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Tango Variation #2 (8:23)
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Tango Combination (4:35)
All 5 Tango variations shown together.

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STYLE:
American Style Tango

LEVEL:
Advanced

DESCRIPTION:
Rock to Corte with man's & lady's "Gancho" (leg hook), Overturned Corte with Knee Lift & Hand Change Behind Back, Spin Away to Open Contra Check (RH-RH hold), Lady's Syncopated Underarm Turn to L., Chasse Underarm Turn to R., Two Step-Point Actions, Inside Underarm Turn to Cuddle Position, 2 Walks to Open Telemark in Shadow Position, Spin Away to Side-by-Side Position, Open Fan & Tango Close.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal center.
 
1QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.Begin to turn to left. 
2QuickRight foot back in CBMP.3/8 turn to left between 1-2 to end backing line of dance. 
3SlowLeft foot back, left side leading, left toe turned out. Relax weight into left knee. Draw right foot back and slightly off floor, causing your right leg to hook around lady's right leg.Taken with strong rightward sway. 
4SlowRight foot forward, right side leading.Straighten body. Step taken against line of dance. 
5SlowLeft foot side. Right foot remains pointing to side.1/4 turn to left between 4-5 so that step is taken down line of dance. Upper body should overturn to left. With your left hand, take lady's right hand down and behind her back, then place it in your right hand. End with RH-RH hold behind lady's back. 
 
6QuickBegin to transfer weight to right foot.Begin to turn to right. Retract right hand, causing lady to turn to her right. 
7QuickTransfer weight completely to right foot, as a diagonally forward step with right side leading.1/8 turn to right between 6-7. 
8SlowClose left foot to right foot, without weight. Relax weight into right knee at end of 8.End in open facing position with RH-RH hold. 
9SlowLeft foot forward & across in CBMP, strong step with flexed knees.Step is taken directly against line of dance, with body facing diagonal wall against line of dance. 
 
10QuickNo step. Twist to right on left foot.Rise up to a normal standing position. Begin to turn to right. Lift right hand and begin to lead lady to turn to her left under raised RH-RH hold. 
11andBegin to transfer weight to right foot.Continue turning to right, leading lady to turn under RH-RH hold. 
12QuickTransfer weight completely to right foot, as a forward step.5/8 turn to right over 10-12. Lower right hand at end of lady's turn, then place her right hand in your left hand. End in side-by-side position, facing line of dance, with LH-RH hold. 
 
13QuickLeft foot forward in side-by-side position.Begin to turn to left. 
14QuickRight foot side & slightly forward.1/8 turn to left between 13-14. Lift left hand and begin to lead lady to turn to her right under raised LH-RH hold. 
15QuickClose left foot to right foot.Continue leading lady to turn under LH-RH hold. 
16QuickRight foot side & slightly forward.Lower left hand to waist level at end of lady's turn and take two-hand hold. End in open facing position, facing diagonal center. 
 
17SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP, outside partner. Point right foot to side.Step taken towards diagonal center, then 1/4 turn to left. 
18SlowRight foot forward in CBMP, outside partner (right side). Point left foot to side.Step taken towards diagonal center against line of dance, then 1/4 turn to right. 
 
19QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left. Lift left hand and begin to lead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. 
20QuickClose left foot to right foot, without weight.Continue turning to left, leading lady to turn under LH-RH hold. 
21SlowRight foot side & slightly back. Lower left hand to waist level, ending in cuddle position with lady on your right side. When taken along side of room, amount of turn should be 1/2 to left over 19-21, to end facing diagonal wall against line of dance. When taken at corner of room, amount of turn should be 1/8 to left over 19-21, to end facing new line of dance. 
 
22SlowLeft foot forward in shadow position (lady on right).Begin to turn to left. Release both hands from cuddle hold, place right hand either on lady's right hip or right shoulder, and take lady's left hand in your left hand, to end in a normal shadow position hold. 
23SlowRight foot forward, outside partner in shadow position (lady on right).Continue turning to left. When taken along side of room, amount of turn should be 1/2 to left over 22-23. When taken at corner of room, amount of turn should be 1/8 to left vetween 22-23. End facing diagonal center. 
 
24QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP, shadow position.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left. 
25QuickRight foot side & slightly back in shadow position.1/2 turn to left between 24-25. 
26QuickClose left foot to right foot in shadow position.1/8 turn to left between 25-26. End facing wall. 
27QuickRight foot forward & across in CBMP, outside partner in shadow position.Step taken towards diagonall wall, with body facing wall. 
 
28QuickNo step.Begin to turn body to left. 
29QuickNo step.Continue turning body to left to end facing diagonal wall. Release right hand from lady's back and retract left hand slightly, leading lady to turn to her left. (Lady will change hands to end with LH-RH hold). 
30SlowPoint left foot to side.1/8 turn to right to end facing wall in side-by-side position (lady on left). 
 
31SlowLeft foot forward in CBMP, side-by-side position. Point right foot to side & slightly back.3/8 turn to right. End facing diagonal center. 
32SlowRight foot forward in promenade position and CBMP. Place left foot to side, small step, without weight.Step taken towards center, with body facing diagonal center. Place right hand on lady's back and end in normal closed position hold. 
 
33QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left. 
34QuickRight foot side.Continue turning to left. 
35SlowClose left foot to right foot, without weight.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 33-35. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal center.
 
1QuickRight foot back in CBMP.Begin to turn to left. 
2QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.3/8 turn to left between 1-2 to end facing line of dance. 
3SlowRight foot forward, right side leading. Relax weight into right knee.Taken with strong leftward sway. 
4SlowLeft foot back, left side leading. Draw right foot back and slightly off floor, causing your right leg to hook around man's right leg.Straighten body. Step taken against line of dance. 
5SlowRight foot side. Lift left foot off floor and place against inside of right knee.1/4 turn to left between 4-5 so that step is taken down line of dance. Upper body should overturn to left. Allow right arm to lower and bend behind back. 
 
6QuickLeft foot side.1/2 turn to right. 
7QuickRight foot forward in CBMP.1/4 turn to right between 6-7. Step taken against line of dance. 
8SlowLeft foot side & slightly back. Relax weight into left knee at end of 8.3/8 turn to right between 7-8. End in open facing position with RH-RH hold. 
9SlowRight foot back & across in CBMP, strong step with flexed knees.Step is taken directly against line of dance, with body facing diagonal center. 
 
10QuickReplace weight forward to left foot in CBMP.Begin to turn to left under raised RH-RH hold. 
11andRight foot side.Step taken down line of dance. Continue turning to left under RH-RH hold. 
12QuickLeft foot forward.Step taken down line of dance. 1 full turn to left over 10-12. End in side-by-side position, facing line of dance, with LH-RH hold. 
 
13QuickRight foot forward in side-by-side position.Step taken down line of dance. Begin to turn to right. 
14QuickLeft foot side.Continue turning to right under raised LH-RH hold. 
15QuickRight foot forward.Continue turning to right under LH-RH hold. 
16QuickLeft foot side & slightly back.1 & 3/8 turns to right over 13-16. End in open facing position, backing diagonal center. 
 
17SlowRight foot back in CBMP, partner outside. Point left foot to side.Step taken towards diagonal center, then 1/4 turn to left. 
18SlowLeft foot back in CBMP, partner outside. Point right foot to side.Step taken towards diagonal center against line of dance, then 1/4 turn to right. 
 
19QuickRight foot back in CBMP, partner outside.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left under raised LH-RH hold. 
20QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.Continue turning to left under LH-RH hold. 
21SlowRight foot side & slightly back.End in cuddle position with man on your left side. When taken along side of room, amount of turn should be 1 full turn to left over 19-21, to end facing diagonal wall against line of dance. When taken at corner of room, amount of turn should be 5/8 to lef 
 
22SlowLeft foot forward in shadow position.Begin to turn to left. Release both hands from cuddle hold, extend right arm to side, and allow man to take your left hand in his, to end in a normal shadow position hold. 
23SlowRight foot forward in shadow position.Continue turning to left. When taken along side of room, amount of turn should be 1/2 to left over 22-23. When taken at corner of room, amount of turn should be 1/8 to left vetween 22-23. End facing diagonal center. 
 
24QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP, shadow position.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left. 
25QuickRight foot side & slightly back in shadow position.1/2 turn to left between 24-25. 
26QuickClose left foot to right foot in shadow position.1/8 turn to left between 25-26. End facing wall. 
27QuickRight foot forward & across in CBMP in shadow position.Step taken towards diagonall wall, with body facing wall. 
 
28QuickLeft foot forward in CBMP.Begin to turn to left. 
29QuickRight foot side (small step).Continue turning to left. Release LH-LH hold and take man's left hand with your right hand. 
30SlowLeft foot side. Right foot remains pointing to side.1 full turn over 28-30. End facing wall in side-by-side position (man on right). 
 
31SlowRight foot forward in CBMP, side-by-side position. Point left foot to side & slightly back.3/8 turn to right. End facing diagonal center. 
32SlowLeft foot forward in promenade position and CBMP. Place right foot to side, small step, without weight.Step taken towards center, with body facing diagonal center against line of dance. End in normal closed position hold. 
 
33QuickRight foot back in CBMP.Step taken towards diagonal center. Begin to turn to left. 
34QuickLeft foot side.Continue turning to left. 
35SlowClose right foot to left foot, without weight.Up to 3/8 turn to left over 33-35. 
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