G103 Memories of Figure Names 30 – Progressive Side Walk (English & Japanese)

投稿者: | 2022年10月3日

Since October 2011, I have been posting articles titled “Memories of Figure Names” on Facebook group “Ballroom & Latin Dancer Memory Lane”. I decided to leave those articles on this HP for record.
2011年10月からFacebookグループ”Ballroom & Latin Dancer Memory Lane”に「フィガー名の思い出」という記事を投稿しています。 これらの記事を記録のためにこのHPに残すことにしました。


“Memories of Figure Names No.30  Progressive Side Step”

I was very pleased when I learned that the Progressive Link was born from the Progressive Side Step. In the material I bought around 1995, Ken Akrill says as following:

” Originally a standardized variation of the Progressive Side Step. It is now considered to be a basic figure of the Tango. It contains two steps and occupies half a bar of music. Became more popular when the staccato action was introduced. Previous to this the Promenade was invariably entered from a Right foot walk turning the lady to Promenade Position.”

Indeed, if you looked up Promenade Figures as as Closed Promenade or Natural Twist turn in Tango textbook, you will find in the Precedes “Walk on RF turned to PP”. I don’t think anyone uses this way of entering nowadays, but it feels surprisingly fresh when used in circle activities.

In the clip I attach here, you will see very typical Tango movement following Chase of Massimo & Alessandra. Although Massimo explains it as “two checks” in the video I think this move is exactly what PSS is all about. And  I am delighted that the World Top Dancers took up PSS which seems to be disappearing.



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「フィガー名の思い出30 プログレッシブ・サイド・ステップ」