Everywhere Mixer

{c. 1965}



Introduction

The Everywhere Mixer is an easy mixer by Russ and Marietta Bullock, described by Jack and Helen Todd in their 1976 book Quick-Teach Fun Dances for Recreational Groups.

It was advertised at least as early as the September 1965 issue of American Squares.

The beginning is very similar to Tom Walton's c. 1908 White City Two-Step, which is in turn an adaptation of Arthur Morris' 1900 Veleta.



The Position

Couples in a circle facing LOD, holding inside hands.


The Dance

Part I - Promenade and Side Steps (4 counts): Starting outside feet, walk four steps forward along LOD (1, 2, 3, 4), then turn to face partner, take two hands, and step side, close, side, and close without weight (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part II - Repeat Against LOD (4 counts): Using other inside hands and other outside feet, repeat Part I against LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), allowing the Follow to travel a bit further against LOD at the end.

Part III - Turn by the Right (4 counts): Link right elbows and walk forward one full turn around partner, then fall back away from them slightly (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

Part IV - Do-Sa-Do to Change Partners (4 counts): Do-sa-do partner, passing forward by the right shoulders and back by the left before progressing diagonally forward to the left* to meet a new partner (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

* This last detail is lacking in the cited description, but given that this dance is specified as a mixer, and this progression is used by another mixer (Leonne Cottle's "Do-Sa-Do Mixer") on the previous page, it seems likely that the same progression is intended here.

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

Any walking-tempo tune with continual eight counts will work.


Sources


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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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