Circle and Swing

{1966}



Introduction

Circle and Swing is an easy mixer described by Fran Riel and Buleah Davis in their 1966 book Happy Dancing, Handbook of Dance Mixers. The version described below is as adapted by Nick Enge.



The Position

Single circle facing in, Follows on the right.


The Dance

Part I - Lead's Circle (4 bars): Leads walk forward four steps to form a Lead's circle (1, 2, 3, 4), and circle left eight counts (5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 3, 4). Then peel off the circle to the left and take four steps forward to new partner (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part II - Swing (4 bars): Swing* partner for sixteen counts, ending in original orientation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16). [The second eight was originally four slow claps, but a continued swing is much more satisfying.]

* Riel and Davis describe "Swing" as turning clockwise, "pivoting on right foot and pushing with left as if riding a scooter," but as usual, a walking swing will also work for beginners.

Part III - Follow's Circle (4 bars): Leads walk forward four steps to form a Follow's circle (1, 2, 3, 4), and circle left eight counts (5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, 3, 4). Then peel off the circle to the left and take four steps forward to new partner (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part IV - Swing (4 bars): Swing* partner for sixteen counts, ending in original orientation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16).

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

The recommended music is "When the Saints Go Marching In."


Sources


© 2019 Nick Enge


For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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