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Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn

Tango Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn

This is a Bronze 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
  CBM
Strong compression, rotation.
Quite a bit of turn on the progressive side step. Dancing "U" turn.
Keep head weight to left.
2
Q
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
IE of foot
 1/4 to L


3
S
LF fwd in CBMP
Almost BLOD
H
 1/8 to L
CBM
4
S
RF fwd R side leading
BLOD
H
 
There could be shaping here to look at layd (but be very careful not to get in her space).
Stay flexed in R knee. Stretch.
5
Q
Transfer weight back to LF, L side leading
BLOD
IE of BH
 

6
Q
Transfer weight fwd to RF, R side leading
BLOD
H
 

7
S
LF back small step L side leading
Down LOD
IE of BH
    Head back to left (if shaping is done in step 4).
8
Q
RF back in CBMP
DC
BH
 1/8 to L
CBM  
9
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
IE of foot
 1/4 to L
   
10
S
RF closes to LF slightly back
Facing DW
Whole Foot
     

Total amount of Turn: 3/4 to L

Note: After steps 1-4, the following endings may be used

  1. Back Corté SQQS
  2. Rock on LF, Rock on RF, Back Corté QQS, QQS, SQQS

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
Q
RF back in CBMP
BDC
BH

CBM
For left turning figures, do not encourage shoulders to go beyond the hips.
The feeling is body is slightly turned right of my feet.
The turn doesn't go through shoulders, it goes through hips.
2
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd
DW
IE of foot
1/4 to L


3
S
RF back in CBMP
Almost  LOD
BH
1/8 to L
CBM
4
S
LF back L side leading
Almost  LOD
IE of BH


5
Q
Transfer weight fwd to RF R side leading
Down LOD
H


The rocking motion is between the feet, not the hips.
Keep center still and not allow the middle to go fwd/back independently from legs.
6
Q
Transfer weight back to LF L side leading
LOD
IE of BH


7
S
RF fwd small step R side leading
Down LOD
H
     
8
Q
LF fwd in CBMP
DC
H
 1/8 to L
CBM Really drive.
9
Q
RF to side and slightly back
Backing DW
IE of BH  1/4 to L
   
10
S
LF closes to RF slightly fwd
Backing DW
Whole foot
     
  • Total amount of Turn: 3/4 to L
  • Lady: Keep head strongly left throughout, keeps shoulders parallel, not rotating through shoulders. Keep everything in the base. 
  • The movement of this step is a bit more smooth (not as staccato as Closed Promenade, for example.)