OXFORD MINUET

 

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Record: LS E-45, side A, track 2

Position: Open, partners stand side by side, facing LOD, with the
woman on the man's R; man's R hand and woman's L are joined at
shoulder height.

Footwork: Opposite, beginning on man's L and woman's R;
directions given for the man, the woman doing the counterpart.

Measures
     1    WALK THREE STEPS AND POINT IN LOD
     man walks L, R, L, in LOD and points R.
     2    WALK THREE STEPS AND POINT IN RLOD 
     Partners turn toward each other to face in RLOD, dropping
     hands and taking woman's R in man's L hand; they step
     (for man) R, L, R, point L in RLOD.
     3    IN BUTTERFLY, STEP SWING, STEP SWING
     Facing with both hands joined out to the side, step in LOD
     on (man's) R and swing L across; then step in RLOD on L
     and swing R across.
     4    REPEAT 3
     5-8  REPEAT 1-4
     9-16 16 TURNING TWO-STEPS

Lloyd Shaw's variation to this basic dance is:
     1    WALK, 2, 3, POINT
     Repeat 1, above.
     2    WALK 2, 3, POINT CONTINUING IN LOD
     Staying in the same position, continue in LOD, beginning
     on man's R, step R, L, R, point L.
     3    2 STEP SWINGS
     Repeat 2, above.
     4    STEP, DRAW, STEP, TOUCH WHILE THE WOMAN
     TWIRLS
     Man steps to side in LOD L, closes R, steps to the side
     again on L, touches R while woman turns under her R and
     his L hands with a R-face turn (R, L, R, touch L).
     5-8  REPEAT 1-4 IN RLOD
     9-16 16 TURNING TWO-STEPS
     Experienced dancers can add pivot steps and twirls to vary
     the two-steps

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