By the Sea



By the Sea is an easy mixer described by Alma Heaton in his 1959 book Fun Dances.

The Position

Facing LOD, holding inside hands.

The Dance

Part I - Two-Step and Four-Slide (2 bars): Starting outside feet, a full two-step forward along LOD (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then face partner, take both hands, and four slide galop along LOD (5-and-6-and-7-and-8).

Part II - Repeat Against LOD (2 bars): Holding other inside hands, and starting other outside feet, repeat Part I against LOD (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6-and-7-and-8).

Part III - Paddle Turns (2 bars): Dropping hands, step forward along LOD (1), side along LOD with inside foot, back to back (2), forward against LOD (3), side against against LOD, facing partner (4), side against LOD, back to back (5), forward along LOD (6), side along LOD, facing partner (7), and close along LOD (8).

Part IV - Two-Step and Underarm Turn (2 bars): Taking waltz position, dance a complete two-step turn to the right (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then turn the Follow under left-to-right hands along LOD to the next partner (5-and-6, 7-and-8).

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

The recommended music is "By the Sea."


© 2019 Nick Enge

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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