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Oversway

Tango Oversway

Tango Oversway is a Gold 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 Almost 5/8 to L btwn 1-3 CBM
2 Q RF to side and slightly back BLOD BH
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3 S LF back and sideways Down then along LOD, L toe pointing between wall and DW IE of B
- Heel lowers late.
4 S Position held. L knee flexes R toe pointing DW against LOD H (LF) and IE of B of RF Body turns more. - See Drop Overway below.

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 Q RF back in CBMP DC BH 5/8 to L btwn 1-3 CBM
2 Q L heel closes to R heel L toe pointing down LOD Whole Foot
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3 S RF fwd and sideways Down then along LOD. Ending backing wall BH
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4 S Position held. R knee flexes L toe pointing DC against LOD IE of B of LF Body turns more. - See Drop Oversway below.

Endings

  1. QQ transfer weight, ending in PP:
    • Man: Transfer weight to RF and place LF to side in PP without weight.
    • Lady: Transfer weight LF and place RF to side in PP w/o weight.
  2. &S close feet, ending in PP
    • Man: Close RF to LF and place LF to side in PP w/o weight
    • Lady: Close LF to RF and place RF to side in PP w/o weight.
  3. Q&QSQQ (or Q&QQQS) Chasse into Whisk, step fwd, ending in PP:
    • Man:
      • Q&Q: Chasse to R, RLR
      • S: cross LF behind RF in PP into Whisk
      • QQ: RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP, place LF to side in PP w/o weight
    • Lady:
      • Q&Q: Chasse to L, LRL
      • S: cross RF behind LF in PP into Whisk
      • QQ: LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP, place RF to side in PP w/o weight
  4. Q&QSQQ (or Q&QQQS) Chasse into Whisk, Promenade Link ending in closed position:
    • Man:
      • Q&Q: Chasse to R, RLR
      • S: cross LF behind RF in PP into Whisk
      • QQ: RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP, place LF to side in PP w/o weight, close Lady up.
    • Lady:
      • Q&Q: Chasse to L, LRL
      • S: cross RF behind LF in PP into Whisk
      • QQ: LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP, turn to L to close up with Man, place RF to side in PP w/o weight
  5. Q&QS&S Chase into Whisk, close feet then to PP
    • Man:
      • Q&Q: Chasse to R, RLR
      • S: cross LF behind RF in PP into Whisk
      • &S: close RF to LF and place LF to side in PP w/o weight
    • Lady:
      • Q&Q: Chasse to L, LRL
      • S: cross RF behind LF in PP into Whisk
      • &S: close LF to RF and place RF to side in PP w/o weight
  6. QQQQ Spin, ending in PP
    • Man:
      • QQQ: Spin to R, RLR, up to a complete turn
      • Q: place LF to side in PP w/o weight
    • Lady
      • QQQ: Spin to R, LRL, up to a complete turn
      • Q: place RF to side in PP w/o weight
  7. QQQ + Chasse endings
    • QQQ: Do the spin part of variation #6 above, then continue with variation 3, 4, 5 above with Chasse and different Chasse endings.

Drop Oversway

This is the advanced version of dancing Oversway. 
  • QQS: Dance step 1-3, hold the position, keeping quite still, Man's body tilted slightly to L. Lady to R with her head to R
  • S: Keep feet in place. change abruptly to a R sway
    • Man: lowering into L knee; lowering R shoulder and turning head slightly to R.
    • Lady: lowering into R knee; lowering L shoulder and turning head slightly to L.