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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 (slightly apart).
Open Finish: can be danced instead of a Closed Finish. Open Finish chart 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

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

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.

Connecting patterns