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Tango The Chasse

Tango The Chasse  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 S LF to side in PP Along LOD pointing DW H


2 Q RF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Along LOD pointing DW H 3/4 to R between steps 2-6 CBM
3 Q LF to side and slightly fwd Facing wall. IE of BH


4 Q RF fwd in CBMP, OP Almost against LOD BH
CBM A sharp body turn to R is used on this step.
5 Q LF back in CBMP Almost DW BH
CBM See alternative endings after step 5 below.
6 S RF to side, small step in PP Facing DC BH and IE of B of LF


Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 S RF to side in PP Along LOD pointing DC H


2 Q LF fwd and across in PP and CBMP Along LOD pointing DC H 1/8 to L between steps 2-3. CBM Going back to closed position
3 Q RF to side and slightly back Backing Wall IE of BH 7/8 to R between steps 3 to 6.
RF toe turned in, after stepping, back to closed position, close head, no stopping, body/ribcage keep moving to right (separated), hip toward Man and turning to R, guiding Man to step outside, more room for legs.

Lady could turn 5/8 to R between steps 3-6 to end square to Man.
4 Q LF back in CBMP Almost against LOD BH
CBM LF turned to R, cross behind RF. Turn hips and body to R, continuously. Upper body is very twisted., relax the knees, very cushioned, allowing body to turn to R, R side is very up to Man, stay connected.

While turning to R, pay attention to open up/extend/lengthen left side, in order to keep shoulder flat (otherwise, it's easy to drop left side)

No stop, continuing moving.
5 Q RF fwd, in CBMP, OP Almost DW H
CBM R side is very fwd to Man. RF go big step around Man.

See alternative endings after step 5 below.
6 S LF to side, RF placed to side w/o weight in PP Backing DC. Ending facing DC against LOD BH, and IE of B of RF



Alternative Endings after step 5

(Chasse below turns to R, the amount will be according to the alignment of the following steps.)

When finished in Promenade Position, Lady: make sure R side is very much forward and up to Man.
  1. 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. Head flick (if Man leads it). Keep head back. 
  2. 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
  3. 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: RF cross back behind LF in Whisk position, keep right side up, don't drop right side.
      • &: LF come back to close to RF slightly back, head sharply to left
      • S: RF to side w/o weight in PP, head to PP position.
  4. Q&QQQ Chase and Progressive Link