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  • Tarantella Dance Steps
    Naples (Campania)

    No. 1. 8 skipping steps backward.
    8 skipping steps advancing
    A skipping step is a hop preceded by a step, or a step and hop danced staccato . . . Eight Measures.
    No. 2. Stationary step.
    Step on right, cross left raised in front, hop on right,
              Count 1 and 2.
    Step on left, cross right raised in front, hop on left,
              Count 3 and 4.
    Four hops on right leg, turning to right, left raised,
              Count 1, 2, 3, 4.
    Repeat these stationary steps commencing with the left foot . . . . . . . . Eight Measures.
    No. 3. Step on right, point left front.
    Step on left, point right front.
    Half turning to face partner . . Two Measures.
    No. 4. Join right hands,
    Circle about each other to original places with 16 skipping steps to be executed in a very romping manner.
    separate and end side by side . Eight Measures.
    No. 5. 8 backward skipping steps . . Four Measures
    No. 6. Repetition of No. 2.
    Step on right, cross and raise left, hop on right,
              Count 1 and 2.
    Step on left, cross and raise right, hop on left,
              Count 3 and 4.
    Four hops on right leg turning to the right
              Count 1, 2, 3, 4.
    Repeat with left . . . . . Eight Measures.
    No. 7. Advancing obliquely to right, hop on left foot, and at same time point right toe to the left toe,
              Count 1.
    Hop on left and at the same time point right heel with toe raised to the left toe,
              Count 2.
    Repeat this until 16 counts have been made. Right hand on hip, left hand raised over head.
              Eight Measures.
    No. 8. Transfer weight to right leg, raising the left behind, eight hops on right leg turning rapidly to the right. Right arm extended in front and left arm extended to the rear at the height of the shoulders. Stop abruptly–pause an instant–take hands–and run off . . . . . . Six Measures.
    OSCAR DURYEA, Ex-President, American National Association, Master of Dancing. Collaborating with Lilla Viles Wyman.

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    Additional Resources
    Famous Italians Folk Songs Folktales
    Folklore/Legends Legend of the Tarantella Proverbs/Proverbi

    Lacey, Margaret E. Dance songs of the nations. Cincinnati: The John Church Company, 1908. 56


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