CROSS-STEP WALTZ MIXER
Music: Any slow waltz tune, between 110 and 114 beats per minute, with 32-bar phrases.
In a large circle, all do a turning basic Cross-Step Waltz traveling Line of Direction for 4 bars
(2 full rotations)
Facing into the center of the room with the Follow on the right side, all take hands in a large circle and step forward-close-close in one bar (Lead's R, Follow's L),
and back-close-close (opposite foot) one bar. An optional tradition is to glance at your next partner-to-be on the forward step and glance at the partner you
are leaving on the backing step.
Leads turn the next Follow (at the left side) under the Lead's raised L arm with an Inside Turn: Follows cross-step L over R, place right
shoulder forward under the arched arms and turn under CCW with 2 more steps, while Leads cross-step R over L and pass behind Follows into their place with 2 more steps (1 bar).
Then both take a cross-step (Lead's L, Follow's R) toward the outside wall, Follows pass strongly in front of partner and pull their right shoulder
back, with 2 more steps, to take waltz position at the last moment, both facing Line of Direction.
Repeat from the beginning with this new partner.
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