Lola Tango

(England, 1923)



Contemporary Description

This is an early Tango sequence dance from England, choreographed by Arthur Wantling in 1923, as reconstructed and lightly adapted by Richard Powers.

The Position

Waltz position.

The Dance

The dance is composed of eight parts of 2 bars (4 slow counts) each, for a total of 16 bars (32 slow counts).

Part 1: Back the Follow three slow steps along LOD, then quickly rock forward and back (SSSQQ).

Part 2: Repeat on the opposite foot, continuing to travel along LOD.

Part 3: Five-step promenade diagonally forward into the center of the room (SSQQS).

Part 4: Repeat opposite to return to place.

Part 5: Lead steps diagonally forward along LOD to outside wall, then side, close, and diagonally back against LOD to outside wall, and rocks diagonally forward along LOD into the center of the room (SQQSS).

Part 6: Repeat to the other side.

Part 7: Rock back against LOD, step side against LOD, and then promenade two steps along LOD.

Part 8: A full pivot 360° on two slow steps, then rock forward along LOD, and back against LOD.

Repeat from the the beginning.


© 2017 Nick Enge


For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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