MOONBEAMS SHINING

 

A waltz by Rosemarie and Elmer Elias.

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Music: "Moonbeams Shining Soft Above" from "The Red Mill" by
Victor Herbert.

Record: LS 255

Note about tempo: This is a slow waltz and the music has been
recorded at a speed much slower than average, about 116 beats per
minute. However, Rosemarie and Elmer Elias do this dance even
slower than that, and make it very beautiful. We suggest that you
try slowing it down and see if you like it better that way. Find the
speed that feels best. Many will dance it just as it is, but for
exhibition, it is especially beautiful danced quite slowly.

Position: Open, facing LOD, opposite footwork throughout.

Introduction:
Measures
     1-8  WAIT; WAIT; BAL APART; BAL TOGETHER; BAL L;
     BAL R; SWEEP;  
     Wait 2 meas. Bal apart on man's L and woman's R and
     acknowledge; bal tog to butterfly pos and touch; waltz bal by
     stepping to side on L, behind on R, in place on L; waltz bal
     R by stepping to side on R, behind on L, in place on R;
     while man takes 6 steps in place, woman does a slow RF
     sweeping twirl in 6 steps under man's L and woman's R
     arm, ending in open pos, facing LOD, inside hands joined.

Part A
     1-4  WALTZ AWAY, 2, 3; WALTZ TOG, 2, 3; WALTZ FWD,
     2, 3 (woman spin); MANEUVER, TOUCH,  
     Starting on man's L, waltz fwd and diag away from partner;
     continuing on man's R, waltz fwd and diag tog; while man
     waltzes directly fwd L, R, L, woman does a solo RF spin in
     place R, L, R, to end facing LOD; man maneuvers by
     stepping fwd R, pivot half RF, touch L to R and hold, as
     woman steps fwd L, touch R to L and hold, ending in
     closed pos, man's back to LOD.
     5-8  WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ; TWIRL
     Starting on man's L, do 3 RF turning waltzes, progressing
     in LOD; twirl woman RF under man's L and woman's R
     hands as man does one fwd waltz R, L, R, to end in open
     pos, facing LOD.
     9-6  Repeat meas 1-8, to end in closed pos, man facing LOD.

Part B
          17-20     WALTZ FWD; WALTZ FWD; TWIRL IN; WALTZ FWD
          (RLOD)
     Starting man's L, do 2 pursuit waltzes in LOD; as man
     makes a half LF turn (L, R, L) to end facing RLOD, woman
     makes a RF twirl (R, L, R) under man's L and woman's R
     arms twd COH, to end on man's R side, both facing RLOD,
     join man's R and woman's L hands and release other
     hands; waltz fwd in RLOD (R, L, R).
          21-24     WALTZ FWD; CHANGE SIDES; TWINKLE; STEP,
          THROUGH, TOUCH,  
     In open pos, waltz fwd in RLOD (L, R, L); California twirl
     to change sides in 3 steps (R, L, R); retaining man's R and
     woman's L handhold, twinkle twd RLOD by crossing L
     over R, step to side on R, close L to R (woman also cross in
     front); cross R over L in LOD (woman cross in front),
     turning to face partner, touch L to R and hold, taking
     butterfly pos, man facing wall.
          25-28     STEP, SWING,  ; TAMARA POS; WHEEL; WHEEL
     Retaining both handholds, step L, swing R across L
     (woman swing L) and hold; as man steps L, R, L in place
     he turns slightly R to face RLOD, retaining handholds,
     lowering man's L and woman's R hands to woman's waist,
     and raising joined man's R and woman's L hands, woman
     does a LF turn in 3 steps (L, R, L) to form "window," to
     end with woman's R arm behind her back in a L shoulder
     Tamara pos, man facing RLOD and woman facing LOD;
     wheel CCW once around in 6 steps to end with man still
     facing RLOD and woman facing LOD.
          29-32     UNWIND; REWIND; WHEEL; UNWIND
     Without releasing hands, as man turns one quarter LF,
     taking 3 steps in place (L, R, L), woman makes a 3/4 RF
     turn (R, L, R) under man's R and woman's L hands to
     unwind, ending in facing pos, both hands still joined; as
     man turns one quarter LF in 3 steps (R, L, R) to end facing
     LOD, woman makes another 3/4 RF turn in 3 steps (L, R,
     L) under man's L and woman's R hands to end in R
     shoulder Tamara pos, man facing LOD, woman facing
     RLOD; starting man's L, wheel half CW around in 3 steps
     to end with man facing RLOD and woman facing LOD;
     without releasing hands, woman unwinds half LF turn in 3
     steps under man's L and woman's R hands as man turns
     one quarter RF in place (R, L, R) to end in butterfly pos,
     man facing LOD.

Part C
     1-4  TWINKLE OUT; TWINKLE IN; TWINKLE OUT;
     CHANGE SIDES
     Starting man's L and turning to side-car pos, twinkle diag
     twd wall by crossing L in front of R, step to side on R,
     close L to R, turning to banjo butterfly, (woman is crossing
     in back); repeat twinkle, starting on man's R, moving diag
     twd COH; repeat twinkle starting on man's L, moving diag
     twd wall; retain man's R and woman's L hand hold, and, as
     woman makes a half LF twirl under man's R and woman's
     L hands, man makes a half RF circle around woman to end
     facing partner in butterfly pos, with man's back to LOD.
     5-8  TWINKLE IN; TWINKLE OUT; TWINKLE IN; TURN
     UNDER
     Starting man's L and turning to banjo pos, twinkle diag
     bwd in LOD twd COH, man crossing in back (woman in
     front), turning on last count to side-car pos; repeat, moving
     diag bwd twd wall; repeat, moving diag bwd twd COH; as
     man continues moving diag bwd twd wall with a step L,
     touch R, to end in open pos facing RLOD, woman on
     man's R side.
     9-12 STEP, SWING,  ; SIDE, TOUCH,  ; SWEEP AROUND;
     WOMAN TWIRL
     Bringing joined hands fwd, step fwd in RLOD on L, swing
     R through in RLOD, turning back-to-back, and hold; step to
     side in RLOD on R, touch with L, and hold; drop joined
     hands and join man's L and woman's R and, in 3 steps (L,
     R, L), sweep around in half circle moving in LOD; as man
     continues sweep for another quarter circle, turning to end
     with his back to COH, woman does a half RF twirl in 3
     steps to end facing partner and take closed pos.
          13-16     DIP,  ,  ; MANEUVER; WALTZ; TWIRL
     Dip back on man's L (fwd on woman's R) twd COH and
     hold 2 counts; in 3 steps (R, L, R) maneuver one quarter RF
     to end with man's back to LOD. Starting back on L, do one
     RF waltz turn; as man takes one fwd waltz in LOD, woman
     twirls RF under her R and his L hands to end in open pos,
     facing LOD.

Sequence: Part A, Part B, Part C, Part A, Part B, . . . at the end of
the dance, the wheel in meas 31 is 3/4 around in 3 steps, and
woman releases her R from man's L to turn half LF to face partner
and bow.

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