Otto’s Fancy

Formation: Couples in a large circle facing line of dance.
Music: A 64-beat, well-phrased tune with a marching feel.

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Prompts:
Intro or
57-64   – – – -; – – Forward eight (left use left, right use right);
    1-8   – – – -; Vine Apart and Together (side, behind, side, -);
  9-16   – – – -; – – Grand Square;
17-24   (Walk forward 4; Face and back away 4; Back up 4;
25-32   Forward to Butterfly); Side, Close, Side, Touch;

33-40   – – Both ways; – – Back Away 3;
41-48   – Together to right; With new partner Dosado;
49-56   – – – -; – – Circle Left and open out;
57-64   – – – -; – – Forward eight;

Description:
    1-8   Dancers join inside hands. The left dancers begin with their left foot and the right dancers begin with their right foot. All walk forward eight steps.
  9-16   Dancers Vine Apart with a step to the side, a step behind that foot, a step to the side again, and a touch with the free foot while clapping once. Vine Together using the other foot and going the other way.
17-32   Grand Square: Dancers walk forward four steps, turn to face their partner and back away four steps, turn to face line of dance and back up four steps, then turn to face partner and walk forward four steps to join both hands in “Butterfly” position (elbows bent, hands up).
33-40   Dancers move towards line of dance with a step to the side, step on the other foot beside the first (close), step to the side again, and then touch the floor near the first foot with the free toe. Repeat beginning with the other foot and going in the other direction.
41-48   Dancers back away three steps, touch and clap on the fourth beat, then move forward and to the right in three steps to a new partner.
49-56   New partners do a Dosado (pass right side, slide back-to-back, then back up passing left side, to end facing).
57-64   Join both hands and Circle Left six steps. Then the original inside dancers release their left hand to open out and face line of dance ready to repeat the dance.

Choreographer: Otto Warteman from Trinity, Texas
Source: Printed in CD Journal, December 2016
Usage: This dance should be tried first with high school students, because you are doing a dance in a circle and a Grand Square is usually about using the walls of the room for guidance. Sufficient space is important. Be sure the music is slow enough for dancers to enjoy the dance.

This page from http://dances.callerlab.org (CALLERLAB Dance Resource).


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