basic step is danced in close hold, with the lead's left and follower's
right legs taking forward and backward steps in alternation. This gives
rise to an asymmetrical pattern, where the partnership simulates the
act of stepping over a fence with one pair of legs while the other set
of legs remain stuck to the floor. The figure is known colloquially
as paso de la empalizada or stick-fence step
[courtesy Tambora y Guira].
simplicity and applicability makes it a suitable end-point in the first
phase of our tutorial series, marking the culmination of all your effort
invested so far.