Seashore Saunter



The Seashore Saunter is an easy Saunter (i.e. Foxtrot) sequence dance composed by Joyce Simonds in 1962.

It won the Old Time New-Dance Competition of the United Kingdom Alliance of Teachers of Dancing in 1962.

The version described below is based on a description by Walter Whitman and Victor Silvester in 1967, adapted by Nick Enge.

The Position

Closed position, Lead facing LOD.

The Dance

Part I - Walk, Twinkle, Half Turn (4 bars): Back the Follow two steps (1, 2), then step back (3), close (and), forward (4). Step forward right (5), forward left (6), side right (7), close left (and), and back right (8), turning halfway to the left on the forward, side, close, to step back right against LOD.

Part II - Repeat Part I (4 bars): Repeat Part I (1, 2, 3-and-4, 5, 6, 7-and-8) to return to original place, but step side against LOD at the end, instead of back, ending up in promenade position.

Part III - Sways (4 bars): Sway along LOD (1), against LOD (2), then step side (3), close (and) along LOD, and sway along LOD (4). Repeat opposite (5, 6, 7-and-8), turning to face diagonally to outside wall along LOD at the end.

Part IV - Trapezoid Box (4 bars): The trapezoid box from the Lola Tango: forward diagonally to outside wall along LOD (1), side (2), close (and) to outside wall, back diagonally to outside wall against LOD (3), and forward diagonally to center along LOD (4). Repeat opposite (5, 6-and-7, 8).

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

Saunter (i.e. Foxtrot) music, at 120 to 128 bpm.

No original tune is specified.


© 2018 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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