CHOPSTICKS

 

A waltz written by Dena M. Fresh of Wichita, Kansas.

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Music: "Chopsticks"

Record: LS 254

Position: Open, couples facing COH, to start the dance all hands
joined in a single circle.

Footwork: Opposite throughout. Instructions for man.

Introduction: Wait through the little run   then acknowledge your
partner.

Measures
     1-4  CIRCLE LEFT;  ;  ; TURN
     With all hands joined and facing COH, begin with man's L
     (woman's R) and circle to the L for 3 waltz meas (9 steps);
     turn on the 4th meas to move LOD.
     5-8  CIRCLE RIGHT;  ;  ; FACE (partner)
     With all hands still joined, begin on man's L (woman's R)
     and circle to the R for 3 meas; while man does 3 steps in
     place (R, L, R) woman turn L-face to face him and join R
     hands.
     9-12 GRAND RIGHT; AND LEFT; STAR RIGHT; HALF
     AROUND
     Give R hand to your partner and beginning with man's L
     (woman's R) walk fwd L, R, L; give L hand to the next and
     beginning with man's R (woman's L) walk fwd R, L, R;
     give R hand to the next person and star R half around with
     6 steps, beginning man's L, to end with man facing RLOD
     and woman facing LOD.
          13-16     THEN LEFT; STAR RIGHT; WITH YOUR PARTNER;
          AND FACE
     Give L hand to next person and beginning with man's L
     (woman's R) walk fwd L, R, L; give R hand to your own
     partner and star around to end with man's back to COH and
     facing partner.
          17-20     BALANCE BACK (twd COH); MANEUVER; WALTZ
          (RF); OPEN OUT
     Assuming closed pos, bal back twd COH on man's L;
     maneuver man's back to LOD; step back on man's L in
     LOD and dance one R-face turning waltz; open out to face
     LOD in open pos.
          21-24     WALTZ APART; WALTZ TOGETHER (semi-closed);
          WALTZ FWD; THROUGH, SIDE, CLOSE
     On man's L (woman's R) and moving in LOD, waltz away
     from partner at arms length; waltz together and assume
     semi-closed pos, facing LOD; waltz fwd in LOD starting
     man's L; step through, or between the couple, on man's R
     (woman's L) and at the same time face partner, step to side
     in LOD on L, close R to L.
          25-28     BALANCE BACK (twd COH); MANEUVER; WALTZ
          (RF); OPEN OUT
     Repeat meas 17-20.
          29-32     WALTZ APART; WALTZ TOGETHER (semi-closed);
          TWIRL;  
     Repeat meas 21-22; twirl woman R-face under man's L and
     her R arm and maneuver to reform the single circle all
     facing COH.

Repeat three times more. End with a bow.

Note: If you should want to use this dance as a mixer, make a
variation in meas 13-16. On meas 14, instead of starring R with
partner, take your partner by the R, pass on to take the next by the
L, and twirl that one to face.

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