Fallaway Promenade

Tango Fallaway Promenade

The Fallaway 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 | 1/4 to R between 1-4

    • Through the entire figure, 3 alignments of body: feet, belly button (low center), sternum (high center). 3 points slightly to right at each point, stay consistent at all times.

  2. Q: RF forward and across in PP and CBMP | Along LOD, pointing DW | H | CBM

    • Steer into Lady's path, curve her to keep her in PP, so the lady won't close to Man.

  3. Q: LF to side in PP | Backing almost DC | BH

  4. S: RF back in Fallaway R side leading | To centre backing DC | IE of BH | 1/8 to L between 4-5

  5. Q: LF back in CBMP and Fallaway | To center LF pointing to Wall | BH

  6. Q: RF closes to LF slightly back in PP | Facing wall | BH | Body completes turn

Note: More turn may be made between 1-4, but the above alignment is best for normal use.


  1. S: RF to side in PP | Along LOD, pointing DC | H | 1/4 turn to R between 1-4

    • Stay behind Man's right hip, all the time.

    • Body weight lined up. Do not push hip forward.

  2. Q: LF forward and across in PP and CBMP | Pointing down LOD | H

    • LF strongly cross RF in CBMP

    • Option: Slowly head returns to left (lady body turning to R. Man goes in front of Lady), Lady's head turn back to PP in step 4 on S.

    • Head could stay in PP throughout the figure.

  3. Q: RF fwd in PP and CBMP | Facing almost DW | H | CBM

    • RF is moving down LOD. There is slight turning to the right, resulting in the step ending in CBMP.

    • Not a big step, gauge Man's step size, stay behind Man.

  4. S: LF back in Fallaway L side leading | To center backing DC against the LOD | IE of BH | L side leading

    • L hip flexed, retract back, do not stick tummy forward.

    • Head opens to R. Promenade Position. Give R side to Man.

  5. Q: RF back in CBMP and Fallaway | To center backing DC against the LOD | BH | 1/8 to L between 5-6 | CBM

    • R side to Man. RF strong CBMP, small curved step, RF turned in, then swivel before placing LF in next step.

    • Don't tip forward or "break" at the waist.

    • Strong leftward rotation will make it easier for Man.

    • Turn is made on ball of RF, ending with foot flat. Next step is just whole foot placement.

  6. Q: LF closes to RF slightly back in PP | Facing LOD | Whole foot

    • Slight turn to left. Pull the center back, pull left side back. Allow left leg to come back and finish by placing LF parallel to RF (small gap is ok).


  • This figure is 3 steps fwd curving rightward (like "C"), then 3 steps curving backward.

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. Closed Promenade

  2. Open Promenade

  3. Natural Twist Turn

  4. Natural Promenade Turn

  5. Promenade Link (Reverse)

  6. Chase