The Magnet

{c. 1908}



Introduction

The Magnet is an easy two-step sequence dance composed by James Follit around 1908.



The Position

Facing partner, holding trailing hands.


The Dance

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 Music

Two-step music.


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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