Basic Reverse Turn

Tango Basic Reverse Turn

Tango Basic Reverse Turn is a Gold level figure. This is also called Viennese Cross, with timing (QQ&QQS). 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

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

  2. Q: RF to side and slightly back | BLOD | BH| 3/8 to L btwn 2-3

  3. S: LF crosses in front of RF | BLOD | Whole Foot

  4. Q: RF back | Down LOD | BH | CBM

  5. Q: LF to side and slightly fwd | Pointing DW | IE of foot | 3/8 to L btwn 5-6

  6. S: RF closes to LF slightly back | Facing DW | Whole foot

Follower

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

    • Left side is picked up and forward, do not peel it off and take it backward, which will feel heavy to Man. Do not allow left side to rotate downwards and leftwards.

  2. Q: LF to side and slightly fwd | Pointing down LOD | Whole Foot | 3/8 to L between 2-3

    • Now a powerful step, so the footwork is Whole Foot.

  3. S: RF closes to LF slightly back | Facing LOD | Whole Foot

    • Shoulder is slightly turned to right (relative to hips).

  4. Q: LF fwd | Down LOD | H | CBM

  5. Q: RF to side and slightly back | BDW | IE of BH | 3/8 to L between 5-6

    • RF is more like stepping forward, but ending to the side.

  6. S: LF closes to RF slightly fwd | BDW | Whole Foot

Note:

    • Alternative timing: QQ&QQS (1/2 1/4 1/4 1/2 1/2 1)

    • This is also called Viennese Cross.

Preceding Figures

  1. Back Corte

  2. Brush Tap

  3. Closed Promenade

  4. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

  5. Four Step Change

  6. Open Finish

  7. Open Promenade

  8. Outside Swivel

  9. Promenade Link

  10. Reverse Outside Swivel

  11. Rock Turn

Following Figures

  1. Walk (LF)

  2. Progressive Side Step

  3. Progressive Link

  4. Back Corte

  5. LF Rock

  6. Closed Promenade (at end of last step of preceding figure, using Open Finish, keep feet in place and turn Lady to PP, count &)

  7. Open Promenade (at end of last step of preceding figure, using Open Finish, keep feet in place and turn Lady to PP, count &)

  8. Natural Promenade Turn (at end of last step of preceding figure, using Open Finish, keep feet in place and turn Lady to PP, count &)

  9. Promenade Link (at end of last step of preceding figure, using Open Finish, keep feet in place and turn Lady to PP, count &)

  10. Back Open Promenade (at end of last step of preceding figure, using Open Finish, keep feet in place and turn Lady to PP, count &)

  11. Fallaway Promenade (at end of last step of preceding figure, using Open Finish, keep feet in place and turn Lady to PP, count &)

  12. Four Step

  13. Outside Swivel

  14. Four Step Change

  15. Brush Tap

  16. Fallaway Four Step

  17. Five Step

  18. Contra Check