THE DORIS WALTZ

 

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Record: LS 152

Position: Side by side in the Varsouvianna pos, with their R hands
joined in front of her R shoulder, and their L hands joined in front
of his L shoulder. They both start on the L foot and use the same
footwork throughout, except for the waltzing when she changes to
her opposite foot. Four measures of introduction.

Measure
     1-2  FORWARD AND BACK
     Swaying slightly they rock fwd on the L, swinging the R as
     much as they please; and back on the R, with a slight swing
     of the L foot.
     3-4  FORWARD AND CHANGE
     They rock fwd again on the L, and on the third beat of the
     meas, turning lightly on the toe of the L foot, they put down
     the R foot close to it, and a little more than at R angles with
     it. And on the next beat of the meas, step firmly behind on
     the L foot, having turned completely around and now facing
     in the other direction with the lady on the man's L.
     5-6  FORWARD AND BACK
     They now rock fwd and back again as in the first two meas,
     but this time fwd on the R foot and back on the L.
     7-8  FORWARD AND TURN
     They rock fwd again on the R foot, and on the third beat
     close the L to it, the man turning twd the lady, and pulling
     with his L hand and crossing completely over her head with
     his R, turning her around twd him. Then, on the next beat,
     he steps R again, and holds this beat, while he continues
     turning with his hands until she is completely face to face
     with him, with their hands crossed between them. She in
     the meantime has finished her turning, and is facing him,
     but she is standing on her R foot.
     9-12 AWAY, TOGETHER, AWAY, TOGETHER
     Dropping L hands and holding each other only with their R,
     they both rock bwd for a meas on their L feet, fwd on their
     R, bwd on their L, and fwd on their R, turning slightly
     around the circle between them in a CW dir.
          13-16     WALTZ FOR FOUR MEASURES
     They waltz for four meas, turning R-face. They begin on
     the man's L foot and the lady's R, which means that she
     must put in an extra little step on her L before the waltz in
     order to be ready. At the end of the four measures of the
     waltz she must slip in another little step to be ready to start
     in step with her partner on the repetition of the dance.

Variation of the first verse.
     For the first eight measures, whenever desired, it is possible
to put in a little variation of the first verse. It goes as follows:

Measures
     1-2  FORWARD AND BACK
     The same as above.
     3-4  VARSOUVIANNA STEPS TO THE LEFT
     In a regular Varsouvianna step they both step L, R, L, on
     the first measure, changing the woman from the man's R to
     his L side; and point the R to the floor on the second meas,
     but do not take wt on it. (They are facing in the same dir)
     5-6  The same as Meas 1-2 but beginning with the R foot this
     time.
     7-8  VARSOUVIANNA AND FACE EACH OTHER
     They do a Varsouvianna to the R (by stepping R, L, R, and
     changing the woman from the man's L to his R side, and on
     the second meas pointing with the L), and the man turns the
     woman L face during this, by raising his R hand over her
     head, and they finish facing each other, pointing with their
     L, and ready to start with this L on the next passage.

Or some couples do just the first verse without the rocking section,
simply going directly into the waltz for the next eight measures.
Some put the rocking section (away, together, away, together) on
one verse and not on the other. In other words, dance it exactly as it
pleases you best.

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