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Four Step Change

Tango Four Step Change

The Four Step Change 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.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
LF fwd in CBMP
1/4 to L between 1-2
CBM Focus on compression in the knees, blocks of weight lined up, rotate lady.
Q RF to side and slightly back
Facing DC


Q (&)
LF closes to RF
Facing DC
Whole Foot

--  Very quick, sharp action. Not too big steps.
Q (S)
RF back very small step
BDW against LOD
Balance your weight, tail bone 90 degrees to floor, do not tip back.

Note--The LF could close slightly fwd on step 3


 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
 1 Q
RF back in CBMP
BDW     BH
1/4 turn to L between 1-2
CBM Allow shoulder to connect to hip joint, CBMP.
 2 Q LF to side and slightly fwd
Backing DC Whole Foot

Flat action. Focus on posture.
 3 Q (&)
RF closes to LF
Backing DC
Whole foot

Q (S)
LF fwd very small step
DW against LOD

Not a strong forward step. It's Ball Heel. Not heel lead.

Note-RF could step slightly back on step 3

2 Timings are both ok:

  • 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2
  • 1/2, 1/4, 1/4, 1