Introduction: A Bronze level move for VW
Frame: Standard. Count: 1-2-3 (fast).
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers move the same as one unit.


Instructions (Leader & Follower Perspective)
So, Reverse Turn in VW is similar to what you would do in Waltz. You rotate counterclockwise (looking down on the floor). One important difference to note is that reverse turn in VW is slightly trickier because of two things
1) Direction: Natural Turn proceeds in the direction you are traversing on the floor. That means you don't have to turn a full 180 every time because when taking corners, you can do a little less. In RT, that is certainly not the case.
2) Feet Cross: Your feet don't cross in NT, but they do in RT. That makes it very easy for couples to stumble over themselves.
Note: Reverse Turn is the same for both Leader and Follower. All that matters is whether you're moving forward or backwards.

Reverse Turn Forward
Begin by facing Line of Dance. Feet together, weight is on your right leg.
1) Left leg drives forward. Near the end of one, your left foot curves about 30 degrees left. This helps set up beat 2.
2) Instantaneous weight transfer, weight is now on your left leg. Utilize left leg as a pivot to rotate the right leg around. Similar to NT, you should be in a 30-60-90 triangle-like shape with your legs.
3) Weight transfer to your right leg. When you bring in your left foot though, you slide it just in front of your right foot so that your feet are crossed. The purpose of crossing is to help maintain momentum.

Reverse Turn Backwards
So your feet are currently crossed at the ankles. But don't fret, there's a way out of this without falling over.
1) Right foot steps back and it steps straight back. Reason being is this. If you curve your right foot, what's going to happen is that you're creating unnecessary space and distance between you and your partner. This unnecessary space when you're going fast will compromise your motion and make you more likely to spin out of control. I promise you that by stepping straight back, there will be enough room for your partner to go by.
2) Weight transfer to your right leg. Like a door hinge, you rotate left, facing Center. This is the 4th time I've mentioned it, but yep, you're to form another 30-60-90 triangle. As the door hinge, you're simply to let your partner go right by you.
3) Close your feet by bringing your right foot to your left. You should now be facing line of dance. Note that here, your partner who drove forward past you provides the momentum you need to close. You yourself should not be needing to do any extra work to get to the final position.


Tips and Tricks
  • Corners: Comparing Natural Turn to Reverse Turn, NT is easier to execute on corners. This is because you can under-rotate and still go along the corner. But if you try to pull a Reverse Turn in a corner, good luck trying to overturn and make it. So, on corners, don't do RT's (unless you're very very good).
  • Dizziness: Why do we have RT's if they're arguably harder than NT's? Well, if you had to do NT's for a 1'30'', you'd get super dizzy. So RT's are present as a way to unwind of sorts.


Advanced Concepts
  • Head Take 2: Just like in Natural Turn, you keep your head to the left in Reverse Turn. This will help with momentum and keeping you and your partner close together.