Tango Waltz

(London, 1919)

General Description

The Tango Waltz is an early English sequence dance arranged by C. (Charles) J. Daniels in 1919.

The Position

Closed position, Lead's back to center.

The Dance

Part I - Back and Forward (8 bars): Back the Lead four slow steps to center, one step for each bar of waltz music, swaying slightly (1, 2, 3, 4). Then back the Follow four slow steps toward outside wall (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part II - Slow Chassé and Waltz (8 bars): Side (1), close (and), side (2), close without weight (and) along LOD, raising the Lead hands slightly and looking over the elbows. Repeat opposite, against LOD (3, and, 4, and). Then waltz four bars (5, 6, 7, 8). (Note: In waltz time, the "and" steps are in canter timing, i.e., counts 1, 3, 4, and 6.)

Part III - Hesitating Promenade (8 bars): Promenade three steps (1, 2, 3), then close the inside foot behind without weight (and), step back against LOD (4), and close outside foot in front without weight (and). Repeat (5, 6, 7, and, 8, and).

Part IV - Slow Chassé and Waltz (8 bars): Repeat Part II.

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

"The Tango Waltz" by T. W. Thurban is the original tune, and Whitman and Silvester (1967) suggest "That Naughty Waltz" and "Delilah Waltz" as alternatives, but any square waltz tune will work.


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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