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Progressive Link

Tango Progressive Link

Progressive Link 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.


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
Q LF forward in CBMP
Nil Nil * When man steps on left foot, he should turn his frame when his weight is on his left foot, then put down right foot under shoulder, in promenade position.
* This first step is a very small step, very strong CBMP feel, very tight, using inside L knee next to outside of Lady's L knee, mini contra check, feeling the LF is slightly turned in to help with the rotation into link.
* Create torque to wind up lady before turning her.
* Turn the lady to Right, not Left.
* Man steps beneath the lady. There is the effect of a windup before the second step.
Q RF side to side and slightly back in PP
Facing DW IE of foot and IE of B of LF 
1/4 to R
Nil As the second step is taken, the RF should move slightly back and to the side of the left foot. This step release the tension of the CBM of the last step.  RF steps under right shoulder, frame turns sharply right.
* rotate thigh and hips first, then upper torso catches up, but elbow never goes behind body. Lady is in front Man, but behind right hip.
* Frame is turning to R at the same time to lead lady into a link (as opposed to progressive side step).
* Make it quick and short.
* Head should always be at the same level. Avoid the tendency to lower on a walk, and then rise back up on the side step on the progressive link, which causes right side to go up relative to left side.
* Knees coming together, flexed.
* do not to raise right shoulder, expand across chest, maintain big frame.


 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
 1 Q RF back in CBMP
Nil Nil * Need enough CBMP to give Man room to step, otherwise lady's R leg block Man's L leg. R toe in. Small step. (Some coach says big step, though.)
* starting off, have left hip rotate back, R thigh rotate slightly forward. R leg stepping underneath the body.
* Turn(swivel) on Ball of RF before Heel is lowered and before stepping LF. Hip turn 1/4 to R, but body turns 1/8.
* Footwork: After putting Ball of RF down, R heel will kiss the floor before transfer weight to LF on next step.
 2 Q LF side, slightly back in PP
Facing DC IE BH of LF and IE of B of RF
1/4 to R

The position of the step is slightly back in relation to the body (after 1/4 turn), not LOD.
Body is more or less facing wall (try to face partner, end up with small V).
Hip FDC. Do not turn away from Man, do not open too big. Hip is quite closed up to Man.
Knees more together, not open.
Stay on Man's R, stepping a bigger step, stay behind.
Head flip at end of Q when stepping LF. Head turned to be over the R shoulder.
R hand: do not bend wrist back. wrist forward.
LF swivels as well. Keep body as still has possible. Things happen in base areas.
Left hand: maintain "up and out" position, do not slide.

  • As described above, the link starts in DW. But often, link is preceded by 2 walks which started DW. Walks naturally curve to left, so the Link will end up with Man's feet facing LOD, Woman's feet facing center., traveling DC.
  • This figure is more of an "upward" action with body projecting upward.