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American Style Tango
Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side
21. Underarm Turn to Left from Side-by-Side

From side-by-side position, the man can lead the lady to dance an underarm turn to her left, to the counts of "Slow, Slow", ended in open facing position with man prepared to step forward, outside partner on lady's left. From here, a "Quick Quick Slow" ending can close the position with a basic Forward Tango Close, or resume side-by-side with steps 3-5 of Promenade Release.

When ended side-by-side, the figure is, of course repeatable. When begun with man and lady facing wall, they will end facing center, and vice-versa. When the side-by-side ending is danced twice in a row, they will end as they began, facing the original alignment.

The video demonstrates both versions of the figure danced twice in succession, first with a side-by-side ending, then with a Tango Close ending to finish in closed position.

Alignments given in the man's and lady's parts are for the purpose of teaching. Other beginning and ending alignments are possible, subject to the flow of traffic. For example, since in many syllabi the Release to Side-by-Side is ended with man and lady facing line of dance, the Underarm Turn to Left would begin this way, and if taken with a side-by-side ending, would finish with man and lady facing against line of dance.

 

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