Introduction: A Newcomer level move for Tango.
Frame: Tango. Count: QQSQQS (with 2 curving walks, SS QQSQQS).
Leaders and Followers: This open reverse turn is usually preceded by two walks. Ergo, this will be written with two walks because here, you curve your walks a set amount.

Instructions (Leader Perspective)

2 Curving Walks
You start along DW. Your two walks should be curved enough such that you turn 90 degrees, meaning that you ultimately face along diagonal center by the time you begin reverse turn. Note: The angles below are quite subjective and vary from person to person. This is one way to do the walks.
Slow(Walk)1: Left leg steps forward. Heel-toe. Your step should be along the outside edge of your left foot. Left foot should be pointing halfway between where you originally start and along line of dance, +- a couple of degrees.
Slow(Walk)2: Right leg steps forward. Heel-toe. Your step should be along the inside edge of your right foot. Right foot should be pointing halfawy between diagonal center and line of dance, +- a couple of degrees.
For the above 2 walks, you are most definitely doing CBM, with right shoulder forward.

Reverse Turn
A/N: Below contain directions other than diagonal center and line of dance. Look up line of dance to see what cardinal directions I mean.
Quick1: Left foot steps forward, heel-toe, pointing along diagonal center.
Quick2: Right foot steps forward, toe-first. This is where you turn backwards, hence the name, reverse turn. Right foot should point along backing diagonally to wall (so your right foot should be pointing in a direction perpendicular to your left foot, though not exactly since that's tough to do cross-legged). Right foot steps toe-heel.
Slow1: Left foot steps back, toe-heel, along backing line of dance. You are now in open position, meaning that CBM still applies, but now your left shoulder should be forward. This change occurs between quick1 and quick2.
Quick1: Right foot steps back, toe-heel, along backing diagonally to center.
Quick2: Left foot steps toe-heel, now pointing along diagonal center, where you originally started.
Slow2: Right foot comes next to the left foot.

Instructions (Follower Perspective)
Nothing here...for now.

Tips and Tricks
  • Angles. Above are some pretty exact angles. Understand that there's quite a bit of fudge room, the above angles are simply to provide a reference of how you should be moving.
  • Don't Leave Your Follower Behind. Leaders, just like in Tango Basic where you don't leave your partner behind in your spinning, the same is true here. You place your partner via how you rotate your torso, not by using your arm muscles. Your biceps aren't that beautiful.
  • Signaling. How do you signal that you want to do a reverse turn? Well, the curved walks is one sign. Another is that the leader's frame should be so awesome that the follower can't do anything without the leader's say so. So if the leader want to do a reverse turn and the follower is thinking Tango Basic, it's a reverse turn.


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