The tango, a sultry, passionate dance from Argentina, is enjoying a worldwide renaissance. The promenade is a basic tango move that gracefully covers the dance floor in the classic rhythm of "slow, slow, quick, quick, slow." It may look intimidating, but it's not difficult. If you can take a walk, you can dance a promenade.
- Stand with your chest facing your partner, but with hips and legs turned out a quarter turn to the left, so that both partners' feet are facing the same direction. Turn your head in the same direction as your feet.
- Place your right hand on your partner's back, along the bottom of her ribcage. Keep your right arm up to provide a support for her left arm. Grasp her right hand lightly with your left hand, and hold them up with elbows loosely bent.
- Step forward slowly with the outside (left) foot. Step forward slowly again with your inside (right) foot. Promenade comes from the French for "taking a walk," and the promenade does sometimes seem like you're taking a walk across the dance floor.
- Wait while your partner pivots.
- Complete a basic tango step. Move forward quickly with your left foot while turning slightly to the right. Step your right foot quickly sideways to your right, and slowly slide your left foot sideways to touch it, shifting your weight to your left foot but keeping your left heel up.
- Stand with your chest facing your partner, but with hips and legs turned out a quarter turn to the right, so that both partners' feet are facing the same direction. Turn your head in the same direction as your feet. The classic tango adornment--a rose in your teeth--is optional.
- Place your left hand on your partner's shoulder, with your left arm resting on top of his right arm. Allow him to lightly hold your right hand and hold your right arm up.
- Step forward slowly with the outside (right) foot. Step forward slowly again with your inside (left) foot. Moving forward in the promenade offers a welcome break from the normal backwards motions for women dancing the tango.
- Pivot a half turn on your left foot so that you are facing your partner with your whole body.
- Complete a basic tango step. Step backwards quickly with your right foot. Step your left foot quickly sideways to your left, and slowly slide your right foot sideways to touch it, shifting your weight to your right foot but keeping your right heel up.
Illustration from Clyde Mendes column at Salsa TV, Singapore
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