Title: Open Telemark
Timing: (QQS) or (QQQ)
Rotation: Up to ¾ to Left
The Open Telemark was originally featured in the Waltz and Foxtrot syllabi and
has been adapted for use in the Tango.
Transposing the Open Telemark 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 two
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)
The Open Telemark 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.
There are two references to the Open Telemark (Tango) in Alex Moore's
Popular Variations [3rd Ed.] – Tango Variation Nos. #7 and #19.
Geoffrey Hearn's A Technique of Advanced Standard Ballroom Figures
has charted the Quick Open Telemark from PP, which, due to its
different character and entry merits a separate page.
Video Example 1
-25A Shows the Open Telemark (QQS)
-25B Shows the Open Telemark and 2-3 Promenade Link (QQQQS).
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