4. Left side walk to right side walk to cross

The first step to the follower's
left side. Each twists to face
the other.

The leader pivots on his right
step. As the feet come to-
gether, the follower....

...is led to turn, here a quarter turn.

Previously our patterns have started sideways to the leader's left with him then walking forward outside his partner on her right side. Here we begin the same way as in Figure 3: he starts sideways left with his L foot, closes and then changes in place to his R foot & the cross foot system. The follower starts to the right with her R foot and again as above is not led to change weight.

Leader's part: The departure is that the leader now walks forward on the follower's LEFT side (1st picture). As he steps on his R foot he pivots to the left, leading the left turn that enables him to take his next step forward on his partners right side (2nd picture). As in the last move he then leads the follower to accelerate and syncopate her cross. The leader's steps are all slows after his initial side L together R , where he has the choice of stepping only on 1, 1 and 3, or 1 and 2, then forward on 1.

This figure may be done with many different degrees of turn at the moment of the leader's change from the L side to R side of the follower. The 90 turn shown takes the couple neatly around a corner. A very small turn would allow the couple to proceed forward, and a very sharp 180 turn would of course take them counter the line of dance. In the case of the leader's small turn the follower will feel almost nothing to disturb her backward walk , but in the cases of the 90 or 180 pivot she will feel the lead for a back ocho*.

Follower's part: She starts side R, then on her back step L the follower must twist her upper body to reflect her partner, who has started forward on her left side (1st picture). On her back R step she will be led to pivot and step back again L, at which point she will find the leader on her right side and twist to face him there (3rd picture). On her next step, back R she'll begin the accelerated cross, her only syncopation in this sequence.

Note: This figure demonstrates the upper body twist that is a very effective tool for retaining connection with your partner in all dances in the tango family. As the leader walks on the follower's left he twists left to face her, then harder left to lead the turn, and finally twists R out to walk on her R side. She reflects each twist of his torso, always seeking to make her torso parallel with his.

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