The Empress Mazurka

{1954}



Introduction

The Empress Mazurka is a mazurka sequence dance composed by David Rollinson of Birmingham in 1954.

It's named after the famous Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, where it won its inventor the Bickerstaffe Shield at the Blackpool Festival of 1954.

The version below was described by Charles Crathorn in 1963.



The Position

Both facing LOD, holding inside hands.


The Dance

Part I - Points and Rollaway (4 bars): Step forward (1), point forward (2), step forward (4), point forward (5), then five counts of waltz to rollaway along LOD (Lead turning left, Follow turning right), and close without weight (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Part II - Return to Place (4 bars): Holding opposite hands, repeat to return to place (1, 2, 4, 5 / 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Part III - Mazurka, Point, Waltz, Chasseé (4 bars): Mazurka (slide, cut, lift) along LOD (1, 2, 3), and forward (4), point (5). Then half waltz inward to face partner (1, 2, 3) and side (4) close (5) along LOD.

Part IV - Waltz (4 bars): Two full turns of waltz (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

Mazurka from Coppelia by Delibes.


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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