Ocean Wave



The Ocean Wave is an easy walking mixer described by Fran Riel and Buleah Davis in their 1966 book Happy Dancing, Handbook of Dance Mixers.

The Position

Facing partner, holding right-in-right hands, with Leads facing out, Follows facing in.

The Dance

Part I - Do-Si-Do Right (4 bars): Do-si-do right one full circle, i.e., pass forward by the right shoulder and back by the left (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

Part II - Do-Si-Do Left (2 bars): Do-si-do left three-quarters, ending up in a circular wave with Leads facing out, Follows facing in, holding right-in-right with partner, and left-in-left with person to your left.

Part III - Balance and Turn Right (2 bars): Balance* forward (1) and back (3), then turn halfway clockwise with partner to form a new wave with Leads facing in and Follows facing out (5, 6, 7, 8).

* Riel and Davis give three options for "Balance" in their glossary: 1) step and lift the other foot, 2) step and touch the other foot, or 3) two-step or pas-de-basque when the dance is in 2/4 (as this one is).

Part IV - Balance and Turn Left (2 bars): Balance forward (1) and back (3), then turn halfway counterclockwise with person to your left (5, 6, 7, 8). At the end, travel a little further to end up in original position with the next person you're approaching.

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

The recommended music is "any good square dance tune."


© 2019 Nick Enge

For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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