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Back Open Promenade

Tango Back Open Promenade

The Back Open Promenade is a Silver level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
S LF to side in PP
Along LOD, pointing DW H
-- -- Line up blocks of weight, slight flexed knee, additional flexing knee to move forward, moving weight across the feet.
2
Q RF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Along LOD, pointing DW H
1/4 to R between 2-3
CBM

Q LF to side and slightly back
Backing DC
BH
1/8 to R
--  Man rolling tummy area turning to side and slight back. Man create the turning in this figure.
4
S
RF back
BDC
BH
Body turns to L
--
Maintain consistent posture. Tail bone 90 degrees to floor.

Follower

 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
Notes
 1 S RF to side in PP
Along LOD, pointing DC H
--
--
Stay behind Man's hip. Keep 1st 2 steps in PP.
 2 Q LF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Along LOD, pointing DC H
--
--
After this 2nd step,  test by dropping 2 arms, the arms should fall inline with left leg.  Otherwise, if arms fall to the side of left and right hips, the body has turned too far.
 3 RF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DC
BH
--
--
Head to the right. Not a heel lead. It's a calmer action.
 4
S
LF fwd
DC
BH
Body turns to L
--
Head to the left. Not a heel lead.