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the past winter, but here's .a
piece of dance news that wifl please
every dance fan in Chicago. It's this:
Joan Sawyer, New York's idol, has
consented to tell you, through the
columns of Tbe Day Book, how she
does her popular dances!
You have heard of J&an Sawyer.
Her Persian Garden is famed even in
far-off Paris and London. She is the
chief and foremost exponent of pop
ular, modern dances in America.
She has been called "the dancer
with a soul," and by no less -a person
than Jeanette Gilder, sister. Of the
famous editor and author, the late
Richard Watson Gilder, -editor ot the
Miss Gilder is Miss Sawyer's spon
sor. This is the first time that Miss
Sawyer has- consented to pose and
write for a daily newspaper, describ
ing her new dance pteps.
Joan Sawyer is the most graceful
dancer in New York. She has creat
ed many of the most popular dances.
She wil sot fuddle you with in
tricate diagrams and involved figures.
Crisp, carefully worded paragraphs
and clear pictures will conveyHRpyou
the chief steps in the one-step, the
aeroplane waltz, etc
lo not Intend to give a dance
course," said Miss Sawyer. "My ad
visetwillhe offered to those who know
thoifiundamental rules of each dance.
-;,Sancing is largely a matter of
personal endeavor. The basic prin
ciples once acquired, the rest comes
by mere suggestion. That's what I
am going to do in your paper.N 111
suggest figures in photographs and in
short, meaty paragraphs..
;IegInners" can getmuch out Of my
instruction if they will watch close
ly?1 1 aim chiefly to show correct dan
cfflSrpositions. incorrect positions
arVufe rule. This abused is o'aly too
BY JOAN SAWYER
-Tl& aeroplane waltz is net necas-j
-sariry a professional dance. Smooth-.,
nese of motion, grace and, above1 all
alertness are-necessary in this dance,
which portrays the motions of an
airship in flight.
The waltz step is the basic step in
the aeroplane dance, and, though"
there are many "wheels" and pivot
steps, the glide and the' swaying
movements are the characteristic
steps of the "'aeroplane." The criss
cross, -the double tap, thQ backward
spiral, the wing and the lame duck
are some of the steps that tax the
agility and certainty of movement in
the new dance a shaky, uncertain
step spells failure in the aeroplane
Prom the "lame duck," which is a1
typical step in this dance, to the
sweeping courtesy, with which it
ends, the dance of the aeroplane is""
one of the most graceful, as 'well as
one of the most original of the many
new dances. "
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"Say, that fellow's perfectly reck-'"
less. He's liable to break his neckbr
"That's what I told him. Fof in
stance, where'd he be able tb replace
a fine pair o' skiis like that under ten .
dollars!" , '