Progressive Side Step

Tango Progressive Side Step

Progressive Side Step 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.

Leader

  1. Q: LF forward in CBMP | According to Previous Figure | H | -- | --

    • The amount of turn depends on the Man.

    • Man compress through R shoulder, rotate. Do not go to lady's left side.

  2. Q: RF side and slightly back | -- | IE of foot | -- | --

  3. S : LF forward in CBMP | -- | H | -- | --

Follower

  1. Q: RF back in CBMP | According to Previous Figure | BH | Nil | slight CBM

    • RF Toe in line with LF. CBMP, use more OE of RF, more compact, that will add more power and torque.

    • Allow right inside thigh to turn down. Use ab muscle to collect weight, keep upper center to Man.

    • Allow hips to rotate and body to stay forward with the knees.

    • It's curving, but make sure not to get into Man's space. LEFT!

  2. Q: LF side, slightly forward | IE Ball

    • By the book, it is "side, slightly forward", though some coaches prefer big back steps to really move and cover more distance.

    • When doing it "side and slightly fwd", the sensation is the lower of R inner thigh forces/pushes L leg to go to side, add torque to next step.

  3. S: RF back in CBMP | B

    • Same big step here. Don't cut it short.

Technique Notes

    • A slight turn to left can be made, in which case there is slight CBM on 1 and 3

    • When there is turn and CBM, footwork changes accordingly to IE of BH (or outside edge of BH, as it applies).

    • Progressive side step is often used to handle traffic, not typically designed to be used in a routine.

    • This figure will add torsion and windup. It's more of a rocking action with a side aspect. The intention is not to move forward.

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

  12. Walk

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