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Rock Turn

Tango Rock Turn

Rock Turn 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.

Leader

Start with S (1 walk) on LF fwd as a prep step, then continue with pattern below.

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
S
RF fwd
DW
H
-- slight
This step is straight.
2
Q LF to side and slightly back BC
IE of BH
--
-- 
3
Q
Transfer weight to RF, R side leading
BDC
IE of BH
1/4 to R between 1-3
--  Direction is confusing. Man is backing DC.
(Coach is doing H.)
4
S LF back, small step, L side leading
BDC
IE of BH


Man is backing DC, moving DC direction.
5
Q RF back in CBMP 
Wall
BH

CBM
moving toward center, position is BC
6
Q
LF to side and slightly fwd
Pointing DW
IE of foot
1/4 to L between 4-6


7
S
RF closes to LF slightly back
FDW
WF



Follower

Start with S (1 walk) on RF back as a prep step, then continue with pattern below.

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1
S
LF back
BDW
BH

slight
* need to keep wide enough tracks so Man has enough room to step.
* To be dramatic: Man lead Lady to go back strong with extra shaping from head/body.
* Straight back.
2
Q RF fwd, slightly right wards
Facing centre
H


take center with the foot when rocking.
Do not initiate from body,
Let hips do its job.
3
Q
LF back and slightly left wards, L side leading
DC
IE of BH
1/4 to R from 1-3

need wider tracks
4
S RF fwd, small step, R side leading
DC
H


* There is more body turn to R to wind up.
* Lady's left side is very forward to Man. (despite the "R side leading" by the book)
* Lady can choose to keey head to left or turn it to R (but keep body to partner to his right side, do not slide body.)
* Head flick: "&S": timing is critical - sync up with Man, otherwise it looks awkward and artificial.
5
Q LF fwd in CBMP
Center
H

CBM
Do not get into Man's space. Step forward through Man. Keep body contact.
6
Q
RF to side and slightly back
BDW
IE of BH
1/4 to L from 4-6


7
S
LF closes to RF slightly fwd
BDW
WF