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Open/Closed Finish

Tango Open Finish and Closed Finish

These are Newcomer Level figures. 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.

Closed Finish: finish with feet together (LF is slightly forward, but two feet are closed to each other).
Open Finish: can be danced instead of a Closed Finish. See charts below.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 Q RF fwd

start from PP
2 Q LF side and slightly fwd
Pointing between Wall and DW
IE of foot

3 S
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
Between wall and DW


 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
1 Q LF fwd

This is Open Finish.
2 Q RF to side and slightly back
Backing between Wall and DW
IE of BH

3 S
LF back in CBMP
between Wall and DW

Always becomes BH

Keep hips toward Man.

Allow upper body to rotate to R, without taking shoulder back and become back weighted.

Technique Notes

  • Other alignments and directions may be used.
  • Amount of turn: slightly less turn to L will be made on a figure when changing a Closed Finish to Open Finish. Although normal turn will be made when following with a curve or turn to L, e.g. Walk on LF, or Outside Swivel turning L from Open Finish (method 2).
  • Follows can be moving forward, back or to side. When stepping forward from and Open Finish, step 1 will not be taken in CBMP.

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