Back Corte

Tango Back Corte

Back Corte 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.


  1. S: LF back, L side leading | Down new LOD | IE of BH

    • strong frame turning to R, wind up.

    • Though books says "L side leading", most competitors do CBM and wind up a lot.

  2. Q: RF back in CBMP | BDC | BH | CBM

    • Mirko Gozzoli lifts the heel and then the toe last. Marcus Hilton lifts the whole foot.

    • But Mirko, and contemporary dancers, take much longer steps than Marcus did.

  3. Q: LF to side and slightly fwd | Pointing DW | IE of foot | 1/4 to L btwn 2-3

  4. S: RF closes to LF slightly back | Facing DW | WF


  1. S: RF fwd, R side leading | Down new LOD | H

    • Focus on movement forward, not turning shoulder backward. Using right side as axis and move left side forward. Keep shoulder flat.

    • Do not leave butt behind. Keep hips underneath body.

    • More shaping (extending back) is achieved by by giving center more to Man and leaving head behind, creating a line.

    • Head: either stay L, or turn to R, but keep to Man's R side. Similar to Rock Turn.

  2. Q: LF fwd in CBMP | DC | H | CBM

    • Lift LF at very last moment, make it sharp and quick.

    • Stay left, do not get into Man's space.

    • Step straight forward, not step sideways. do not anticipate turns. Take strong step to drive through Man to fill up the space that the Man gives you

  3. Q: RF to side and slightly back | BDW | IE of BH | 1/4 to L btwn 2-3

  4. S: LF closes to RF slightly fwd | BDW | WF


  • As described above, the figure is danced in corner. This can also be danced at side of room, i.e. starting man DW, at step 1, man turn 1/4 to R, BDC. Then tango close, turning 1/4 to L again, ending DW.

Preceding Figures

  1. Back Corte

  2. Basic Reverse Turn

  3. Brush Tap

  4. Closed Promenade

  5. Natural Twist Turn

  6. Open Finish

  7. Open Promenade

  8. Open Reverse Turn, Lady In Line

  9. Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside

  10. Outside Swivel

  11. Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn

  12. Promenade Link

  13. RF Rock

  14. Reverse Outside Swivel

  15. Rock Turn

Following Figures

  1. Walk (LF)

  2. Progressive Side Step

  3. Progressive Link

  4. Back Corte

  5. LF Rock

  6. Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside (when preceding figure ended DC)

  7. Open Reverse Turn, Lady In Line (when preceding figure ended DC)

  8. Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn (when preceding figure ended DC)

  9. Reverse Outside Swivel (when preceding figure ended DC)

  10. Basic Reverse Turn (when preceding figure ended DC)

  11. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot (when preceding figure ended DC; or normal)

  12. Four Step

  13. Outside Swivel

  14. Four Step Change

  15. Brush Tap

  16. Fallaway Four Step

  17. Oversway

  18. Five Step

  19. Contra Check