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How to Turn Right & Left in Merengue

Learn how to turn right and left in merengue from professional dancers Ernesto Palma and Crystal Rodriguez in this Howcast dance video.


Your right or left turn, simple patterns. You're going to use the eight beats. These turns are done by the follow or by the lead. You're going to try to use the clock in order to give you some idea how to do it.

On the count number one, you would turn your beat and your body to 3 o'clock. You will close your feet, then 6 o'clock. Then 9 o'clock, then back to 12, and that's your partner.

If we're doing a left turn, we have to go backwards. So I'm doing 9 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 12. Back to your partner.
That isn't a slow actions. Turns to meringue doesn't have to be in a specific timing or a specific tempo. She can take as long as she wants as I raise the hand, as long as I'm not leading a fast turn. If I just raise my hand then she wants to do, take an entire eight beats to turn around if I leave that, if I lead that.

So if I have my eight count beats in a dance, I'm going one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, I will raise my hand on the one. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. If I want to go under my arm, that would be my left turn as a leader. So I'm going one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. I would raise, 9 o'clock, 6, 3, 12, back to my partner.
Six, seven, the basic, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, go. There's my turn. And that's your step.

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