THE HAPPY WALTZ 


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American Waltz Mixer 
LS E-15 

Formation: Sets of two couples in a big circle. One couple facing LOD, the other couple in their set facing RLOD. Girl on boy's right, partners with inside hands joined. 
DANCE 
Meas. (3 counts per measure; i.e., 1-4 = 12 counts) 
1- 4 Beginning on outside foot, balance fwd, 2, 3; balance back, 2, 3; drop hands and in three steps change places with opposite, girls turning ¼ L face, boys turning ¼ right face, to end facing partner; join near hands with opposite and step, touch, ready to begin again on the outside foot;
5- 8 Repeat the balance fwd and back; change places this time with partner, to end facing opposite; take hand of partner and step, touch;
9-12 Balance fwd and back; change places with opposite, to end facing partner; step, touch;
13-16 Balance fwd and back; change places with partner, to end facing opposite; step, touch. (Everyone is now back in original position.)
17-20 All four star by the right (12 steps);
21-24 All four star by the left (12 steps);
25-28 Circle left exactly once around (12 steps), to return to original position;
29-32 All drop hands, passing right shoulders with the person opposite, pass through and on to face the next couple; join near hands with partner and bow to new couple, and to partner, ready to repeat the dance. 
SUMMARY 
1- 4 Balance fwd; and back; change, step, touch, -;
5- 8 Balance fwd; and back; change; step, touch, -;
9-12 Balance fwd; and back; change; step, touch, -;
13-16 Balance fwd; and back; change, step, touch, -;
17-20 Star right;
21-24 Star left;
25-28 Circle left;
29-32 Pass through. 
Note: For purposes of these instructions, “partner” is always original partner and “opposite” is always that particular person standing directly opposite when the dance begins.

 

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