Golden Slippers is an easy mixer described by Fran Riel and Buleah Davis in their 1966 book Happy Dancing, Handbook of Dance Mixers.
Partners facing LOD, holding inside hands.
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 recommended music is "Golden Slippers," or "any good hoedown."
© 2019 Nick Enge
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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