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Diamond Dance Patterns - 3673 Tango Romantica


  • Tango 4/4


  • 28 measures of 4 beats per minute
  • 112 beats per minute


  • Optional


  • The time required to skate 2 sequences is 1:43 min

This a romantic dance which is skated in a soft, lyrical and sinuous manner with both a soft and strong character where appropriate. However, deep edges are necessary to convey its mood.

Steps 1 to 11 are skated in closed hold. The woman places her right hand on the man’s left shoulder with their left arms extended. The introductory steps should finish with an open stroke to facilitate skating the first step of the dance that begins on the fourth beat of the measure. The man starts on a left forward outside edge with his right foot on the ice to the side, the woman starts on a right backward outside edge with her left foot on the ice to the side (both partners are on two feet during one beat). Both partners execute double three turns with a side lift of the free leg for 2 beats (the “Helicopter”). Step 2 is crossed widely with both feet on the ice and the right knee bent. At the end of this step the man skates a left forward inside edge and brings his feet together, the woman simply straightens her right knee on the first beat of the measure and brings her feet together.

On step 5 the man executes a swing “twizzle-like” motion (“Tw 1”- his body turns one full continuous rotation, the skating foot does not technically execute a full turn), while his partner does a swing three completed with an open inside choctaw. During the swing, the man places his right hand on the woman’s left hip on the first beat of the measure. She covers his hand with her left and they join their free hands overhead. They skate in this hold for one beat. The man’s “twizzle-like” motion and the woman’s choctaw are performed simultaneously on the “and” between counts 2 and 3 of the measure. On step 7 the man skates a chassé while the woman skates an open mohawk, both on the “and “ between counts 4 and 1 of the measure, followed by the one-beat LBI exit from her mohawk and his LFO.

During step 8 the woman places her right hand on the man’s right shoulder and places her left hand behind her back to clasp the man’s right hand. Step 9 begins as a cross roll and finishes with a change of edge for both. At the end of this step the woman performs an anti-clockwise back inside twizzle of 1 rotation without releasing her left hand on “and” between counts 2 and 3. On step 10 the man’s left hand is extended while the woman’s right hand rests on his left shoulder with her left hand and his right hand joined on her left hip. The free legs cross on the first beat of the measure, then on the second beat they close their free legs and take an outside hold. A progressive sequence leads to step 14 when the man skates a closed mohawk and the woman skates an RFI three turn in open hold.

The series of steps 15 to 26 are skated very softly with bent knees and deep edges. Step 15 is skated in reverse Kilian hold in syncopation with the rhythm of the music with the XF-LBI being held for 2 beats followed by a very short RBO on the “and” between beats 4 and 1. Steps 16 to 19 are a series of cross steps skated in Kilian hold. Steps 20 to 22 are skated in reverse Kilian hold and culminate in their matching crossed rocker turns. Steps 19 and 22 may be slightly wide stepped. Steps 23 to 25 are skated in Kilian hold. On step 24 the partners execute a crossed inside three turn together, then on step 25 the man skates an open mohawk while his partner skates another inside three turn, but not crossed this time.

Steps 26 and 27 are performed in closed hold on deeply bent knees. Step 28 is a 4 beat cross roll of which the first 2 beats are performed in reversed outside hold. The woman takes the usual outside hold on the third beat (known as the “Criss-Cross” movement – the woman using the cross rolls to change side) and raises her right knee until the skate almost touches her left knee. At the same time the man draws his free leg to his skating foot. The woman swings her right leg forward and crosses over the man’s right leg on the fourth beat of the measure. On step 29 she touches the ice with her right foot and the right knee bent, left leg extended, both blades on outside edges. At the same time the man skates a LBO and quickly extends his right leg to skate a wide RBI. There are several acceptable options in the manner in which the man performs this that are used for dramatic effect. Both partners skate close together on both feet for two beats. On the third beat she turns a three turn that places the partners in closed hold. The man then turns a three on step 30.

Steps 31 and 32 are skated in closed hold. These are followed by the rapid running steps 33 and 34 in open hold. On step 35 both partners skate LFO on the third beat of the measure, then on the fourth beat the woman turns a rocker (her step 35a). While performing the rocker, the woman places her left hand on the man’s right shoulder and her right hand and his left hand join on her right hip. His right hand is extended. The man strikes his step 35b in closed hold and during his swing moves to the side of the woman for his swing closed choctaw. On the first beat of the next measure (second beat of her LBO), the woman extends her right leg forward, returning it to the skating leg on the second beat of the same measure (third beat of her edge). On the third beat of this measure the woman skates a RBI (her step 35b) and swings her free leg back while the man lifts his free leg. On the fourth beat of the measure the woman turns a three (her step 35c), waving her right hand overhead while the man skates a swing closed choctaw.

On step 36 the partners skate backward in open hold with the woman’s right hand on the man’s left shoulder. They then simultaneously swing their left arms, the woman swings her left leg as she turns her RBO3 and the man his right. On the fourth beat of the measure the partners place their left hand on each other’s right elbows, moving their free legs first to the side, then the woman crosses behind and the man in front. Step 37 is a left forward inside closed choctaw for the woman and a change of edge for the man. Step 38 is crossed in front.

Steps 38 to 44 are a chassé and progressive sequence skated in reverse Kilian hold. On step 44, which commences on the first beat of the measure, the partners extend their right arms forward parallel, then the woman takes the man’s right hand with her left going into open hold to skate a left forward inside closed choctaw.

During step 45 the free legs are drawn to the skating legs on the second beat of the measure and on the third beat the woman extends her free leg forward. The exit from her choctaw is concluded by a RBO twizzle of one revolution. The man skates a three turn on step 45b. During this step the partners are in reverse outside hold.

Steps 46 to 49 are a chassé sequence skated in open hold. Step 49 commences as a cross roll, then at its end there is a very quick change of edge. The woman then skates a three turn to finish in closed hold ready to restart the dance. The dance concludes on beat 3 of the measure.


  • Ljudmilla Pakhomova, Alexandr Gorshkov & Elena Tschaikowskaja

First Performance

  • Moscow, 1974


Hold Step No. Man’s Step Number of Beats of Music Woman’s Step
Closed LFO-RFI foot to
(musical count 4)
RBO-LBI foot to side
    /LFO3/LBI3 1+1 /RBO3/RFI3
  Wd- XF- RFO-LFI     Wd-XB- LBO-RBI
    /LFI (feet together)   + 1    /RBI (feet together)
  RFO     LBO
  LFI-Pr     XF-RBI
  RFO-Sw   1+2  LBO-Sw3
            Op Cho
    “Tw” between 2,3 “and”   “and” RBO between 2, 3
  LFO     XF-LBI
  RFI-Ch between counts 4 & 1   “and”   RFI Op Mo
between cts 4 & 1
    /LFO   /LBI (exit edge Mo)
    /RFI betwen cts 2 & 3 “and”      
  LFO     RBO
  CR-RFOI 1+1    1 + 1 CR-LBOI
          “and” /LBI-Tw1 (between cts 2, 3)
  10  LFI     RBI
Outside 11  RFO     LBO
  12  LFI-Pr     RBI-Pr
  13  RFO     LBO
  14a  LFO   1+1  RFI3
    Cl Mo        
  14b   RBO  1      
Reverse 15  XF-LBI     XF-LBI
Kilian   /RBO (between cts 2 & 3)   “and”   /RBO (between cts 2 & 3)
Kilian 16  LFO     LFO
  17  XF-RFI     XF-RFI
  18  XB-LFO     XB-LFO
  19  XF-RFO     XF-RFO
Reverse 20  XF-LFI     XF-LFI
Kilian 21  XB-RFO     XB-RFO
  22  XF-LFO-Rk   1+1   XF-LFO-Rk
Kilian 23  XF-RBI     XF-RBI
  24  XF-LBI3   1+1   XF-LBI3
  25a  RFI 1   1+1 RFI3
    Op Mo        
  25b  LBI      
Closed 26  RBO     LFO
  27  CR-LBO     CR-RFO
Reverse Outside 28  CR-RBO     CR-LFO





/ RFO3

Closed 30  RFO3 ½+½   LBO
  31  LBO     RFO
  32a  RBO   XF-LFO
  32b        RFI-Ch
Open 33  LFO     LFO
  34  RFI-Pr     RFI-Pr
  35a  LFO   1+3&nbps; LFO-Rk
Closed 35b  RFO-Sw   RBI-Sw
  35c  Cl Cho     ½ + ½ LFO3
Open 36  LBI   2+2 RBO3
  37a  RBIO 2+1   LFI
            Cl Cho
  37b        RBO
Reverse 38  XF-LBI     XF-LBI
Kilian 39  RFI     RFI
  40  LFO   ½   LFO
  41  RFI-Ch   ½   RFI-Ch
  42  LFO     LFO
  43  RFI-Pr     RFI-Pr
  44  LFI     LFI
            Cl Cho
Closed 45a  RFI   RBO
  45b  LFO3 ½ +½      
Outside 45c  RBO   +1  /RBO-Twl
Open 46  LFO     LFO
  47  RFI-Ch     RFI-Ch
  48  LFO     LFO
  49  CR-RFOI-Sw 3 + 1   3 + ½+½ CR-RFOI-Sw
/RFI3 (on ct 3)
          “and” /LBI (between counts 3 & 4)


International Dance


Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union


Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union

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