The Fylde Waltz

{1904}


A 1904 map of The Fylde



Introduction

The Fylde Waltz is a Waltz sequence dance composed by Tom Almond in 1904, and revived during the mid-20th century Old Time Dancing revival in England.

It's named after The Fylde, the coastal plain in England where Blackpool is located.



The Position

Both facing LOD, holding inside hands.


The Dance

Part I - Waltz Glissé, Glissé Waltz (4 bars): Half waltz outward along LOD (1, 2, 3) to face away from partner, and side (4), close without weight (6) along LOD with inside feet. Then side (1), close with weight (3) against LOD with outside feet, and half waltz inward against LOD (4, 5, 6), to face against LOD.

Part II - Repeat Against LOD (4 bars): Taking opposite hands, repeat Part I against LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 6 / 1, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Part III - Waltz Glissé Rollaway (4 bars): Taking original hands, half waltz outward along LOD (1, 2, 3) to face away from partner, and side (4), close with weight (6) along LOD with inside foot. Taking opposite hands, finish the waltz you started (Lead backing right foot, turning left, and Follow backing left foot, turning right) along LOD (1, 2, 3), and side (4), close with weight (6) along LOD, taking closed position.

Part IV - Waltz (4 bars): 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, at 132 to 138 bpm.


Sources


© 2018 Nick Enge


For more, see our two books on dancing:
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
and Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge.


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