MILITARY SCHOTTISCHE

 

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Record: LS 7-153

Position: Open position, near hands joined.

Footwork: Opposite, footwork given for man, woman does the
opposite. Begin with outside feet (furthest from partner).

Measure
     1-2  STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP; STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP
     The M steps forward, L, R, L, and hops on his L, swinging
     his R forward. (W uses opposite foot) Then he repeats with
     R, L, R, hop, swinging the L forward.
     3-4  STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP
     Then closing with his partner into regular (closed) dance
     position, he does a L-hop, R-hop, L-hop, and then a R.
     (Most people turn around once in this series of hops, but
     the more strenuous turn twice completely around, so they
     are facing forward again at the finish)
Second Verse
     5-6  STEP, BACK, STEP, SWING; STEP, BACK STEP,
     SWING
     (This verse can be done with the M going to the L and the
     W to the R, letting go of each other as they separate. Or the
     W by putting in an extra step, can get in step with the M,
     and go in the same direction with him and back. Then she
     must put in an extra step before the next part) He steps L,
     then crosses the R in behind the L, then steps again to the
     L, and swings the R over in front. Then he steps to the R,
     crosses the L in behind it, steps again to the R, and swings
     the L over in front.
     7-8  STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP
     Taking (closed) dance position, they do the step-hop
     exactly as described for measures 3-4.
Third Verse
     9-10 STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP; STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP
     Done exactly the same as measures 1-2.
          11-12     STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP
     Done as in measures 3-4 except that the M and the W let go
     of each other and turn separately, the M turning L face, and
     the W turning R face. (Once or twice around as they prefer)
Fourth Verse
          13-14     STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP; STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP
     The first half is done exactly as in measure 1. Then they
     turn away from each other (ML, WR). The M turns R, L, R,
     hop, while the W turns L, R, L, hop. They are facing
     forward again at the finish and retake holds.
          15-16     ROCK FORWARD, BACK, FORWARD, BACK
     Taking holds again, they both rock forward on the outside
     foot, then back on the inside foot, then forward again on the
     outside, and back again on the inside. The rocking action is
     with the whole body, leaning forward and back.

Other variations: In the first part, beside making the running steps
either forward or sidewards, the couple can separate and run off
diagonally away from each other and come back, or they can face
each other and back away from each other and come back, or
anything else they please, as long as they return to each other.
     In the second part, they can dos-a-dos around each other,
passing back to back (sometimes with arms folded over the chest),
or they can hook elbows while they hop around, or the man can
kneel and take the lady's hand while she hops around him, or
anything else they can think of.

Texas Schottische

Measure
     1-4  CROSS, CROSS, CROSS-STEP, CLOSE; CROSS,
     CROSS, CROSS-STEP, CLOSE
     Cross the L over in front and touch the floor, cross it out to
     the side diagonally front and touch the floor (2 counts
     each). Then cross it slightly behind the R (2 counts) and
     then close the L to the R, taking weight on the L (2 counts).
     Then do the same, leading with the R.
     5-8  STEP, STEP, STEP-STEP, STEP; STEP, STEP, STEP-
     STEP, STEP
     Then moving forward, take a step on the L and then on the
     R (2 counts each), and then step forward L (1 count),
     forward R (1 count), and then forward and hold on the L,
     closing the R to it (2 counts). Then repeat all leading with
     the R.


Drunken Schottische

Measure
     1-2  STEP-CLOSE, STEP-CLOSE, STEP SWING RIGHT
     OVER LEFT; STEP-CLOSE, STEP-CLOSE, STEP
     SWING LEFT OVER RIGHT
     Step to the L and close the R to it on the 1st count, step
     again to the L and close the R to it on the 2nd count, step to
     the L and swing the R over in front on the 3rd and 4th counts.
     Do the same to the other side.
     3-4  CROSS LEFT-SWING RIGHT, CROSS RIGHT-SWING
     LEFT, CROSS LEFT-SWING RIGHT, CROSS RIGHT-
     SWING LEFT
     Walk forward with a pronounced drunken roll, stepping L
     and swinging R out, then crossing right over the L and
     swinging the L out, etc. It is not quite dancing but it is fun.


The Double Drunk

Measure
     1-2  The same as for Drunken Schottische, above.
     3-4  CROSS LEFT-SWING RIGHT, CROSS RIGHT-SWING
     LEFT, CROSS LEFT, CROSS RIGHT, CROSS LEFT,
     CROSS RIGHT
     The Drunken Schottische, when it is doubled is done
     exactly the same as the "single" except for the last measure
     when four furious drunken schottisches are put in, in place
     of two regular roll over. A drunk man would have difficulty
     doing it, but it looks quite drunk.


Peter Pan

Measure
     1-2  STEP, STEP, TURN AROUND AND KICK
     Step fwd on the L, then on the R (2 cts to each for the first
     meas); then fwd on the L turning completely around (R
     face) so you are backwards to your original position and
     kicking with the R. (Some folks prefer a slight bounce on
     the first two steps, and slight swinging of the free foot fwd)
     3-4  STEP BWD, STEP BWD, TURN FWD AGAIN AND
     KICK
     Continuing in the same direction, by stepping bwds for two
     steps, they turn L face this time and face fwd with a final
     kick. (As they move bwd, some prefer a decided kick or
     lifting of the foot after each step) It is well for some
     beginning couples to practice by standing in Varsouvianna
     position, facing CCS with the wall directly on their right,
     and turn backward, facing the wall as they turn, and turn
     forward again, facing the wall, without changing their holds
     in the least, and without changing their position on the
     floor. Do it until you get fully familiar with it, then try it
     with the music and the rhythm.


The Belen

Measure
     1-4  STEP, STEP, STEP, REVERSE; STEP, STEP, STEP,
     REVERSE
     Running fwd three steps (beginning on the outside foot),
     swing the inside foot forward, carry it back between you,
     each turning, so that the swinging foot is now in a bwd
     direction. Now run backward three steps (beginning with
     the outside foot) and swing the inside foot forward,
     between you, and around to a starting position.
     5-8  STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP
     Turning once around in (closed) dance pos, (R-face), do
     four step-hops.


The Silver City

Measure
     1-2  STEP-CLOSE, STEP-CLOSE, STEP-CLOSE, STEP AND
     KICK
     The man steps to the L and closes (the W to the R), and
     again L and close; then he does two quick little "left-
     closes," and jumps into the air with his left foot held just as
      high in the air as he can hold it, and kicks up with his right
     foot, kicking the heels together, and lands on his right.
     (Some prefer to do the two quick "step-closes" followed by
     a quick step-across with the right foot, swinging the L into
     the air and, jumping into the air from the R foot, quickly
     bringing the L up to meet it   a "bell" kick)
     5-8  STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP, STEP-HOP
     Turning once around in (closed) dance position (R-face), do
     four step-hops.


The Blue Bonnet (in Varsouvianna pos)

Measure
     1-2  CROSS, BACK, CROSS, SWING; CROSS, BACK,
     CROSS, SWING
     A regular cross step schottische; stepping L, crossing
     behind with the R, stepping again to the L with the L foot,
     and swinging the R foot over in front of the L. Then the
     same to the other side.
     3-4  LADY TURNS OUT, BEHIND, AROUND, AND TO
     PLACE
     Letting go with his L hand he turns her out in front with his
     R, around behind him, across in front of him, and back to
     place.

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