THE DARLING WALTZ

 

A waltz composed by Art Erwin, Detroit, Michigan.

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Position: Varsouvianna, facing LOD. Both start on L foot in part
A, the lady doing the counter part for the remainder.

Introduction: Four meas.

Part A
     1-4  STEP SWING; PIVOT SWING; BACK, SIDE, FRONT;
     STEP DRAW
     Step fwd L, swing R fwd, swing R bwd, turning R about to
     face RLOD (as in Irish Waltz). Modified grapevine in
     LOD, both facing out (step back R, side L, cross in front
     R), step L and draw R.
     5-8  STEP SWING; PIVOT SWING; STEP, TURN, STEP;
     STEP DRAW
     Gent repeats 1-4 starting R in RLOD. Lady repeats 1-2
     starting R in RLOD, steps bwd L, turn R, step fwd R in
     RLOD, ending facing in, step L and draw R. End in closed
     dance pos, with gent facing out.

Part B
     9-10 STEP SWING; STEP, FACE, CLOSE
     Open slightly facing LOD, step swing fwd L, step fwd R,
     face partner and step sideward L and close R.
          11-12     STEP SWING; TWIST, 2, 3
     Repeat step swing fwd L, gent cross R over L unwind 1/4
     turn L to face in, at the same time the lady glides fwd 3
     steps around gent L, R, L, ending in closed pos.
          13-16     BALANCE FWD; WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ
     In closed dance pos, gent balances fwd L twd center
     pivoting so that back is in LOD, starting back R, does 3
     waltzes turning L, progressing in LOD to end facing LOD
     in closed pos (completing 2 full turns).

Part C
          17-20     STEP TOUCH; STEP, TURN, STEP; LADY PIVOT;
          STEP, FACE, CLOSE
     Step fwd L in LOD, touch R to L and hold; step fwd R, step
     fwd L turning so that gent is facing in, lady out, R hips
     adjacent (banjo pos), gent steps back R, lady fwd L; gent
     steps back L; away from center, allowing R to remain fwd.
     Lady steps fwd R, swings L fwd, and pivots R about to face
     center, ending in semi-closed pos; gent steps R twd center,
     face partner and steps sideward L, close R to L, ending in
     closed pos facing LOD (lady does counterpart).
          21-24     STEP TOUCH; STEP, TURN, STEP; LADY PIVOT;
          STEP, FACE, CLOSE
     Repeat 17-20.

Part D
          25-28     DIP, 2, 3; LADY TWIRL; STEP, SWING; RETWIRL
     Gent bal bwd L; moves fwd marking time R, L, R; while
     Lady twirls full R turn under gent's L arm L, R, L; both
     step swing twd center; gent again marks time L, R, L, while
     lady retwirls L, R, L, back to closed dance pos, gent facing
     LOD.
          29-32     DIP, 2, 3; STEP TOUCH; LADY TWIRL; STEP TOUCH
     Gent bal back on L; step touch fwd R; gent marks time L,
     R, L as lady twirls R 1 « under gent's L arm, stepping R
     hold L; (canter rhythm) back to Varsouvianna pos; both
     step touch fwd R; and hold, ready to repeat the dance.

Repeat the sequence three times. The fourth time, repeat through
measure 13 (bal fwd) then bal back R; twirl the lady under the
gent's L arm. End with bow and curtsey; R hand in R.

Another dance which can be done to this same music is
"Capistrano Waltz."

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