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The Tango Close
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A. The Tango Close

The Tango Close in its most basic form is a series of 3 steps similar to a Waltz Box Step, taken without rise & fall, to the counts "Quick, quick, slow". The first two steps are forward, then side for man (backward, then side for lady). On the third step the free foot will close to the standing foot, without weight. It is important when learning the Tango Close to remember to close the foot without placing weight on it; Otherwise, you will have the wrong foot free to take the next step!

Tango Closes are typically used as an ending to most figures in the bronze and silver level American style Tango syllabus -- The "period" on the end of the Tango sentence. Musically this would be referred to as a cadence, which is the ending of a musical phrase. Most Tango Closes consist of 4 counts ("quick quick slow"), but a couple of them in the intermediate to advance bronze level extend to 6 counts ("quick, quick, quick, quick, slow").

The Tango Close, like the basic Tango Walks, naturally turn to the left. Beginners are often taught to dance without turn, but as dancers progress into more advanced Tango technique, the turn occurs quite naturally. The one exception is the Backward or Natural Tango Close, which turns to the right.

There are a total of 8 variations of the Tango Close used in the Bronze Tango syllabus. They are:

1. The Basic Tango Close (QQS) The man's first step is forward; The final step closes, slightly forward, whole foot without weight. Turn, if any, is to the left.
2. The Drag Tango Close (QQS) The man's first step is forward; The final step closes partway, inside edge of ball of foot, without weight. Man's and lady's knees interlock. Turn, if any, is to the left.
3. The Brush Tap (QQ&S) The man's first step is forward; On the final step, the moving foot brushes toward the ankle of the supporting foot, then points to the side without weight. Turn, if any, is to the left.
4. The Tango Close to Promenade (QQS) The mans first step is forward; The final step does not close. The foot remains in place and man and lady turn to promenade position.
5. The Natural Tango Close (QQS) The man's first step is back; The final step closes, slightly forward, whole foot without weight. Turn is to the right.
6. The Natural Tango Close to Promenade (QQS) A combination of the Natural Tango Close and the Tango Close to Promenade. The man's first step is back, turning to the right, and the action is ended in promenade position.
7. The Progressive Side Step Tango Close (QQQQS) Also known as Double Tango Close, a series of 5 steps. Man's part is forward, side, forward, side, close (without weight). Lady's part is natural opposite.
8. The Turning Rock Tango Close (QQQQS) A combination of two components: A Turning Rock (QQ), followed by a Tango Close (QQS). The Tango Close can be Basic, Drag, Brush Tap, or Tango Close to Promenade. Turn is to the left.

A1. Forward Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickRight foot side.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-2. 
3SlowClose left foot to right foot, slightly forward, without weight. 
A2. Drag Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickRight foot side.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-2. 
3SlowClose left foot partway toward right foot, without weight. 
A3. Brush Tap
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickRight foot side.No turn, or up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-2. 
3andLift left foot and brush inward toward right ankle. 
4SlowPlace left foot to side, a few inches apart. 
A4. Tango Close to Promenade
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickRight foot side.No turn, or up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-2. 
3SlowLeft foot remains pointing to the side. Turn to promenade position.1/8 turn to left. 
A5. Natural Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot back.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickRight foot side, small step.Up to 3/8 turn to right over 1-2. 
3SlowLeft foot remains in place. 
A6. Natural Tango Close to Promenade
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot back and slightly leftward.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickRight foot side, small step.Up to 3/8 turn to right over 1-2. 
3SlowLeft foot remains pointing to the side. Turn to promenade position.1/8 turn to left. 
A7. Progressive Side Step Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickRight foot side & slightly back. 
3QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
4QuickRight foot side.No turn, or up to 3/4 turn to right over 1-4. 
5SlowClose left foot to right foot, slightly forward, without weight. 
A8. Turning Rock Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
3QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
4QuickRight foot side.No turn, or up to 3/4 turn to right over 1-4. 
5SlowClose left foot to right foot, slightly forward, without weight. 
A1. Forward Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickLeft foot side.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-2 (according to man). 
3SlowClose right foot to left foot, slightly back, without weight. 
A2. Drag Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickLeft foot side. 
3SlowClose right foot partway toward left foot, without weight.No turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left over 1-3 (according to man). 
A3. Brush Tap
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickLeft foot side.No turn, or up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-2 (according to man). 
3andLift right foot and brush inward toward left ankle. 
4SlowPlace right foot to side, a few inches apart. 
A4. Tango Close to Promenade
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickLeft foot side.No turn, or up to 1/4 turn to left over 1-2 (according to man). 
3SlowRight foot remains pointing to the side. Turn to promenade position.1/8 turn to right. 
A5. Natural Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickLeft foot side.Up to 3/8 turn to right over 1-2 (according to man). 
3SlowClose right foot partway toward left foot, without weight. 
A6. Natural Tango Close to Promenade
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot forward in CBMP.Begin to turn to right. 
2QuickLeft foot side.Up to 3/8 turn to right over 1-2 (according to man). 
3SlowRight foot remains pointing to the side. Turn to promenade position.1/8 turn to right. 
A7. Progressive Side Step Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward. 
3QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
4QuickLeft foot side.No turn, or up to 3/4 turn to left over 1-4 (according to man). 
5SlowClose right foot to left foot, slightly back, without weight. 
A8. Turning Rock Tango Close
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
3QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
4QuickLeft foot side.No turn, or up to 3/4 turn to left over 1-4 (according to man). 
5SlowClose right foot to left foot, slightly back, without weight. 


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