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American Style Tango
Progressive Rocks
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3. Progressive Rocks

Progressive Rocks can most easily be described (from the mans part) as a forward rock step followed by a forward walk to the counts "quick, quick, slow". Each Progressive Rock begins with the man stepping forward on the left foot, replacing weight back to the right foot (the rock step), and then fully transferring weight forward on the left foot (the walk). The pattern is then repeated, beginning with the right foot forward. The lady's part is the "natural opposite" of that, beginning back on her right foot.

Because the composition of each 3-step group consists of two forward steps and one back step, the end result is a movement that ultimately progresses down the line of dance, hence the name Progressive Rocks.

Correct weight distribution is essential in the successful execution of this figure. Dancing to the correct timing requires that steps be complete enough to fully release weight from the departing foot on each of the "quick" counts, yet the body weight must remain central enough between the feet that the weight can shift quickly and not fall behind the beats.

Pay particular attention to the correct footwork, as this can also make a big difference to your ability to keep proper weight distribution and stay on time. Note that the man's footwork on his second step is ball of foot only. The heel may lower toward the floor, but should not touch down completely. Doing so would likely allow the body weight to shift too far backward. By the same token, the footwork of the lady's first step is also ball of foot, for the same reason.

Side Leading or C.B.M.P.?
Like the basic Tango Walks, Progressive Rocks are typically taken in CBMP on the man's left foot, and with a right side leading on the man's right foot. This gives them the same leftward-turning tendencies as the walks. Another popular interpretation, however, is to take the right foot rock in CBMP as well, causing it to curve rightward. If equal amounts of turn is applied to two consecutive rocks turning in the opposite direction, the net result is no turn, and the couple will end on the same alignment they began.

Assembling the Pieces
Progressive Rocks are shown in the charts as a two-measure figure: A rock on the left foot followed by a rock on the right foot. This represents the simplest and most common scenario, however, it is not necessary to dance the two rocks in this order, or even dance two rocks consecutively. An interesting twist is to take one LF walk followed by one RF rock, or vice-versa. The resulting 6-count pattern (SQQS) can be repeated or combined with another 6-count figure and followed by a Tango Close to form a 6+6+4 phrase. (For more info on 6+6+4 phrasing, see the 6-Count Basic).

In the demonstration video, the figure is preceded by two walks, and followed by a Forward Tango Close. However, the Progressive Rocks have many possible entries and exits. For a complete list, see the precedes and follows lists by clicking the appropriate tab above.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP. 
2QuickReplace weight to right foot, having moved it slightly forward towards left foot. 
3SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP.A slight turn to the left can be made, up to 1/8 turn, over steps 1-3. 
 
4QuickRight foot forward, right side leading. 
5QuickReplace weight to left foot, having moved it slightly forward towards right foot. 
6SlowRight foot forward, right side leading.A slight turn to the left can be made, up to 1/8 turn, over steps 4-6. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP. 
2QuickReplace weight to left foot, having moved it slightly back towards right foot. 
3SlowRight foot back in CBMP.A slight turn to the left can be made, up to 1/8 turn, over steps 1-3 (according to man). 
 
4QuickLeft foot back, left side leading. 
5QuickReplace weight to right foot, having moved it slightly back towards left foot. 
6SlowLeft foot back, left side leading.A slight turn to the left can be made, up to 1/8 turn, over steps 4-6 (according to man). 
Any Tango Close>>LF Progressive Rock
RF Walk>>LF Progressive Rock
8-Count Basic>>LF Progressive Rock
Basic in Right Side Position>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Basic in Right Side Position>>LF Progressive Rock
6-Count Basic>>LF Progressive Rock
16-Count Basic>>LF Progressive Rock
RF Progressive Rock>>LF Progressive Rock
Basic Corte>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Basic Corte>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Promenade with Left Swivel>>LF Progressive Rock
Promenade with Left Swivel>>LF Progressive Rock
Promenade With Right Turn>>LF Progressive Rock
Closed Promenade>>LF Progressive Rock
Open Promenade>>LF Progressive Rock
Open Left Turn>>LF Progressive Rock
Open Left Turn with Open Finish>>LF Progressive Rock
Slow or Quick Outside Swivel>>LF Progressive Rock
1-4 or 1-8 Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>>LF Progressive Rock
Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel>>LF Progressive Rock
Left-Turning Rock>>LF Progressive Rock
1-4 or 1-8 Rock to Corte>>LF Progressive Rock
Rock to Corte>>LF Progressive Rock
Contra Rock>>LF Progressive Rock
Reverse Pivot>>LF Progressive Rock
Cross-Body Lead>>LF Progressive Rock
Side-by-Side Fan>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Side-by-Side Fan>>LF Progressive Rock
Side-by-Side Link>>LF Progressive Rock
1-2 Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>>LF Progressive Rock
Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side>>LF Progressive Rock
Underarm Turn to R. from Side-by-Side>>LF Progressive Rock
LF Walk>>RF Progressive Rock
1 Basic in Right Side Position>>RF Progressive RockRF Progressive Rock taken O.P. on right side
LF Progressive Rock>>RF Progressive Rock
1 Basic Corte>>RF Progressive Rock
1-3 Rock to Corte>>RF Progressive Rock
1-2 Reverse Pivot>>RF Progressive Rock
LF Progressive Rock>>2-5 8-Count Basic
LF Progressive Rock>>2-5 8-Count Basic
LF Progressive Rock>>RF Walk
LF Progressive Rock>>2-4 6-Count Basic
LF Progressive Rock>>RF Progressive Rock
LF Progressive Rock>> Cross-Body Lead
RF Progressive Rock>>Any Forward Tango Close
RF Progressive Rock>> 8-Count Basic
RF Progressive Rock>>LF Walk
RF Progressive Rock>> 6-Count Basic
RF Progressive Rock>> 16-Count Basic
RF Progressive Rock>>LF Progressive Rock
RF Progressive Rock>> Basic Corte
RF Progressive Rock>>Open Left Turn (any ending)
RF Progressive Rock>> Open Left Turn to Outside Swivel
RF Progressive Rock>> Left-Turning Rock
RF Progressive Rock>> Rock to Corte
RF Progressive Rock>> Rock to Promenade
RF Progressive Rock>>3-5 Rock to Promenade
RF Progressive Rock>> Contra Rock
RF Progressive Rock>>3-5 Release to Side-by-Side


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