Introduction: A Newcomer level move. The other key component of how you move in Waltz, paired with Natural Turn.
Frame: Standard. Count: Waltz. 1-2-3.
Leaders and Followers: Applies to both equally.


Instructions (Leader and Follower Perspective)
Reverse Turn is the natural partner of Natural Turn (pun intended). Please have looked at Waltz Basic-Technique and Natural Turn first. Otherwise, this page will be confusing.
In reverse turn, since the partner can get in the way, there's a difference when doing reverse turn and going forward vs going backwards. Namely, you move forward when going forward and if you're going backwards, in the words of Nicholas Jin '14, "Get the hell out of the way."
To do the exercise similar to the box in natural turn, simply do the two below and repeat. You should end up in your original position.


Reverse Turn Going Forward
Unlike in Natural Turn, where you rotate your upper body while driving, in reverse turn, you want to step forward. This is because unlike before, where you "open a door" for your partner, your partner this time is opening the door (by getting out of the way).
1. Left foot drives forward. Upper body however, continues facing forward. You should reach split-position at the end of this count.
2. Right leg drives forward. The right foot, after it passes the left foot, will roll from heel to toe.
3. Left foot comes forward to be next to the right foot. At this point, the right foot and the upper body turn to the left. Both feet go onto toes.


Reverse Turn Going Backwards
When you're doing reverse turn with a partner and you're going backwards, what will happen if you don't get out of the way? Crash. Boom. Calvin & Hobbes style. So, get out of the way.
1. Right foot drives back, but curve it slightly. Similar to how your torso twists when going forward in natural turn, your torso twists going backwards in reverse turn. By turning early, the amount of "you" your partner can crash into becomes less since you present a side profile.
2. Left foot slides back. When it passes your right foot, that is when you have to turn 90 degrees to your left.
3. Push with the right foot. Right foot then slides next to your left foot, go onto toes.


Tips and Tricks
  • Differences: There are subtle, but present differences between natural turn and reverse turn. Do your very best to grasp the nuances (unfortunately, not all of them were presented here probably) and ask a veteran for help.


Advanced Concepts
Sway: See the Natural Turn page for comments on sway.