A postcard of the White City in 1908
The White City Two-Step is an easy two-step sequence dance.
While advertised as a "new dance invented by Tom Walton" around 1908, it's really just an adaptation of Arthur Morris' earlier Veleta (1900) to two-step timing.
It's likely named after the White City district in London, which was in turn was named for the fact that the buildings for the Franco-British Exhibition held there in 1908 were all painted white.
Facing partner, holding two hands.
Part I - Promenade and Chassé Along LOD (4 bars): Promenade four steps along LOD starting outside feet (1, 2, 3, 4). Then, facing partner, slide (1), close (2), slide along LOD (3), opening up to face against LOD at the end. Unlike the Veleta, where the hands are changed at the beginning of the chassé, in this dance, the hands are changed at the end of the chassé.
Part II - Promenade and Chassé Against LOD (4 bars): Repeat opposite, traveling against LOD, and closing up to closed position at the end.
Part III - Two-Step and Quick Chassé (4 bars): One full turn of two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then chassé four times along LOD (5-and-6-and-7-and-8).
Part IV - Two-Step (4 bars): Two full turns of two step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).
Repeat from the beginning.
© 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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