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9. Open Left Turn
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Open Left Turn
Dance / Level:Intermediate Bronze American Style Tango
Aliases:Open Reverse Turn, Open Reverse Turn with Lady Outside, Open Left Box

The Open Left Turn, also known as Open Reverse Turn, is a figure consisting of six steps, taken to the counts QQS, QQS, turning a total of 3/4 to the left. As with most reverse turns in ballroom dancing, the Tango Open Left Turn begins with man facing diagonal center, starting with the left foot, and ends with man facing diagonal wall.

The term "open" refers to the third step, where the dancers pass their feet, rather than closing them as they do in bronze Waltz and Foxtrot.

The Open Left Turn has a number of possible endings:

  1. A closed finish, where the man and lady close their feet on the last step
  2. An open finish, where man and lady pass their feet on the last step, man stepping forward on his right foot in CBMP, outside partner
  3. A promenade finish, which is a closed finish with a turn to promenade at the end (QQSS or QQ&S).
  4. A checked open finish, with an optional "Gancho" (leg hook) action by the lady.


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