The Varndler

The Varndler

(an original livening up of the Varsovienna by Kathy Potter)

For more information contact Kathy Potter at info@badwallaby.com

Please feel free to use this dance but if you do please acknowledge Bad Wallaby Dance Band

32 bar Varsovienna music with a flatter rhythm in the Mazurka part

Start facing partner

Man takes lady’s right hand in his left and turns her under. Honour partner (2bars)

Man takes lady’s left hand in his right and turns her under. Honour partner (2 bars)

Couple joins both hands and turn single without releasing hands (pepper grinder) (2 bars)

Man takes lady’s right hand in his left and turns her under into a ballroom hold (2 bars)

Couple turns anticlockwise in place taking three small steps to change places and man then points left foot along the line of dance, lady points right foot (Varsovienna turn) (2 bars)

Repeat Varsovienna turn clockwise, finishing by pointing along line of dance (2 bars)

Man takes lady’s right hand in his left and turns her under (2bars)

Man takes lady’s left hand in his right and turns her under (2bars)

Man takes lady’s right hand in his left, moving against line of dance, starting inside foot both step and pivot bringing them back to back, close feet, and step again pivoting to face (2bars)

Turn single (2bars)

Man takes lady’s left hand in his right, moving against line of dance, starting inside foot both step and pivot bringing them back to back, close feet, and step again pivoting to face (2bars)

Turn single (2bars)

Couple joins both hands (both hands remain joined for whole figure). lady remains in position and raises left arm, man walks under the arch, and around behind the lady finishing on her right side (keep the original arch high). Man continues moving around lady in this position and lady turns in place until man is back to place. Still holding both hands, man pulls his left hand back towards himself to unwind the lady who turns in place finishing face to face with couple holding both hands. (4 bars)

Lady raises right arm and the figure is repeated in the opposite direction (4 bars)

 

I wrote this dance because I love the Varsovienna music but I always found the dance a bit tedious. To be honest all that Mazurka stepping was a bit hard on the knees too. I hope you enjoy this dance as much as I do.

K

 

 

One thought on “The Varndler

  1. Caroline Barrell

    Thanks for this, I look forward to trying the Badwallaby Vandler with our blue mountains dance group!
    cheers, Caroline.
    You may enjoy one of mine- Crossing The Mountains-2013 bicentenary dance
    3 couples longways -hold hands any chance you get,32b jigs, not too fast or the casting off falls over (unless they listened and cast from original places in which case it zooms along ).

    A1 circle L8 R8
    A2 tops face down, in & out the windows and back up ditto.( dance into set, separate, out on own side between middle and end person, cast out around them, meet partner at bottom facing into set, simialr for return to top)
    B1 tops face down, unders & overs until back to original place ( do not change sides at the ends, just swap hands)
    B2 tops cast first, form arch at bottom, others cast as they reach their original place.
    ( I find the middle and bottom couples invariable march all the damn way up to the top before they cast, rather than peeling off once they are back in their starting position, which for bottom couple involves just turning in towards each other to face back up, and pushing away from each other to cast around the tops, who should by now be immediately behind them making an arch, and in time to follow the middle couple who have already cast and are by now below them heading for the arch. That is what happens when people listen closely.
    Otherwise it works just as well with the jigs a little slower, allowing them to cast in a more leisurely fashion by going up to the top as is their wont.
    Cheers, Caroline

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