WINDOWBOX CLOVER 32-bar moderate waltz, 4x. [Waltz dance with little risk of dizziness, no set and turn single.]
Alan Winston, finished 7/26/2020, update 08/19/20
Tune choices If you have live music available, choose a 32-bar waltz you like, with clear phrasing and 2-bar emphasis in the B. (Utpik Waltz played AB is a good choice.) Even within that shape, many different emotional effects are available depending on tune. For recordings, surprising how few in my collection are 4x(AB). Rodney Miller & Elvie Miller – Spyglass Waltzes
—————————————————- Home to the Valley (ends on the 5th A, beautiful, upbeat) Valentine’s in Nantes (jaunty) Vivian Williams – Waltzes ————————– Emma (lushly romantic, spare setting, 4x) Good Neighbor waltz (really Victorian sound, 4x, right phrassing) Amarillis – Waltzing in the Trees ———————————- Fair Haired Lass (steadily builds in intensity) Terpsichore – Caledonian Muse —————————– Catherine’s Waltz (sparkly, happy, not saccharine, goes surprising places)
Solo dance, dancer in the middle of a plus-sign with the ends N, E, S, W, facing North to start.
A (four leaf clover)
4 bars: Go round N by right shoulder, finish facing W
4 bars: Go round W by LEFT shoulder – easiest to finish facing E
4 bars: Cast R to go round S by right shoulder
4 bars: go round E by LEFT shoulder, finish facing W Note that starting the clover will often but not always feel like casting; go with it.
B (windowbox) [Stay facing the same direction through the entire B]
2 bars: chasse/sidestep right twice (toward N on NS line)
2 bars: single steps forward starting on foot closer to home (whatever’s a comfortable distance; toward NE corner)
2 bars: chasse/sidestep left twice (S direction to E on outer line)
2 bars: single steps backward to center spot
2 bars: chasse/sidestep left twice (toward S on NS line)
2 bars: single steps forward (starting on foot closer to home) (toward SE corner)
2 bars: chasse/sidestep right twice (N direction to E on center line)
2 bars: single-step back to center place, facing E.
Note: You may enjoy adding hand/arm motion on the sidesteps. Feel free!
Dance starts again with E as N. Four times through the pattern gets you home.