The St. Bernard's Waltz

{c. 1944}


The St. Bernard's Waltz is an Waltz sequence dance that appeared in several sources in the mid-20th century, at the height of the Old Time Dancing revival in England.

The Position

Closed position, Lead facing the wall.

The Dance

Part I - Chassé and Stamp (4 bars): Two side-closes along LOD (1, 3, 4, 6), then one more side step (1), and stamp closed (3), and stamp in place (4).

Part II - Chassé, Back the Lead (4 bars): Two side-closes against LOD (1, 3, 4, 6), closing without weight on the fourth step. Then back the Lead two steps to center of room (1, 4).

Part III - Back the Follow, Underarm Turn (4 bars): Back the Follow two steps to outside wall (1, 4), then a slow underarm turn in two steps: the Follow pivots forward and back along LOD under the held hands as the Lead walks two steps along LOD (1, 4).

Part IV - Waltz (4 bars): Two full turns of right-turning waltz.

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

"St. Bernard's Waltz," or another square waltz at 144 bpm.


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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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