Reverse Outside Swivel

Tango Reverse Outside Swivel

The Reverse Outside Swivel 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.

Reverse Outside Swivel Method 1


  1. Q: LF fwd in CBMP | DC | H | 1/2 to L between 1-3 | CBM

    • Man is on the outside of turn, use strong CBM (range of motion). Keep head and body weight to left.

  2. Q: RF to side | Backing DW | BH

  3. S: LF back in CBMP, RF crosses in front of LF without weight. End in PP. | DC end facing DW against LOD | BH with pressure on B of RF | 1/8 to L between 3-4

    • Pull right hip back slightly to allow Lady to do CBMP. Keep head and body weight diagonally left. Don't fall backward. Right foot will move leftwards (RF on outside edge of foot, pointing the foot, articulate the ankle.)

  4. Q: RF forward and across in PP and CBMP | Pointing to wall | H

  5. Q: LF place to side small step without weight | Facing wall | IE of B


  1. Q: RF back in CBMP | BDC | BH | 1/2 to L between 1-3 | CBM

  2. Q: LF to side and slight fwd | Point down LOD | Whole foot

    • Lady is on inside of turn. Do not use big step or travel too quickly. Use range of motion.

  3. S: RF fwd in CBMP, OP LF closes slightly back without weight. End in PP | DC end facing DW | HB (Foot flat) and IE of B of LF | 1/4 to R | CBM

    • Keep turning L, RF steps across LF, use CBMP, after stepping, connect right shoulder to right foot and use that as axis and swivel around hip area only, try to keep upper elbow points/frame stable. Then, swivel and turns to PP.

    • Need to have a bit more effort on the foot to swivel on ball of foot. Make sure to complete the rotation (so Man doesn't feel it stopped). Together with the turn, it creates some sway motion in the vertical plane. Lady stretches her L side.

    • To avoid feeling "blocked" in hip area, blocks of weight lined up very vertical, do not stick hip forward, which will block Man. Pick up abdominal area to the spine. Don't fall back which pulls upper body off the hips and makes the hip go forward and then feel "blocked".

    • Outside partner, Lady's RF fwd, get head to be really going forward, do not stop head early, it will get in Man's way. Then, at end of S, strong swivel action at hip, keep arms with Man. Head stays behind, hip strong twist and forward.

    • Head can stay left the whole time, so it doesn't appear head is flipping a lot.

  4. Q: LF forward and across in PP and CBMP | To wall pointing DW | HB (Foot flat) | 3/8 to L between 4-5 | CBM

    • When moving out of PP, it needs some over balance to create bigger movement/step bigger. It almost feels like falling (feeling the balance is leaving the safety area between the feet, tolerate as much as one can before placing the foot).

    • Turning at waist area only.

  5. Q: RF place to side small step without weight | Backing wall | IE of B

Outside Swivel Method 2

On step 3 above, more turn could be made so that the LF moves back DC with L toe pointing to wall. End facing wall.

Note: There is a sharp Foot Swivel on RF as the LF moves DC on step 3. Lady will turn only 1/8 to R on step 3.

Preceding Figures

  1. Back Corte

  2. Back Open Promenade

  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. Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside (when preceding figure ended DC)

  7. Open Reverse Turn, Lady In Line (when preceding figure ended DC)

  8. Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn (when preceding figure ended DC)

  9. Reverse Outside Swivel (when preceding figure ended DC)

  10. Basic Reverse Turn (when preceding figure ended DC)

  11. Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot (when preceding figure ended DC; or normal)

  12. Four Step

  13. Outside Swivel

  14. Four Step Change

  15. Brush Tap

  16. Fallaway Four Step

  17. Oversway

  18. Five Step

  19. Contra Check