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    Gerry Gray May 7, 2006, 6:49 p.m. (Message 45188)

    Here is the description from Michael Gwynne’s 1953 edition of Old Time and
    Sequence Dancing. I also have a description from Victor Silvester’s 1950
    book Sequence Dancing, but it is much longer. 
    
     
    
    James Finnegan, who also wrote what is now known as the Military Two-Step,
    named his Marine Four Step after the Marine Gardens Ballroom in Portobello
    Edinburgh, where he was the MC. It was also a tribute to the Royal Marines
    and therefore martial music is the most appropriate to use when dancing it.
    
     
    
    Marine Four-Step
    
    James Finnigan
    
    Time 2/4 Tempo 56 - 16 Bar Sequence
    
     
    
    Commencing position similar to the Veleta.
    
     
    
    
    Count
    
    Man
    
    Bars
    
    
    1, 2, 3
    
    Barn Dance Forward LF RF LF
    
    2
    
    
    4
    
    RF forward to 4th pos point with temps levé on LF
    
    
    1, 2, 3
    
    Barn Dance Against LOD back RF LF RF
    
    4
    
    
    4
    
    LF forward to 4th pos point with temps levé on RF
    
    
    1 and 2
    
    Pas de Basque outward LF RF LF
    
    5
    
    
    3 and 4
    
    Pas de Basque inwards RF LF RF (similar to Boston Two-Step)
    
    6
    
    
    1 and 2
    
    Waltz outwards, LF RF LF
    
    7
    
    
    3 and 4
    
    Waltz outwards, RF LF RF (similar to Latchford Scottische but finished
    facing diag to wall down line of dance taking double hold
    
    8
    
    
    1
    
    LF to side along LOD (line of dance)
    
     
    
    
    2
    
    Cross RF over LF (forward along LOD)
    
    9
    
    
    3
    
    LF to side along LOD
    
     
    
    
    4
    
    Point RF forward down LOD
    
    10
    
    
    1
    
    RF back against LOD
    
     
    
    
    2
    
    LF back against LOD
    
    11
    
    
    3
    
    RF back against LOD
    
     
    
    
    4
    
    Close LF to RF without weight, assume waltz hold
    
    12
    
    
     
    
    Waltz right turns commencing rotary turn. Finish on last bar opening to
    commencing position in similar manner to Veleta
    
    13-16
    
    
     
    
     
    
     
    
    
     
    
    The Barn Dance can be danced with a Gavotte step closing to 3rd pos and
    omitting the Temps levé.
    
     
    
    
     
    
     
    
     
    
    
     
    
    Lady’s steps are normal opposite
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    George and Vicki Hamilton May 7, 2006, 8:41 p.m. (Message 45189, in reply to message 45188)

    Thank you very much.  That is most helpful.  I wasn't able to find a 
    reference to this on Dance Data regarding which book I could buy.  This 
    dance is on our St. Andrew's Day program in Calgary.
    
    Cheers,
    
    Vicki

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