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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, lift and strike and place RF out strong. (inside edge of heel, then flat, roll onto it.)
RF Toe in line with LF
"side" step is like a forward step. Move "with" the Man.
Stay connected with Man. Feel very much behind the Man's hip, dancing at Man's right edge.
Do not fall forward with shoulders and upper body. The feeling is upper body is very behind.
 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.
Lift and place LF (outside edge, roll onto it). Really stretch the R side of body forward, body is quite twisted;
 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". roll onto RF.
Head motion is generally in sync with hip movement.
It's very easy to get in front of Man during transition of steps. Be very aware to continue to stretch L during the steps. Keep the volume between two heads.
 4 LF closes to RF slightly fwd Backing DW Whole foot     Do not slide foot. Left foot roll off and end on ball of front of LF, then lift and place LF close to RF, slightly forward.

Really close the feet!

Back to starting foot position. 
  • 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.