The Territorial Two-Step

{1908}



Introduction

The Territorial Two-Step is an easy two-step sequence dance composed by Arthur Morris in 1908.

It won first prize at the competition of New Dances at the Conference of the United Kingdom Alliance of Teachers of Dancing on the Isle of Man that year.



The Position

Facing partner, holding two hands.


The Dance

Part I - Long Three-Slide Rollaway (8 bars): Three-slide galop along LOD, disengaging leading hands and turning outward on the third step (1-and-2-and-3), then point free foot along LOD (4), back to back with partner. Repeat the three-slide galop and point against LOD, still back to back (5-and-6-and-7, 8). Then, still back to back, take other hands (pointing against LOD), and three-slide galop against LOD, turning to face partner at the end and pointing along LOD (1-and-2-and-3, 4). Then, facing partner, three-slide galop against LOD and point along LOD (5-and-6-and-7, 8).

Part II - Chassé (8 bars): "Chassé eight bars, holding partner as in the waltz." This could be interpreted in many different ways. It could simply be a sixteen-slide galop (non-turning), but that's not very satisfying. Or it could be two eight-slide galops (one full turn), four four-slide galops (two full turns), or eight two-steps (four full turns). A creative possibility would be to do one full Esmeralda: four-slide galop (half turn), two two-steps (full turn), four-slide galop (half turn), two-two-steps (full turn). Doing three turns in the second half would thematically mirror the threes in the first half.

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

A two-step in 6/8 time.


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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