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7. Closed Promenade
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Closed Promenade
Dance / Level:Intermediate Bronze American Style Tango
Aliases:6-Count Promenade, Promenade with Closed Finish

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 in promenade position (slow, quick). The man then leads the lady to turn to closed position to dance a chasse, or side-close action (quick, slow). The dancers end in closed position with the feet closed.

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 only a description of the turning open of the feet and lower body. The upper body should remain turned toward partner so that the man's and lady's top-line remain as close to parallel as possible. 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. However, the man's upper body should remain facing wall, while the lady's upper body remains facing center. All the while, the heads should turn to look towards the direction of travel, which is straight down line of dance.

Man's Part Lady's Part

In addition to traveling down line of dance, the Promenade can also travel towards diagonal center or diagonal wall. It can even travel toward center, as long as the flow of traffic permits.

One other important aspect of this figure which should not be overlooked is the timing. The "Slow Quick Quick Slow" rhythm amounts to 6 beats, which does not fit well with Tango's 8-count phrasing. There are many possible solutions, but the most common method of resolving 6-count figures in American style Tango is to employ "6+6+4" timing, by combining two 6-count figures and following with a 4-count Tango Close. Examples of 6-count figures with which to follow a Closed Promenade are the 6-Count Basic, steps 1-4 of Rock to Corte, or steps 1-4 of the Open Reverse to Outside Swivel -- all of which would be followed by a Forward Tango Close.


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