Forward Spot Turn

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DT: Helmut, whether we call this a turn or a curl, is it more difficult to go forward or backward for the leader?

Helmut: A forward spot turn, it is more difficult, I think.

DT: You go forward in a counterclockwise arc. Could you go forward in a clockwise direction?

It starts when the man
rotates his body counter-
closewise while stepping
in front with his left on
count one (shown).
What follows is
5 curling forward steps
for the man and five
curling backward steps
for the lady

Helmut: Yes.

DT: Do you ever do it?

Helmut: No. (laughs) I don't know why.

DT: What are the likely mistakes for the leaders here?

Helmut: In spot turns? Stepping on your partner's feet.

DT: Kana, in waltz, country western and every other dance that I am aware of, turning left or counterclockwise is more difficult than turning right or clockwise. Do you agree?

Kana: I donít see this as a counterclockwise turn. I am not really turning, Iím just walking. This particular step, although we say spot turn, I feel more like a walking step.

DT: If you were turning in waltz, you would not consider that a walking step. Is that what I am hearing?

Kana: I just donít see comparison with this particular step in waltz.

DT: Why not?

Kana: Probably in waltz one person is the center of the turn, the other person is almost passing the partnerís body. In this we are maintaining our body relationship completely the same, then just walking together.

DT: Well, thank you Kana Kubota and Helmut Salas. That's a wrap for Salsa level 1. Hope you enjoyed it. And hope to have you back in November when Salsa level 2 will arrive online. In the meantime, all of us at DanceTutor wish you happy dancing!

The Keys:
The forward spot turn is begun when the leader steps across with his left (in front of right) on his forward step, or forward break. The rest is walking in a counterclockwise or left direction.

Left, right, counterclockwise, clockwise? If one were above the dancers looking down, their direction on a turn or curl would be clockwise or counterclockwise. Right or left is referenced from the turning dancer. A right turn is always clockwise and a left turn is always counterclockwise.

The gentlemen want to take care to stay off the ladies' feet. There is increased risk of foot-on-foot in spot turns, forward and back.

We should probably repeat that in partner dancing steps get their description from the manís direction, so when we say forward spot turn or back spot turn, the gentlemen are walking forward or back and ladies are doing the opposite.

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