Modern folk dance with ballroom dance steps and latin dance steps

Tango reverse

Steps: spanish tango

Circle dance, change of partners

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Melody (violin, accordion)

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Clarinet A

Clarinet B


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Steps and figures





Our sailor has been to South America and was inspired to use tango in a traditional Danish type folk dance.

We here dance European (Spanish, English) tango (with basic steps: slow slow quick quick over 1½ bars).

We dance for the pleasure so you are free to select a relaxed informal hold etc.



Dance description


Start: big circle of couples (all the dancers of the ballroom)


Short description:


After an introduction with a big circle, the dance consists of 2 parts: chain to a new partner and couple dance:


intr     big circle clockwise, tango walk steps

1        short chain to a new partner, tango walk steps

2        couple dance tango: either A or B:

A       left turn

B       promenade



Description in detail:


bar no

1-8                Big circle, holding hands, clockwise, walking steps or tango walk steps.

9-11              Chain with 2 tango walk steps to a new partner (past partner and next, to next).

12-14            Couple dance: 2 basic tango steps.

15-19½         Couple dance tango: either: A (reverse turn) or B (promenade).

19½-20         Couple dance: 1 basic tango step.


A       reverse turn = left turn: close hold: Lady (L) follows Gent (G):

15-17            G: left foot (lf) walk forward slow, right foot (rf) walk forward slow, 1specialchasse lf rf lf quick quick slow with (a little more than) ¼ reverse turn, 1chasse rf lf rf quick quick slow with (a little more than) ¼ reverse turn.

18-19½         back corté (¼ back left turn): G while left turn: lf walk back slow, rf back to the right quick, lf a little back quick, rf close to lf slow.


B       promenade: close hold: L face G, or L and G both face forward in a close hold that is opened a little in front:

15-16            G: diagonally towards the wall walk lf slow, rf slow (L backwards, follows G in close hold), then both (close hold) step to the G left side (=  diagonally from the wall) lf quick, rf close to lf quick, now L turns to face forward and walk on right side of G: G lf walk slow (L rf slow). This walk continues in:

17                 G: rf walk forward quick, now G and L turn to face each other in normal close hold: G lf steps to the left side quick, rf close to lf slow, (so the promenade with both facing forward is short here in this edition by Ian & Ruth).

18-19½         back corté (¼ back left turn).



Dance steps and dance figures:


Tango-steps and tango-figures: see above and see dance 11 Tangoing Turnover

See also dance 10 Tango Right.




The melody in the introductory circle (bar 1-8) is from a known European tango to give the bolero rhythm style (to distinguish from argentine tango). In the rest of the melody (9-20) there is exactly one note for each step to ease the learning of tango.

To be played: as spanish tango, see bar 1-4 in dance 11:

2 + 2 beats pr bar.




These tango figures can be seen nicely explained (in English) by:

Ian & Ruth Walker, Social Ballroom Dancing Collection, for beginners, The Tango, Instep Videos, 1989 (Lyngby Library).