You've Got a Friend
Our second line dance, also from 2020, is a 40-count, 4-wall fox-trot at a beginner level. The familiar song from Toy Story provides a jaunty beat for this up-lifting dance.
Our first recorded venture into the world of line dances, "Dreamworld" is a 2-wall, 40-bar bluesy waltz at an Intermediate level. It is also our first attempt at making a dance video using Zoom, since during most of 2020 we could not dance together in person due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This was the closing dance in our Valentine program, performed at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington, Ky, on 13 Feb 2020. The dance combines a variety of styles of waltz--right-turning rotary, left-turning Viennese, mazurka waltz and cross-step. The klezmer tune, "The Bride's Waltz", is performed by Zev Feldman & Andy Statman.
It Had To Be You
We put this fox-trot together, borrowing from dances we learned from Joan Walton and inserting a Fred & Ginger move and some cross-step fox-trot. The video is an excerpt from a performance by Lexington Vintage Dance in Crossville, TN, 3 Oct 2014, which we directed. The song is by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn (1924), recorded by Elvis Costello (2013).
2015 was the 50th anniversary of the movie, The Sound of Music. There is a famous scene in the movie where Maria dances a ländler with Baron von Trapp. We wanted to mark the occasion by creating a choreography blending the dance from the movie with similar variations in cross-step and rotary waltz. We performed this at the New Year's Eve banquet at Christmas Country Dance School, then we made this video in April 2016. It has become our most popular video on YouTube.
It's de Lovely
This is the dance we did for the New Year's banquet at Christmas Country Dance School in December 2012. It combines a little "Fred and Ginger" style fox-trot with 1920s toddle. The tune is "It's de Lovely" by Cole Porter. The musicians at Christmas School played it with even more energy.
We love the energy of this Venezuelan waltz, "La Partida" by Pastor Jimenez. Our dance reflects that by borrowing lots of moves from swing dance. Many of these moves come from a video by Bill Boling and Beata Csanadi at waltznsuch. We performed this at Christmas Country Dance School 2011.
Here is a cross-step waltz to the tune "Blackberry Winter" by Al White. We first performed this on New Year's Eve at Christmas Country Dance School 2010
1930s Boston Waltz
The modern cross-step waltz is a revival of the 1930s French Valse Boston. Richard Powers' Boston Waltz choreography is one we love to dance and teach.
No-Hands Cross-Step Waltz
Vernon and Irene Castle danced no-hands, "innovation" style tango in the 1910s.
Our innovation style cross-step waltz pushes the limits of lead/follow communication.
Here is a nice waltz sequence by Richard Powers.