Dance Steps

Dance Steps for the 2018 Olde South Ball

All dances will be explained and called at the ball. 
You are also invited to attend a free dance practice in the main ballroom of the Marriot at 12:30 pm.
No prior practice is necessary. 
These dance steps are listed just for fun for those who wish to practice ahead of time.

Virginia Reel

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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

Knole Park

Form lines, gents on one side, ladies on the other

Hands four, circle left all the way
First corners change places
Second corners change places
Repeat

First couple take inside hands, lead down, then back up
First couple cast around the second couple, second couple moves up

Whole poussette, first man pushes his lady back, second man pulls his lady forward

The Queen's Jig

Form lines, gents on one side, ladies on the other

1st corners right shoulder balance, fall back, set, turn single
2nd corners right shoulder balance, fall back, set, turn single

1st corners change places
2nd corners change places 
Partners 2-hand turn halfway

Right hand star
All turn single the OPPOSITE DIRECTION from the way they were starring


Lancer’s Quadrille Figure 1

Four-couple box, each lady on each gent’s right
Ladies are numbered around the circle as Lady 1, Lady 2, etc.
Couples are numbered as "Ones" (includes Lady 1 and 3) and "Twos" (includes Lady 2 and 4)

Honor your partner. Honor your corner.

Couples One forward and back four steps. 
Lady 1 two hand turn with opposite gentleman.

Couples One Cross and return
(Top couple takes inside hands, walks through the bottom couple and casts back to home. 
Bottom couple splits, walks across the set, turns, rejoins hands, walks back to place. 
Everyone ends where they started.)

Corner Balance -Turn 45 degrees, face your corner (NOT your partner). 
Walk four steps towards them, right shoulder balance
Two hand turn with corner

Repeat with Couples Two and Lady 2
Repeat with Couples One and Lady 3
Repeat with Couples Two and Lady 4

Lancer’s Quadrille Figure 3 

Four-couple box, each lady on each gent’s right
The ladies are numbered 1-4 around the circle

Honor your partner, honor your corner 

First lady and opposite gent forward and back
Same two go forward, bow and curtsey and go back
       
Ladies into the center and do a right hand star
Meanwhile gents walk right, going about halfway around the circle

Ladies do a left hand star while gents march left back to place.

Repeat, with Lady 2, then Lady 3, then Lady 4

"Cheat" or Coquette Quadrille

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.

The Physical Snob

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Form 3-couple sets, ladies on one side, gents on the other

Women take hands and, led by the 1st women, skip around the men back to place
Men take hands and, led by the 1st man, skip around the men back to place

Couples poussette - Couples take hands and figure 8 around each other

1st couple cross by the right shoulder, go around the twos, ending in second place
1st couple cross by the right shoulder, go around the threes, end at the bottom of the set, facing up
1st couple takes inside hands, dances up the middle of the set looking snobby, cast back down to the bottom, everyone move up

Spanish Waltz

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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.

Soldier's Joy

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Form ring of 2-couple boxes, couples facing couples across each box, lady on the gentleman's right

Step forward four steps towards your opposite couple, holding inside hands with your partner
Step back four steps to your original place

Two-hand turn your opposite
Balance partner by turning and facing your partner, walk towards them four steps so that you are right shoulder to right shoulder, then fall back four steps to your original place

Two-hand turn your partner

Ladies chain
Ladies take right hands across the box, pull past each other
Each ladies gives her left hand to the gent across from her
Each gent turns the lady around (like a gate post) till the lady is facing the inside of the box again
Repeat

Step forward four steps, holding inside hands with your partner
Step back four steps, holding inside hands with your partner

Drop hands with your partner, step forward four steps between your opposite couple (ladies pass through the center)
Take four more steps to meet a new couple in the cirle

Snowball Virginia Reel

Longwise 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.
Repeat
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.