ON THE CARROUSEL


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A circle dance in 3/4 time by Don Armstrong of Port Richey,
Florida.

Record: LS 242-45

Music: "On the Carousel"

Formation: Couples in a single circle, all hands joined and facing
center, woman on man's R.

Footwork: Opposite throughout the dance. Start on man's L,
woman's R.

Introduction: Acknowledge partners and corners.

Measures
     1-4  ROCK FWD, TOUCH,  ; BACK, TOUCH,  ; LADIES
     ROLL RIGHT; JOIN HANDS
     Starting man's L, balance fwd, touch and hold; balance
     back on man's R, touch and hold; as man does a step, touch
     and hold sideward to L; and a step, touch and hold sideward
     to R, all the women roll R-face to their R across in front of
     their corners, momentarily joining both hands as they do so,
     and ending facing the center in the large circle as their
     previous corner's new partner.
     4-8  Repeat measures 1-4, making second partner change.
     9-12 ROCK FWD, TOUCH,  ; BACK, TOUCH,  ; MEN ROLL
     LEFT; JOIN HANDS
     Balance fwd and back as in measures 1-2; then as woman
     does a step, touch, and hold sideward to R, and a step,
     touch and hold sideward to L, all the men roll L-face to
     their L across in front of their corners, momentarily joining
     both hands as they do so, ending facing the center with their
     previous corner as their new partner.
     13-16 Repeat measures 9-12, making a fourth partner change.
     17-20 ROCK FWD, TOUCH,; BACK, TOUCH,;EVERYBODY ROLL ACROSS; JOIN HANDS
     Balance fwd and back as in measures 1-2. Then as woman
     repeats her action of rolling R-face to the R, cross in front
     of man but without hands being touched, man also rolls to
     L with L-face roll crossing in back of woman (on outside of
     circle); end facing center in the large circle with previous
     corners as new partners.
     21-24 Repeat measures 17-20, making 6th partner change but
     ending facing the new partner with both hands joined, men
     facing LOD.
     25-28 STEP, SWING,  ; STEP, SWING,  ; SLIDE IN,  ; SLIDE IN,   
     Stepping twd COH sideward on men's L (woman's R)
     swing other foot cross in front and hold; stepping twd wall
     sideward on man's R, swing other foot cross in front, and
     hold (take one step per measure); step, draw-step, twd
     COH; and repeat. (A true canter is nice here, but this is a
     gay and un-technical dance and perfection is not the final
     goal)
     29-32 STEP, SWING,  ; STEP, SWING,  ; LADY TWIRLS; JOIN HANDS
     Stepping away from COH on men's R (woman's L) and
     hold; step twd COH on man's L, swing other foot cross in
     front, and hold; as man slides out, woman twirls L-face
     under her L and man's R hands in 2 measures, ending
     facing center in the circle with all hands joined ready to
     begin the dance again. End by acknowledging partner.

NOTE: Ladies always roll R-face and to their right. Men always
roll L-face and to their left. Ladies roll twice, men roll twice.
Everybody rolls twice.

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