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Basic Reverse Turn

Tango Basic Reverse Turn

Tango Basic Reverse Turn is a Gold level figure. This is also called Viennese Cross, with timing (QQ&QQS). 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 Q LF fwd in CBMP DC H
CBM
2 Q RF to side and slightly back BLOD BH 3/8 to L btwn 2-3 -
3 S LF crosses in front of RF BLOD Whole Foot
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4 Q RF back Down LOD BH
CBM
5 Q LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW IE of foot 3/8 to L btwn 5-6 -
6 S RF closes to LF slightly back Facing DW Whole foot
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Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 Q RF back in CBMP BDC BH
CBM Left side is picked up and forward, do not peel it off and take it backward, which will feel heavy to Man. Do not allow left side to rotate downwards and leftwards. 
2 Q LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing down LOD Whole Foot 3/8 to L between 2-3 - Now a powerful step, so the footwork is Whole Foot.
3 S RF closes to LF slightly back Facing LOD Whole Foot
- Shoulder is slightly turned to right (relative to hips).
4 Q LF fwd Down LOD H
CBM
5 Q RF to side and slightly back BDW IE of BH 3/8 to L between 5-6 - RF is more like stepping forward, but ending to the side.
6 S LF closes to RF slightly fwd BDW Whole Foot
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Note:
  • Alternative timing: QQ&QQS (1/2 1/4 1/4 1/2 1/2 1)
  • This is also called Viennese Cross.