MANANITAS

 

A waltz mixer written by Carlotta W. Hegemann of San Antonio,
Texas.

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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
foot.

Introduction: 4 meas of 3/4 time. Wait two meas and acknowledge
partner.

Part A
Measures
     1-4  WALTZ OUT; WALTZ IN; WALTZ OUT; FACE IN
     BUTTERFLY
     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
     POS
     (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
     BUTTERFLY
     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)

Part B
          17-20     SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-CLOSE; SIDE-
          CLOSE
     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-
          CLOSE
     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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