La Carlowitzka

(Gitana Waltz)



Contemporary Description


The Position

Waltz position throughout.


The Footwork

A combination of rotating hops (Pas Glissé) with the Polka Mazurka.

1: The Lead slides his left foot along LOD while the Follow slides her right foot along LOD.*

* Hillgrove 1863 specifies that the trailing foot (his right, her left) is raised a little from the floor.

2: The Lead hops on his left foot while the Follow hops on her right. (Each of these and the following hops glides forward, turning more and more to the right.)

3: The Lead hops on his left foot while the Follow hops on her right, bringing the rear feet (his right, her left) in towards the leading ankle without taking weight on it.

Over the course of the preceding three counts, the couple turns 180° clockwise.

4-5-6: The Lead does exactly what the Follow did, and vice-versa, turning another 180° clockwise, so that the leading hands are pointed along LOD again.

7-8-9-10-11-12: Polka Mazurka, turning 180° clockwise at the end of 6 counts.

Repeat it all with the opposite foot.

Verbalized and remembered as "slide-hop-hop, slide-hop-hop, slide-cut-lift, slide-cut-leap."


The Music

Mazurka music.


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Historical Descriptions


La Carlowitzka (Hillgrove, 1863):

Music In Three-Four Time.

This is a Polish dance. The music is the same as for a Mazourka.

Part First.

1st. The gentleman will slide the left foot diagonally forward, in front of his partner (count one). Then raise the right foot a little from the floor, and spring twice on the left foot, turning half round (count two, three—one bar).

2d. Repeat the same with the right foot: here the gentleman slides his right foot between his partner's feet (count four, five, six—one bar).

Part Second.

Then execute the whole of the Polka-Mazourka step, with the left foot (count six—two bars).

Then recommence the first part with the right foot, and so on, first commencing with the left foot, and then with the right, alternately.

For the lady the directions are the same, except reversing the feet.


Gitana Waltz (Gilbert, 1890):

Slide left to side (2d), 1; hop twice on left, 2, 3; repeat with right foot, 1, 2, 3; two measures. Polka-Mazurka two measures. Repeat, commencing with the right foot; four measures. Recommence as at first. The turn is to be made on the hops, and the second measure of the Polka-Mazurka.

Counterpart for lady.


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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