40. Dutch Waltz

This is a simple dance for beginners, consisting of forward steps only, with the partners skating side by side. Once you have mastered your outside forward rolls alone, find yourself a part­ner of equal or, preferably, greater proficiency. The steps are so deliberately simple that you will be able to concentrate on getting the feel of unifying your steps with another skater in rhythm to the music.

The hold for the partners finds the lady on the right of the man (of course two people of the same sex can dance this also!). With his right arm behind her back, he places his right hand on the lady's right hip. She puts her right thumb inside his palm and holds his hand firmly. She extends her left arm straight across the front of his body, and he holds her left hand in his left hand at a comfortable height. The man should give firm support and be in a position so close that his right hip will touch the lady's left hip.

After two short left, right strokes the dance starts in a corner and proceeds lengthwise down the ice before crossing over the end and starting the repetition from the corner diagonally op­posite the start (Diagram 11). It is well to count the musical beats, at least until you are thoroughly familiar with each dance. Here the progressive stroke comes on an unaccented beat, the third, and as this is what keeps the rhythm from be­coming unpleasantly monotonous, do not miss it. Concentrate on coordinating the bend and rise of your skating knees, as well as the extension and swing of your free legs. Do not watch your partner's feet. Look up and look happy!


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