Hilton Basic Tango
Marcus & Karen Hilton
Content: ISTD Syllabus Figures (see notes)
At 0:42, the following Open Choreography is danced after the syncopated Basic Reverse Turn:
-Back Contra Check (QQ&S)
-LF forward into 3-6 Natural Twist Turn (QQQQ)
-Promenade Twist with Closed Finish (SQQQQS)
The combination of Back Contra Check and Natural Twist is taken from Alex Moore's Popular Variations (see Tango
Variation #33, steps 5-12), as is the Promenade Twist (see Tango Variation #32, steps 1-4). It should be noted that
Moore's timing for the Back Contra Check has been changed from Q&QS to QQ&S to rhythmically align with the
syncopated Basic Reverse Turn that precedes it.
While none of this amalgamation is permitted in the ISTD syllabus, the IDTA syllabus allows LF forward into
3-6 Natural Twist Turn to be danced after a Back Open Promenade.
The Promenade Twist is also listed in Geoffrey Hearn's A Technique of Advanced Standard Ballroom Figures,
where it is referred to as the Fan Action from PP or In and Outs.
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