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Lesson 3: Woman's Out and In Under Arm Turn

Woman's Outside Under Arm Turn: Right Arch Turn

The Arch Turn is so named because that's what it looks like when you join raised hands with a partner and turn underneath them. The turn can be performed by one or both partners. This is also known as an Outside Under Arm Turn and proceeds right for women and left for men.

The following step is broken down into two parts: the outside turn and the inside turn. Both steps are consecutive movements which together form what is called the "out and in" under arm turns.

Part A:Woman's Outside Under Arm Turn (Right Arch Turn)

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Count Rhythm

Man's Part

Lead

Woman's Part

1-2

S

LF Fd on Count "1" outside and to right of partner.

LF pivots 1/4 turn L on Count "2."

Open Swing Position

LH high allowing woman to push up with her hand forming an arch over her head.

RF Fd diagonal to right on Count "1."

RF pivots 1/2 turn R on Count "2."

3-4

S

RF Sd on Count "3"

Hold on Count "4"

. LF Sd on Count "3"

LF pivots 1/4 turn on Count "4"

5

q

LF Bd Resume facing partner. RF Bd

6

q

RF Fd IP . LF Fd IP


Part B: Woman's Inside Under Arm Turn (Left Loop Turn)

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Count Rhythm

Man's Part

Lead

Woman's Part

1-2

S

LF Fd on Count "1"

Pivot 1/2 turn R on Count "2."

Open Swing Position

LH high allowing woman to push up with her hand forming an arch over her head.

RF Fd pivot 1/2 turn L.

3-4

S

RF Sd . LF Bd and to Sd

5

q

LF Bd . RF Bd

6

q

RF Fd IP . LF Fd IP

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