The Stroll Along

{c. 1950}


The Stroll Along is an easy Saunter sequence dance composed by Moray Cooper around 1950, at the height of the Old Time Dancing revival in England.

The Position

Closed position, Lead facing LOD.

The Dance

Part I - Outside Points and Zig Zag (4 bars): Lead steps diagonally forward left (1), touches right foot to left of Follow (2), steps diagonally forward right (3), and touches left foot to right of Follow (4). Then zig zag two step into and out of the center along LOD (5-and-6, 7-and-8), turning into promenade position holding two hands at the end.

Part II - Chassé Pivot Rollaways (4 bars): Both step side, close, side along LOD, turning halfway away from partner on the third step (1-and-2). Then both step back along LOD (3), and side along LOD (4), facing partner again. Repeat opposite to return to place (5-and-6, 7, 8).

Part III - Oscillating Five Step Promenade (4 bars): Taking closed position, step side, close, side along LOD (1-and-2), then promenade two steps against LOD (3, 4). Repeat opposite to return to place (5-and-6, 7, 8).

Part IV - Turn and Step Touch (4 bars): One full turn of slow two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4), then step side along LOD (5), close without weight (6), back the Follow one step along LOD (7), and close without weight (8).

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

Saunter (i.e. Foxtrot) music, but slower than usual, at 96 bpm.


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Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
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