Title: Back Whisk
Rotation: Up to ¼ to Right
The Back Whisk was originally featured in the Waltz syllabus and has been
adapted for use in the Tango.
Transposing the Whisk to Tango Promenade
In all other dances Promenade Position begins with the Man's RF forward in PP,
while in Tango it starts with the Man's LF side in PP. There are three common
methods of bridging this divide (listed in the Chase):
1. Step with Man's RF forward and across in PP and CBMP, place LF
to side in PP without weight. (QQ)
2. Step with Man's RF forward into steps 2-3 of Promenade Link. (QQ)
3. Man closes RF to LF and places LF side in PP without weight. (&S)
The Back Whisk is listed in The Tango and Basic Principles under 'Figures
Common to more than one Dance.' It is unclear whether this makes it a
legal figure to compete in IDTA syllabus Tango, and if so, at what level it
is to be taught.
Alex Moore's Ballroom Technique only lists the (Back) Whisk as part of the
multiple to the endings to the Oversway and the Chase. We could not find
the Back Whisk listed in Moore's Popular Variations or Geoffrey Hearn's
A Technique of Advanced Standard Ballroom Figures.
Video Example 1
-27 Shows the Back Whisk (QQS).
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