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Outside Swivel

Tango Outside Swivel

The Outside Swivel is a Silver 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.

Outside Swivel Method 1

Taken after an Open Finish and incorporating the Promenade Link

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
S LF back in CBMP, RF crosses in front of LF without weight. End in PP.
Between center and DC against the LOD toe turned in. End facing wall.
BH with pressure on B of RF
Just under 1/8 to R, 1/8 to L between 1-2
CBM Keep body weight lined up. Rotate elbow points to right. Do not take head and shoulder weight back. Keep head diagonally stretched.
2
Q RF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Pointing DW H

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Not just moving RF across, Man also turns to left on his left foot, otherwise, body is quite twisted.
Q LF place to side small step without weight
Facing DW
IE of B
1/8 to R
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Note--Most advanced dancers do not cross the RF in front on step 1, but leave it forward.

Follower

 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
Notes
 1 S RF fwd in CBMP, OP LF closes slightly back without weight. End in PP
Between center and DC against the LOD. End facing LOD
HB (Foot flat) and IE of B of LF Just over 1/4 to R on 1
CBM Drive left side forward, don't anticipate the turn.

Try to make shoulders very very still, just rotate in hip area. Keep arms relaxed.
 2 Q LF forward and across in PP and CBMP
DW Pointing down LOD
HB (Foot flat) 3/8 to L between 2-3
CBM Head immediately left.

Try to think keeping body (bellybutton) toward partner. 
 3 RF place to side small step without weight
Backing DW
IE of B
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Note-- Advanced dancers often lift the LF from the floor on step 1, maiking sure to keep the knees in contact while this "flick" of the foot is danced.

Outside Swivel Method 2

Turning to Left after an Open Finish which has ended DW

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
S LF back in CBMP, RF crosses in front of LF without weight. End in PP.
Against LOD End facing LOD
BH with pressure on B of RF
1/8 to L
CBM
2
Q RF forward and across in PP and CBMP
Pointing DC
H

--

Q LF place to side small step without weight
Facing DC
IE of B
1/8 to L
--   


Follower

 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
Notes
 1 S RF fwd in CBMP, OP LF closes slightly back without weight. End in PP
Against LOD End facing center
HB (Foot flat) and IE of B of LF 1/8 to L between the preceding step and 1, 1/4 to R on 1
CBM
 2 Q LF forward and across in PP and CBMP
DC pointing to center
HB (Foot flat) 3/8 to L between 2-3
CBM
 3 RF place to side small step without weight
Backing DC
IE of B
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Reverse Outside Swivel Method 3 

This figure has variations, different preceding and following figures, and is listed separately in Reverse Outside Swivel.