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We define a change of front (cambio de frente) as a three-step sequence in which the dancer ends up facing in the opposite direction from where he or she started. In other words, a change of front is defined as either a sequence
beginning with an inside cross (forward) followed by an opening and ending with an outside cross (backward), or a sequence beginning with an outside cross (backward) followed by an opening and ending with an inside cross (forward). Changes of front can be either to the right or to the left (see figure below).

For a forward-to-back change of front to the right, do the following:
1. Stand on your left axis.
2. Execute an inside cross with your right leg while turning to your right.
3. Execute an opening to the left with your left leg.
4. Execute an outside cross with your right leg.

For a backward-to-front change of front to the right, do the following:

1. Stand on your right axis.
2. Execute an outside cross with your left leg.
3. Execute an opening to the right with your right leg.
4. Execute an inside cross with your left leg.

For forward-to-back change of front to the left, do the following:

1. Stand on your right axis.
2. Execute an inside cross with your left leg while turning to your left.
3. Execute an opening to the right with your right leg.
4. Execute an outside cross with your left leg.

For a backward-to-front change of front to the left, do the following:

1. Stand on your left axis.
2. Execute an outside cross with your right leg.
3. Execute an opening to the left with your left leg.
4. Execute an inside cross with your right leg.

As a general rule, an opening links each cross. If after the second cross you add a second opening, you are back where you started. You can repeat the same change of front again, completing a full circle. The importance of the change of front will become obvious as you use two consecutive changes of front to learn a fundamental piece of navigation that we call LA BASE (BAH-say).

View from above of the cambio de frente trajectories

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Posted November 15, 2009 by Alberto & Valorie in Gotta Tango

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