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How to Do a Ladies Underarm Turn in Swing Dance

Learn how to do a ladies underarm turn in swing dance from instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese in this ballroom dance tutorial from Howcast.


Aaron: Hi guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: We're professional ballroom dance instructors coming at you today from New York City and today we're going to be talking about the Ladies' Underarm Turn in our swing.

Kristina: So, we're going to begin this move with the basics, so go ahead and take your swing dance frame. We're going to dance through one basic, so starting with the rock step. Rock step, triple step, triple step. Now we're going to have another rock step. Rock step. Now at this point the gentleman is going to raise his arm. Ladies, that's our right arm. He's going to direct us to go underneath. So we're going to start the turn and use that triple step as our footwork to complete it. So, triple step, triple step, rock step, and then here he's going to kind of bring us back in the way that we just came. So it's kind of like a yo-yo. We go to one place and then he brings us right back. Triple step, triple step, rock step.

Aaron: And guys, just a side note, our footwork doesn't change. We're just staying in our basic action as we send the lady forward and give her the lead, just as Kristina mentioned. One, two, raising the arm and changing the hold and allowing for us to guide the lady through. One, two, three and four, and bringing her back into our close position.

Kristina: Now let's try that to some music.

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