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4. Closed Promenade

One of Tango's unique characteristics is its usage of many promenade figures, and the Closed Promenade is the most basic form these. It is one of the first promenade figures learned in Tango and is fundamental to learning how to dance in promenade position.

The promenade position is defined as a "V"-shaped dance position whereby the man and lady travel in the same direction, toward the open end of the "V".

The Closed Promenade consists of 4 steps, counted "Slow Quick Quick Slow". Both man and lady take two walks forward in promenade position (slow, quick). The man then leads the lady to turn to closed position to step side, then close (quick, slow). The dancers end in closed position with the feet closed., right foot slightly behind the left.

The most notable aspect of Promenade is the fact that the direction of travel, the alignment of the body, and the alignment of the feet are all different. Although the position is described as a "V"-shape, this is really only a description of the turning open of the feet and lower body. The upper body should remain facing partner so that the man's and lady's top-line remain nearly parallel. The heads should turn to look into the direction of travel, which is towards the dancers' open sides. 
For example, if the Promenade is to travel down line of dance, the man's feet should be turned towards diagonal wall while the lady's feet point to diagonal center. Meanwhile, the man's upper body should remain facing wall, while the lady's upper body remains facing center. The heads turn to look towards the direction of travel, which is straight down line of dance.
In addition to traveling down line of dance, the Promenade may also travel towards diagonal center or diagonal wall. Any other alignment would be less desirable, as it would cause the dancers to interrupt the natural flow of traffic around the dance floor.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Promenade position, facing diagonal wall.
 
1SlowLeft foot side in promenade position.Traveling along line of dance, feet pointing diagonal wall. 
2QuickRight foot forward & across in promenade position & CBMP.Traveling along line of dance, feet pointing diagonal wall. 
3QuickLeft foot side & slightly forward.Pointing diagonal wall. Lead lady to turn 1/4 to left, ending in closed position. 
4SlowClose right foot to left foot, slightly back.Facing diagonal wall. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Promenade position, facing diagonal center.
 
1SlowRight foot side in promenade position.Traveling along line of dance, feet pointing diagonal center. 
2QuickLeft foot forward & across in promenade position & CBMP.Traveling along line of dance, feet pointing diagonal center. 
3QuickRight foot side & slightly back.1/4 turn to left between 2-3. End in closed position, backing diagonal wall. 
4SlowClose left foot to right foot, slightly forward. 
Walk on Right Foot to Promenade>> Closed Promenade
Progressive Link>> Closed Promenade
Closed Finish to Promenade>> Closed Promenade
Open Finish to Promenade>> Closed Promenade
Natural Twist Turn>> Closed Promenade
Natural Promenade Turn>> Closed Promenade
Four Step>> Closed Promenade
Fallaway Promenade>> Closed Promenade
Fallaway Four Step>> Closed Promenade
Closed Promenade>> Walk on Left Foot
Closed Promenade>> Progressive Side Step
Closed Promenade>> Progressive Link
Closed Promenade>> Rock Turn
Closed Promenade>> Open Reverse Turn, Lady OutsideIf ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Back Corte
Closed Promenade>> Open Reverse Turn, Lady In-LineIf ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Progressive Side Step Reverse TurnIf ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Four Step
Closed Promenade>> Reverse Outside Swivel (method 4)If ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Four Step Change
Closed Promenade>> Brush Tap
Closed Promenade>> Fallaway Four Step
Closed Promenade>> OverswayIf ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Basic Reverse TurnIf ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivotat a corner, or along side of room if ended with man facing diagonal center
Closed Promenade>> Five Step
Closed Promenade>> Contra Check


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