POLKA DOT DIAMOND
A satisfying solo dance inspired by “Polka Dots” Updated: April 12, 2020
32 bar lively jigs or bouncy reels, Irish polkas at manageable tempi, etc.
Music link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfI8XpmZglc&t=203s (Nice medley with “Over the Waterfall / Maggie in the Woods / Drowsy Maggie”).
4x is all way through the dance.
[Dance pattern allows traveling rant step or skip change if you’ve picked music that supports it.]
Dancer stands where the two bars of a plus sign (+) cross over. Vertical axis is North-South,
Horizontal is West-East (as usual compass directions). Imagine lines connecting the vertices
of the plus sign; that’s a diamond shape, and those are the outside lines. Start facing North.
A1: Full figure eight (hey for one) on North-South axis, going right shoulder around North,
left shoulder around South.
A2: Full figure eight (hey for one) on West-East axis, going LEFT shoulder around West,
right shoulder around East (and finish facing North).
1-2: forward a double to the North
3-4: Swivel 45 degrees and fall back along the N-W outside line
5-6: swivel to face in and forward a double along the W-E inside line to center
7-8: swivel to face N, fall back along N-S inside line to S
1-2: swivel to go forward a double on the outside S-W line
3-4: swivel to fall back to the center on the inside W-E line.
5-8: Set and turn single, finishing facing E.
Repeat as though whichever point you were facing were now North.