MILWAUKEE SCHOTTISCHE

 

Introduced by Dale and Florence Wagner of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. It has long been traditional in that area.

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Formation: Circle of couples in semi-closed dance pos. Directions
for the man. There are as many ways of handling the "hop" of a
schottische as there are dancers. Do not think that you have to leap
into the air when it says hop. Young and athletic dancers may
really leave the floor, but conservative dancers can do any
schottische with pleasure, and make a pleasant spectacle to watch,
by simply lifting the heel from the floor, and putting the springy
appearance into the action of the ankle. However you do it, it
should be light, light, light! Don't jump up and down with a clump.
During the four introductory measures, acknowledge your partner.

Measures
     1-2  STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP; STEP, STEP, STEP, HOP
     Starting with the outside feet, do two schottische steps
     straight fwd in LOD.
     3-4  HOP LEFT, HOP RIGHT; BACK, SIDE, CLOSE, HOLD
     Hop fwd on the outside foot and bwd on the inside foot on
     meas 3; while continuing to hop on the inside foot, point
     back with the outside foot, then to the side with the same
     foot, and then close it to the inside foot on the third and
     fourth beats.
     5-8  Repeat meas 1-4.
     9-10 STEP-DRAW, STEP-DRAW; BACK, SIDE, CLOSE,
     HOLD
     Still in LOD drop hands, and step out to the side with the
     outside foot, draw the inside foot to it, and repeat once
     more. Then face each other and repeat the back, side, close
     of meas 4.
          11-12     COME TOGETHER IN TWO SKIPPING STEPS; BANJO
          AROUND IN TWO SKIPPING STEPS
     Facing each other, come tog in two skipping steps. (This is
     exactly the same as the "hippety hop" of your childhood,
     left-hop, right-hop, etc., starting on man's L and woman's
     R) Coming tog you take a "peasant banjo" pos, that is you
     put your R arm around the front of each other's waist, and
     hold the L hands high and free above the L shoulders. In
     this pos do two more skipping steps ending with man
     facing LOD. But the woman has to continue turning until
     she too is facing LOD.
          13-14     Repeat meas 9-12.

Do the entire dance five times.

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