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Record: LS E-45, side B, track 1

Position: Open, woman on man's R, near hands joined, facing in
LOD

Footwork: Opposite, steps described for the man, woman doing the
counterpart.

Measures
     1-2  POINT ACROSS, SIDE, BEHIND, PIVOT
     Man points L foot across R, then points the L diagonally
     forward to the L, then points directly behind R, and then
     pivots on both feet, turning away from partner 3/4 to end
     facing partner. Man turns L-face and woman R-face. They
     end the pivot with crossed legs, man's L across in front of
     R, and man's back to the center of the hall.
     3-4  BALANCE RIGHT, BALANCE LEFT
     Partners facing with both hands joined, they do a pas de bas
     balance in RLOD and then LOD. (Man steps to the side on
     R, closes with L, steps in place on R in two-step rhythm;
     then he steps to the side on L, closes with R, and steps in
     place on L).
     5-8  SLIDE, SLIDE, SLIDE, STEP, WALK 2, 3, 4
     Still facing, both hands joined, take three slides (side-
     closes) in RLOD plus one more step to the side (man steps
     R, close L, R, close L, R, close L, R); then they turn a
     quarter to face LOD and walk four steps in LOD in open
     position, starting on man's L.
     9-16 REPEAT 1-8
     17-24     EIGHT OPEN POSITION TWO-STEPS
     Starting on outside feet, two-step back-to-back and face-to-
     face for a total of 8 two-steps, swinging the joined hands
     first forward and then backward.
     25-32     EIGHT TURNING TWO-STEPS
     Take closed dance position and do 8 right-face turning two-
     steps.

There is a variation for the second half of the dance:
          17-20     REPEAT 17-20 ABOVE
     Four open position two-steps
          21-24     SOLO TURN AWAY IN 2 TWO-STEPS, TWO-STEP
          APART, TWO-STEP TOGETHER
     Starting on outside feet, turn away from each other and
     circle around to face in 2 two-steps; then two-step away
     from each other, and two-step together to take closed dance
     position.
          25-32     SEVEN TURNING TWO-STEPS, TWIRL WOMAN ON
          THE LAST MEASURE
     Moving in LOD, do 7 R-face turning two-steps and twirl
     the woman to open position to begin again.

STYLING: This is a light, bouncy dance. Since it moves quickly,
take small steps. Remember to point the toes.

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