American tango basic steps.

 

 
 
 

The Tango is a progressive, or traveling dance. If you can walk, you should be able to master Tango. There are 3 basic steps listed here. The basic, promenade and the corte.

 

 

 

Tango Basic Step

Men's steps

(The woman is in closed dance position in front of the man)

1 - 2. Step forward with LF (S)
3 - 4. Step forward with RF (S)
5. Step forward with LF (Q)
6. Step side right with RF (Q)
7 - 8. Slide the LF to the RF slowly and touch the LF next to the RF with the left heel slightly up (S)

Women's steps

(The man is in closed dance position in front of the woman)

1 - 2. Step back with RF (S)
3 - 4. Step back with LF (S)
5. Step back with RF (Q)
6. Step side left with LF (Q)
7 - 8. Slide the RF to the LF slowly and touch the RF next to the LF with right heel up (S)

Abbreviations:
RF
Right Foot
LF Left Foot
(S) Slow Step, 2 beats of music
(Q) Quick Step, 1 beat of music
Each number represents a beat of music

 

Tango Promenade

Men's steps

(Men start out facing the front of the room,  with the woman in front in closed dance position

1 - 2. Step out a 1/4 turn left onto the LF toward 9:00 (S) (Man is facing the left side of room(9:00) with right hip next to woman's left hip)

3 - 4. Step forward with the RF toward 9:00 (S) (Man is still facing the left side of room (9:00) with woman in front of him)

5. Step forward with the LF toward 9:00 (Q) (The woman is still facing the man)

6. Step forward with the RF and make 1/4 turn left facing 6:00 (Q)

7 - 8. Slide the LF to the RF slowly and touch the LF next to the RF with the left heel slightly up (S) (Man is facing the back of the room with the woman in front of him (12:00)

Women's steps

(Women start out facing the back of the room

1 - 2. Step out 1/4 turn right onto RF toward 9:00 (S) (Woman is facing the left side of room (9:00) with left hip next to man's right hip)

3 - 4. Step in front of man with the LF toward 8:30 and make 1/2 turn left facing 3:00 (S) (Woman is facing the right side of room (3:00) in front of the man)

5. Step back on RF and make 1/4 turn left (Q) (Women is facing 12:00)

6. Step side left with LF (Q)

7 - 8. Slide the RF to the LF slowly and touch the RF next to the LF with right heel up (S) (Woman is facing the front of the room with the man in front of her (6:00)

Abbreviations:
RF
Right Foot
LF Left Foot
(S) Slow Step, 2 beats of music
(Q) Quick Step, 1 beat of music
Each number represents a beat of music

 

Tango Corte'

Men's Steps

(The woman is in closed dance position in front of the man)

1 - 2. Step back toward 7:30 with the LF so that the left toe points toward 10:30 (S)
3 - 4. Rock forward onto the RF (S)
5. Step forward with the LF toward 10:30 between the woman's feet (Q)
6. Step side right with the RF toward 12:00 facing 9:00 (Q)
7 - 8. Slide the LF to the RF slowly and touch the LF next to the RF with the left heel slightly up (S)

Women's Steps

(The man is in Closed dance position in front of the woman)

1 - 2. Step forward with the RF between the man's feet and point the left toe to the left (3:00) (S)
3 - 4. Rock back onto the LF (S)
5. Step back with the RF toward 10:30 facing 4:30 (Q)
6. Step side left with LF toward 12:00 and facing 3:00 (Q)
7 - 8. Slide the RF to the LF slowly and touch the RF next to the LF with right heel up (S)

Abbreviations:
RF
Right Foot
LF Left Foot
(S) Slow Step, 2 beats of music
(Q) Quick Step, 1 beat of music
Each number represents a beat of music


 

 

   
 
 
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