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Progressive Side Step

Tango Progressive Side Step

Progressive Side Step 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
According to Previous Figure H
-- -- The amount of turn depends on the Man.
Man compress through R shoulder, rotate. Do not go to lady's left side.
Q RF side and slightly back
-- IE of foot
-- --
LF forward in CBMP      -- --  --   


 Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM 
 1 Q RF back in CBMP
According to Previous Figure BH
Nil slight * RF Toe in line with LF.
* Allow right inside thigh to turn down. Use ab muscle to collect weight, keep upper center to Man.
* Allow hips to rotate and body to stay forward with the knees.
* It's curving, but make sure not to get into Man's space. LEFT!
 2 Q LF side, slightly forward

IE Ball
By the book, it is "side, slightly forward", though some coaches prefer big back steps to really move and cover more distance.
 3 RF back in CBMP        Same big step here. Don't cut it short.

Technique Notes

  • A slight turn to left can be made, in which case there is slight CBM on 1 and 3
  • When there is turn and CBM, footwork changes accordingly to IE of BH (or outside edge of BH, as it applies).