Margaret's Waltz

Source: Pat Shaw; published in English Dance & Song, June 1959, Vol. XXIII, No. 3
Formation:Sicilian Circle

A1 As a couple Waltz Forward (2) & Back (2)
Neighbour Allemande Right
A2 Partner Allemande Left
Ladiesí Chain - Stay in courtesy turn hold with Neighbour for:
B1 Chassť diagonally forward to Right (2), then to Left (2), finishing with couples back-to-back
Turn Right into Star Right 3/4 to Home
B2 Neighbour Dosido
Waltz AC 1/2 around Neighbours to face New Neighbours

32 bar waltz. Pat Shaw's book suggests a medley of "Margaret's Waltz" and "Farewell to Devon".

For those who care about smooth footwork: All start the dance on the right foot, so that the Chassť Right is smooth. Don't put any weight on the trailing foot on the second step of each Chassť. Men need to add a feint step or a pause to change feet ready for the start of the waltz and at the end of the waltz.

This dance appeared under the heading "Three Dances - Two New and One Old" together with Hillside Reel and The Hair's Maggot.

Original page from English Dance & Song, June 1959

Margaret's Waltz

Pat Shaw was a leading figure in the 20th century dance world. As well as writing his own dances and interpreting dances from the 17th and 18th centuries he also researched traditional dances from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a regular contributor to the English Dance & Song magazine.

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