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VERNON -CASTLE HIMSELF TELLS HOW TO DO
"THE CASTLE WALK," HIS OWN DANCE!
(Editor's Note. Mr. and Mrs. Ver- lacking in grace than for a woman to
non Castle, America's greatest ex
ponents of artistic dancing, have been
drawing rounds of enthusiastic ap
plause this winter in New York and
Chicago restaurants for their charm
ing dance-steps. The Castle Walk is
one of their greatest successes, and
Vernon Castle himself has described
it especially for readers of The Day
Book in the following article, in
tilt forward as she dances.
I want to insist on this point. The
dancers should always stand upright
not stiffly, but naturally erect. This
is the only way to obtain the correct
balance which v is so necessary to
In the first place, it is quite possible
to stand close to your partner with
perfect propriety,. In the second place,
which he gives also some advice on ! the attempt to stand far away from
how to dance the vanous new dances
BY VERNON CASTLE
(Copyright, 1913, by the Newspaper
Ordinarily one of the hardest
things in the world to do is to explain
a dance on paper. But my 'Castle
Walk" is simple and there is very
little about it to describe. You see,
it is nothing but a walk! A walk,
though, done as easily and with as
little effort as possible.
The most essential thing in danc
ing it is to be happy or at least to
dance happily. Do not stiffen the
body at ajl, but be perfectly natural
and listen to the music, which, if i.
has any sort of swing at all, will make
you feel like walking gracefully in
time to it. Hold your partner snugly,
but not tightly, a little above the
waist and walk on the toes, or ball
of the feet, with a slight swing.
Contrary to the usual custom, it
is the man who should walk forward,
for several reasons. The first is that
it is much easier to walk forward
gracefully, and men -as a rule do not
dance as gracefully as women.
Again, therman is obliged to lead and
must naturally be able to see where
he is going. Another reason is that
women look more graceful as they
dance backward than when dancing
forward, because they have often a
tendency to lean the way they are,
going, and Ikhow of nothing more
Fig' I f Fi
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f i 4 i
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Fig. 1 shows correct way to do
"Castle Walk" the way by which
you will not tread on your partner's
toes; Fig. 2 shows the wrong way.
him is a sure way to get your feet
trodden on, as can be easily seen
from the accompanying diagram.
Figure 1 shows two pair of feet walk
ing close together, which is the cor
rect way in the Castle Walk. Figure
2 shows two pairs of feet walking
separately from each other, the
wrong way- You can easily see how
impossible it is to avoid treading on
your- .partner's toes when you are