A waltz mixer written by Carlotta W. Hegemann of San Antonio,
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Music: "Las Mananitas"
Record: LS 3310
Formation: Couples in a large circle, facing LOD (CCW) in open
pos, inside hands joined.
Footwork: Opposite in part A, identical in part B, starting on R
Introduction: 4 meas of 3/4 time. Wait two meas and acknowledge
1-4 WALTZ OUT; WALTZ IN; WALTZ OUT; FACE IN
Starting on man's L, swing joined hands alternately fwd
and back as partners turn slightly away and together and
away in three meas of pursuit waltz; on meas 4 turn to face
each other in butterfly pos, man's back to COH.
4-8 BACK AWAY; , , ; ON TO NEW PARTNER; OPEN
(Let go hands) Man, starting on L, moves bwd in 6 steps
(woman bwd on R); man progresses diagonally in RLOD
(woman LOD) to join inside hands with new partner, facing
LOD in open pos.
9-12 WALTZ OUT; WALTZ IN; WALTZ OUT; FACE IN
Repeat meas 1-4.
13-16 BACK AWAY, , , ; ON TO NEW PARTNER; JOIN
HANDS IN A CIRCLE
Repeat the action of meas 5-8, except that, in the last meas,
man turns L-face, sweeping the woman around by their
joined inside hands so that they face COH, and all join
hands in a large circle. (Man steps R, L, touch on meas 16,
ready for a R-foot lead)
17-20 SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-
Moving CCW, all step to the side on R, close L in canter
rhythm; repeat three more times.
21-24 BALANCE FWD; BALANCE BACK; CHANGE
PLACES; FACE INTO A CIRCLE
All bal fwd twd COH on R, swinging joined hands fwd; bal
back on L; let go hands, turning to face new partner, man
turning L-face to woman on his L (woman R-face); man
takes woman's L hand in his R to exchange places, passing
R shoulders as in "star through;" all join hands in a circle.
25-28 SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-
Repeat meas 17-20.
29-32 BALANCE FWD; BALANCE BACK; TWIRL THE
LADY OUT; OPEN POS
Repeat meas 21-22; on meas 31, man turns L-face twirling
woman R-face under his L and her R hands to the outside
of the circle; drop hands and take open pos with inside
hands joined, and facing LOD, ready to begin Part A.
Sequence: The entire dance is done 3 times, during which there are
12 changes of partner. Las Mananitas is a very popular Mexican
song. The word implies a festive or very happy occasion, and the
song is often used in connection with birthdays.
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