A simple dance in 2/4 time by Don and Marie Armstrong of Port
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Music: "Doodad Blues"
Record: LS 227-45
Position: For intro, open, facing LOD; for dance, closed, man's
back to COH.
Footwork: Opposite throughout.
Note: To enjoy this dance the most, relax and interpret the rhythm
of the blues. The "side-back" steps in the first part can be dipped
slightly, creating a "slinky motion" which carries into the rock step
that follows. (Don't overdo it; keep it light and graceful) Very
slight exaggeration of the second part will produce an action
similar to that found in most rhythm and blues dancing. Blues
music is essentially simple, but played with great feeling and
expression. A dance set to the blues should follow this theme.
Intro: Wait 4 meas, then:
1-4 ROCK FWD, TOUCH; BACK, TOUCH; FWD, TOUCH;
Starting in open pos, on outside foot, facing LOD, inside
hands joined, rock fwd on L, touch R; back on R, touch L;
fwd on L, touch R; back on R, pivoting to face partner and
assuming closed pos, touch L.
1-4 SIDE, BEHIND; SIDE, BEHIND; SIDE, BEHIND; SIDE,
In closed pos, man's back to COH, move sideward in LOD
with 8 short steps, first to the side with the L, then cross in
back with the R; each time, slightly dipping and lifting as
the music seems to tell you to.
5-8 ROCK FWD, TOUCH; BACK, TOUCH; FWD TOUCH;
In closed pos, man's back to COH, rock fwd twd wall and
touch (L, R); back and touch; fwd and touch; back and
touch; (If you like, a quarter-turn may be made each time
you rock fwd or back, thereby rotating once R-face CW,
ending with man's back to COH.)
9-12 SIDE, BEHIND; SIDE, BEHIND; SIDE, BEHIND; SIDE,
Repeat meas 1-4.
13-16 LADY TWIRL, 2; 3, TOUCH; REVERSE TWIRL, 2; 3,
Move in LOD 3 steps and touch, woman twirling under
man's L and her R hand, as man moves swd to his L (side,
behind; side, touch); then, reverse, moving in RLOD,
woman twirling L-face still under same joined hands
(man's L, woman's R) with 3 steps, and touch, as man
moves swd to his R (sice, behind; side, touch;) ending with
partners facing, momentarily touching both hands.
17-20 FWD, POINT; FACE, TOUCH; APART, TOUCH;
With inside hands joined (man's R, woman's L) step fwd in
LOD with outside foot, turning slightly away from partner,
and point inside foot fwd; with inside foot again step fwd
while pivoting to face partner, then touch (man's L,
woman's R) and join both hands as in butterfly pos, but
with elbows lower and hands a little closer to the body at
woman's shoulder height; back away from partner (L, R)
man twd COH, woman twd wall, until joined hands are
almost fully extended but comfortably so and touch;
step together and touch, ending in semi-butterfly position as
21-24 SIDE, CLOSE; SIDE, TOUCH; SIDE, CLOSE; SIDE,
Move swd in LOD with a slow two-step and touch; and
then swd in RLOD with a slow two-step and touch,
swaying naturally and retaining the semi-butterfly hand-
25-28 FWD, POINT; FACE, TOUCH; APART, TOUCH;
Repeat meas 17-20.
29-32 ROLL AWAY, 2; 3, TOUCH; ROLL BACK, 2; 3, TOUCH
Moving in LOD, roll away with 3 steps and touch (man
rolls L-face, woman rolls R-face, and, on the touch count,
snap your fingers or clap your hands, or clap both hands
with partner, etc.); then reverse the action (man rolls R,
woman rolls L) moving in RLOD, and omit the finger-snap
or other interpretive hand-action. End in closed pos to
begin the routine again.
Repeat the entire dance 3 more times (4 in all) and end as follows:
1-4 In open pos, facing LOD, repeat intro, except, on the last
meas, partners back away from each other and bow.
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