Last time as the swing ends, dancers may face up, man keeping arm around the lady's waist, and on the first beat of the last bar, raise their free arms (man's L, ladiy's R) shouting 'Hi!". Use with discretion."
Charles says "I first met this very popular Russian song when I was learning Russian on one ofthe special teachers' courses set up some 30 years ago aimed at increasing the number of Russian teachers in Great Britain. My interest in it was rekindled recently when I was asked whether I could copy out the music for a musician friend, and it occured to me that the tune was attractive and memorable enough to use as the basis of a dance. I had assumed that the tune was traditional, but it is in fact modern and still under copyright.
The beautiful words of the song tell of the songwriter's wistful memories of the calm and stillness of summer evenings with his sweetheart in the countryside by the rivers and woodlands in the environs of Moscow."
A party dance to a favorite Russian song. The music is reproduced by Charles Bolton by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers.
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