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An English couple dance.
Position: A double circle, with men facing partners and with their
backs to the COH. Opposite footwork throughout.
AWAY, 2, 3, BOW; TOGETHER, 2, 3, JOIN HANDS. With the
men using the L foot, and the women using the R, step directly
away from each other (men to the inside of the circle, women to
the outside). Take three steps away, and touch the free foot fwd as
you make a slight bow. Then move twd each other for three steps
and a touch, the men stepping fwd to their partners' L side and
joining L hands with them. R hands are joined with the person to
the R side of you (Alamos style).
TWO-STEP LEFT, TWO-STEP RIGHT, TURN, 2, 3, 4. The men
step on their L foot, swing the R out a little beyond it and touch the
floor, and then step on the L again. (The women using the opp foot,
so the circle will be working in one dir. It is really a pas-de-basque
that is done, the men swinging their L foot out to the front, on
around, and back almost to place where they put it down, then
touching the R foot in front of it, and then taking the wt again on
the L in pos.) Then swinging the R foot around and taking wt on it,
touching the L in front, and taking the wt on the R again.
Holding partners' L hand, and letting go with the R hand,
walk four steps around partner (CCW), and join R hands with the
next person. The men are now facing in and the women out
TWO-STEP LEFT, TWO-STEP RIGHT, TURN, 2, 3, 4. Repeat
the pas-de-basque steps again. (The men step L again, touch R in
front, and step wt on L again; then step on R, touch L in front, and
take wt on R again.) Now turn the woman you are holding by the R
hand, using the same four steps, but finishing with a box-the-gnat,
by having the women back under (L-face) the man's R arm to pos
opp and facing him. (They change hand holds, he now taking her R
hand in his L.)
DRAW AND, DRAW AND, TWO-STEP LEFT, TWO-STEP
RIGHT. The men step on their L and draw the R to the L, then step
on the L again and draw the R to the L. Then they do a bouncy
two-step, a leap-step-step. The woman does a slight leap fwd on
the R foot between her partners' feet on the first meas, and on the
second two-step the man does the same. They circle once
completely around in two two-steps, ready to repeat the dance
again with their new partner.
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