Military Parade

(London, 1913)

General Description

This is a satisfying early English sequence two-step composed by Flo. Almond in 1913.

The Position

Side by side facing LOD, Follow's left in Lead's right.

The Dance

Part I - Point and Walk (4 bars): Point outside foot forward along LOD (1), then point outside foot back against LOD (3), slightly bending the knees and turning head to face partner. Then walk four steps along LOD, closing feet on the fourth step (5, 6, 7, 8).

Part II - Rollaway and Walk Apart (4 bars): A full two-step rollaway along LOD (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then walk two steps along LOD (5, 6) and side, close along LOD (7, 8), closing up to closed position.

Part III - Two-Step and Walk Together (4 bars): A 3/4 turn of turning two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4), ending up with Follow backing, then back the Follow two steps (5, 6), and side, close along LOD (7, 8).

Part IV - Two-Step* (4 bars): Two full turns of turning two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).

Repeat from the beginning.

* For advanced dancers, the description notes that the turning in Parts III and IV can be either to the right or to the left.

The Music

There's an eponymous tune composed specifically for the dance by R. T. Almond, but any square, early 20th century two-step will work nicely.


Thanks to Richard Powers for providing several helpful suggestions to improve this page.

© 2018 Nick Enge

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Historical Descriptions

Military Parade (Almond, Military Parade, 1913):

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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