BOLERO

 

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Record: LS E-46, side B, track 2

Lloyd Shaw reported that this dance was brought west to Denver
from New York by Katherine West Nathan and subsequently
revived by Martha S. Frye. From Denver it spread throughout the
state. The dance was a great favorite on all the Viennese Waltz
Nights. These were special evenings held in Denver and Colorado
Springs beginning in the 1940s. People dressed up and came for an
evening of dining and dancing to music played by members of the
local symphony orchestra. As you might expect, Viennese waltzes
dominated the program. Bolero is a waltz in Viennese tempo,
danced to "Estudiantina Waltz" by Emil Waldteufel.

Position: Start facing partner with man's R and woman's L hand
joined.

Footwork: Opposite, directions given for man with woman doing
counterpart.

Measures
     1-2  STEP-SWING, HOP BACK-TO-BACK; BALANCE
     Step to the side in LOD on man's L; then swing the other
     foot through between you and also swing the joined hands
     forward and up, turning back-to-back; on the third count,
     hop on the supporting foot in this back-to-back position. To
     balance, step to the side in LOD, close, and step in place  
     to the side, close with L, R in place).
     3-4  STEP, DRAW (CLOSE); STEP, DRAW (TOUCH)
     Still in the back-to-back position, step to the side in RLOD
     (man's L) and draw the trailing foot, closing on the third
     count. Step again in LOD and draw man's R foot to touch
     by L, but don't take weight on it the second time, leaving it
     free for the next step. To add some style, bend the
     supporting leg and point the drawing foot in LOD as it
     closes.
     5-6  STEP-SWING, HOP FACE-TO-FACE; BALANCE
     Moving in LOD step sideways on man's R; swing the other
     foot around, swinging the joined hands back between you
     and turning face-to-face; hop on man's R. Facing, balance
     in LOD (L, R, L).
     7-8  STEP, DRAW (CLOSE); STEP, DRAW, (TOUCH) IN
     RLOD
     Repeat 3-4, above, in RLOD but facing (R, draw L and
     close with it, R, draw L to touch).
     9-10 STEP, SWING; STEP, SWING
     Still with just man's R and woman's L hands joined, step
     (L), swing (R) in LOD, and in RLOD (step R, swing L).
     11-12 SIX-STEP TURN AWAY
     Man swings their hands forward and they release hands and
     turn away (man L-face and woman R-face) making a little
     six-step circle in place until they are facing again.
     13-14 STEP, SWING; STEP, SWING
     Repeat 9-10, above.
     15-16 STEP, STAMP, STAMP; STEP, SWING
     Step (L), stamp (R), stamp (L). Step (R), swing (L).

OR: a variation could be done by changing the last four bars (13-
16) to four turning waltzes in closed position.

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