The Eddy Waltz

{1905}




Introduction

The Eddy Waltz is a Waltz sequence dance, composed by H. Wilkinson in 1905.

Given that the dance resembles an eddy, it's likely that the dance is named after this natural phenomenon.

The original description has been lost, but A. J. Latimer provides an "Authentic Replica of Original Description" in his Second Bouquet of Old Time Dances in 1950.



The Position

Both facing LOD, holding inside hands.


The Dance

Part I - Promenade and Turn Outward (4 bars): Six steps along LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), then a half waltz turn outward (1, 2, 3), and a side step along LOD, back to back with partner (4).

Part II - Promenade and Turn Inward (4 bars): Taking other hands, six steps against LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), then a half waltz turn inward (1, 2, 3), and a side step against LOD, facing partner (4).

Part III - Slow Rollaway (4 bars): Taking original hands, half waltz outward (1, 2, 3) and a side step along LOD (4), back to back. Then, taking other hands, half waltz inward (1, 2, 3) and a side step against LOD (4), facing partner.

Part IV - Waltz (4 bars): Taking closed position, two full turns of right-turning waltz (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

Waltz music.


Sources


© 2018 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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