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Five Step

Tango Five Step

Tango Five Step is a Gold 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 Q LF fwd in CBMP DW H 1/4 to L between step 1-2. CBM
2 Q RF to sdie and slightly back BDW against LOD BH
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3 Q LF back in CBMP DW against LOD BH
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4 Q RF back and slightly rightwards DW against LOD B
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5 S LF placed to side w/o weight in PP Facing DW of new LOD H of RF and IE of B of LF Body turns to R - The heel of RF does not lower until Lady has completed her turn on this step.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 Q RF back in CBMP DW BH 1/4 to L between 1-2. CBM
2 Q LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW against LOD Whole Foot
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3 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OPO DW against LOD H
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4 Q LF fwd and slightly leftwards DW against LOD B
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5 S RF placed to side w/o weight in PP Facing DC of new LOD H of LF and IE of B of RF Body turns to R. - The heel of LF does not lower until Lady has completed her turn on this step.

Note:
  • Alternative timing: QQS&S (1/2 1/2 3/4 1/4 1)
  • Other alignments: Five Step can commence DC and turn:
    • 1/2 to L to end facing DW against LOD
    • 5/8 to L to end facing wall.
    • 3/4 to L to end facing DW.