One of the things that most of us like most about watching a beautiful waltz is how it glides across the floor with gentle rise and fall – like a wave.
The way to achieve this result and to avoid the choppiness of “down – up – up” is to think of the action as a continuous motion. More specifically, as in The Wizard of Oz, think “heel – toe – toe – heel” (bearing in mind that it’s not really TOE, but BALL). It sounds silly, but this ditty will help you to remember.
In order to be on your heel on count 1 (and count 4), you must be somewhat lowered before that. Therefore, what you must really count is “heel – ball – ball/lower” – which means that, immediately after stepping onto the ball on counts 3 and 6, you must lower in preparation for stepping on your heel for count 1 or 4.