The Magnet is an easy two-step sequence dance composed by James Follit in 1908.
Facing partner, holding trailing hands.
Part I - Side Steps and Rollaway (4 bars): Side (1), close (2), side (3), close (4) along LOD. Then, with no hands, an inward two-step rollaway, Lead turning right, Follow turning left (5-and-6, 7-and-8).
Part II - Repeat (4 bars): Repeat (1, 2, 3, 4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).*
* As a creative variation, to make things more interesting, you could do the first rollaway inward as described, and then the second rollaway outward (Lead turning left, Follow turning right).
Part III - Chassé and Two-Step (4 bars): Side (1), close (2), half two-step to the right (3-and-4). Then repeat opposite to complete the turn (5, 6, 7-and-8).
Part III - Two-Step (4 bars): Two full turns of turning two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).
Repeat from the beginning.
"The Magnet" by James Follit is the specified tune, but it doesn't appear to have been recorded, so any early 20th century two-step will do.
© 2018, 2019 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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