Oklahoma Trio Mixer

(Texas Schottische)

{c. 1960}



Introduction

The Oklahoma Trio Mixer is an easy mixer for sets of three, described by the Folk Dance Federation of California in 1960.

The Folk Dance Federation description notes that it's an adaptation of the Oklahoma Mixer as danced in California since the 1940s.

A similar dance is called the Texas Schottische.



The Position

Three dancers, all side by side, facing LOD.

The outside people takes the middle person's closest hand in the outside hands, then join their inside hands behind the middle person's back.


The Dance

Part I - Two-Step Forward (2 bars): Everyone starting left foot, do a full two-step forward along LOD: step, close, step with left foot, then step, close step with right foot (1-and-2, 3-and-4)

Part II - Promenade (2 bars): Four slow steps forward along LOD (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part III - Heel, Toe, Send Out (2 bars): Touch heel forward (1), touch toe closed (2), then, letting go of inside hands, the left partner does half of a right-turning two-step to face against LOD as the right partner does half of a left-turning two-step to face against LOD, and the middle partner steps in place (3-and-4).

Part IV - Heel, Toe, Change Partners (2 bars): Touch heel forward (5), touch toe closed (5), then everyone two-steps forward to form a new trio, the middle person progressing along LOD as the outside partners progress against LOD.

Take original position and orientation with new trio, and repeat from the beginning.


The Music

The recommended music is "any good American schottische."

In the video above, we used "Dibs" by Kelsea Ballerini.


Sources


© 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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