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Trinity Waltz Dance Steps

The Trinity Waltz is a modern sequence dance. The dance script was composed by John Pople. 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, 4-5-6 rhythm to music at a tempo of 48-50 beats per minute. We commence the dance in ballroom Upper shadow hold with both the man and lady facing diagonal-to-wall. Only the man’s steps are described here, with the Lady dancing as a counterpart, unless otherwise stated – in which case, the lady’s steps are in italics.

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 whenever he brings his feet together both man and lady should rise up onto their toes. If you find yourself confused with all the technical terms, you can skip to a video presentation of the dance below.

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Trinity Waltz – 1st Movement – Swivels to Aerial Lift

1.  The man moves his left foot forward in a diagonal-to-wall direction (1) and then swivels to the left (2). He closes his right foot to his left foot without changing his weight and is now facing the line of dance (3).

2.  Now the man moves his right foot forward in a diagonal-to-centre direction (4) and swivels to the right (5). He closes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight so that he is now facing the line of dance again (6).

3.  The man then moves his left foot down the line of dance with his left side leading (1-2) followed by his right foot forward down the line of dance (3).

4.  Next, his left foot continues forward down the line of dance (4) and he swings his right foot forward down the line of dance to a Medium Aerial position with his body facing diagonal-to-wall (5-6).

Trinity Waltz – 2nd Movement

5.  The man brings his right foot back against the line of dance and commences to curve to the left (1-2). His left foot follows back against the line of dance and continues a slight curve to the left while moving slightly to the centre (3).

6.  Now the man’s right foot follows back against the line of dance so that he is now facing the wall and still in Shadow Hold (4-5). He then brushes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight (6).

7.  Releasing lady’s right hand, the man now holds his position for two bars while he turns the lady out to end in Extended Facing Position (the Lady commences turning to the left by moving her left foot forward in a diagonal-to-wall direction) (1-2) The man holds his position (and the Lady continues turning to the left, bringing her right foot to the side and moving diagonal-to-wall) (3)

8.  (The Lady continues turning to the left to end backing the line of dance and brings her left foot back down the line of dance while keeping her left hand in the man’s left hand and her right arm held to the side in Extended Position) (4-5) (the Lady brushes her right foot to her lef without changing weight so that she is now facing diagonal-to-centre against the line of dance on the man’s left side) (6)

9.  The man now commences turning to the left and moves his left foot forward, diagonal-to-wall (the Lady holds her position for two bars) (1-2). The man continues turning to the left and brings his right foot to the side while moving in a diagonal-to-wall direction (3).

10.  The man continues turning to the left so that he is now backing the line of dance. He does this by bringing his left foot back down the line of dance while keeping the Lady’s left hand in his left hand with his right arm held to the side in Extended Position (4-5). The man then brushes his right foot to his left foot without changing his weight. He should now be facing diagonal-to-centre against the line of dance and on the lady’s left side and taking up Shadow Hold again (6).

11.  The man now commences turning the lady to the right, without releasing his hold. His right foot goes forward in a diagonal-to-centre direction against the line of dance (the Lady, without releasing her hold, moves her right foot forward, diagonal-to-centre against the line of dance and commences turning to the right under the man’s raised arms and does a Toe Pivot) (1-2). The man brushes his left foot to his right foot without changing weight (the Lady closes her left foot to her right foot) (3).

12.  The man now moves his left foot forward against the line of dance and ends in Skater’s Hold. He should now be facing against the line of dance with his arms crossed left over right (the Lady moves her right foot forward against the line of dance) (4-5). The man closes his right foot to his left foot (and the Lady closes her left foot to her right foot) (6).

Trinity Waltz – 3rd Movement

13.  The man moves his left foot forward against the line of dance (the Lady normal opposite) (1-2) followed by his right foot forward against the line of dance (3).

14.  Then the man does a Ronde bringing his left foot around while turning to the right to be facing the line of dance (4-5). He then brushes his left foot to his right foot while facing the line of dance (6).

15.  Next, the man brings his left foot forward down the line of dance while to the left to be facing his partner (1-2-3).

16.  Now he brings his right foot to the side along the line of dance, still facing his partner (4-5-6)

Trinity Waltz – 4th Movement

17.  The man brings his left foot back down the line of dance while turning to the left (1-2-3) and does a back

18.  Ronde by bringing his right foot around and turning to the right to end facing the line of dance (4-5). He continues by bringins his right foot back against the line of dance and into a Check (6).

19.  The man now leads the lady across in front of his body, turning her to her right and moving his left foot forward down the line of dance (the Lady, turning to the right, moves her right foot forward and across in front of her partner)  (1-2). The man closes his right foot to his left foot while changing hold and taking the lady’s left hand in his right hand (the Lady brings her left foot to the side to be facing her partner and placing her left hand in the man’s right hand) (3).

20.  The man now brings his left foot forward down the line of dance (the Lady, still turning to the right, brings her right foot forward) (4-5). The man closes his right foot to his left foot. Partners should now be in Extended (Hold) Side by Side Position and both facing down the line of dance (the Lady closes her left foot to her right foot) (6).

Trinity Waltz – 5th Movement

21.  The man moves his left foot forward down the line of dance (1-2-3)

22.  Then his right foot follows forward down the line of dance, but allowing his left foot to point backwards against the line of dance. At this point, he softens his right knee to create a dipping action (4-5-6).

23.  The man maintains his position, releasing his hold on his partner and transferring his weight to his left foot (1-2-3).

24.  Now he does one full turn to the left then takes up Double Hand Hold (4-5-6).

25.  The next movement may be familiar to some as a ‘carousel’. The man circles to the right in Double Hand Hold moving his right foot forward first (1). He continues circling to the right in Double Hand Hold with his left foot going forward (2) and continues circling to the right in Double Hand Hold with his right foot forward (3).

26.  Now we change direction. The man Rondes with his left foot swinging round to the left to change the direction of the rotation, at the same time brushing his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight (4-5-6).

27.  Now circling to the left in Double Hand Hold, the man moves his left foot forward (1). He continues circling to the left in Double Hand Hold with his right foot moving forward (2) and still continues circling to the left in Double Hand Hold with his left foot coming forward (3).

28.  Now the man closes his right foot to his left foot without changing his weight and ends the ‘carousel’ facing square to his partner, also facing the line of dance. At this point they release Double Hand Hold and take up Ballroom Hold (4-5-6).

Trinity Waltz – 6th Movement – Natural Waltz

29.  The man commences turning to the right, bringing his right foot forward and diagonal-to-wall (1). His left foot goes to the  side across the line of dance so that he his now backing diagonal-to-centre (2). He closes his right foot to his left foot at which point he is now backing the line of dance (3) and ready for the Natural Waltz.

30.  The man brings his left foot back down the line of dance and continues turning to the right (4). His right foot goes to the side down the line of dance while he continues turning to the right to be facing diagonal-to-centre (5). He continues  turning to the right to be facing the line of dance and closes his left foot to his right foot (6).

31.  The man now commences turning to the right by bringing his right foot forward, diagonal-to-wall (1). His left foot goes to the side across the line of dance so that he is now backing diagonal-to-centre (2). He closes his right foot to his left foot at which point he is backing the line of dance (3).

32.  The man brings his left foot back down the line of dance while he continues turning to the right (4) then his right foot goes to the side down the line of dance as he continues turning to the right to be facing diagonal-to-centre (5). He continues turning to the right to be facing diagonal-to-wall and closes his left foot to his right foot without changing his weight. They release Ballroom hold and take up Shadow Hold, facing diagonal-to-wall (6) and …

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