How to Do an East Coast Swing Underarm Turn with Hand Change

Learn how to do an underarm turn with a hand change in swing dance from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.

The East Coast Swing under arm turn with a hand change comes from open position, looks like this. Triple step, triple step, rock step, triple step, triple step, rock step. So what we’ve done is a basic under arm turn from the open position. We’ve gone triple step, triple step, rock step. Same prep for the under arm turn. As she comes underneath, triple step, I just change hands on the second triple, triple step, by literally take what’s in my left hand and putting it into my right hand.

Now there are multiple ways to get out of a hand change where we’re right to right or left to left. For the sake of doing it right here, we’re going to do what’s called the free pass where she literally just passes by my right side. We go rock step, I let her just pass by and I’m right back to where I started. So we go triple step, triple step, rock step, under arm turn change hands, rock step, let her free pass by, rock step. So again, under arm turn, triple step change hands, let her free pass, and we’re back. So that’s an under arm turn with a hand change. We’re going to do that to music.

So an under arm turn with a hand change, finishing it off with a free pass.