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  1. 1) A (1-8) All right hands-across, and left hands back.

  2. 2)  (1-8)A couple take two hands and side step down center two steps, two back, and cast down to second place. B couple lead up.

  3. 3) (1-4) All take right hands and balance forward, back, and change places. (Men turn partner under arm, down the set)

4) (5-8) Repeat with left hand back to place.

5)  (9-12) Men turn women below their partners by right-hand.

6) (13-16)Men turn partners by left-hand.

The Duke of Kent’s Waltz

The Dance Figures:


The first part of the dance:

Right hands across and left back means to take your partner right hand in your own and walk to their place, then switching hands once you get there, walk back to your starting place. We have four measures to get to the opposite side of the set, and then four measures of music to get home.


  1. The A Couple are then going to take both hands and come close together in the center of the dance. (All the A couples.) They then move down two side steps away from the music, and then move back up to where they started. They finish this with a cast to second place. (This allows us to progress and dance with new partners atthe end of all the phrases)




The second part of the dance:

We take right hands again and do the balance step as explained above. But there is a little more here. Instead of walking around to place, the men are going to raise their hand that holds their partners. Not to high because one we are in very tight sleeves and have little room to raise our own arms, and two, one must think how high we will raise a ladies hand as to not cause her discomfort. As we do this, the gentlemen are turning the lady under the raised arm as we all exchange places.


Very simply we do what we just had done with our left hands. Balancing and turning.


Here it is a little awkward for the lady at the very top of the dance will be ignored, and the man at the very bottom of the dance has no one to partner. Looking at your partner, the gentlemen then looks to the right of her (her left) and this is who he will dance with. It is very much how we started the dance, but this is a full turn to place in four measures.


And to make things somewhat symmetrical, as most of these dances do, we have four measures to turn our own partner once more by the left this time, before it all starts over.

 

The Duke of Kent’s Waltz comes to us from 1801. It was rediscovered in a coverless book at the British Library which Jacqueline Schwab has since identified (and could be a woman who I danced with across Scotland in 2007. The one my search turned up plays in the band, Bare Necessities, and it is probably unlikely that there are two Jacqueline Schwabs researching Period English Country Dance.)


Edward Augustus, the father of Victoria, was the fourth son of George III. (And obviously the one to have the oldest surviving female child when he and his siblings had all died.) He was made Duke of Kent in 1799 at the age of 32. At this time waltz music was making its way to England but not the waltz itself.

Breaking this down for you


This is a longways duple minor (two couples forming a set along a line of dancers)


Defintions: The Duke of Kent’s Waltz only has one new figures from what has been learned above


Balance-A Balance is a shifting of weight. Here while taking the right hand, you step forward to your partner on your right foot as well, rocking your weight forward onto the right foot, then back on your left foot.

 
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