Waltz Country Dance

Gerry Gray

Message 3506 · 31 Jan 1996 00:41:49 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Waltz Country Dance is also an Old Time Dance. It is known as the 'Spanish
Waltz' in OTD. Haven't a clue as to why! I tend to treat it more as the OTD
than a SCD.

>Questions:
>Bars 1 - 16 : Should this stepping be done to the side? I think we
>have in the past done it forwards and backwards. Are hands not given
>at all?

As an OTD, the first 16 bars are Waltz (Waltzed) chain. RH to the person
facing, balance forward on RF, balance back on LF and Allemande (turn) the
lady under raised RH. Repeat three times to home. The waltz chain is a
beautiful formation, particularly effective when you get the lady doing her
reverse turn on bar three followed by the man's natural turn on bar 4.

>Bars 17 - 32 : Is it usual / acceptable for the woman to pivot under
>the man's arm as she turns?

Michael Qwynne, in his 'Old Time and Sequence Dancing", has the ladies doing
an allemande here as well.

>Bars 33 - 40 : Presumably this is just waltzing round each other?

I was quite surprised how many people said they dance one and a half times
around the facing couple. I have always taught it, and I believe had it
taught to me, as a 'waltzed pousette'. The same rules as for normal pousette
movement. That is, the two couples merely change places with each other.
Anything more would be too rushed.

In checking Qwynne's book again, I have come across something surprising.
According to him, the OTD version has the couples dancing once and half
around each other. However, they do this in 16 bars not 8. Apparently the
OTD version is 48 bars long. I've never realized this before as I've always
used Scottish Dance Bands who play the 40 bar version. Sidney Thompson's
'Old Time Dance Book' concurs with the number of bars but suggests two and a
half times round. Oh dear!!

- Gerry
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