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Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside

Tango Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside

This is a Newcomer 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
BDW
BH
3/8 to L

Total turn is 3/4 from step 1 to step 6.
3
S
LF back in CBMP
Down LOD
BH


The shoulders stop rotating, giving the hips a chance to catch up. It was described as a hover in the orientation of the frame. When reverse turn is preceded by another reverse turning figure with many quick steps, some dancers even reverse the rotation of the shoulders a little on this step, to slow down enough for the close at the end of the pattern.
4
Q
RF back
Down LOD
BH

CBM
Man do straight back step, do not do side steps which will get in the way of lady.
5
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
IE of foot
3/8 to L


6
S
RF closes to LF slightly back
Facing DW
WF



Follower

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

CBM
turn RF in, RF facing wall,
2
Q
LF to side and slightlly fwd
PLOD
WF
3/8 to L

placing LF PLOD. In tango, LF and RF never exceeds 90 degrees.
3
S
RF fwd in CBMP, OP
LOD
H


There is a different step Open Reverse Turn, Lady Inline, where Man leads Lady inside the legs, not OP.
Lady's left side should be quite forward toward Man. Upper body is very twisted.
4
Q
LF fwd
LOD
H

CBM
Be careful not to get into Man's space. Stay very left to Man.
Step straight forward, big strong step.
Left hand position should stay the same, do not slide hand pass Man's armpit.
5
Q
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
IE of BH
3/8 to L


6
S
LF closes to RF slightly fwd
BDW
WF