Back Open Promenade

Tango Back Open Promenade

The Back Open Promenade is a Silver 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 to side in PP | Along LOD, pointing DW | H

    • Line up blocks of weight, slight flexed knee, additional flexing knee to move forward, moving weight across the feet.

  2. Q; RF forward and across in PP and CBMP | Along LOD, pointing DW | H | 1/4 to R between 2-3 | CBM

  3. Q: LF to side and slightly back | Backing DC | BH | 1/8 to R

    • Man rolling tummy area turning to side and slight back. Man create the turning in this figure.

  4. S: RF back | BDC| BH | Body turns to L

    • Maintain consistent posture. Tail bone 90 degrees to floor.


  1. S: RF to side in PP | Along LOD, pointing DC | H

    • Stay behind Man's R hip.

  2. Q: LF forward and across in PP and CBMP | Along LOD, pointing DC | H

    • Step fwd, do not start rotating upper body to R yet. After this step, still in PP, upper body is twisted to left, R side to Man. At this time, shoulder is not turned to be parallel to hips.

  3. Q: RF to side and slightly fwd | Pointing DC | BH

    • Head to the right. Not a heel lead. It's a calmer action.

  4. S: LF fwd | DC | BH | Body turns to L

    • Head to the left. Not a heel lead.

Preceding Figures

  1. Basic Reverse Turn

  2. Chase

  3. Contra Check

  4. Fallaway Four Step

  5. Five Step

  6. Four Step

  7. Natural Promenade Turn

  8. Natural Twist Turn

  9. Open Finish

  10. Open Promenade

  11. Open Reverse Turn, Lady In Line

  12. Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside

  13. Oversway

  14. Progressive Link

  15. Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn

Following Figures

  1. Four Step

  2. Reverse Outside Swivel

  3. Four Step Change

  4. Brush Tap

  5. Fallaway Four Step

  6. Five Step