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Open Promenade

Tango Open Promenade

This is a Bronze 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
-- --
Q RF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Along LOD, pointing DW H -- --
Q LF to side and slightly fwd Pointing DW IE of foot --  --  Rotate through L leg. Range of motion.
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
Between Wall and  DW  H --  -- 


 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
 1 S RF to side in PP
Along LOD, pointing DC H
RF Toe in line with LF
"side" step is like a forward step.

Sometimes it is ok to step slightly to side a bit to give it enough room for inside legs to pass through.
 2 Q LF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Along LOD, pointing DC H Nil CBM stay "behind" Man.
 3 RF to side and slightly back Backing DW  IE of BH  1/4 turn to L between 2-3
  Head flip to L to close.

RF turned in, two feet are in funny position now: RF BDW, LF DC. It clears space for Man, otherwise, feet may clunk and Man doesn't have room to step.

Head should keep the same distance with Man's head at all times. 

There is the tendency that Lady's head goes too far forward on this 'Q' and getting weight on to her RF (this shorten the distance with Man, cut in his space), then the head comes back to left - which is too late.
 4 LF back in CBMP
Between Wall and DW
    Allow shoulder and arm and upper body to rotate to right. Left shoulder is quite forward, body is twisted.

Keep hip up/fwd toward Man (do not sit), extend back, head left and extend.

 This is not "back and across", LF is fairly straight on the line with RF.

Technique Notes

  • The 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.