Jump Turn

This variant of the Turn Under is particularly suitable for fast music. Each of the triple steps of the original move becomes a jump into a balanced position with the dancer's weight evenly distributed between their feet, and this position is then held for the following beat (so a triple step becomes a jump-hold). The removal of the triple steps makes the footwork easier with fast music; the holding of positions on the even beats adds a staccato emphasis to the move.

The same principle can be applied to other moves with fast music: converting triple steps to jump-holds can be effective for adding drama.

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1. M:BL1L W:BR2R Start from an closed position, with the leader's left hand holding the follower's right hand. The leader takes a step backward on his left foot, turning slightly to his left. The follower takes a step backward on her right foot, turning 90° to her right.
2. M:RR1R W:RL2L The leader replaces his weight on his right foot, turning slightly to his right. The follower replaces her weight on her left foot, turning 90° to her left.
3. M:SL W:SR The leader steps to the side on his left foot, bringing his left hand down to the left at waist height, and moving his right hand to the follower's shoulder. This helps to give the follower warning that a different move than normal is afoot. The follower steps to the side on her right foot, stepping back in front of the leader with a slight gap between the dancers. (image: direction of lead)
5. M:JuSB4L W:JueSB4R The leader performs a jump to the side with both his feet, turning 180° to his left. The leader leads the follower to jump around by lifting his left hand and pulling the follower's shoulder around with his right hand. The follower performs a jump slightly to the side with both her feet, turning 180° to her right.