Czech Waltz Mixer

(Czech Wedding Dance, Minet)



Origin

A Czech folk dance, called "Minet," presented by Jitka Bonušová at Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2016.

The Music

Any rotary waltz tune with continual eight-bar phrases.

The Formation

Couples in a circle, evenly spaced, Follows on the right, all holding hands in a circle.

The Figure

2 bars: All starting on the right foot, balance in and balance out.

2 bars: Leads balance out and in as they send their partners across from their right side to their left side.

2 bars: All balance in and balance out.

2 bars: Leads balance out and in as they send their partners across from their left side to in front of them. Leads are facing in, Follows are facing out.

4 bars: Taking R-in-R hands, walk forward for four bars, rotating one full turn around the held hands.

1 bar: Taking L-in-L hands, balance to the right.

1 bar: Taking R-in-R hands, balance to the left.

2 bars: Follow's half free spin to the Lead's left, falling back into the circle to the right of a new partner.


If you or your community is interested in learning to waltz, .


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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