The Skaters' Waltz

 

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Music: "The Skaters' Waltz" by Emil Waldteufel

Record: LS 45-102

Position: Skaters'   woman standing at man's R; man holds her R
hand, turned palm up on her R hip, in his R hand, and her L hand
in his L, with her L arm crossing his chest at about the height of
her shoulder. Man's R arm is around woman.

Footwork: Identical throughout.

Note: The charm and fun of this dance lie in getting the feel of a
skating motion. Glide wherever possible, and sweep the foot back
before swinging. Sway as you move.

Introduction: four measures. Wait in open pos, facing LOD, for
two meas; bal apart; bal into skaters' pos.

Part I
Measures
     1-4  RIGHT,  , CLOSE; RIGHT, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6; RIGHT,  ,
     SWING
     In skaters' pos, facing LOD, both starting on the same foot,
     glide fwd at a slight angle with the R foot, and close the L
     to the R (canter); starting with the R again, take six gliding
     steps in 2 meas (R, L, R; L, R, L); glide with the R and
     swing the L across, with L toe pointed slightly to the L,
     ready for the next glide.
     5-8  LEFT,  , CLOSE; LEFT, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6; LEFT,  , SWING
     Repeat meas 1-4, leading with the L foot to the L, and
     finishing by swinging the R.
     9-16 Repeat Meas 1-8
          17-20     RIGHT,  , CLOSE; RIGHT TURN, 2, 3; BACK, STEP,
          STEP; RIGHT,  , SWING
     Glide fwd on R foot, close L to R; without dropping hand
     holds, each does an individual R-face turn in two measures.
     Stepping fwd on the R, and pivoting slightly, step L, R,
     making about a quarter revolution; step bwd on L, and step
     R, L, completing the turn so that both are facing RLOD.
     (The man now has his L arm around the woman, holding
     her L hand at her L hip, and her R is crossed over his chest.
     This and the steps of the turn will happen quite
     automatically if you do not think too much about it); step R
     and swing L.
          21-24     LEFT,  , CLOSE; LEFT TURN, 2, 3; BACK, STEP,
          STEP; LEFT,  , SWING
     Repeat meas 16-20 to the L in RLOD, ending back in
     original pos.
          25-32     Repeat meas 17-24

Part II
     1-4  RIGHT,  , CLOSE; CROSS TO LEFT, 2, 3; LEFT,  ,
     CLOSE; CROSS TO RIGHT, 2, 3
     In skaters' pos, facing LOD, both glide to R fwd on R, and
     close L to R; man crosses R behind L, and steps L, R,
     taking short steps and moving very slightly to the left, while
     woman crosses R foot in front of her L, and steps to L side,
     L, R, taking longer steps so that she is now at the man's L
     side (without changing hand holds, he now has his L hand
     at her L hip and his L arm around her waist); glide fwd to
     the L on L, close R to L; cross L over R and step R, L,
     bringing woman back to man's R side again (man steps
     behind R on L and steps R, L with short steps).
     5-8  Repeat meas 1-4.
     9-12 WALK, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6; WALTZ; WALTZ
     Maneuvering woman into pos directly in front of man with
     man holding both of her hands on her hips, standing quite
     close tog   starting with R foot (R, L, R; L, R, L;) walk
     straight fwd six steps in 2 meas; starting R foot, do two
     meas of Tyrolean waltz in this pos, sweeping out twd wall
     and in twd COH. (In the walk, both man and woman face
     LOD)
          13-16     WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ (maneuver)
     Starting on R for both, four more measures of Tyrolean
     waltz, maneuvering into skaters' pos on the last meas.
          17-32     Repeat meas 1-16.

Sequence: You will find that the music asks you to dance Part I,
Part II, and then Part I again. Look in Lloyd Shaw's "The Round
Dance Book" for many more variations of this dance.

What now follows is a 1966 arrangement of this dance by Oscar
and Frances Schwartz of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Record: LS 45-102

Position: Intro. Open facing. Dance. Skirt skaters' pos.

Footwork: Part A, identical. Part B, opposite.

Tempo: Retard record speed to about 40 rpm.

Introduction: 4 measures. Wait; Wait; Apart, point,  ; Together (to
skirt skaters'), touch,  .

Part A
Measures
     1-4  CROSS, SIDE, CLOSE; CROSS, SIDE, CLOSE; REPEAT
     MEASURES 1 AND 2
     Progressing diag twd LOD/wall, both cross L in front of R,
     step to side on R, close L; Cross R in front of L twd
     LOD/COH, step to side on L, close R; repeat measures 1
     and 2.
     5-8  FORWARD, TURN, CLOSE; BACKWARD, TURN,
     CLOSE; REPEAT MEASURES 5 AND 6
     (Box waltz) Step fwd on L, turn 1/4 L-face to COH, close
     L; step bwd on R, turn 1/4 L-face to RLOD, close R; fwd
     on L, turn 1/4 L-face to wall, close L; bwd on R, turn 1/4 L-
     face to LOD, close R.
     9-12 REPEAT MEASURES 1-3; TURN TO
     VARSOUVIANNA;
     Repeat meas 1-3; Cross R in front of L (facing LOD), step
     to side on L, turn R-face to Varsouvianna pos, facing wall.
          13-16     CANTER TO SIDE,  , CROSS IN FRONT; TO SIDE,  ,
          CROSS IN FRONT; TO SIDE, CROSS IN BACK, SIDE;
          CROSS IN FRONT, TURN TO SKIRT SKATERS' POS
     In canter rhythm, step to side on L in LOD, hold 1 count,
     cross R in front of L; repeat; step to side on L, cross R
     behind L, to side on L; cross R in front of L, turn « L-face
     twd LOD to skirt skaters' pos, close R.
          17-32     REPEAT MEASURES 1-16, EXCEPT IN MEAS 32
          WOMAN CROSS IN FRONT, turn 1/4 L-face touch R
          (transition to opposite footwork), ending in open pos,
          facing LOD.

Part B
     1-4  WALTZ AWAY; TOGETHER TO BUTTERFLY;
     APART, TOUCH,  ; TOGETHER TO SEMI-CLOSED,
     TOUCH,  
     Starting on man's L (woman's R), waltz slightly away from
     partner, progressing in LOD; turning twd partner, waltz tog
     to momentary butterfly pos; with man's R (woman's L)
     hands joined step apart on L, touch R to L, hold 1 count;
     step tog on man's R to semi-closed pos, touch L to R, hold
     1 count.
     5-8  FWD WALTZ; TWIRL TO SEMI-CLOSED; FWD
     WALTZ; TWIRL TO CLOSED
     In semi-closed pos, waltz fwd in LOD; under leading
     hands, twirl woman R-face to semi-closed pos, as man
     progresses fwd, R, L, R; repeat semi-closed waltz; twirl
     woman R-face to closed pos, man facing LOD.
     9-12 (BWD) CROSS, POINT,  ; CROSS, POINT,  ;
     TWINKLE OUT; TWINKLE IN
     In closed pos, man facing LOD, cross L behind R twd wall,
     point R twd wall, hold 1 count; cross R behind L, point L
     twd COH, hold 1 count; cross L in front of R, step to side
     on R, step L in place; cross R in front of L, step to side on
     L, step R in place.
          13-16     L-TURN WALTZ «; L-TURN WALTZ «; FWD WALTZ;
          TWIRL TO OPEN
     In closed pos, do two L-face turning waltzes ending with
     man facing LOD; waltz fwd L, R, L; under man's L and
     woman's R hands, twirl woman to open pos, facing LOD.
          17-32     REPEAT PART B, MEASURES 1-16, EXCEPT THAT
          ON MEAS 32: W does « R-face turn, stepping L, R, touch
          L (transition to identical footwork) ending in skirt skaters'
          pos, facing LOD.

               Sequence:      A - B - A
          Ending:   The last time through part A, measure 32, man steps
          few twd wall   R, L, DIP bwd twd COH, to
          acknowledge (while woman makes « R-face solo
          spot roll   R, L, directly bwd twd wall to
          acknowledge) no hands joined.

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