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Collad Waltz Sequence Dance

The Collad Waltz is a modern sequence dance. The dance script was composed by Heather Ellem in 1989. It is a 32 bar dance (see paragraph numbers) in the usual 3/4 waltz time and should be danced to a 1-2-3 rhythm to music at a tempo of 52 beats per minute. We commence the dance in Loose Ballroom Promenade Hold with the both man and lady facing the line of dance. Both the man’s and lady’s steps are described here.

Note:- Some have called the Collad Waltz the “Collard Waltz“.

Technique Tips: The man lowers (bends his legs) slightly and uses “heel leads” to step forward; backward steps are drawn with his toe (again, lowering himself) and falling back onto his heel. Whenever the man or lady bring their feet together in a continuing movement, they should rise up onto their toes.

Collad Waltz Dance Steps

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Collad Waltz – 1st Movement – Three Step and Aerial Lift >> Twinkle

1 The Man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance while in Promenade Position (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance) HT 1 2
Then the man moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance, still in Promenade Position (the Lady moves her left foot forward and down the line of dance) TH 3
2 Now the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance, still in Promenade Position (and the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance) HT 4 5
Then the man swings his right foot forward into a Medium Aerial Lift, with his toe pointing down (and the Lady swings her left foot forward and into a Medium Aerial Lift) 6
3 The man then lowers his left foot and brings his right foot back and against the line of dance, a small step (the Lady lowers her right foot and brings her left foot back against the line of dance, a small step) TH 1 2
The man closes his left foot to his right foot (and the Lady closes her right foot to her left foot) TH 3
4 Now the man moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance (and the Lady moves her left foot forward and down the line of dance) H 4 5 6

Collad Waltz – 2nd Movement – Three Step and Inward Turn >> Hover to Left and to Right

5 The man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance) H 1 2
Then the man moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance while turning inwards to the right, to face the wall and his partner and adopting a Double Hold (the Lady moves her left foot forward and down the line of dance while turning inwards to the left, to face the centre and her partner and adopting a Double Hold) HTH 3
6 The man then moves his left foot to the side and along the line of dance (the Lady moves her right foot to the side and along the line of dance) T 4
Then the man closes his right foot to his left foot while still facing the wall and his partner (the Lady closes her left foot to her right foot while still facing the centre and her partner) T 5 6
7 The man moves his left foot to the side and along the line of dance, into a Hover Action, arching to the right against the line of dance, with joined hands raised overhead (the Lady moves her right foot to the side and along the line of dance, into a Hover Action, arching to the left against the line of dance) TH 1
The man closes his right foot to his left foot without changing his weight – a Brush Step (the Lady closes her left foot to her right foot without changing her weight – a Brush Step) IET 2 3
8 Now the man brings his right foot to the side and against the line of dance, continuing the Hover Action and arching to the left towards the line of dance with joined hands raised overhead, then releasing the hold and taking the Lady’s right hand in his own right hand (the Lady brings her left foot to the side and against the line of dance, continuing the Hover Action and arching to the right towards the line of dance with joined hands raised overhead, then releasing their hold and taking the man’s right hand in her own right hand) TH 4
The man then closes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight – a Brush Step, with the lady lowering her left hand but retaining right hands over their heads (the Lady closes her right foot to her left foot without changing her weight – a Brush Step. She lowers her left hand) IET 5 6

Collad Waltz – 3rd Movement – Link to Upper Hold >> Three Sep and Turn

9 Now the man brings his left foot back toward the centre, while turning the lady 1/2 turn to the right under his right arm, with the lady crossing in front of the man in order to take Upper Shadow Hold on the man’s left side (the Lady moves her right foot forward toward the centre, while turning a 1/4 turn to the right, while crossing in front of the man to take Upper Shadow Hold on his left side) TH 1
The man brings his right foot back toward the centre, to end facing the wall in Upper Shadow Hold, with the lady on the man’s left side (the Lady moves her left foot forward, while turning a 1/4 turn to the right, to end facing the wall in Upper Shadow Hold on man’s left side) TH 2 3
10 Then the man brings his left foot back toward the centre, leading lady to his left side while still in Upper Shadow Hold (the Lady brings her right foot back toward the centre while still on the man’s left side) THT 4
The man then swings his right foot forward into a Medium Aerial Lift, with both partners facing the wall (and the Lady swings her left foot forward into a Medium Aerial Lift, while facing the wall) 5 6
11 In Upper Shadow Hold, with the lady on the man’s left side, the man moves his right foot forward towards the wall (the Lady while in Upper Shadow Hold on the man’s left side, moves her left foot forward towards the wall, while turning a 1/2 turn to the left) H 1
Then he moves his left foot fotward towards the wall and does a 1/4 turn to the left while leading the lady across in front of himself, to end in Upper Shadow Hold on his right side (the Lady brings her right foot back towards the wall, while moving across in front of the man to end in Upper Shadow Hold on his right side) HT 2 3
12 Then the man moves his right foot forward towards the wall (and the Lady brings her left foot back towards the wall) H 4
The man then closes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight (and the Lady brushes her right foot to her left foot and does a 1/4 turn swivel to the right, to end facing the line of dance, then swings her right foot forward into a Medium Aerial Lift and ends on the man’s right side in Upper Shadow Hold) IET 5 6

Collad Waltz – 4th Movement – Three Step (Lady Turning Under Man’s Right Arm) >> Three Step (Lady Turning Under Man’s Right Arm)

13 The man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance and commences to turn the lady to the right under his raised right arm (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance, while turning to the right under the man’s right arm) HT 1
The man then moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance (the Lady brings her left foot back down the line of dance and continues turning to the right, to end facing the line of dance) TH 2 3
14 Then the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance (and the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance) H 4
The man then closes his right foot to his left foot (and the Lady closes her left foot to her righty foot) TH 5 6
15 Repeat bars 13 and 14, the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance while commencing to turn the lady to the right under his raised Right arm (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance while turning to the Right under the man’s Right arm) HT 1
The man then moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance (the Lady brings her left foot back down the line of dance and continues turning to the right, to end facing the line of dance) T 2 3
16 Then the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance (and the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance) TH 4
The man then closes his right foot to his left foot while adopting Loose Ballroom Hold in Promenade Position (the Lady closes her left foot to her right foot while adopting Loose Ballroom Hold in Promenade Position) TH 5 6

Collad Waltz – 5th Movement – Promenade Three Step and Aerial >> Backward Three Step (Lady Turning Under)

17 The man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance while in Promenade Position (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance while in Promenade Position) HT 1
Then the man moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance while still inn Promenade Position (and the Lady moves her left foot forward and down the line of dance while still in Promenade Position) TH 2 3
18 Now the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance, still in Promenade Postion (and the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance, still in Promenade Position) HT 4
Now the man swings his right foot forward into a Medium Aerial Lift (and the Lady swings her Left foot forward into a Medium Aerial Lift) 5 6
19 Releasing his right hand from the lady’s back, the man now brings his right foot back and against the line of dance, with the lady turning to the left under the man’s raised left arm (while the Lady does a 1/4 turn to the left on her right foot, then brings her left foot to the side and against the line of dance and does another 1/4 turn to the left under the man’s raised left arm, to end facing against the line of dance) TH 1
Next, the man brings his left foot back and against the line of dance (and the Lady moves her right foot to the side and against the line of dance, while continuing to turn strongly to the left) TH 2 3
20 The man brings his right foot back and against the line of dance and moves into Close Ballroom Hold with the Lady (the Lady moves her left foot forward and against the line of dance, also moving into Close Ballroom Hold with the man) TH 4
The man closes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight, while doing a 1/8 turn to the left, to end facing diagonal to centre (the Lady closes her right foot to her left foot without changing her weight) IET 5 6

Collad Waltz – 6th Movement – Slow 1 2 3 Reverse Turn >> Oversway and Shoulder Roll

21 The man’s left foot goes forward in a diagonal to centre direction, while turning to the left (the Lady’s right foot comes back in a diagonal to centre direction, while turning to the left) HT 1
Then the man’s right foot goes to the side and across the line of dance, to end with him backing the line of dance (the Lady’s left foot goes to the side and across the line of dance, to end with her facing the line of dance) TH 2 3
22 The man closes his left foot to his right foot while backing the line of dance (the Lady closes her right foot to her left foot while facing the line of dance) TH 4 5 6
23 The man brings his right foot back and down the line of dance while doing a 1/4 turn to the left with his partner still square to himself (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance while doing a 1/4 turn to the left with her partner still square to herself) TH 1 2 3
24 The man brings his left foot to the side and along the line of dance, while holding his right foot in position and leading the lady into an Oversway down the line of dance with left then right shoulder roll (the Lady brings her right foot to the side and along the line of dance, while holding her left foot position and does an Oversway with a right, then left, shoulder roll) TH 4 5 6

Collad Waltz – 7th Movement – Ronde >> Back Step >> Ronde >> Back Step to Ballroom Hold

25 From the Oversway, the man then takes his weight off his left foot and onto his right foot and does a Rondé with his left foot going back and against the line of dance, then taking his weight onto that same left foot (the Lady opens into Promenade Position, facing down the line of dance and takes her weight back onto her left foot, then does a Rondé with her right foot going back and against the line of dance) THT 1 2 3
26 Now the man brings his right foot back and against the line of dance (and the Lady brings her left foot back and against the line of dance) TH 4 5 6
27 Then the man does a Rondé with his left foot going back and against the line of dance (and the Lady does a Rondé with her right foot going back and against the line of dance) TH 1 2 3
28 Then the man Slips his right foot back and against the line of dance, into a Slip Pivot, while closing into Normal Ballroom Hold (the Lady slips her left foot forward between her partner’s feet, into a Slip Pivot, while turning strongly to the left into Normal Ballroom Hold) TH 4 5
The man Closes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight, to end facing diagonal to wall while he starts to turn to the left (the Lady brushes her right foot to her left foot without changing her weight and should now be backing diagonal to wall) IET 6

Collad Waltz – 8th Movement – Two Circles Reverse Viennese Waltz

29 Turning to face the line of dance, the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance (the Lady turns to back the line of dance and brings her right foot back and down the line of dance) H 1
Then the man moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance (the Lady brings her left foot back and down the line of dance) T 2
Turning to the left on the ball of his right foot until he is backing diagonal to wall, the man allows his left foot to cross in front of his right foot and taking his weight (the Lady, turning left on the ball of her left foot and the heel of her right foot, drags her right foot in to a loose close to her left foot and should now be facing diagonal to wall) TH 3
30 Turning to back the line of dance, the man then brings his right foot back and down the line of dance (the Lady, turning to face the line of dance, moves her left foot forward and down the line of dance) TH 4
Then the man brings his left foot back and down the line of dance (the Lady moves her right foot forward and down the line of dance) TH 5
Turning left on the ball of his left foot and the heel of his right foot, the man drags his right foot into a loose close to his left foot and should now be facing diagonal to wall (the Lady, turning to the left on the ball of her right foot to be backing diagonal to wall, allows her left foot to cross in front of her right foot and taking her weight) IETH 6
31 Turning to face the line of dance, the man moves his left foot forward and down the line of dance  (the Lady, turning to back the line of dance, brings her right foot back and down the line of dance) H 1
The man then moves his right foot forward and down the line of dance (and the Lady brings her left foot back and down the line of dance) T 2
Turning to the left on the ball of his right foot until he is backing diagonal to wall, the man allows his left foot to cross in front of his right foot and taking his weight (the Lady, turning left on the ball of her left foot and the heel of her right foot, drags her right foot in to a loose close to her left foot as she now faces diagonal to wall) TH 3
32 Turning to back the line of dance, the man brings his foot back and down the line of dance while turning to face diagonal to wall (the Lady, turning to face the line of dance, moves her left foot forward and down the line of dance while turning to face diagonal to centre) TH 4
Then the man brings his left foot to the side and diagonal to centre (the Lady brings her right foot to the side and diagonal to wall) T 5
The man’s right foot then closes to his left foot as he is facing the line of dance and in Promenade Position (the Lady’s left foot closes to her right foot as she is facing the line of dance and in Promenade Position) TH 6

 

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