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La Russe Formation:
|A1:|| All go past your partner by left shoulder to meet next person of opposite sex, who should be coming towards you; balance and swing. (To end the swing the man lets the woman roll off his right arm towards her home position, rather than just dumping her.)|
|A2:|| Face partner (who should be coming towards you already), balance once or twice and swing.|
|B1:|| 1s keep swinging.|
|B2:|| 1s promenade inside set, successively greeting 2s 3s and 4s (nodding/bowing/...), ending in place.|
|A3:|| 1s and 3s cross, 3s arching, partners change places with a California twirl; cross back and change places again.|
|A4:|| Repeat A3.|
|B3:|| Circle left all the way (16 steps).|
|B4:|| Promenade back to place (anticlockwise).|
|Repeat for 2s (2s and 4s cross first with 4s arching) 3s, 4s (2s and 4s cross first).|Music:
To enliven A3
, have the 2s and 4s cross on the heels of the 1s and 3s. The dancers need to be nifty.
In some areas A3
are stepped (rant-step).
This was originally a 19th century quadrille. More information here
: Balance and swing contraries, ditto partner, 1s keep swinging then promenade, crossing, circle and promenade home.