Vaya Con Dios


A waltz written by Carlotta W. Hegemann of San Antonio, Texas.

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Music: "Vaya con Dios"

Record: LS 243

Position: Semi-closed, facing LOD.

Footwork: Opposite throughout unless otherwise indicated.

Introduction: Wait two meas, bal apart, bal together.

Part A
     1-4  WALTZ FWD, 2, 3; WALTZ FWD, 2, 3; BAL FWD, 2, 3;
     BAL BACK, 2, 3
     Waltz fwd in LOD two meas, starting man's L; bal fwd, L,
     R, L; bal back, R, L, R.
     5-8  SOLO TURN, 2, 3; TURN TO FACE, 2, 3; WALTZ BAL,
     2, 3; MANEUVER, 2, 3
     Starting man's L, do 2 solo travel turns (one revolution)
     progressing in LOD in 6 steps, man turning LF (woman
     RF), end with partners facing, man's back to COH; with
     man's L and woman's R hands joined and held high, pas de
     basque bal   man steps side to L (LOD) on L, cross R
     slightly behind L, step in place on L (woman cross L behind
     R); release hand holds as man maneuvers LF (R, L, R) to
     face LOD (woman maneuvers RF, L, R, L), to assume
     Varsouvianna pos, facing LOD.
     In one meas, man points L toe twice to L side, then once
     across in front of R (woman opp); releasing hands and
     starting L, to one LF spot turn away from partner in 3 steps
     (woman turns RF) taking semi-closed pos, facing LOD;
     step back on R twd RLOD, draw L; step back again on R,
     draw L and close L to R on last count.
          13-16     WALTZ FWD, 2, 3; DIP, STEP, STEP; STEP, DRAW,  ;
          STEP, TOUCH,  
     Still in semi-closed pos, waltz fwd one meas, starting
     man's R; step fwd L, bending knee in slight dip, and step in
     place R, L; step back on R, draw L,  ; step back again on R
     and touch L.
          17-32     Repeat meas 1-16. On meas 32, maneuver man's back 
          COH and end in closed pos.

Part B
     1-4  WALTZ 2, 3; WALTZ, 2, 3; WALTZ, 2, 3; WALTZ, 2, 3
     Man steps back twd COH on L to begin 2 RF waltz turns in
     four meas, ending with man's back to COH, still in closed
     5-8  GRAPEVINE, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6; STEP, DRAW,  ;
     MANEUVER (woman reverse twirl)
     Man steps on L to L (LOD), crosses R behind L (woman
     also crosses behind), step to side on L; cross R in front of
     L, step to side on L, cross R behind L; step to side on L,
     draw R twd L (do not change wt); man steps in place R, L,
     R while woman twirls LF, stepping L, R, L under her R and
     man's L hands, to end facing in closed pos.
     9-16 Repeat meas 1-8, ending in closed pos, man's back to
          17-20     BACK,  , CLOSE; BACK (dip),  ,  ; FWD,  , CLOSE;
          FWD,  , MANEUVER (to Varsouvianna)
     Moving twd COH in canter rhythm, man steps back on L,
     hold, and close R; step back L in dip and hold 2 counts;
     step fwd twd wall on R and close L; step twd wall on R,
     hold, and touch L (on the last two counts, woman steps
     quickly on R, pivoting RF to Varsouvianna pos, touch L),
     ending with partners both facing the wall.
          21-24     GRAPEVINE, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6; STEP, DRAW,  ;
          MANEUVER (woman to banjo)
     Using the same footwork for both as for the man in meas 5-
     6, Part B, both starting with L, and moving twd LOD, do
     grapevine in six steps in Varsouvianna pos; both step to
     side twd LOD on L, draw R to L (keep wt on L),  ; man
     steps R, L, R in place, while woman (releasing hands) turns
     RF in canter rhythm (step on R, hold, close L to R) to end
     with woman facing COH in banjo pos.
          25-28     BANJO AROUND, 2, 3; AROUND, 2, 3; TWINKLE, 2, 3;
          TWINKLE-MANEUVER, 2, 3
     With R hips adjacent , starting man's L (woman's R), make
     a 3/4 CW turn in six steps for man to face LOD, pivot
     quickly to sidecar pos; man crosses L in front of R, steps to
     side on R, steps in place on L (woman opp); pivoting to
      banjo, repeat footwork starting man's R and progressing
     LOD as man maneuvers to closed pos, his back to COH.
          29-32     WALTZ, 2, 3; WALTZ, 2, 3; WALTZ, 2, 3; STEP,
     Man steps back on L to start one and a half waltz turns (3/4
     revolution) in 3 meas. On the last meas, step R, touch L,  ;
     thus maneuvering into semi-closed pos, man's back to
     COH, ready to repeat the dance.

Entire routine is dances twice. On the last two meas on the second
time through, woman twirls RF to open pos, under her R and
man's L hands. Man takes her L hand in his R as they

Styling Notes: Do not fail to enjoy the styling opportunities in this
lovely dance. The draws should be done deliberately, not glossed
over. The changes of wt and of foot lead should be noticed and
enjoyed. Let the pos of the head and arms follow the draws. In
meas 9 of Part A, the three points should be done with precision
and soundlessly.

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