Golden Slippers



Golden Slippers is an easy mixer described by Fran Riel and Buleah Davis in their 1966 book Happy Dancing, Handbook of Dance Mixers.

The Position

Partners facing LOD, holding inside hands.

The Dance

Part I - Walk and Slide (4 bars): Starting outside feet, walk four steps along LOD (1, 2, 3, 4), then take two hands and slide four counts along LOD, i.e., slide-close-slide-close-slide-close-slide (5-and-6-and-7-and-8).

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

Part III - Back and Change Partner (4 bars): Back away from partner four steps (1, 2, 3, 4), then walk forward to the right to meet next partner (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part IV - Swing (4 bars): Swing* partner for eight counts, ending in original orientation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

* Riel and Davis describe "Swing" as turning clockwise, "pivoting on right foot and pushing with left as if riding a scooter," but as usual, a walking swing will also work for beginners.

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

The recommended music is "Golden Slippers," or "any good hoedown."


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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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