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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 Prepare by flexing L hip. Curve out of Man's way.
Feel strong upward, leftward stretch for reverse turns.
Arms never feel going backward, 
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
- Dancing body and RF fwd through Man. It will end to the side. 

Don't shape too early. Dancing center through Man's body as long as possible, follow Man's lead to create shape. Don't anticipate the shape at the end.

body slanted to R. R side to Man.
4 S Position held. R knee flexes L toe pointing DC against LOD IE of B of LF Body turns more. - Think about stretching the R side a long to a nice arc.
Allow elbows to stay fwd toward Man. Shape is created from bra point up. To create more shape, need to give more middle of body to Man (Do not just stick the hips to Man.)

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. Left side forward to Man and extend head to L.