This is a satisfying early English sequence two-step composed by H. G. Roscoe, which won first prize at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool Dancing Festival in 1920.
Side-by-side in half-closed position, both facing LOD as in the Military Schottische.
Part I - Promenade and Rollaway (4 bars): Two two-steps forward (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then rollaway from each other with three steps (forward along LOD, back along LOD, back along LOD), hands on hips.
Part II - Repeat Opposite (4 bars): Repeat Part I on the other foot traveling against LOD.
Part III - Pas de Basque and Skip (4 bars): Pas de basque away from partner (1-and-2) and toward partner (3-and-4), then skip (i.e. step-hop) four times along LOD (5-and, 6-and, 7-and, 8-and).
Part IV - Turning Two Step (4 bars): Four bars of turning two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).
There's an eponymous tune composed specifically for the dance by Ronald Franklin, but any square, early 20th century two-step in 6/8 time will work nicely.
Thanks to Richard Powers for providing several helpful suggestions to improve this page.
© 2018 Nick Enge
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For more, see our two books on dancing:
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
and Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge.
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