1953 Coronation Waltz



The 1953 Coronation Waltz is an easy waltz sequence dance arranged by the Empire Society of Teachers of Dancing in honor of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

The Position

Holding inside hands, facing partner, Lead facing outside wall.

The Dance

Part I - Chassé and Twinkle (4 bars): Side (1), close (3), side (4), close without weight along LOD (6). Then side against LOD (1), close halfway up (3), and cross inside foot through (4), bringing outside foot closed to inside foot at the end (6).

Part II - Rollaway and Brush (4 bars): A full waltz rollaway along LOD, Lead turning left and Follow turning right (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Retaking inside hands, step forward with outside foot (1), brush forward with inside foot (2), and hop on outside foot (3), then repeat with the other foot (4, 5, 6).

Part III - Pas de Basque and Rollaway (4 bars): Pas de basque outward (1, 2, 3) and inward (4, 5, 6). Then rollaway along LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Part IV - Underarm Turn and Waltz (4 bars): Taking leading hands, the Follow waltzes under them (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), while the Lead take two slow steps forward along LOD (1, 4). Close up and waltz one full turn together (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

Waltz music.

The specified tune is "The Coronation Waltz" by Christine Hurst and George Warren.


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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