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American Tango is a fun dance to learn and has a lot of character.

Check out our American Tango Step List.

American Tango Bronze Step List

Tango Walk

The tango walk is one of the fundamental components used in Tango. The timing for this step is Slow, Slow. In the video below it talks about this step used in International style, but it is also seen in American Tango as well.

Tango Basic

The tango basic starts with a forward tango walk. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. When first learning Tango you will also hear people spell out T-A-N-G-O or T (slow) – A (slow) – N (quick) – G (quick) – O (slow).

Promenade Left Turn

This step starts with the promenade position. It uses the same basic timing: slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. On the second slow the follower will rotate left and resume closed dance position with the leader.

Promenade Right Turn

With this step instead of the follower turning left like they did with the previous turn the follower will continue to step forward while the leader will step across creating a right turning action. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Tango Left Rock Turn

The rock turn is a fundamental step that you see throughout the smooth dances. This step makes it easy to change directions, which is important when navigating around the dance floor. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Back Corte

The corte is the only type of picture line that is allowed at a bronze level. As the lead steps back is allows the follower to create a nice shape. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Open Fan

The open fan is the first step that leads the follower into an open position. It is a more complex step, but is a great tango step to learn.

Outside swivels/Fans

You will see this step with different names including: right side fan, outside swivels or La Puerta. This step has the follower swivel from outside partner position to promenade and then step swivel to closed dance position. This is usually done in a series of two.

Left Turning Rocks

This step starts in promenade position. Instead of finishing the basic promenade left turn the lead will lead a series of rocks. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, quick, quick, quick, quick, slow.

Promenade Pivot

This step is performed starting in the promenade position. It is a progression step from the basic promenade right turn. Instead of leading the right turn the follower is lead into a pivoting action and returns to promenade position to then finish out a left turning basic from promenade. When doing pivots at the Bronze level only one pivot at a time is allowed.

Closed or Open Reverse Turn

The reverse turn can be done in closed dance position or outside partner position. This is a left turning figure. The timing for this step is quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Fan with Underarm Turn Right

With the open fan position there are many variations that can be danced from this position. One variation is leading the lady into an underarm turn to the right. In the video below you will also notice that you can also be lead into the open fan position from closed dance position instead of promenade.

Double Corte

In an earlier step we introduced the single back corte. With the double corte you will perform a series of cortes. The Timing of this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Progressive Rocks

The progressive rocks is another step that utilizes the rocking action. With this step pattern you will perform a series of 2 rocking actions. This step is performed in closed dance position. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Shadow Rocks

The shadow rocks is a variation of the progressive rocks. This is performed in the shadow position. Tango is the only American Smooth dance that introduces the shadow position for a Bronze level step. This is performed from the open fan position and the follower is than rolled into shadow position.

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