MANITOU



Traditional two-step.

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Music: "Manitou" as arranged by "Mom" Ruth of Phoenix,
Arizona.

Record: LS 6-141, 3303

This is the simplest of all round dances using a standard two-step,
and is the one best dance with which to start a group of beginners
on the two-step in a round dance pattern.

Position: Closed pos, man's back to COH.

Footwork: Opposite throughout, starting man's L, steps described
for man.

Introduction: 4 meas of 2/4 time, wait.

Measures
     1-4  HEEL-TOE; HEEL-TOE; SIDE-CLOSE, SIDE-CLOSE;
     SIDE-CLOSE, SIDE  
     In closed pos, man's back to COH, starting man's L
     (woman's R), touch L heel out to L side, then touch L toe
     near R instep; repeat; step to L on L, and close R to L, and
     repeat; step again to L on L and close R, and step again on
     L and take wt on L.
     5-8  Repeat meas 1-4, starting twd R on man's R, stepping twd
     R on meas 7-8.
     9-16 TURNING TWO-STEP FOR 8 MEAS
     

If it has not been previously taught, the turning two-step should be
taught at this point. Point out that the side-close-side of measure 4
is a basic two-step, and have the dancers do this meas alternately to
the L and to the R until they have the feeling of it. Then, if the man
will step slightly fwd and to the L, turning slightly RF as he does
the close-left, and slightly bwd and to the R as he does the right-
close-right, he will find himself making one complete revolution in
two meas (woman doing the opp, of course). At the same time he is
making progress down the hall in LOD, CCW around the room.

Because the routine is short and the practice so valuable, the music
is repeated for a total of 9 times.

By studying and using the spoken cues, an inexperienced teacher
can teach this dance very readily, and the dancers will have a sense
of accomplishment by starting with something within their
capacity.

The music is quick and gay and the dance should be done playfully
and lightly. Stress good posture and no stamping.

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