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17. Cross-Body Lead
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Cross-Body Lead
Dance / Level:Full Bronze American Style Tango
Aliases:Crossbody Lead

The Cross-Body Lead is a variation of Reverse Turn ending where the man and lady move briefly through promenade position, unti the final step where the lady swivels to end once again in closed position.

The figure begins as the second half of a Reverse Turn, with the man taking a step back on RF, lady forward LF. On step 2 the man "peels away" from the lady by turning left to promenade position. His upper body turns slightly less with tone in the arms, causing the lady to delay her turn and step forward. On the third and final step, the man closes his RF while leading the lady to step forward, now toward his left side. In squaring the body to the feet, he causes her to swivel to her left, returning to closed position.

A common styling variation is to treat the position as in the Rumba version of the Cross-Body Lead, allowing the bodies to break away from contact. In this version the arms are extended slightly away from the body, and the dancers pass through a cross-body position, which is a wider L-shaped angle, rather than the V-shaped angle of promenade.

17c. Cross-Body Lead with Point

A popular variation of the Cross-Body Lead is one with an added action at the end: After closing his feet, the man points his left foot forward and slightly leftward as he leads the lady to swivel. To complement him, the lady can optionally extend her right foot back and slightly rightward, an action often referred to as a "fan".

The first 3 steps of this variaition can be taken to the normal Cross-Body Lead timing of QQS, adding the point as an "and" count at the end (i.e. QQS&), or it can be danced as all "quick" counts (i.e. QQQQ). However, the preferred timing is QQ&S, where step 3 is syncopated so that the fan itself occurs on the "slow" count.

The Cross-Body Lead with point works particularly well as a method of changing direction, and so it is almost always followed by a figure beginning with the man stepping back on his left foot in CBMP, lady outside, such as an Outside Swivel, or 3-6 of Open Reverse Turn.


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