THE COLORADO WALTZ

 

A waltz by Russ and Leah Hendrickson of Denver, Colorado.

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Music: "Moonlight on the River Colorado"

Record: LS 252

Position: Open, inside hands joined, facing LOD.

Footwork: Opposite throughout, instructions for man.

Introduction: 4 measures. Standard acknowledgment.

Measures
     1-4  WALTZ AWAY; WALTZ TOGETHER (maneuver);
     WALTZ; WALTZ
     Starting on outside feet, waltz fwd and diagonally away
     from each other; waltz fwd and twd each other man
     maneuvering to closed dance pos; starting man's L, do two-
     R-face turning waltzes, making one complete turn, and
     opening out at the end of the second waltz meas to face
     LOD in open pos.
     5-8  STEP, SWING,  ; GRAPEVINE BACK-TO-BACK;
     GRAPEVINE FACE-TO-FACE; TURN AWAY, 2, 3
     With inside hands joined, step fwd on man's L, swing R
     fwd (holding swing through count 3), pivoting into back-to-
     back pos; with inside hands still joined, man steps on R twd
     LOD, steps on L behind R, steps again on R, pivoting to
     face partner (woman opp); man steps on L twd LOD, steps
     on R behind L, steps on L; releasing hands, partners turn
     out and away from each other (man to L, woman to R) man
     stepping R, L, R, and making one complete turn in 3 steps,
     to face LOD in open pos.
     9-16 REPEAT MEASURES 1-8, taking skaters' pos, facing
     LOD, at the end.
          17-20     WALTZ FWD; WALTZ FWD; STEP, SWING,  ; STEP,
          TOUCH,  
     In skaters' pos, waltz together diagonally fwd to the R;
     waltz together diagonally fwd to the L; step on man's L and
     swing R fwd and hold; step on R and touch L beside R
     instep (woman does the step-swing with the man, then she
     steps on L and pivots L-face « around to face man and with
     her back to LOD, and touches R to L), and partners assume
     closed pos.
          21-24     WALTZ FWD; WALTZ FWD; TWIRL, 2, 3; DIP,
          TOUCH,  
     Dance two waltzes in LOD, man going fwd, woman bwd;
     while man does one waltz step almost in place, woman
     does a R-face 3-step twirl (R, L, R) under her own R and
     man's L arm; man dips slightly fwd on his R and touches L
     by R instep, as woman dips slightly bwd on her L and
     touches R.
          25-28     WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ
     In closed pos, man starting back on his L, partners dance 4
     R-face turning waltzes, opening out on the last meas to face
     LOD in open pos.
          29-32     STEP, SWING,  ; STEP, TOUCH,  ; TWIRL, 2, 3; STEP,
          TOUCH,  
     Step on man's L, swing R fwd to back-to-back pos, and
     hold through count 3; step twd LOD on R, and touch L to
     R; man steps on L in RLOD, pivoting R to face partner,
     steps on R, and steps on L across in front of R, while
     woman is doing one L-face twirl in 3 steps (L, R, L); man
     steps on R in RLOD, and touches L beside R turning
     slightly to face LOD, while woman does counterpart,
     stepping on L in RLOD and touching R to L.

Entire dance is done three times. End with a bow.

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