Steps: spanish tango
Circle dance, change of partners
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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.
Start: big circle of couples (all the dancers of the ballroom)
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
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).
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).