A traveling type of turn used in most dances. We’ll continue concentrating on your ability to swivel on the supporting foot.

TURN EXERCISE 4 – PIVOT TURNS

(Print this page so you can try this exercise as you read it).

This exercise will allow you to practice pivoting on the supporting foot, and traveling with your turns. Stand with your right side next to a table or kitchen counter. Put your right hand on the counter. Stand with your feet together and your weight on your left foot.

Take a step forward with your right foot – stretching your left leg and keeping your left toe touching the floor. As your right foot becomes the supporting foot pivot 1/2 turn to the right – keep your left leg behind your right leg as you turn.Put your left hand on the counter.

Now you are standing with the counter on your left side. Weight on the right foot and the left leg pointing backwards. Step back on the left foot and without dropping the left heel pivot 1/2 turn to the right – keep your right leg in front of the left leg as you turn. Lower left foot heel at the end of the turn. Put your right hand on the counter.

Now you are on your left foot with the right leg pointing forward and the counter on your right side. You are ready to step forward onto your right foot and repeat the exercise.

Practice this exercise several times starting with counter on your right side and pivoting to the right. Later try the same exercise starting with the counter on your left side and pivoting to your left.

As you get more proficient you can practice away from the counter. Concentrate on keeping the spine straight and both elbows at the same horizontal level. Allow your eyes to only look straight ahead at the end of each 1/2 turn, and eventually only look in the direction your pivots are traveling. This will stop the dizziness produced by looking around when your turning (like a Merry-Go-Around effect).

Pivots are fun to do and exciting to watch. They can be danced individually or in conjunction with a partner.

Happy Dancing,
Blanche & Emilio

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