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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
Prepare leading Lady the heel turn by rising early.
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.
2
Q
RF to side and slightly back
Backing LOD
BH
 3/8 to L

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.
  • 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
BDC
BH

CBM
Toe turned in facing Wall or DW.
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.
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. Both knees are soft (not locked) and slightly bent.

Feet will be turned out at this point. No dragging feet, just place them. R heel has some swivel.

At advanced level, the feet may be parallel.
3
S
RF fwd in R side leading
Down LOD
H


* The inline finish use Corte action. After heel turn, Lady is going forward (upper body drive forward, not just belly button), Lady really has to drive on the Corte.
* Keep shoulder flat, do not rise/pop up.
* After stepping RF fwd into Corte, connect R shoulder to RF as axis, whole left side going forward to extend, do not draw R shoulder back. Axis is not center of body,  axis is the right side.
4
Q
LF fwd in CBMP
DC
H
1/8 to L
CBM
Driving step.
Lady LF fwd, and then left side is the axis. L shoulder needs to stay with Man and not pull back which will restrict what Man can do. (Man is doing RF back and needs to transfer weight to his RF and not being pulled fwd.)
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.