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American Style Tango
16-Count Basic
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2. 6-Count Basic

Like the 8-Count Basic, the 6-Count Basic is a repeatable pattern consisting of walks and side steps. The 6-Count version, however, does not end with a Tango Close. When repeated, the result is a more continuous movement. Therefore it is sometimes also referred to as Continuous Basic or Running Step.

The gradual curve as described in the 8-Count Basic also applies to the 6-Count version. If the curve is gradual and follows the natural curve of the line of dance around the room, the alignments are said to be "facing line of dance" for man, and "backing line of dance" for lady. More turn can be made, up to 1/2 to left overall, which will reorient the dancers, e.g. from facing line of dance to facing against line of dance.

This figure can be commenced with the dancers facing any alignment, as long as the goal is to move in the general direction of line of dance. For example, the couple can begin with the man facing diagonal wall, diagonal center or line of dance and continue along the same path. However, if they begin facing an alignment that works against line of dance (e.g. man facing diagonal wall against line of dance), a strong turn should be used to redirect the movement toward line of dance as quickly as possible.

The 6-Count is the first pattern of the American style Tango syllabus that does not fall in line with the natural 8-count/ 2-bar phrasing of Tango music. There are many ways to combine patterns to work around this. The most common is to repeat the pattern once, then follow with a normal Tango Close. The resulting combination is known as the 16-Count Basic.

2b. 16-Count Basic

The 16-Count Basic is an extended version of the Tango Basic pattern. It is composed of two 6-Count Basics followed by a Tango Close.

The 16-Count Basic introduces students to the 6+6+4 rhythm, common to American style Tango. When a six-count pattern is danced twice and followed by a normal Tango Close of 4 counts, the total number of counts is 16, the sum of 6+6+4.

The same rhythmical composition can be used to combine any two 6-count patterns, including the 6-Count Basic, Closed or Open Promenade, or steps 1-4 of Rock to Corte or Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel. This provides dancers with a substantial array of possible combinations, while maintaining a simple rhythm that stays consistent with American Tango's 8-count / 2-bar structure.

2. 6-Count Basic
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2SlowRight foot forward, right side leading. 
3QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
4QuickRight foot side.A gradual curve to the left can be made, up to 1/2 turn to left over steps 1-4. 
2b. 16-Count Basic
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1-4SSQQ1-4 of Six-Count Basic 
 
5-8SSQQRepeat 1-4 of Six-Count BasicA gradual curve to the left can be made, up to 1 full turn to left over steps 1-8. 
 
9-11QQSForward Tango CloseNo turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left can be made over 9-11. 
2. 6-Count Basic
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1SlowRight foot back in CBMP. 
2SlowLeft foot back, left side leading. 
3QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
4QuickLeft foot side.A gradual curve to the left can be made, up to 1/2 turn to left over steps 1-4 (according to man). 
2b. 16-Count Basic
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1-4SSQQ1-4 of Six-Count Basic 
 
5-8SSQQRepeat 1-4 of Six-Count BasicA gradual curve to the left can be made, up to 1 full turn to left over steps 1-8 (according to man). 
 
9-11QQSForward Tango CloseNo turn, or up to 3/8 turn to left can be made over 9-11 (according to man). 
Any Tango Close>> 6-Count Basic
8-Count Basic>> 6-Count Basic
Basic in Right Side Position>> 6-Count Basic
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> 6-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>> 6-Count Basic
16-Count Basic>> 6-Count Basic
RF Progressive Rock>> 6-Count Basic
LF Progressive Rock>>2-4 6-Count Basic
Basic Corte>> 6-Count Basic
1-2 Basic Corte>> 6-Count Basic
1-2 Promenade with Left Swivel>> 6-Count Basic
Promenade with Left Swivel>> 6-Count Basic
Promenade With Right Turn>> 6-Count Basic
Closed Promenade>> 6-Count Basic
Open Promenade>> 6-Count Basic
Open Left Turn>> 6-Count Basic
Open Left Turn with Open Finish>> 6-Count Basic
Slow or Quick Outside Swivel>> 6-Count Basic
1-4 or 1-8 Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>> 6-Count Basic
Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>> 6-Count Basic
Left-Turning Rock>> 6-Count Basic
1-4 or 1-8 Rock to Corte>> 6-Count Basic
Rock to Corte>> 6-Count Basic
Contra Rock>> 6-Count Basic
Reverse Pivot>> 6-Count Basic
Cross-Body Lead>> 6-Count Basic
Side-by-Side Fan>> 6-Count Basic
1-2 Side-by-Side Fan>> 6-Count Basic
Side-by-Side Link>> 6-Count Basic
1-2 Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>> 6-Count Basic
Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>> 6-Count Basic
Underarm Turn to R. from Side-by-Side>> 6-Count Basic
Any Tango Close>> 16-Count Basic
8-Count Basic>> 16-Count Basic
Basic in Right Side Position>> 16-Count Basic
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>> 16-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>> 16-Count Basic
16-Count Basic>> 16-Count Basic
RF Progressive Rock>> 16-Count Basic
Basic Corte>> 16-Count Basic
1-2 Basic Corte>> 16-Count Basic
1-2 Promenade with Left Swivel>> 16-Count Basic
Promenade with Left Swivel>> 16-Count Basic
Promenade With Right Turn>> 16-Count Basic
Closed Promenade>> 16-Count Basic
Open Promenade>> 16-Count Basic
Open Left Turn>> 16-Count Basic
Open Left Turn with Open Finish>> 16-Count Basic
Slow or Quick Outside Swivel>> 16-Count Basic
Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>> 16-Count Basic
1-4 or 1-8 Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>> 16-Count Basic
Left-Turning Rock>> 16-Count Basic
Rock to Corte>> 16-Count Basic
1-4 or 1-8 Rock to Corte>> 16-Count Basic
Contra Rock>> 16-Count Basic
Reverse Pivot>> 16-Count Basic
Cross-Body Lead>> 16-Count Basic
Side-by-Side Fan>> 16-Count Basic
1-2 Side-by-Side Fan>> 16-Count Basic
Side-by-Side Link>> 16-Count Basic
Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>> 16-Count Basic
1-2 Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>> 16-Count Basic
Underarm Turn to R. from Side-by-Side>> 16-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>>Any Forward Tango Close
6-Count Basic>> 8-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>> 6-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>> 16-Count Basic
6-Count Basic>>LF Progressive Rock
6-Count Basic>>Open Left Turn (any ending)
6-Count Basic>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
6-Count Basic>> Left-Turning Rock
6-Count Basic>> Rock to Corte
6-Count Basic>> Rock to Promenade
6-Count Basic>>3-5 Rock to Promenade
6-Count Basic>> Contra Rock
6-Count Basic>>3-5 Release to Side-by-Side
1-8 16-Count Basic>>Any Forward Tango Close
16-Count Basic>> 8-Count Basic
16-Count Basic>> 6-Count Basic
16-Count Basic>> 16-Count Basic
16-Count Basic>>LF Progressive Rock
16-Count Basic>> Basic Corte
16-Count Basic>>Open Left Turn (any ending)
16-Count Basic>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
16-Count Basic>> Left-Turning Rock
16-Count Basic>> Rock to Corte
16-Count Basic>>3-5 Rock to Promenade
16-Count Basic>> Rock to Promenade
16-Count Basic>> Contra Rock
1-8 16-Count Basic>>3-5 Release to Side-by-Side


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