Waltz Cotillion

Liverpool Plains version

Formation: Quadrille Set, Numbering: Anticlockwise 1,3,2,4.
Music: 4 x 128 Bars Waltz + 8 bar introduction at 52-54 bars/min.
Source: Daryl Powell, Canberra

16    1st couple waltz inside set
8     1st and 2nd W change places. They waltz 1 step in then 1 step back. Take 4 waltz steps to change places, turning as they cross by right shoulder. Then honour new partner with a nod when reaching opposite side
8     3rd and 4th W change places
8     1st and 2nd M change places (same way as the top ladies)
8     3rd and 4th M change places
8     1st and 2nd couple waltz to place around the outside of set
8     3rd and 4th couple waltz to place around the outside of set
(Form top and bottom lines)
8     Advance and retire, cross over
8     Advance and retire, cross back
32    Waltz chain – starting with corner join right hands and balance forward and back then lady turns under joined arms while man turns. Meet partner half way, turn partner and reverse direction, return to place, and meet partner.
16    All waltz the set.

Repeat 3 times with new couple leading each time. When couples 3 & 4 start, form side lines instead of top & bottom lines.

Notes: The Waltz Cotillion is a popular single figure quadrille which provides a pleasant contrast to the First Set and Lancers. It appeared around 1870 but the date of this particular version is unknown.

Waterfall Waltz

Author: Pat Shaw 1966
Formation: Sicilian circle, progressive
Music: 32 bar waltz, own tune – apparently Welsh in origin. (gif) (Caerdroea as abc)

4    Men right hand turn
4    Opposites do-si-do
4    Ladies full right hand turn
4    Partners do-si-do
2    Facing partner: two slow chassé steps sideways – men left and behind partner – women right
2    Partners two-hand turn half-way (change sides)
4    Repeat last four bars back to place
4    Circle of four to the left half-way and acknowledge (honour) the other couple
4    Couples waltz on (or on spot), opening out to meet new couple, facing in original direction.

Notes: This dance won the prize at the National Eisteddfod (Port Talbot 1966) in the competition for the ‘Composition of a Twmpath Dance’.

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