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Open Reverse Turn, Lady Inline

Tango Open Reverse Turn, Lady Inline

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.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork  Turn CBM Notes
1
Q
LF fwd in CBMP
DC
H
  CBM

2
Q
RF to side and slightly back
Backing LOD
BH
 3/8 to L


3
S
LF back L side leading
Down LOD
IE of BH
 

4
Q
RF back in CBMP
DC
BH
 1/8 to L
CBM

5
Q
LF to side and slightly back
Pointing DW
IE of foot
 1/4 to L


6
S
RF closes to LF slightly back
Facing DW
Whole Foot
 

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
Q
RF back in CBMP
DC
BH

CBM
toe turned in facing Wall or DW.
2
Q
L Heel closes to R Heel
Toe Pointing down LOD
Whole Foot
3/8 to L

Man's rise and cutting across induce Lady's straightening knee a bit and close heels. Feet will be turned out at this point. No dragging feet, just place them.
3
S
RF fwd in R side leading
Down LOD
H



4
Q
LF fwd in CBMP
DC
H
1/8 to L
CBM

5
Q
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
IE of BH
1/4 to L


6
S
LF closes to RF slightly fwd
BDW
Whole Foot



Notes:

  • This is sort of equivalent of heel turn in Tango. All heel turns are characterized by early rise.
  • On step 1, the man uses body rise at the end of the step to signal that a heel turn is coming. The rise should induce the lady to straighten her knees, which in turns signals her to bring her feet together.
  • The man steps across the lady on step 2. In contrast to the outside partner version, where step 2 is oriented BDW, this step should end backing LOD.
  • The man keeps his weight forward on step 2. When he places his right foot, it should be on the ball of the foot. If the man were to stop on step 2, he would be pushing off the ball of his right foot. If his weight carries too much too quickly to his heel, he will pull the lady off her balance, and prevent her from executing the heel turn.
  • The man stays on his side (the left) on step 2, lest he knock the lady over on his right.
  • The lady keeps her head left and back on steps 1 and 2. If she does not, she will not be able to bring the feet together beneath her on step 2, she will need to step to the side to maintain balance.