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These dances are done with just the one partner. Some of them can be made progressive if desired.Usually start with everyone facing anticlockwise around the hall, women on the right of their partner.

Last modified 9 April 2015


Evening 3 Step
16 bar march
 
Start facing along line of dance holding partner's inside hand

A1 (4) Outside foot start, go forward 3 steps then tap your inside foot
   (4) Solo twirl to swap places with partner (men going behind the women), 
       take other inside hand and tap your (new) inside foot

   (4) Solo twirl back the other way (men behind again), tap your inside foot
   (4) 3 steps backward, tap your outside foot

A2 (2) Skip along line of dance, face to face with partner
   (2) Skip along line of dance, back to back with partner
   (4) Facing partner and holding both hands, 2 sliding steps along line of dance

   (8) Short polka

In A1, the foot that taps is the foot that the next move starts with (so just tap the foot, donít leave it on the floor). 

Gypsy Tap
6/8 marches (eg Liberty Bell or Repasz Band)
Medium

A1 (4) In ballroom hold, side together, side together (to man's left)
   (4) Walk 3 steps and close (same direction, outside foot first)
   (8) Repeat in the same direction

A2 (16) Repeat in the other direction (to the man's right). Finish facing 
        line of dance holding inside hands

B1 (4) 2 slow steps forward (with an optional tap of the other foot)
   (4) Solo turn (turn away from partner)
   (8) Repeat the slow steps and solo turn

B2 (4) Forward, 2, 3, kick 
   (4) Back, 2, 3, close
   (8) Circular waltz

Manchester Galop
32 bar jig or polka (the original tune is a jig)
Easy

A1 (8) In ballroom hold, 4 slow sliding steps into the centre
   (8) 8 quick steps to go out again (note: don't change your hold 
       or turn around, just turn your heads to face the other way)
   
A2 (16) Repeat A1

B  (32) Polka around the hall

Maxina
Music: Own tune, 24 bars
Medium

Start in the over the shoulder promenade hold (left in left, right 
in right, woman's hands just above her shoulder height)

(numbers in parentheses are bar counts)

   (2) Rock forward and back twice, left foot start (for everyone)
   (2) Forward, 2, 3, kick, back, 2, 3, close 

   (1) 2 slow steps forward (left foot start)
   (1) Pivot and go back for 3 steps 
   (1) 2 slow steps forward (right foot start)
   (1) Pivot and go back for 3 steps 

   (4) Grapevine: facing more-or-less the middle of the hall (with 
       partner next to you), cross your left foot in front of your 
       right foot, then bring up your right foot and close. Then cross 
       left foot behind your right foot, bring up your right foot and 
       close. That is one grapevine step. Do 4 of these. Finish facing 
       along line of dance

   (1) 2 slow steps forward
   (1) 4 quick steps back (the first step back is done by crossing 
       your left foot over your right)
   (2) Repeat

   (1) 2 slow steps forward
   (1) Ladies turn out, take a ballroom hold
   (6) Circular waltz

Merry Widow
32 bar waltz
Medium

Start in the over the shoulder promenade hold (left in left, right 
in right, woman's hands just above her shoulder height)

(numbers in parentheses are bar counts)

A1 (2) 2 slow steps forward (left foot start)
   (2) 2 sliding steps diagonally left 
   (4) Point your right foot in front, then to your right, 
       then close, then dip (ie bend both knees)

A2 (2) 2 slow steps backward (left foot start)
   (2) 3 quick steps back (left foot start)
   (2) Rock forward on your right, then back on your left
   (2) Forward on right, then bring up your left and close while 
       turning right on the spot to face the outside, men directly 
       behind their partner

B1 (4) 2 sliding steps left, then right
   (3) Turn away from each other (men left, women right), turning a 
       tight circle, meet and...
   (1) Bow

B2 (8) Circular waltz 

This can be made progressive by the men looping back to the woman behind in B1

Palma Waltz
32 bar waltz
Medium

Start in the over the shoulder promenade hold (left in left, right 
in right, woman's hands just above her shoulder height)

(numbers in parentheses are bar counts)

A1 (2) 2 slow steps forward (left foot start)
   (2) Pivot and go back for 3 steps 
   (2) 2 slow steps forward (right foot start)
   (2) Pivot and go back for 3 steps 

A2 (4) 4 slow steps forward
   (2) 2 sliding steps diagonally forward and left
   (2) 2 sliding steps diagonally forward and right

B1 (4) Repeat those diagonal slides
   (2) 2 slow steps forward
   (2) Ladies turn out, take a ballroom hold

B2 (8) Circular waltz 

This can be made progressive by the men moving on to a new 
partner in A2 (during the 4 slow steps forward).

Scottish Waltz
32 bar waltz
Easy

Start in the over the shoulder promenade hold (left in left, right 
in right, woman's hands just above her shoulder height)

(numbers in parentheses are bar counts)

A1 (5) 5 slow steps forward (left foot start)
   (3) Point and close: point right foot to your front right, 
       then in front of you, then close

A2 (4) 4 slow steps backward, left foot start
   (1) Forward on your left foot
   (3) Point and close. As you close, turn to your right so that 
       you all have your backs to the centre of the room and the 
       men are directly behind the women

B1 (2) 2 sliding steps left
   (2) 2 sliding step right, then turn to face line of dance
   (2) 2 slow steps forward
   (2) Ladies turn out, take a ballroom hold

B2 (8) Circular waltz 

This is basically a badly remembered version of the Merry Widow Waltz 
(although I actually prefer this one)

St Bernard's Waltz
32 bar waltz (St Bernard's Waltz)
Easy

Start in ballroom hold, mens backs to the centre

(numbers in parentheses are bar counts)

Pert 1

A1 (3) 3 sliding steps to the man's left
   (1) Stamp stamp (2 stamps on the spot, man starting right 
       foot, woman left)
   (2) 2 sliding steps to the man's right
   (2) 2 steps into the centre (man backwards, woman 
       forwards, man starts left foot, woman right)

A2 (2) 2 steps back to the outside
   (2) Man takes 2 small sliding steps left while turning the 
       lady under (mans left hand, womans right)
   (4) Circular waltz 

Part 2

Take cross hand hold (right in right, left in left, left hands on top)

B1 (2) Step close, step kick (to man's left)
   (2) Step close, step kick (to man's right)
   (4) Repeat

B2 (2) Step kick left, then right 
   (2) Man takes 2 small sliding steps left while turning the 
       lady under their joined left arms
   (4) Circular waltz 

Dancers may freely mix parts 1 and 2 as they see fit (many people only 
do part 1).

Swedish Masquerade
Music: march, waltz, polka (special tune)
Easy

March
A  (8) Facing anticlockwise around the hall and holding partner's 
       inside hand, go forward for 7 slow steps. On 8, turn on the 
       spot to face back the other way
   (8) 7 slow steps back. On 8, turn 

Waltz
B  (4) Holding partner's inside hand, balance (away and together) twice   
   (4) Short waltz 
   (8) Repeat the balances and waltz

Polka
C  (8) Holding partner's inside hand, balance (step kick) twice   
   (8) Short polka 
  (16) Repeat the balances and polka

Valeta
Waltz (16 bar sequence. 32 bar tune is fine)
Easy

A1 (2) Facing anticlockwise around the hall and holding partner's 
       inside hand, balance away and together, take both hands
   (2) 2 sliding steps to the man's left, drop man's right/woman's left
   (2) Facing clockwise around the hall and holding partner's 
       inside hand, balance away and together, take both hands
   (2) 2 sliding steps to the man's right. Take ballroom hold

A2 (2) One waltz turn
   (2) 2 sliding steps along line of dance
   (4) 2 waltz turns 

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