Turn Back Family

Both members of this family have the dancer turn around to end facing the opposite direction.

U-Turn Back

Starting formation Individual dancer
Command examples

U-Turn Back

Men U-Turn Back

Centers U-Turn Back

Promenade, Keep Walking; Everybody U-Turn Back; Promenade this way around

Wheel And Deal; Centers U-Turn Back; Double Pass Thru

Dance action The dancer does an individual about-face turn (180 degrees) in place, turning toward partner unless the body flow dictates otherwise. If alone (i.e., no partner), the dancer turns toward the center of the set. If the solo dancer is facing directly toward or away from the center of the set, the turn may be in either direction.
Ending formation Individual dancer
Timing 2
Styling Isolated dancer: Arms in natural dance position. Adjacent dancers connected with a handhold: Release the handhold, perform the dance action, and reconnect with the appropriate handhold (couple or mini-wave). Couples promenading in Skater's position can U-Turn Back without releasing handholds by turning towards each other.


Starting formations Promenade, Star Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade
Command examples

Promenade Single File; Ladies Backtrack

Ladies Step Out And Take A Backtrack

Gents Step Out And Take A Backtrack

Ladies Roll Out And Backtrack

Put the ladies in the lead, go single file; Ladies backtrack once around; Turn partner right a full turn

Star Promenade; Ladies Backtrack, Left Allemande

Promenade Wrong Way; Boys step out to the left and Backtrack twice around

Dance action The designated dancers walk in a small 180 degree arc towards the outside of the set.
Ending formation

Various, depending on starting formation and who was designated.

Four dancers designated: Four dancers that did not do the backtrack continue starring or promenading single file in the center of the set and four dancers that did the backtrack will promenade single file in the opposite direction around the outside of the set.

Everyone designated: Single File Promenade

Timing 2
Styling If necessary, release the handhold. Continue with arms in natural dance position.

Backtrack requires a forward motion before the Backtrack and a forward motion (in the other direction) after the Backtrack.

The couples version of Backtrack (e.g., Promenade, Head Couples Backtrack) is no longer in use.