Dance Steps for the 2021 Olde South Ball
All dances will be explained and called at the ball. No prior practice is necessary.
You are also invited to attend a free dance practice in the main ballroom of the Embassy Suites at 12:30 pm.
These dance steps are listed just for fun for those who wish to practice ahead of time.
Virginia ReelLink to video
Sets of six couples, men facing ladies in long lines
Bow & Curtsey (1st time only)
Partners - Right hand around
Partners - Left hand around
Partners - Two-hand turn around
Partners - Do si do (back to back)
Lead couple - Sashay down the set and back up
Lead couple - Reel the line (turn by the right arm with your partner, turn by the left arm the next person in line)
Lead couple - Sashay back up the set
Lead couple - Cast off
Everyone else - follow the member of the lead couple in your line
Lead couple forms a "London bridge" and everyone goes through it back to place
Start over with new head couple
Haste to the Wedding
Form lines, men facing women
Right hand star, then a left hand star
Take hands in a circle in your set, circle left, circle right
Partners do a back to back, clap clap, two-hand turn all the way around
Neighbors do a back to back, clap, clap, two-hand turn HALF-WAY around.
Form line, men facing women
1st corners set, then turn single back to place.1st couple two-hand turn all the way around2nd corners set and turn single2nd couple two-hand turn
1st couple lead down the set1st couple skip back up and cast while 2nd couple moves upHands four, circle leftHands four, circle right
The Dressed Ship
Form line, men facing women
1st corners set towards each other, fall back, two-hand turn all the way
2nd corners set towards each other, fall back, two-hand turn all the way
1s cast down, 2s move up
Partners take right hands, ladies twirl to the left under gent’s arm. DO NOT CHANGE PLACES
1s cast back UP to original place, 2s move down
1s take right hands, walk down center of the set to 2s place, woman twirling as they walk
2s cast up as 1s walk down
Spanish WaltzLink to video
Form a ring of 2-couple "boxes," couples facing each other, ladies on the gentlemen's right
First figure: Box
Imagine a box with four sides. You are on two sides of the box - the other two sides are beside you and are empty. Each time through the set of steps, you will move to a new side of the box.
Gentlemen, hold your inside hand (closest to your partner) cupped, ladies put your inside hand underneath
All four - Step in, Step out
All four - Change partners by gents slipping their hand off of their partner's hand, and onto the opposite lady's hand. Turn her under your arm 1/4 turn to put you both on a new side of the "box."
Do this four times, until everyone is back in their original places.
Second figure: Star
All four - Right hand star
All four - Left hand star
Third figure: Pinwheel
Promenade your partner in a pinwheel
(Promenade position: Partners take right hand in right hand, and left hand in left hand, continuing to both face forward.)
(Pinwheel: Gentlemen step shoulder to shoulder, one couple facing forward, one couple facing backward, process around in eight waltz steps)
On the 7th beat, Process to the next couple in the circle to form a new box.
German WaltzLink to video
Form a large circle, all holding hands, each lady on her gentleman's right
Holding hands, all turn a little to the left so that you are facing clockwise.
Take three waltz steps left.
On the fourth step, drop hands, and gents turn and face the ladies.
Take right hands with your partner and pull past each other
Take left hands with the next person and pull past
Take right hands with the next person and pull past
Take waltz position with the next person
With your new partner, waltz in a small circle, rotating slightly each time so that you go around in a circle. You have six waltz beats.
Open into the circle again. Make SURE the lady is on the gent's right as you open up.
"Cheat" or Coquette Quadrille
Link to video
Form a box of four couples
Form a box of four couples
Couples are numbered around the circle 1, 2, 3 and 4
First couple swings to the right and steps forward and back with the third couple
First couple two hand turns their opposites with the third couple
First couple swings to the right and steps forward and back with the second couple
First couple two hand turns their opposites with the second couple
First couple swing to the right and steps forward and back with the fourth couple
First couple two hand turns their opposites with the fourth couple
NOTE: It is optional that you actually turn the person you're supposed to turn, hence the name "Cheat Quadrille." You may suddenly decide to turn anyone you please, or someone else may decide to turn you.
Partners take inside hands and walk FORWARD four steps
Turn towards each other and then backward, switching hands
Partners walk BACKWARD four steps
Gents swing the lady in, swing her out, swing her in, swing her across your front and into the middle of the circle, switching hands
Gents swing the lady in, swing her out, swing her in, swing her UNDER your arm (do NOT move yourself).
Lady steps back to the outside of the circle and to the gent behind her, taking inside hands with him.
Snowball Virginia ReelLongwise sets, ladies on one side, gents on the other
Gents hold hands in long lines, Ladies hold hands in long lines.
Gents and ladies step forward towards each other four steps and back four steps.
Turn your partner by the right hand all the way around
Turn your partner by the left hand all the way around
Turn your partner by both hands all the way around
Do si do (back to back) with your partner
Head couple reels the line.
As each couple on the line is turned by the reeling couple, they MOVE UP one place.
Once the reeling couple reaches the fourth couple on the line, the next couple begins to reel the line.
Once initial top couple is back to the top, wait until all couples are done reeling.
Hands long lines, forward and back 2 times.
Each couple sashay down the line. At the bottom, fall into line and gradually move up, moving up one place as each new couple falls into line.