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Throwaway Oversway - Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango

Tango. The figure will be danced as below, but of course with Tango technique and character. Be careful not to rise or swing into 1-2. Normally, each step will be taken sharply and with a feeling of a "stop" at the end of 2. A sharp staccato action is used on 3, however, it is also possible to add beats to 3 to create a very slow and expressive change of shape into the Throwaway Oversway.

Man Foot Position Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall
1 RF back, toe turned in Down LOD, backing DC 1/8 to L between previous step and 1. Body turns less Lower into a flexed L knee on previous step. Down in a flexed R knee
2 LF back to end to side & slightly fwd in PP Pointing DW, body facing btw wall & DW against LOD 1/4 between 1-2. Body turns less Down in a flexed L knee
3 Hold Position. R leg remains extended to side without weight Pointing DW. Body facing between DW & LOD. RF pointing DW against LOD Body overturns to L Down in a flexed L knee. R leg remains extended
Footwork 1 o/e TH; 2 i/e TH; 3 WF (LF), i/e T (RF)
CBM on 1
Sway L L R
Head Weight Slightly L, L R
Timing (W) 1 2 3 (other timings are acceptable)
Timing (F,Q) S S S (other timings are acceptable)
Timing (T) Q Q S or Q Q SS
Lady Foot Position Alignment Amount of Turn Rise & Fall
1 LF fwd Facing LOD Com to turn L Lower into a flexed R knee on previous step. Down in a flexed L knee
2 RF fwd and slightly to R in PP Pointing DC 1/8 between 1-2. Body turns less Down in a flexed R knee
3 Turning on RF, L leg remains extended to side without weight Pointing DC against LOD. LF moves almost down LOD to end pointing DW 1/4 between 3-2. Body & L leg turn more Down in a flexed R knee. L leg extended without weight
Footwork 1 HT; 2 i/e of TH; 3 B with foot flat (RF) & i/e of T (LF)
CBM slightly on 1
Sway S S, slightly L
Head Weight RRL
Timing (W) 1 2 3 (other timings are acceptable)
Timing (F,Q) S S S (other timings are acceptable)
Timing (T) Q Q S or Q Q SS

Suggested Popular Combination

Precede

1-3 Reverse Turn

Follow

Hover to PP

Suggested Advanced Combination

Precede

Promenade Pivot

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Same Foot Lunge Point
   

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