the count nears its end. During this count, left foot does come off the floor.
Slow3: Left foot steps back, toe-heel. You are now backing diagonal center, proceeding down the new line of dance.
Slow4: Second Slow before going into progressive chasse.
QuickQuick: Standard Chasse to get moving again.

Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Slow: Proceed as normal. Right foot goes back, toe-heel.
Slow2: Normal. Left foot goes back, toe-heel.
Quick1: Right foot goes right, normal quick. But, it'll be facing your partner, who's backing down the old line of dance.
Quick2: Left foot closes with right, two toes.

Slow1: Right foot steps forward, heel-toe.
Slow2: Swing your left side past your partner's right side. You go, until the leader "pulls" you back, so that this pull gives you a full 180 degree change in direction. So, you'll go from swinging down line of dance to suddenly stopping and preparing to go the opposite way. Land with toe and stay on toe.
Slow3: Right foot steps forward, toe-heel. You are now proceeding down a new line of dance.
Slow4: Second Slow before going into progressive chasse.

QuickQuick: Standard Chasse to get moving again.


Tips and Tricks
  • Execution: It looks easy, it's not. You have to match QuickStep timing and it's very easy to lose balance on the second Slow2 since both Leader and Follower are on toes. Practice lots, and it'll eventually click.
  • Couples: In Quickstep, you have to turn on corners. But, in competitions, couples will be around you. When you execute the Natural Turn is crucial. Too early, you're way short of the corner. Too late, you run the risk of stepping out of bounds or being boxed-in by couples around you where when the leader is going back on Slow3, there's a couple moving right into you. Watch your surroundings.


Advanced Concepts
  • Foxtrot: The Second Slow2, the follower swings left side forward past the leader, just like in Foxtrot.Think Fox for that particular move rather than an awkward move of sorts since the follower MUST swing past the leader. Otherwise, you won't be able to turn properly.