Today

 

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A waltz by Dena M. Fresh, Wichita, Kansas

Record: LS 261-45

Music: "Today," 120 beats per minute tempo.

Position: Open for introduction, closed for dance.

Footwork: Opposite throughout, instructions for man.

Introduction: Wait 2 measures, balance apart; balance together and
to closed pos, man's back to COH.

Part A
Measures
     1-4  BALANCE BACK; MANEUVER; WALTZ (R-FACE);
     WALTZ (to open pos)
     On man's L, balance back twd COH; maneuver man's back
     to LOD, starting R; step back on man's L in LOD and
     dance one R-face turning waltz; open out to face LOD in
     open pos.
     5-8  WALTZ OUT; WALTZ IN; SOLO TURN; TO SIDECAR
     (butterfly)
     In open pos, and starting on man's L, waltz slightly away
     from partner, swinging joined inside hands forward; waltz
     slightly twd partner, swinging joined hands bwd; release
     handhold and solo turn away from partner, men starting on
     L (woman's R) and taking one waltz step, moving in LOD;
     continue turning with 1 more waltz step starting R, end
     facing diagonally fwd and twd wall in butterfly sidecar pos
     (woman facing RLOD & diag twd COH).
     9-12 TWINKLE OUT; TWINKLE IN; TWINKLE OUT; MANEUVER
     Moving in LOD, man step L across R (woman cross in
     back), step to side on R, close L to R; step R across L, step
     to side on L, close R to L; repeat measure 9; man
     maneuver, starting R to closed pos with his back to LOD.
     13-16 WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ; WALTZ
     Step back on man's L in LOD and dance four R-face
     turning waltz steps, easing comfortably apart on the last one
     and joining both hands, man's back to COH.

INTERLUDE: STEP, SWING,  ; STEP, SWING,   
     Step to side in LOD on man's L (woman's R), swing R
     across L, rise slightly on L; repeat to R side.

Part B
     1-4  VINE, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6 (in LOD); STEP, DRAW,  ; STEP,
     TOUCH,   
     In butterfly pos, man's back to COH, begin on man's L and
     vine 6 steps in LOD; step L and draw R to L (put weight
     briefly on R); step L to side in LOD and touch R to L.
     5-8  VINE, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6 (in RLOD); STEP, DRAW,  ; STEP,
     TOUCH,   
     Beginning on man's R (woman's L), repeat meas 1-4 of
     Part B in RLOD.
     9-12 STEP, SWING, PIVOT; BALANCE,  ,  ; STEP, DRAW,
      ; STEP, TOUCH,   
     Drop man's L and woman's R hands and step fwd in LOD
     on man's L (woman's R), swing R fwd and pivot back-to-
     back, swinging joined hands fwd and high; balance to side
     on R, looking over shoulder at partner; step L to side in
     RLOD, draw R to L (put weight on R); step L, draw R to L
     (put weight on R).
     13-16 ROLL (RLOD) FACE-TO-FACE; BACK-TO-BACK;FACE-TO-FACE; STEP, TOUCH,   
     Briefly touching hands begin on man's L (woman's R)
     and moving in RLOD, waltz roll face-to-face; on around to
     back-to-back; on around to face-to-face; step R to side in
     RLOD, touch L to R, take closed pos, man's back to COH.

The recorded music takes the dancers through three sequences as
above. After the third time, there is an 8-measure tag, as follows:

Ending
     1-4  BALANCE BACK; MANEUVER; WALTZ (R-FACE);
     WALTZ
     Repeat measures 1-4 of Part A, but ending with man's back
     to COH, and easing apart to join both hands.
     5-8  STEP, SWING,  ; STEP, SWING,  ; TWIRL; BOW
     Repeat Interlude; twirl woman under man's L and her R
     hands; change hands and bow, pointing man's R (woman's
     L).

Suggestions: In measures 9-16 of Part B, maintain the touching or
holding of hands where it is comfortably possible. Inside handhold
is maintained through the step-draws of measures 11 & 12, and
dropped with the final draw on measure 12. Touch hands as you
come face-to-face on the rolls in measures 13 and 15.

Second note: In doing the final four measures of Part B (the RLOD
waltz rolls), it is very romantic to do a U-shaped waltz away from
partner (man twd COH, woman twd wall) and return in 6 steps,
touching hands and lingering with a look, and repeat once again,
finally returning to take closed pos to begin the dance again. Both
U-shaped actions progress in RLOD.

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