41. Fiesta Tango

This, too, is a side-by-side dance in which the partners exe­cute the same steps at the same time, but it has a turn involving a slight change of position and more rhythm variation to make it exceedingly enjoyable. It is outlined in Diagram 12.

The man is this time on the lady's right at the start, in the same position as in the Dutch waltz but on the opposite side holding opposite hands. Count the tango tempo carefully and make sure you stay on the beats indicated in the diagram, as this is what gives the dance its distinctive character. Two or four introductory strokes of two beats each will serve to get you both under way. Again start in one corner and progress length­wise down the side and across one end before repeating the whole sequence.

Points to watch with care are:

1. Distinct outside edges at the start.


Clear cross step forward and cross behind following the first progressive.

3. Synchronized swing of the free legs plus a bend, rise, bend of the skating knee on the six-beat change of edge (you both may, if you like, turn your heads back as you swing your legs back, to give a bit of elaboration here).

4. The lady should move slightly ahead on the next LOF step preparatory to quick one-beat timing of the open mohawks.

5. Neat shift of hand and arm position to the lady's opposite hip during the mohawk as she remains on the man's right and on the inside of the curve while doing the back strokes across the ends of the ice.

6. Again a neat shift of position back to the original side-by-side hold after the back crossover (step 15) as you make the transition to the final RIF before repeating.

Properly done, this dance has a nice feeling of edge and lilt. On the cross steps and the change of edge there is a good oppor­tunity for real knee rhythm. Let your bodies lean and your edges flow—and don't forget for an instant that this is a tango. Put as much tango expression as possible into your movements.

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