Contra Check - Tango
Tango Contra Check
Tango Contra Check 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.
S: LF fwd in CBMP slightly flexing the knees | DW pointing almost down LOD | B (Flat) | Body turns to L | CBM
Q: Transfer weight back to RF | DC against LOD | BH | Body turns to R
Q: LF placed to side w/o weight in PP | Facing DW | IE of B of LF
S: RF back in CBMP slightly flexing the knees | DW feet backing almost LOD | B | Body turns to L | CBM
Upper body should be very compact (no loose R elbow), keep tone, whole arm/shoulder connected and move as one.
Allow left hip to rotate back, RF turned in, big step back.
Transfer weight to back foot, don't let upper body go back too quickly with the shoulder, have solid base first before trying to make shape. Need ankle strength.
Give hip to Man. Leave elbows and arms to Man and make shape, head look over left shoulder, do not look up and break the back of the neck.
Q: Transfer weight fwd to LF | DC against LOD | BH | Body turns to R 1/4 to R btwn 2-3.
Keep very left to Man.
Get weight onto LF first before turning into PP (which helps to stay back behind Man), do not turn too early.
Q: RF placed to side w/o weight in PP | Facing DC | B LF with foot flat and IE of B of RF
Turn the waist area only.