Kauai Night Fever (December 18, 2011)

Koloa Dance uses the Bee Gee’s Night Fever as a hustle, but didn’t know the Travolta line dance from Saturday Night Fever. Here’s a description.

The Saturday Night Fever Dance

MusicNight Fever by Bee Gees

Starting on right foot when the lyrics begin.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing touch with a clap (1-2-3-4).

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing touch with a clap (5-6-7-8).

Four steps back, fourth is a closing touch with a clap (1-2-3-4).

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing touch with a clap (5-6-7-8).

Step right, pivot 180° and step left, pivot 180° and step right, close left and clap (1-2-3-4).

Step left, pivot 180° and step right, pivot 180° and step left, close right and clap (5-6-7-8).

Kick ball change, kick ball change (1-and-2, 3-and-4), sugar foot four times (5-6-7-8).

Disco arm to the right four times (1—3—5—7–).

Revolve arms around each other (1-2), chicken arms with heel click (3-4).

Touch right foot front, back, side, close and turn 90° CCW, step back right to start from the top (5-6-7-8).

And here’s a video of Richard Powers teaching it at Friday Night Waltz.

Splash – Foxtrot Class (October 30, 2011)

Club Two Step: The Basic

Six steps on eight beats, slow-quick-quick-slow-quick-quick timing. (12)-3-4-(56)-7-8.

Leads: (12) – Slow step with your left foot directly to your left. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your right foot directly behind your left foot. 4 – Quick replace of left foot. Then the same to the other side, i.e. (56) – Slow step with your right foot directly to your right. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your left foot directly behind your right foot. 4 – Quick replace of right foot.

Follows: Mirror your partner, i.e. (12) – Slow step with your right foot directly to your right. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your left foot directly behind your right foot. 4 – Quick replace of right foot. Then the same to the other side, i.e. (56) – Slow step with your left foot directly to your left. 3 – Quick step (full weight) with your right foot directly behind your left foot. 4 – Quick replace of left foot.

Toss Across (a.k.a. Flip Flops a.k.a Fall Away Breaks)

On 5, the lead lets go of the leading hand, and they fall away into an open (side-by-side) position for the secondary rock step, with lead’s right and follow’s left arms around each other’s shoulders, other hands free. Toss across on the side step to do the opposite on the other side, in open position with lead’s left and follow’s right arms around each other’s shoulders. On both sides, the lead’s arm is below the follow’s. Retrieve leading hands for one of the primary steps to return to the basic.

Follow’s Spot Turn

On 1, raise the leading hand, and lead the follow out under the leading arm. The follow takes a regular slow step with her right to her right (12), then pivots 180° to take a quick step left with her left (3), then does a quick replace of right foot (4). She pivots 180° again to take a regular slow step left with her left foot (56), finishing with a regular rock step (7-8).

Follow’s Spot Turn Entrance into Flip Flops

Start with a Follow’s Spot Turn for the first half, then fall away to Flip Flops for the second half.

Follow’s Spot Turn Exit from Flip Flops

While doing Flip Flops, clearly present the leading hand to lead the follow into a Follow’s Spot Turn on any 1.

Lead’s Spot Turn

Opposite of the Follow’s Spot Turn. On 1, the lead ducks under the leading arm. The lead takes a regular slow step with his left to his left (12), then pivots 180° to take a quick step right with his right (3), then does a quick replace of left foot (4). He pivots 180° again to take a regular slow step right with his right foot (56), finishing with a regular rock step (7-8).

Everyone Practice All Four

Leads: Without a partner, practice the Follow’s Spot Turn Footwork. You’ll use it shortly.

Follows: Without a partner, practice the Lead’s Spot Turn footwork. You’ll use it shortly.

Follow’s Inside Turn

Start with half of a basic. On 5, the lead lets go with his right hand and brings the leading hand through the frame, leading the follow into an inside turn. She uses the Lead’s Spot Turn footwork.

Chained Outside Turns

Start with a Follow’s Spot Turn for the first half. On 5, the lead catches the follow’s left hand with his right, and takes an outside turn to his right, using the Follow’s Spot Turn footwork. Repeat the Follow’s Spot Turn on 1 and the lead’s outside turn to his right on 5. End by giving the follow one more turn (for an odd number of turns total), then falling away into Flip Flops.

Chained Inside Turns

From two hands, on 1, lead a Follow’s Inside Turn out the opposite side (his left, her right) using right to left hands (she uses the regular Follow’s Spot Turn footwork). On 5, the lead catches the follow’s right hand and takes an inside turn to his right side, using the Follow’s Spot Turn footwork. Come back to two hands.

Other Chained Turns

See what other kinds of chained turns you can do.

Be careful and gentle, push or pull any arms where they don’t want to go.

Try right to left the whole time, left to right the whole time, right to right the whole time, left to left the whole time, two hands the whole time.

If your hands get mixed up and you want to get out of it elegantly, you can do so with Sunburst. Bring all four hands together, put them palm to palm, and raise the up and out and down in a circle. It looks fun and feels fun, and now you have a regular two-handed position. You can also randomly do this for fun, if you want.

Now that we know how to hand all kinds of turning fun in club two step, let’s switch gears and go back in time to learn another kind of Slow-Quick-Quick dance, box step foxtrot.

 

Box Step Foxtrot (a.k.a. Box Fox) – Basic Box Step

Six steps on eight beats, slow-quick-quick-slow-quick-quick timing. (12)-3-4-(56)-7-8.

Face partner squarely, feet slightly offset. Feet from the lead’s left: lead’s left, follow’s right, lead’s right, follow’s left on four parallel tracks.

Leads: (12) – Step forward into partner with left foot. 3 – Step right with right foot. 4 – Close up with left foot. (56) – Step back away from partner with right foot. 7 – Step left with left foot. 8 – Close up with right foot.

Follows: Same as the lead, just shifted three counts, i.e., (12) – Step back away from partner with right foot. 3 – Step left with left foot. 4 – Close up with right foot. (56) – Step forward into partner with left foot. 7 – Step right with right foot. 8 – Close up with left foot.

Turning Box

Same as the basic, except the whole couple turns counterclockwise. Step diagonally forward to the left, diagonally back to the right. Start small, and work your way up to whatever degree of turning feels comfortable.

Quarter Turning Box

Same as the Turning Basic, but make it neater by turning 90° in three counts, returning to the same orientation at the end of a full box.

Traveling Box (Straight)

Similar to the basic, except the the lead steps forward on both 1 and 5, the follow steps back on both 1 and 5. Travels forward (for the lead), backward (for the follow). Get into it with a clear lead into the follow on any 5, get out of it with a clear lead into the lead on 5. Steer carefully.

Traveling Box (Serpentine), a.k.a. Back Zig Zag

Similar to the straight traveling box, except the lead steps forward with a cross-step in front, crossing outside of the follow’s feet. The follow steps backward with a cross-step in back, parallel to the lead’s cross step. Get into it with a clear body lead for the cross step on 1, get out of it by crossing on 5then collecting feet and facing your partner squarely on 7-8 to go straight forward on 1. Steer carefully.

Now that we know how to dance both club two step and box step foxtrot, let’s see how we can transition between them.

Transitions Between Box Step Foxtrot and Club Two Step

To transition from box step foxtrot to club two step simply lead into the first side step of club two step on any count 1. Depending on the clarity of the lead, the follow may still step a little bit backwards on 1, but the side-rock-step pattern will quickly become apparent. Now you’re dancing club two step.

To transition from club two step to box step foxtrot, firm up the frame during the second half of a basic and lead a clear box step on count 1. It helps if you make it a turning box step, as the CCW turning action rarely happens in club two step and alerts the follow that something different is happening. Now you’re dancing box step foxtrot.

It’s also perfectly acceptable, if not quite as elegant, to stop, wait for the next count 1, and start the other dance.

For club two step and foxtrot practice music, see Dancing Tunes – Club Two Step and Dancing Tunes – Foxtrot.

Splash – Waltz Class (October 30, 2011)

Open Waltz: The Basic

Six steps on six beats, even timing. 1-2-3-4-5-6.

This is simply walking in waltz time, starting on opposite feet: his left and her right, or his right and her left (both on inside feet, or both on outside feet). Every step is on the balls of your feet, rather than flat-footed.

Optional (But Highly Recommended) Styling: Accent the first beat, by making it longer and lower and making the second two beats shorter and even higher on balls of your feet, i.e. Down-Up-Up and Long-Short-Short.

There are many things you can do in this position: turns for both people in both directions, free spins, rollaways. We gave both people several turns.

 

Cross Step Waltz: The Basic

Six steps on six beats, even timing. 1-2-3-4-5-6.

Leads: 1 – Cross step with right foot in front of left. 2 – Side step left. 3 – Replace right. 4 – Cross step with left foot in front of right. 5 – Side step right. 6 – Replace left.

Follows: Same as lead, just shifted three counts, i.e. 1 – Cross step with left foot in front of right. 2 – Side step right. 3 – Replace left. 4 – Cross step with right foot in front of left. 5 – Side step left. 6 – Replace right.

Follower’s Solo

The lead crosses on 1, and plants his feet there, while leading the follow to continue doing the basic step. If the follow is comfortable doing the step on her own, the lead can let go with his right hand and lead her back and forth using only his left hand, giving her more room to play. The lead can rejoin the follow on any count 1 and go back to the basic.

Follows: You have a choice: you can continue with the basic step, or can add various embellishments, such as: Sweeps (Cross left on 1, then sweep the right foot around in a continuous motion to the cross on 4, then sweep the left foot around in a continuous motion to cross on 1, etc), Touches (Cross left on 1, touch (without weight) right foot right on 2, hold 3, cross right on 4, touch (without weight) left foot on 5, hold 6, etc), Kicks (Like Touches, except that you kick your touching foot back, as if kicking your behind, on 3 and 6).

Leads: You have no control over what she does in Follower’s Solo. You just get to watch your beautiful partner dance. Unfortunately, you don’t get to do the fancy Follower’s Solo steps yourself, unless you learn to follow, which I highly recommend.

Slightly Turning Basic

Do the basic step, but this time, the whole couple turns a little bit clockwise each time. Start small, and work your way up to whatever degree of turning feels comfortable. (Eventually, the idea will be to travel by turning 180° each time, but we’ll save that for later.)

Toss Across (a.k.a. Flip Flops)

On 1, let go of the leading hand, and do the primary cross step in an open (almost side-by-side) position, with lead’s right and follow’s left arms around each other’s shoulders, other hands free. On the secondary cross step, do the opposite, in open position with lead’s left and follow’s right arms around each other’s shoulders. On both sides, the lead’s arm is below the follow’s. Retrieve leading hands for one of the primary cross steps to return to the basic.

Now that we can cross step waltz comfortably in place, let’s make it travel a bit.

Zig Zag

Footwork is the same as the basic, except the lead gently steers the follow to overturn so that the cross steps in front actually travel diagonally back toward line of direction. He does this while still pulling her forward to cross in front, rather than pushing her backward, as that makes the cross steps very hard. His cross steps travel diagonally forward. Steer carefully.

Waltz Walk

We can also travel simply by walking. Take the primary cross step, then continue walking forward, tightening up the frame and clearly pointing the hands toward line of direction. The follow can have an optional outside turn on 4-5-6. To get back to the basic, lead a clear primary cross, side, replace on 1-2-3, and a clear secondary cross step back against line of direction on 4-5-6.

Now that can dance cross step waltz in place, and travel around the room, let’s explore a different kind of basic waltz step, the box step.

 

Box Step Waltz – Basic Box Step

Six steps on six counts, even timing. 1-2-3-4-5-6.

Face partner squarely, feet slightly offset. Feet from the lead’s left: lead’s left, follow’s right, lead’s right, follow’s left on four parallel tracks.

Leads: 1 – Step forward into partner with left foot. 2 – Step right with right foot. 3 – Close up with left foot. 4 – Step back away from partner with right foot. 5 – Step left with left foot. 6 – Close up with right foot.

Follows: Same as the lead, just shifted three counts, i.e., 1 – Step back away from partner with right foot. 2 – Step left with left foot. 3 – Close up with right foot. 4 – Step forward into partner with left foot. 5 – Step right with right foot. 6 – Close up with left foot.

Turning Box

Same as the basic, except the whole couple turns counterclockwise. Step diagonally forward to the left, diagonally back to the right. Start small, and work your way up to whatever degree of turning feels comfortable.

Quarter Turning Box

Same as the Turning Basic, but make it neater by turning 90° in three counts, returning to the same orientation at the end of a full box.

Traveling Box (Straight)

Similar to the basic, except the the lead steps forward on both 1 and 4, the follow steps back on both 1 and 4. Travels forward (for the lead), backward (for the follow). Get into it with a clear lead into the follow on any 4, get out of it with a clear lead into the lead on 4. Steer carefully.

Traveling Box (Serpentine), a.k.a. Back Zig Zag

Similar to the straight traveling box, except the lead steps forward with a cross-step in front, crossing outside of the follow’s feet. The follow steps backward with a cross-step in back, parallel to the lead’s cross step. Get into it with a clear body lead for the cross step on 1, get out of it by crossing on 4 then collecting feet and facing your partner squarely on 5-6 to go straight forward on 1. Steer carefully.

Waltz Walk

We can also travel simply by walking. Finish a full box step, then start walking perpendicular to the frame (lead’s left), tightening up the frame, clearly pointing the hands toward line of direction. The follow can have an optional outside turn on 1-2-3. To get back to the basic, lead the follow around in front on 4-5-6, and lead a clear box step on count 1.

Now that we know how to dance in place and travel with both cross step and box step waltz, let’s see how we can transition between them.

Transitions Between Box Step and Cross Step

To transition from box step waltz to cross step waltz, dance half of a box while loosening the frame and preparing to lead a clear cross step on count 4. Make it a clear body lead pulling forward. Now you’re dancing cross step waltz, shifted three counts (starting 4-5-6, rather than 1-2-3).

To transition from cross step waltz to box step waltz, dance half of a cross step waltz basic while firming up the frame and preparing to lead a clear box step on count 4. It helps if you make it a turning box step, as the CCW turning action rarely happens in cross step waltz and alerts the follow that something different is happening. Now you’re dancing box step waltz, shifted three counts (starting 4-5-6, rather than 1-2-3).

We can also transition between the waltzes by transitioning from one dance into waltz walk, and then out of waltz walk into the other dance.

It’s also perfectly acceptable, if not quite as elegant, to stop, wait for the next count 1, and start the other dance.

For waltz practice music, see Dancing Tunes – Cross-Step Waltz and Dancing Tunes – Slow Waltz.

Splash – Swing Class (October 29, 2011)

Four Count Swing: The Basic

Four steps on four counts, even timing. 1-2-3-4.

Count “One, Two, Three, Four.”

Leads: 1 – Step L with L foot, 2 – Replace R foot, 3 – Step behind R foot with L foot, 4 – Replace R foot

Follows: 1 – Step R with R foot, 2 – Replace L foot, 3 – Step behind L foot with R foot, 4 – Replace L foot

Follow’s Underarm Turn (Back to Place)

On 1, the lead raises his left hand and gently guides the follow into an outside turn under her right arm. Rock step in swing out position. On 1, the lead guides the follow into an inside turn back to place. Rock step in closed position.

Lead’s Underarm Turn (Back to Place)

On 1, the lead ducks under his own left arm (an outside turn for him), mirroring what the follow did in the Follow’s Underarm Turn. Rock step in swing out position. On 1, the lead turns himself (an inside turn) back to place. Rock step in closed position.

These turns technically work, but they feel awkward.

Let’s make them feel better.

Follow’s Underarm Turn (to Swing Out Position)

On 1, the lead leads the first half of a Follow’s Underarm Turn. Rock step in swing out position. On 1, the leads guides the follow back to her home with an inside turn, but trades places with her in the process. Now we’re in swing out position, rotated 180°. Doesn’t that feel better?

From here, there’s a lot we can do, but for now, let’s just go back to the basic and slowly retrieve our partner in closed position.

Lead’s Underarm Turn (to Swing Out Position)

First half is the same as the first Lead’s Underarm Turn, second half can be anything from swing out position. For now let’s make it a Follow’s Inside Turn, as in the Follow’s Underarm Turn to Swing Out, and close up again.

Turning Basic

After all these turns, the regular basic can start to feel pretty boring. Let’s make it more exciting.

Do the basic step, but this time, the whole couple turns a little bit clockwise each time. Start small, and work your way up to whatever degree of turning feels comfortable. Throw in some underarm turns if you want.

Now that we’ve mastered the basics in closed position, and the turns out of closed position, let’s introduce some new swing moves.

Waist Slide

On 1, the lead leads the follow forward to pass by his right side, as he passes his right arm over their swing out arms and turns counterclockwise past her right side. Her right arm slides along his waist, and back into his left hand. End in swing out position, rotated 180°.

Lead’s Underarm Turn

Same footwork as the waist slide, but inside of passing his right arm over the swing out arms, the lead ducks under the swing out arms. End in swing out position, rotated 180°.

Follow’s Inside Turn (Loop Turn)

We did a Follow’s Inside Turn after Follow’s Underarm Turn. Now try the Follow’s Inside Turn after a Waist Slide or Lead’s Underarm Turn. On 1, the leads guides the follow past his right side with an inside turn, trading places with her in the process. End in swing out position, rotated 180°.

Follow’s Outside Turn (Arch Turn)

We did a Follow’s Outside Turn out of closed position (which we called the Follow’s Underarm Turn). We can also do a Follow’s Outside Turn from swing out position. On 1, the leads guides the follow past his left side with an outside turn, trading places with her in the process. End in swing out position, rotated 180°.

Leads: Be very clear with this lead, as the follow will default to walking forward past your right side.

Follows: Default to walking forward past the lead’s right side unless you are led otherwise, as the majority of the one-handed swing moves start that way (i.e., Waist Slide, Lead’s Underarm Turn, Follow’s Inside Turn start that way, the Follow’s Outside Turn is an exception).

Continuous Swing Out

After any of these moves, you can return to the basic and retrieve your partner, but you can also chain these moves in a continuous swing out. Try alternating the Follow’s Inside Turn, Follow’s Outside Turn, Waist Slide, and Lead’s Underarm Turn.

Now we have two basics in closed position (Basic, and Turning Basic), two exits from closed position (Follow’s Underarm Turn, and Lead’s Underarm Turn), and four swing moves (Follow’s Inside Turn, Follow’s Outside Turn, Waist Slide, and Lead’s Underarm Turn), and can effectively dance to Street Swing music. Now let’s look at some variations in timing, so we can dance these moves to more music.

Six Count Swing: The Basic

Four steps on six counts, SSQQ timing. (12)-(34)-5-6.

Count “Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick.”

Foot placement is the same as in four count swing, on 1, 3, 5, and 6.

All the swing moves we learned in four count work in six count.

We didn’t get to triple step swing today, but here’s a basic description, if you want to try it on your own.

Triple Step Swing: The Basic

Eight steps on six counts, QQQ,QQQ,SS timing. 1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-6.

Count “Tri-ple-Step, Tri-ple-Step, Rock, Step.”

Leads: 1 – Step L with L foot, “and” – Close R foot towards L foot, 2 – Step L with L foot, 3 – Step R with R foot, “and” – Close L foot towards R foot, 4 – Step R with R foot, 5 – Step behind R foot with L foot, 6 – Replace R foot

Follows: 1 – Step R with R foot, “and” – Close L foot towards R foot, 2 – Step R with R foot, 3 – Step L with L foot, “and” – Close R foot towards L foot, 4 – Step L with L foot, 5 – Step behind L foot with R foot, 6 – Replace L foot

All the swing moves we learned in four count work in triple step.

For practice swing music, see Dancing Tunes – Street Swing and Dancing Tunes – East Coast Swing.

Splash – Line Dance Class (October 29, 2011)

Conga Line (1930s)

Music: Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter

As a warmup, we did a conga line, simply walking in a line and following whatever the person in front of you does.

Then we proceeded to move through time, learning several popular line dances from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and one invented just this year, before circling back to the 19th century to learn a waltz mixer.

The Time Warp (1975)

Music: Time Warp (Glee Cast Version) by Glee Cast, or Time Warp (Movie Version) from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Other than the portions of the song where the narrator dictates the moves, this is pretty free form, but here’s what you need to know.

“It’s just a jump to the left.” – It’s just a jump to the left on the beat after this line, with hands on hips (narrator), or while throwing hands into the air (Transylvanians).

“And a step to the right.” – Right foot touches out to the right three times, hands flaring out each time. Hold the last one.

“Put your hands on your hips.” – Circle yours hands up into the air and around to your hips.

“Bring your knees in tight.” – Pigeon-toe your knees together.

“Pelvic thrust.” – Hips forward and back, forward and back, either slowly (early chorus), or double time (later chorus).

“Insaaaaane.” – Hips circle counterclockwise (early chorus), or clockwise (later chorus).

You can do many things on the “let’s do the time warp” line. I like this particular variation, which isn’t in either of the videos (original, or Glee version – I picked it up on youtube), but it feels good, and is certainly in the spirit of the dance.

First time:

“Let’s” – Right arm up diagonally.

“Do” – Left arm up diagonally.

“Time” – Right arm down to left hip.

“Warp” – Left arm down to right hip.

“Again” – Circle hands back up to diagonals.

Second time:

“Let’s” – Right arm down to left hip.

“Do” – Left arm down to right hip.

“Time” – Right arm up diagonally.

“Warp” – Left arm up diagonally.

“Again” – Lower hands down to sides.

The Bus Stop (1976)

Music: Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Starting on right foot.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Step right, cross back left, step right, close left and clap.

Step left, cross back right, step left, close right and clap.

Step right, pivot 180° and step left, pivot 180° and step right, close left and clap.

Step left, pivot 180° and step right, pivot 180° and step left, close right and clap.

Jump forward, hands up.

Jump forward, hands up.

Do it again, double time.

Chicken arms.

Touch right foot front and back (slow), front and back and side close (fast) and turn 90° CCW, step back right to start from the top.

The Saturday Night Fever Dance (1977)

Music: Night Fever by Bee Gees

Starting on right foot.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps back, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Four steps forward, fourth is a closing closing touch with a clap.

Step right, pivot 180° and step left, pivot 180° and step right, close left and clap.

Step left, pivot 180° and step right, pivot 180° and step left, close right and clap.

Kick ball change, kick ball change, sugar foot four times.

Disco arm four times.

Revolve arms around each other. Chicken arms with heel click on fourth beat.

Touch right foot front, back, side, close and turn 90° CCW, step back right to start from the top.

The Chicken Dance (1981)

Music: Chicken Dance by Roman Holiday Ensemble

In a circle.

Four chicken beak hands.

Four chicken arms.

Four tail wiggles.

Four claps.

Repeat four times.

Take hands in circle, and revolve clockwise. Reverse, revolve counterclockwise.

The Macarena (1994)

Music: Macarena (River Remix) by Los del Río

Right hand out in front, palm down. Left hand out in front, palm down.

Turn right hand palm up. Turn left hand palm up.

Right hand to left shoulder, left hand to right shoulder.

Right hand behind head. Left hand behind head.

Right hand to left hip. Left hand to right hip.

Right hand to rear. Left hand to rear.

Rotate hips counterclockwise.

Jump to turn 90° counterclockwise.

Repeat.

Tokyo Polka (2011)

Music: Levan Polka by Otomania & MIKU

Invented by Richard Powers this year.

Left Foot Heel Toe, Side Close Side Diagonal Forward Left, Right Foot Heel Toe, Side Close Side Diagonal Forward Right

Cross Over Left to Right Side, Replace Right, Side Close Side Back, Pivot 180° and Side Close Side Back, Rock Step

Cross Over Left to Right Side, Replace Right, Side Close Side Left, Cross Over Right to Left Side, Side Close Side Right

Side Close Side to with Left Foot Forward, Pivot 180° and Side Close Side with Right Foot Forward, Paddle Turn Clockwise 360° (to Face the Left Wall)

Spanish Waltz (19th Century)

Music: Over Sjo Och Land by American Cafe Orchestra

In Sets of Four, One Couple Facing Other Couple LOD, One Couple Facing Other Couple Reverse LOD

Intro) Honor Partners

1) With R-to-L Hands, Balance Forward and Back on First Foot

2) Leads Turn Opposite Follow Outside Turn, All Using Inside Hands*

3 to 8) Repeat 1 & 2 Four Times Total Until Back in Place

9 to 10) All Right Hand Star (360°) with CW Turn on Fourth Bar to…**

11 to 12) All Left Hand Star (360°)

13 to 16) Waltz Around the Set, then to Next Set (Forward from Starting Direction)***

We didn’t get to any variations, but here are variations for each section:

*Or two hand turn both hands up (Dishrag), or two hands left up, right down (Cradle)

**Or CCW Turn on Fourth Bar, or All Face In, Hop-Side-Close (Right Foot, then Left Foot)

***Wheel Around in Skater’s Position (Lead’s Left Shoulders Together), or Rotary Waltz, or…

For more choreographed dances, see Dancing Moves – Choreographed Dances.

For more choreographed dance music, see Dancing Tunes – Choreographed Dances.

Splash – One Step Class (October 30, 2011)

Full descriptions coming soon, but here’s what we did:

Walking Hand in Hand, with Turns, Free Spins, and Rollaways

Walking in Closed Position

Ways Out of Closed Position: He Goes, Cross Body Lead, Cross Body Lead with Inside Turn

Lead’s Wrap from Two Hands, Unwrap, Sweep Around

Follow’s Cradle In: Simple Unwrap, Unwrap and Turn, Unwind, Unwind and Turn

Cradle Wheel

Dishrags from Two Hands: One Turns One Way (CW or CCW), One Turns Opposite Way to Get Out, or Sunburst

Shadow Position (He Goes In, or Any Other Way In)

Shadow Position Illusion Turn

Shadow Wheel

Polka Gallops Sideways

Polka Triple Steps Forward

Polka Triple Steps with Follow’s Turn

Turning Polka

For one step practice music, see Dancing Tunes – One Step.