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Closed Promenade

Tango Closed Promenade

Closed Promenade is a Newcomer 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.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
S LF to side in PP
Along LOD, pointing DW H
-- -- * Man's first step needs to be side, not forward, i.e., he does not turn his left foot out to point the direction he is stepping.
* Communicate with lady, flexing knee to start shifting weight (don't tilt body though), moving across the feet.
Q RF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Along LOD, pointing DW H -- -- Be in sync with lady, straighter knee first before putting foot down.
Q LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW IE of foot --  --   
RF closes to LF slightly back  Facing DW  Whole foot  --  --  Should really close the foot, R foot even with arch of L foot.
If feet don't close, Man's R leg will be in Lady's way.
Rotate right hip to close the lady up.


 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
 1 S RF to side in PP
Along LOD, pointing DC H
R knee moving forward, body weight shifting with hips. When foot can't hold anymore, strike the RF out strong. 
RF Toe in line with LF
"side" step is like a forward step.
Stay connected with Man. Feel very much behind the Man's hip, dancing at Man's right edge.
 2 Q LF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Along LOD, pointing DC H Nil CBM Keep L hip "behind" Man's hip. Do not move head.
In sync with Man's leg movement, track behind his R leg.
Straighten knee (same time with Man), before putting foot down.
 3 RF to side and slightly back Backing DW  IE of BH  1/4 turn to L between 2-3
  head flip to L. RF turned in. Two feet are in funny position now: RF BDW, LF DC. "pigeon toe'ed".
Head motion is generally in sync with hip movement.
 4 LF closes to RF slightly fwd Backing DW Whole foot     Do not slide foot. Lift and place.
back to starting position with LF slightly in front of RF.
  • The man may turn square to the lady in step 3, to end backing DC. Footwork for man would then be IE BH and for the lady IE of foot.
  • Keep it sharp, count this as: Q-Stop-&-S. (The "Slow" timing is "hold-step".)