A Sicilian circle mixer written by Muriel Curd Smith.
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Record: LS 4553
Formation: Sicilian circle of couple-facing-couple, couples' near
hands joined with partner. Footwork identical, starting with L foot.
Introduction: 2 measures of 4/4 time (8 counts). Wait.
1-2 GRAPEVINE LEFT; GRAPEVINE RIGHT
Everyone steps to the L on his (her) L foot, swings the R
behind it, taking the weight on the R, steps again to the L
on the L, and swings the R in front of the L; Repeat in the
opposite direction, stepping to the R on the R foot, step
behind the R with the L foot, taking weight on it, step again
to the side with the R foot, and swing the L foot in front of
it. (Do not take the weight on the L foot.)
3-4 DOS-A-DOS WITH THE PERSON YOU ARE FACING
Starting with the L foot and using 4 two-steps, pass to the L
of the person you are facing (lady facing man - man facing
lady) and, facing the same direction throughout, cross
behind that person (back to back) and on around him/her,
returning to your original position. Cue: Two-step L, two-
step R, two-step L, two-step R.
5-6 REPEAT MEAS 1-3, GRAPEVINE LEFT; GRAPEVINE
7-8 PASS THROUGH WITH TWO-STEP LEFT, TWO-STEP
RIGHT; WALK, 2, 3, 4
With these 8 counts you will progress in the direction you
are facing, passing to the L of the person you are facing
(pass R shoulders) and moving on to face a new couple.
Repeat the dance with a new couple, etc.
NOTE: This dance is fun to do and feels good. Better yet, with
beginning groups, it is excellent practice in two basic figures:
GRAPEVINE ("vine") and DOS-A-DOS.
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