I've spent the last several days going round and round with Patreon on an annoying back-end issue that suggested I was only going to get half my pledge money for any further posts this month. Their customer service folks are very friendly but probably dread any email from me, since I keep finding these little glitches. They've assured me their engineers are addressing this one, so on with the posts!
This particular one comes under the heading of "obsessive details that only the best dancers are even going to bother with". Specifically, it concerns what one does on the very last beat before beginning to do the mid-nineteenth century valse à trois temps: a small hop.
Describing a hop is pretty simple, so I thought this was going to be a short post. But I managed to churn out 1,832 words on the topic once I realized that I should probably explain why I was so focused on that particular detail. The hop itself not terribly consequential overall, though it's a pleasant detail to add. But getting the dancers set up for the hop...that's quite interesting. As I find so often to be true, it's what the author (Cellarius, in this case) did not say about starting the waltz that is fascinating.
There is a hole in his instructions, and it just might be promenade-shaped.
It's been over three years since my first post in the "starting the waltz" series, if I can even call it that. Hopefully it won't take as long to get to the next installment.