The Roberts

Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in open circle. Waltz hold, M facing out of circle, W facing into circle.
Steps: side step (step to the side (1), close opposite foot (2)), two-step, walk
Music: any 4/4-time polka, with 2 strong beats to the bar.

    Dance progression
1-2   Beginning with ML/WR foot, dance 2 side-steps in the LOD (1). Repeat in RLOD (2).
Alternatively, dance 4 quick sidesteps in LOD (1) beginning with ML/WR foot, followed by 4 quick side-steps in the RLOD (2) beginning with MR/WL foot.
Finish side-by-side (MR hip to WL hip) but still with waltz hold.
3-4   Turn CW on the spot, beginning with ML/WR foot, 3 walking steps and closing inside foot to outside on last beat. Ie M dances forward, W dances backwards. Repeat CCW, ie M dances backwards, W dances forwards. Finish in waltz hold or open waist-shoulder hold, facing LOD..
5-6   Touch ML/WR heel in LOD (5:1), touch ML/WR toe beside inside foor (5:2), step ML/WR foot to the side and close inside foot (5:3), and step ML/WR foot to the side and close inside foot (5:4). Repeat facing RLOD (6).
7-8   Dance two-step with partner. 2 two-steps.
    Repeat as desired.

Provenance: derived from N. Roy Clifton's description in liner notes accompanying Smithsonian Folkways CD Old time couple dances, fiddle and accordion (FW08827), 1961.
Description by: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-10-09, rev. 2012-11-02

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