Type Aerial, Lift
Level Advanced 7
Comes From Open Position
Leads To Open Position


In the full combination of this move, the leader swings the follower from side to side, then holds her upside down above his head like a candlestick in its holder.

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Type    Lead Turn
Level     Level 1 Beginner
Other Names   Lead’s Underarm Turn, Lace (usually done over one partner’s head then the other)
Comes From    Open PositionLoopBelt LoopInside TurnStraight Jacket Twist
Leads To    Open Position, Open Facing R-to-R,  LoopBelt LoopLasso


Sometimes Leaders want to turn too! If that’s the case for you, then this is perfect! It’s essentially an Outside Turn that is lead and performed by the Leader.

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Type    Turn
Level    Level 2 Beginner
Other Names   Chained Inside Turns, Arches, Belt Loop, Belt Buckle, Infinity Loop, Head Loop, Loop-de-loop
Comes From    Open Position, Outside TurnTornadoBelt Loop
ArchBack LeanHip Push SpinStraight Jacket Twist
Leads To   Inside Turn, Cuddle, Cuddle DipTornadoBelt LoopSpinneroo
ArchToss Away SpinBack Lean


The Loop combines the Inside Turn and Cuddle. It is an inside turn for the follower, followed by an inside turn for the leader. It begins from Open Position.

The Loop and Belt Loop are very similar, and people will often call both moves by the same name. If there is a hand lead through the inside of the frame just like an inside turn, it is a Loop. If the hands cross at the belt line only, it’s a Belt Loop.

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Inside Turn

Type    Spin
Level   Level 1 Beginner
Other Names     Right Turn
Comes From    Basic Step (closed position), Fall Through DipCuddle DipDouble LassoBow and ArrowHigh Five Spin, Arch, Ravioli Twist,
Knee Throw
Leads To  Basic Step (closed position), Belt Loop
ArchCuddleOutside Turn (Right-to-right), Open PositionHigh Five SpinArm Push Spin, AZ Winter, Knee Throw, Can Opener, Princess Dip,


The inside turn is very simple. The leader signals an inside turn by bringing his arm between him and his partner and then above the follower’s head.

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