How to pretzel country dance

Pretzel – Country Swing AZ

Type    Turn, Combo
Level    Level 5 Intermediate
Other Names   The Octopus (when done twice or more), Reverse Pretzel
Comes From    Butterfly Open Position, Hammerlock, Sliding Door
Leads To    Butterfly Open Position, Hammerlock, Toss Away Spin


In the Pretzel, the leader and follower’s hands are connected in open position, and through a series of turns they turn back-to-back and then wrap around to Open Position.

There are two moves called “The Pretzel” and they look very similar, but they are opposites. The move where the lead turns first is “The Pretzel,” and when the follow turns first this is “The Reverse Pretzel.

You may find one variation more comfortable than the other, and you may find one more ideal for your repertoire–so why not try both?

  1. Begin in Butterfly Open Position. Lift your left arm, rotate your hand grip in your partner’s hands (loosely) as you step with your Right foot to turn CCW (left). End this step in Hammerlock position (only momentarily), with your feet in a little more than shoulder-width stance.
  2. Step again, this time with your left, to a wide stance facing opposite your partner. Lift your left arm to let the follow pass under it. You will be back-to-back for a moment.
  3. Keep your feet stationary for this part, twist with your waist a little to face your partner slightly. Lift your right arm so she can pass to the other side. Follows will rotate to the left as they pass under the second time. You are now in Hammerlock on the other side.
    • This step comes immediately after step 2, since the momentum will help carry your follow through to the other side.
  4. Step back with your left foot as you turn to the left, passing under your own right arm. This will take you back to Butterfly Open Position.
    • A Cuddle will feel very natural to do next, so you could carry the momentum right into it.
  1. Step your right foot past your partner . Keep your grip but loosely, so the lead can move your arms where they need to be. At the end of this step you should be in Hammerlock position for a brief moment.
  2. On the next part, step your left foot next to your right foot, then right foot behind your lead’s heel to turn CW (right) to face opposite your partner, back-to-back.
  3. Carry that momentum to the other side to step behind his other heel with your left foot and pass under the lead’s right arm.
  4. Step right, left to turn CW again and face your partner.

Reverse Pretzel
  1. From Butterfly open position, lift your left hand and open it flat like a high-five. Use your right hand straight through at waist-level to guide your follow under that arm to get into hammerlock position. Loosen the hands to rotate your grip as you do this, and take a quarter-turn to the left.
  2. Lift your left arm and pass under it, then the right arm to pass to the other side. As you do the second pass, turn to the left so you are in hammerlock on the other side.
  3. Pass your right arm between you and the follow, with a loose palm grip to unwind the follow and return to open position.



  • In step 1, some leads get stuck with their arm over their shoulder. All you have to do to fix that is put your arm back and in front of your follow.
  • For the pretzel, think “I go, you go, you go, I go.”
  • Stay tall, and maintain close contact by feeling the contact of your partner’s back brush against yours, back-to-back, in the middle of the move.
  • If you do not use a loose grip, the turns will not work. If you struggle with that part, try practicing with interlocked fingers, or turning flat palm-to-palm with little to no gripping. It’s possible to do a pretzel these ways.
  • Aim for smoothness and good connection rather than speed. Some leads will strong-arm their way through the move and end up injuring their partner or themselves. You don’t want to be one of those leads!
  • If the follow is used to only the Pretzel, she may be confused by the directions of the Reverse Pretzel. The opposite may also be true. Leads who have not read this guide don’t know which one they actually do–they just know one feels “right” to them.


  • The Octopus: do the pretzel twice in a row
  • Pretzel Reverse-Pretzel Combo: Pretzel and finish with Cuddle, then undo the moves to do Reverse-pretzel.
  • Some people will start with a reach behind the back and finish with the Pretzel. I consider this a Half-Pretzel. In my opinion, it tends to look sloppy because the reach behind is not an intuitive cue (it’s hard to look and feel for that hand that suddenly appears at your opposite side).

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Country music goes with everything. Country songs make the perfect first dance songs for newly married couples, the perfect soundtrack for a bar and the perfect accompaniment to a tailgate ... and country songs are also great for a dance party.

Whether you're in your bedroom dancing in front of your mirror, at a high school dance or out partying with a group of great friends, these 10 country songs will have you running to the dance floor. Look through this list, turn the music up loud, and get your groove on!

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    "Parking Lot Party"

    Lee Brice

    Brice co-wrote "Parking Lot Party" and released it as his fourth single from Hard 2 Love. It's not hard to get into the groove of this party song: "Parking Lot Party" is the perfect song to dance to at tailgates or on your back deck while grilling up some burgers and dogs.

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    "Here for the Party"

    Gretchen Wilson

    Wilson's "Here for the Party," released in 2004, was her second entry on the country charts. She wrote it with Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich -- and they definitely know how to write a party song! In this tune, Wilson is brazen about having a good time: "Well, I'm an eight ball-shooting, double-fisted-drinking son of a gun / I wear my jeans a little tight just to watch the little boys come undone," she sings. She ain't gonna leave until she's thrown out!

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    "I Like It, I Love It"

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    "I Like It, I Love It" has been given its share of attention in the sporting world: It's been played during Monday Night Football's halftime and is part of the Nashville Predators' goal celebration, among other accolades. McGraw's third No. 1 hit has fans liking it, loving it and dancing to it all night long.

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    Dierks Bentley

    Bentley's "5-1-5-0" was released in April of 2012, and its reckless energy and catchy lyrics made it an immediate hit with fans. The No. 1 song was certified gold, and for good reason: The moment anyone hears "5-1-5-0, somebody call the po-po," you know it's time to down a beer (or two, if you're not a dancer) and hit the floor.

  • 4

    "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

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    "Let's go, girls!" That's all it takes for women of all ages to get up out of their seats. Twain's 1999 track was a worldwide hit, and women in the U.S., New Zealand, France and more were emboldened by this empowering song. "The best thing about being a woman / Is the prerogative to have a little fun," Twain sings, and fun is what everyone has while dancing to this song.

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    "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was released in October of 2005 as the third and final single from Adkins' Songs About Me. Not only did it reach No. 2 on the country chart, it also was a crossover hit for the singer. The song's inspiration came while writers Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson were at a club, and a dancing woman caught their eye -- not just the woman, but her "money maker. "

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    Florida Georgia Line

    "Cruise" has been certified platinum a whopping 11 times. It was a hit when the guys of FGL debuted it and was a sensation all over again when they tapped rapper Nelly to remix the song. It's the best-selling country song in the United States, has broken records and is a summertime song through and through. Roll your windows down, and let the car dancing begin!

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The 176th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany started on September 19th and will run until October 4th. By the time it ends, more than six million visitors will have drunk almost two million gallons of beer.

Can't come to Munich this year or any of the countless Oktoberfest celebrations held in cities around the world? Why not host a similar Oktoberfest at home? We all have room for so many guests. But to do it right, you need to follow the rules and customs.

Beer: The only "official" beers served at Munich's Oktoberfest come from these six Munich breweries: Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Augustiner, Spaten-Franziskaner, Löwenbräu and Hofbräu. With the exception of the Augustiner, they are all available in the US.

German toast is "simple!", and it is customary to clink glasses - usually with maximum force, since real German Maas glass has thick enough walls to withstand such a blow. Don't try this with regular glasses. Another toast before drinking - "Oans, zwoa, g'suffa!" - "One, two, drink!"

Opening ceremony: when the Lord Mayor of Munich taps the first keg at the start of Oktoberfest, he exclaims: “O zapft is!” - which means: "Cut off!" If you plan on having a keg at home, you can certainly appoint someone as Lord Mayor and he or she will officiate at the opening of the first bottle of beer - or maybe at the opening of each bottle of beer all day and night.

Signature Sway: In addition to loudly singing along to your favorite songs and dancing (on the floor, on the table or even under the table), Schunkeln is a favorite Oktoberfest custom. This involves everyone holding their neighbor's arms and rocking from side to side around the table to the beat of the music.

Attire: And don't forget to dress appropriately. Women wear sexy "Dirndl" country style clothes. It consists of a bodice, blouse, fluffy skirt and apron. Deep cut is a must. The men usually wear traditional leather trousers, a shirt, suspenders and Haferl leather shoes with laces on the sides.

Cost: Traditional Oktoberfest Recipes

Soft Pretzels - Pretzels
From Germany's Spoons by Nadia Hassani (Hippocrene Books, 2004).

30 g fresh yeast (for pomace) or 2 (oz) envelopes of active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup plus warm water
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
coarse (kosher) salt for sprinkling

Dissolve yeast and salt in warm water. Gradually add flour and knead a firm dough. Knead the dough thoroughly for several minutes using a mixer or hands until the dough separates from the bottom of the bowl. Form into a ball, cover with a clean, damp towel and let stand 2 hours at room temperature.

Knead the dough again quickly and shape it into a long roll. Cut it into 10 equal pieces and roll each piece into a rope about 12 inches long. The ropes should be thin at both ends and thick in the center. Twist each rope into a typical pretzel shape and pinch the joints together so they stick together. Arrange the pretzels on a greased 17 ½" x 14" baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rest 15 minutes.

Dissolve baking soda in 4-5 liters of water and bring to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the fire. Drop the pretzel into the water one at a time and cook for 30 seconds or until the pretzel rises to the surface. Remove immediately with a slotted spoon and strain.

Return the pretzels to the baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. If the salt doesn't stick, brush the pretzels with club soda.

Place the pretzels on the middle rack in the cold oven and set the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. Serve immediately.
Pancake Soup - Flädlesuppe
From Spoons of Germany by Nadia Hassani (Hippocrene Books, 2004).

¾ cup all purpose flour
â…” glass soda water
A pinch of salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 ½ liters of beef broth

Mix flour with soda, salt and eggs and mix well until smooth.

Lightly oil a non-stick pan and cook thin, crisp pancakes. Cut them into small strips or roll them tightly and cut into thin slices.

Reheat the beef broth thoroughly. Add warm pancakes and serve immediately.

Onion Pie - Onion Pie

1 packet active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons salt
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon fat
1 cup warm water
6 slices bacon, sliced ​​
2 medium onions, chopped
tablespoons cumin
 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 cup sour cream

Mix yeast, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup flour. Mix fat with warm water. Beat 2 minutes.

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