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THE 'PLAYFORD' BALL
SAT 5 AUG

An evening of fine dances, including but not restricted to the "Playford" era, in fine attire (period, fancy dress or formal attire requested - but not required). The programme is being published in advance so that dancers can learn the ball dances before the ball and not require extensive teaching or prompting on the night. Dances will be walked through once and prompted until not necessary.
Select 'BALL DANCE LIST' (above) to see the list of dances with links to instructions, videos and music with which to learn/practice the dances and links to purchase any relevant books or CDs.
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THE 'PLAYFORD' BALL
SAT 5 AUG

Stowford Rise Community Centre, Chambers Close,
Sidmouth EX10 9YL (click for a map)

Dancing starts 7:30pm prompt - carriages at 10:30pm

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THE 'PLAYFORD' BALL
SAT 5 AUG

Music provided by Mrs Savage's Whim
(Cath Watkins and Ben Potton on violin, Beth Gifford on viola and Gill Redmond on cello)

MC Michael Barraclough from Phoenix, AZ

18th century ball image

THE 'PLAYFORD' BALL
SAT 5 AUG

There will be a pre-ball practice at the Methodist Church Hall on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30pm. This will focus on the least well known and/or most difficult dances on the programme.

Ani's Waltz

Author:Gary Roodman (c2008)
Music:Ani's Waltz (Charlene Thompson, 2005)
Source:Odd Calculated Figures (Gary Roodman, 2008)
Form:Promenade Circle (Mixer, facing ccw)

A
1-2Two waltz steps forward (turning in towards partner at end to face opposite direction)
3-4Two waltz steps backwards (still going in same direction)
5-6Two waltz steps forward (now going in opposite direction, turning in towards partner at end to face opposite direction)
7-8Two waltz steps backwards
9-10Men two waltz steps forward (pass one, stay with the next)
11-12(With this person) gate ½ (men moving forward)
13-14Ladies two waltz steps forward (pass one, stay with the next)
15-16(With this person) gate ½ (ladies moving forward)

B
1-4(This person = temporary partner) gypsy (right)
5-8(On left diagonal) gypsy (left)
9-12Double gypsy (temporary partner gypsy right ½, then next person gypsy ½ right, this is new partner)
13-16(This partner) set & turn single

Cilantrio playing Ani's Waltz


Video of Ani's Waltz

You can purchase these from:

Book: Odd Calculated Figures (Gary Roodman, 2008)
web Calculated Figures
web CDSS Store
email Folk Sales
web AADS

CD: Good Friends - Music for the Fifth Selection of Dances from Gary Roodman's Calculated Figures (Cilantrio, 2013)
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web AADS
web CD Baby
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Black Joak

Author:Michael Barraclough (2017)
Music:Black Joak (1730)
Source:(Unpublished)
Original:Walsh's Complete Country Dancing Master (1731), see Notes 1 & 2
Form:Longways Duple Proper, see Note 3

A1
1-4Circle left
5-6Four capers (on the spot)

A2
1-4Circle right
5-6Four capers (on the spot)

B1
1-2Partner clap (own, rights, own, lefts)
3-4Neighbour clap (own, rights, own, lefts)
5-8Rights and lefts (2 changes, with hands, neighbour start, end facing partner)
9-10Four capers (on the spot)

B2
1-41s lead down a double and back (stay facing up)
5-8Rights and lefts (3 changes, no hands, neighbour start, end facing partner)
9-10Four capers (on the spot)

Notes:

  1. The dance was probably first published in Walsh's 24 Country Dances for 1730.
  2. Although the tune is commonly known as Black Jack, this is not the dance Black Jack from the Dancing Master (1670-1728)
  3. Given it's publication date, this was probably a triple minor dance originally. However, there is no action or need for a 3rd couple.

Toko & Takimo playing Black Joak at Komoro Eco Village in Japan!

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Childgrove

Author:Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles (1922)
Music:Childgrove (1701)
Source:Country Dance Book 6 (1922)
Original:Dancing Master (1701-1728)
Form:Longways Duple Improper, see Note 2

A1
1-4Partners siding (Sharp)
5-8Partners back-to-back

A2
1-8Repeat A1 with neighbour

B1
1-4neighbour two-hand turn 1½ (skipping, to change places, end facing partners across set)
5-8Partners two-hand turn

B2
1-8Ones figure-8 through 2s above (skipping), see Note 3

Notes:

  1. Poor interpretation of Playford (1701-1728)
  2. The original dance is proper and Cecil Sharp's version is also proper. However, these days it is danced improper in the USA (always) and in the UK (mostly).
  3. In B2 1-8 the 2s may join in to dance a double figure-8

Bare Necessities playing Childgrove


Video of Childgrove

You can purchase these from:

Book: Country Dance Book 6 (Cecil Sharp, 1922)
web CDSS Store
email Folk Sales

CD: A Playford Ball: Dances for Volume 12 (Bare Necessities, 2009)
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Chocolate Round O

Author:Fried de Metz Herman (1989)
Music:The Prophetess (Purcell, 1690)
Source:Ease & Elegance (Fried de Metz Herman, 1995)
Form:Longways Duple Improper

A1
1-4Partner right-hand turn
5-8Partner right-shoulder back-to-back

A2
1-4neighbour left-hand turn
5-8neighbour left-shoulder back-to-back

B1
1-4Partner two-hand turn (into)
5-6Circle left ½
7-8(Still holding hands with neighbour) Set back right & left

B2
1-42s (above) gate the 1s up
5-81s ½-figure up while 2s change places (7-8, right shoulder)

Notes:

  1. The 2s need to remember to change places in bars 7-8 of B2
  2. The tune is an arrangement by Fried de Metz Herman of a tune in the 3rd Act of the tragicomic semi-opera "The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian" (Z627/19) by Henry Purcell, 1690
  3. You can see a copy of Fried's instructions for the dance here

Assembly Players playing Chocolate Round O


Video of Chocolate Round O

You can purchase these from:

Book:Book: Ease & Elegance (Fried de Metz Herman, 1995) *Out of print*

CD: A Purcell Ball (Assembly Players, 1996)
web Nicolas Broadbridge
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Companions

Author:Victor Skowronski (2003)
Music:Ronde II, Mon Amy (Tielman Susato)
Source:Michael Barraclough's Web Site
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A1
1-2Circle left single file one place
3-4Balance into the centre and back

A2
1-2Circle left single file one place
3-4Balance into the centre and back

B1
1-41st corners chevron
3-4while 2nd corners cast right (into 1st corner positions)

B2
1-4Partner pousette ½ merging to a line of four across (people casting push), see Note 2

C1
1-6Hey 6 changes, middles pass left to start (end with 1st corners improper at the end and 2nd corners facing in the centre)

C2
1-6Middle people (2nd corners) gypsy left ¾ while ends loop right ¼ flowing into partner gypsy right 1¼

Notes:

  1. Chevron: facing forwards all the time, change with the other person, passing right shoulders and then fall back into your neighbour's place
  2. Pushers are on the end and 1st corners are facing each other in the centre

Bare Necessities playing Companions


Video of Companions

You can purchase these from:

Dance:Download instructions from web sites only
web Michael Barraclough's Web Site
webTom Roby's Web Site

CD: New Shoots: New American Dances (Volume 10) (Bare Necessities, 2007)
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Doctor Vincent's Delight

Author:Charles Bolton (1983)
Music:Doctor Vincent's Delight (Charles Bolton, 1983)
Source:Occasions (Charles Bolton, 1989)
Form:Longways 3-Couple Set (Mixer)

A1
1-4Set forward to partner, acknowledging, and turn single (right) to place
5-8Partner right-hand turn

A2
1-4Fall back and come forward a double (no hands)
5-8Partner left-hand turn

B1
1-4Right-hand star of three at each end (M2 ↓, L2 ↑)
5-8Partner gypsy (right)
9-12Left-hand star of three at each end (M2 ↑, L2 ↓)
13-16Partner gypsy (left)

B2
1-4(Lines of three) fall back and come forward a double
5-8Circle six ½
9-12Partner back-to-back
13-14Partners change (across)
13-16Top 2 men (M2 & M3) and bottom 2 ladies (L2 & L1) change places on the side (backwards, pass right-shoulder)
13-16while Top lady (L3) and bottom man (M1) turn single (right)

Notes:

  1. Written for Vera Vincent, on her retirement as secretary of Harrow Folk Dance Club
  2. Repeat the dance two more times and all should be home with original partner

Video of Doctor Vincent's Delight

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Fenterlarick

Author:Joyce Walker (1977)
Music:Nancy's Delight (Fred Grimshaw, 1977), see Note 3
Source:Country Dance Club Book
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A1
1-41st corners (Cecil Sharp/swirly) siding
5-81st corners set & turn single

A2
1-42nd corners (Cecil Sharp/swirly) siding
5-82nd corners set & turn single

B1
1-4Ladies lead through men and cast back to place
5-8Men lead through ladies and cast back to place

B2
1-2Partner allemande left ¾
3-62nd corners (in the middle) allemande right 1½ while 1st corners (ends) orbit to the other end
7-8Partner allemande left ¾

Notes:

  1. There is wonderful flow from one minor set to the next for the 1st corners. To achieve this: Start the allemande left ½ with the right foot (this may not be natural for the 2nd man) and, give good tension and weight in the final allemande so that the 2nd corner people can 'propel' their partners into the siding
  2. Fenterlarick is the name of a hamlet (no longer existing) near Washaway between Bodmin and Wadebridge on the A389 in Cornwall where Joyce's parents lived.
  3. The dance was written without a specific tune in mind. However, when Joyce Walker heard Fred Grimshaw play his new tune Nancy's Delight for it, she decided that it should be the tune for the dance.

Bare Necessities playing Nancy's Delight for Fenterlarick


Video of Fenterlarick

You can purchase these from:

Book: Country Dance Club Book (Hugh Stewart, 2008)
email Folk Sales

Book: Legacy: 50 years of Music and Dance (ed Allison Thompson, 2002)
web CDSS Store

Book: Modern Treasures: Dances for Volume 4 (Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio, 2009)
web CDSS Store

CD: Modern Treasures (Volume 4) (Bare Necessities, 2000)
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Foxfire

Author:Steve Sargent
Music:Foxfire (Daron Douglas)
Source:(Unpublished)
Form:Longways Duple Improper

A1
1-2Circle left ½
3-4All cast back one place over left shoulder
5-6Ladies change (left shoulder)
7-8Men change (left shoulder)

A2
1-2Circle right ½
3-4All cast back one place over right shoulder
5-6Ladies change by the (right shoulder)
7-8Men change (right shoulder, all home)

B1
1-4Double mad robin (clockwise, ladies inside to start)
5-8Partners set and turn single to face neighbour, into

B2
1-4Neighbour gypsy right 1¼, into
5-8(Next neighbour) back to back (all progressed)

Foxfire playing Foxfire (long intro, tune starts at 0:22)


Video of Foxfire

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Geud Man of Ballangigh

Author:Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles (1922), see Note 1
Music:Hunt the Squirrel (1709), see Note 2
Source:Country Dance Book 6 (1922)
Original:Dancing Master (1696-1728)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A1
1-41s lead through 2s and cast back to places
5-8Men lead through ladies and cast back to places

A2
1-42s lead through 1s and cast back to places
5-8Ladies lead through men and cast back to places

B1
1-41st corners set forward and turn single back to places
5-82nd corners set forward and turn single back to places

B2
1-4Circle left ½ and fall back
5-8Set right and left coming forward and pass through

Notes:

  1. A good interpretation by Sharp & Karpeles of the dance as originally published in 1696
  2. Sharp & Karpeles substituted 'Hunt the Squiril' (1709) for the original tune 'Geud Man of Ballangigh; To a New Scotch Jigg'

Bare Necessities playing Hunt the Squiril for Geud Man of Ballangigh


Video of Geud Man of Ballangigh

You can purchase these from:

Book: Country Dance Book 6 (Cecil Sharp, 1922)
web CDSS Store
email Folk Sales

Book: Country Dance Club Book (Hugh Stewart, 2008)
email Folk Sales

CD: A Playford Ball: Historical Dances from England (Bare Necessities, 2009
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The Homecoming

Author:Gary Roodman (1999)
Music:The Homecoming (Jonathan Jensen)
Source:Mulltiple Calculated Figures (Gary Roodman, 1999)
Form:Longways Duple Improper

A1
1-4M1, followed by partner, cast down below 2s and up (L1 cuts through) to 1s place (proper)

A2
1-4M2, followed by partner, cast up above 1s and down (L2 cuts through and around M1) to a line of 4 facing up (↑ L2 M1 M2 L1)

B1
1Lines up a double (turning towards neighbour on beat 3)
2Lines backup a double
3-4Lines down 2 doubles (end facing neighbour)

B2
1-3Half hey (until meet neighbour)
4Neighbour two-hand turn to face out (ladies on left)

C1
1Lead out a double (turning to face in on beat 3)
2Lead in a double
3Ladies change (right shoulder)
4Men change (right shoulder)

C2
1-2Circle left ½
3-4Partner two-hand turn

Old Friends playing The Homecoming


Video of The Homecoming

You can purchase these from:

Dance: Book: Multiple Calculated Figures (Gary Roodman, 1999)
web Gary Roodman
web CDSS Store Website
web Folk Sales Email
web AADS

CD: Music for a Selection of Dances from Gary Roodman's Calculated Figures (Old Friends, 2001)
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Jolly Company

Author:Andrew Shaw
Music:The Jolly Company (1718)
Source:Elephant Stairs (Andrew Shaw, 2017)
Original:Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1718
Form:Longways Triple Proper

A1

[Top two couples only]

1-2Circle left ½ and fall back with neighbour
3Neighbour set right & left
4Partner set right & left
5Partner change across (left-shoulder, turn left into ..)

A2

[Top two couples only]

1-2Circle right ½ and fall back with neighbour
3Neighbour set right & left
4Partner set right & left
5Partner change across (left-shoulder, 1s turn left to face down, holding inside hands, 2s turn to face up (lady left, man right)

B

[All three couples]

1-4Mirror hey (1s start down and between)

[1s only active]

51s set right and left
6-71s long cast to 2nd place (2s move up on bar 7)
8-91s lead down through the 3s and cast back

Note:
  1. The dance is in 4/4 with 4 steps to each bar

Persons of Quality play The Jolly Company x3 (can be downloaded)

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Book:Book: Elephant Stairs (Andrew Shaw, 2017)
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CD: Elephant Stairs (Andrew Shaw, 2017)
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Leesburg Assembly Too

Author:Michael Barraclough (2012)
Music:Two Rivers (Larry Unger, 1986)
Source:Michael Barraclough's Web Site
Form:Longways Duple Improper

A1
1-4Neighbour gate (ladies moving forward)
5-6Ladies change (pass right, keep facing out)
7-8Ladies cast left while men move left along the set (turn single left inside the set)
9-12Opposite back-to-back
13-16Circle left (all the way)

A2
1-4Neighbour gate (men moving forward)
5-6Men change (pass right, keep facing out)
7-8Men cast left while ladies move left along the set (turn single left inside the set)
9-12Opposite (partner) back-to-back
13-16Circle left (all the way, keep hands at the end)

B1
1-2Balance in and out
3-4Partners change (lady under the man's arm, end facing opposite direction, take hands in a new ring)
5-6Balance in and out
7-8Partners change (as above, take hands in original ring)
9-10Balance in and out (drop hands at end)
11-12Move one place to the right around the circle (a Petronella type movement with 2 waltz steps)
13-16Repeat bars 9-12

B2
1-4Right-hand star (all the way, into)
5-8neighbour right hand turn once and a half (end facing next neighbour)
9-12(Next neighbour) back-to-back
13-16Circle left (all the way, into)

Notes:

  1. The movement in A1 and A2 bars 5-8 is a half-figure eight for the active gender people (ie end opposite where you start) whilst the other gender people swap places along the line with the person who was in the gate with them.
  2. In A2 1-4, your neighbour is actually your partner!
  3. The dance is called Leesburg Assembly Too because it turns out that there is already a dance called Leesburg Assembly.
  4. The tune was used extensively in the PBS Ken Burns National Parks TV series

Last Gaspé playing Two Rivers for Leesburg Assembly Too

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web Michael Barraclough's Web Site

CD: Waltz Time II (Larry Unger & Ginny Stowe, 2005)
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Long Live London

Author:Pat Shaw (1971)
Music:Long Live London (Pat Shaw, 1971)
Source:Pat Shaw Collection Book 2 (edited by Marjorie Fennessy, 1986)
Form:Sicilian Circle

A1

[see Notes 1 & 2

1-2Pass opposite (end with back to partner)
3-4Pass partner (backwards, end facing opposite)
5-6Pass opposite (end with back to partner)
7-8Pass partner (backwards, end facing opposite)

A2
1Ladies change places (passing left-shoulder and turning left to face back in)
2Men change places (passing right-shoulder and turning right to face back in)
3Ladies change places (passing left-shoulder and turning left to face back in)
4Men change places (passing right-shoulder and turning right to face back in)
5-8Opposites swing (ending proper, facing partner

B
1-4Ladies chain (end with the ladies taking right hands again)
5-8Star right (men behind their partner)
9-12(Ladies in the lead, their partner following) star left with next couple
13-16Partners set forward right & left and turn single (back to place)

Notes:

  1. In A1 all the changes, whether moving backwards or forwards, are by the right shoulder
  2. In A1 men pull back their left-shoulder and ladies the right shoulder, as they change direction
  3. Composed and first performed for the EFDSS London District Dinner and Dance at Derry and Toms on 17 September 1971 (where your MC was present!)

Bare Necessities playing Long Live London

You can purchase these from:

Book: Pat Shaw Collection Book 2 (edited by Marjorie Fennessy, 1986)
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Book: Favorites of the Boston Centre: Dances for Volume 1 (Helene Cornelius & Francis Attanasio, 2007)
web CDSS Store
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CD: Long Live London (Assembly Players, 2008)
web Nicolas Broadbridge
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CD: Favorites of the Boston Centre (Bare Necessities, 1999)
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Maderia Dream Revisited

Author:Michael Barraclough (2017), see Note 2
Music:Clark's Hornpipe (1730), see Note 3
Source:(Unpublished)
Form:Longways Duple Improper

A1
1-2Circle left ½ (6 steps)
3-4Gate (left-hand person moving forward, 6 steps)

A2
1-2Circle left ½ (6 steps)
3-4Gate (left-hand person moving forward, 6 steps)

B
1-4Half pousette clockwise (with partner, 6 steps out and 6 steps in)
5-6(Facing partner) step right, left behind, right, left, right behind, left
7-8Turn single (right, 6 steps)

Notes:

  1. The music is in 3/2 so there are 3 steps to each bar
  2. This is really Tom Senior's dance 'Madeira Dream, but altered slightly to fit this tune
  3. Published by John Walsh (1730) in The Third Book of the most celebrated jiggs, Lancashire hornpipes, Scotch and Highland lilts, Northern frisks, Morris's and Cheshire rounds with hornpipes the bagpipe manner, to which is added the Black Joak, the White Joak, the Brown, the Red, and the Yellow Joaks. With variety of whims and fancies of diff'rent humour, fitted to the genious of publick performers.

Alma playing Clark's Hornpipe (only one A music the first time through)

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Mage On A Cree

Author:Michael Barraclough
Music:Mage On A Cree (1701)
Source:(Unpublished)
Original:Dancing Master (1651-1721)
Form:Square Set

A1
1-4Meet a double and back (LRLT, RLRT)
5-8Set and turn single (set left and right, turn single left)
A2
1-4Meet a double and back (RLRT, LRLT)
5-8Set and turn single (set right and left, turn single right)
A3
1-4Men meet, turn single right (back to place, end facing corner)
5-8Corner two-hand turn
A4
1-4Ladies meet, turn single right (back to place, end facing partner)
5-8Partner two-hand turn
A5
1-4Partner side right-shoulder (LRLT, RLRT)
5-8Set and turn single (set left and right, turn single left)
A6
1-4Partner side left-shoulder (RLRT, LRLT)
5-8Set and turn single (set right and left, turn single right)
A7
1-4Men dance (skip) clockwise, in front of corner, behind next lady (end in opposite man's place)
5-8Ladies meet, turn single right (back to place, end facing centre)
A8
1-4Men dance (skip) clockwise, in front of corner, behind next lady (end in home place)
5-8Ladies meet, turn single right (back to place, end facing centre)
A9
1-4Ladies dance (skip) counter-clockwise, in front of corner, behind next man (end in opposite lady's place)
5-8Men meet, turn single right (back to place, end facing centre)
A10
1-4Ladies dance (skip) counter-clockwise, in front of corner, behind next man (end in home place)
5-8Men meet, turn single right (back to place, end facing partner)
A11
1-4Partner arm right (LRLT, RLRT)
5-8Set and turn single (set left and right, turn single left)
A12
1-4Partner arm left (RLRT, LRLT)
5-8Set and turn single (set right and left, turn single right)
A13

[see Note 1]

1-4Men turn the corner lady 1½ (men ending in her partner's place)
5-8Men turn the corner lady 1½ (men ending in her partner's place)
A14

[see Note 1]

1-4Men turn the corner lady 1½ (men ending in her partner's place)
5-8Men turn their partner 1½ (all ending in home place)

Notes:

  1. It is important that the turns in the final figure end with the square set being reformed with all the men having moved one place clockwise
  2. The footwork is spelled out for the USA choruses to facilitate the probable pattern of setting left the 1st time and left the 2nd time
  3. There seem to be as many reconstructions of this dance as there are dance re-constructors!
  4. Cecil Sharp omits the ladies skipping around the set (A9 & A10)
  5. Pat Talbot is very similar but has those dancing round (A7-A10) making a big turn single instead of the other gender meeting
  6. Many have a facing out circle instead of the meet and turn single (in A3 & A4)
  7. Some have the dancers swap places in the corner turns so the dance ends on the other side of the square (A13 & A14)
  8. Colin Hume at least we agree on something ☺

The video has the correct tune but shows a variant of Mage on a Cree

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Mr Beveridge's Maggot

Author:Colin Hume (2007) see Note 2
Music:Mr Beveridge's Maggot (1701), see Note 3
Source:Colin Hume's Website
Original:Dancing Master (1701-1728)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A1
1-21s cross and cast below the twos while 1s meet, lead up and turn out to face down (6 steps)
3-4Corner symmetrical back-to-back (1s leading up the middle to start, 6 steps) see Note 1

A2
11s meet (3 steps)
21s turn single (down, 3 steps)
3Corner right-hand turn ½ into (3 steps)
41s left-hand turn ½ (all back home)

B
1-21s cross over (left shoulder) and cast down while 2s meet & lead up (6 steps)
3-41s back-to-back (end beside each other facing up) while 2s loop out onto the end of a line of four (6 steps)
5-6Up a double and back (step, step, close, step, step, close)
7-81s cross up and cast to progressed place while 2s move in behind them and lead up (6 steps)

Notes:

  1. It is really your corner but you are now on the same side as them
  2. My 1970 version was the same as Pat Shaw's (1960) but arrived at independently. Whilst it was inherently workable in modern day clothing it does not work if you wear clothing of an appropriate weight and cut for the late seventeenth, early eighteenth century. You just cannot fit a turn single, a two-hand turn and a two-hand turn 1/2 into the allotted 4 bars. Your body might just manage it but your clothing will be flying in one direction when you body wants to go in the opposite direction. In 2012 I decided to get round this is by eliding the back to back and turn single into a 4-bar move (start out as though doing a back-to-back but do a turn single on the way back). I felt that this had superior flow and eliminated the clothing issues. I could also justify it on the grounds that there are plenty of examples of dances in the Dancing Master(s) where the publisher has got the relationship between the dance text and the music wrong. There are also examples where whoever provided the text to the publisher was struggling to describe what was required. It was, however, a stretch. I have since then seen Colin Hume's reconstruction and I am persuaded that his is much better than mine and more importantly, is very likely 'correct'.
  3. To be played, as originally specified, AAB. Most recordings follow the Cecil Sharp format of AABB

Pemberley Players playing Mr Beveridge's Maggot


Video shows Colin Hume's interpretation of Mr Beveridge's Maggot.

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Dance: Download instructions from web sites only
web Colin Hume's Web Site

CD: Pride and Prejudice Vol 2 (Pemberley Players, 2005)
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Mr Young's Delight

Author:Potsdamer Rokoko
Music:Mr Young's Delight
Source:(See the video)
Original:Mr Young's Delight (Dancing Master, 1696-1728)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A
1-4Circle left ½
5-6Fall back
7-8Turn single (coming forward)
9-101st corners change
11-122nd corners change
13-14Fall back
15-16Turn single (coming forward to make a facing out circle)

B1
1-4Circle left ½ (turn to face partner at end)
5-81s chasseé up and back

B2
1-42s chasseé down and back
5-8Partner two-hand turn 1½

Note:
  1. Except for the chaseés the whole dance should be danced with fleuret steps rather than doubles (see the video)
  2. Each double step is replaced by two fleuret steps
  3. Fleuret: sink, rise and step onto the other foot, step, step (with the sink on the 4th beat of the previous bar)
  4. The 1995 interpretation by Fried de Metz Herman in Purcell's Dancing Master (Nicholas Broadbridge & Marjorie Fennessy, 1996) has the 1s lead down in B1 5-8, and the 2s lead up in B2 1-4. This more accurately reflects the dance as printed, but seems less fun and raises the question as to whether these movements should be with the couple you are working with at present, or with the next couple you will be working with.

Assembly Players playing Mr Young's Delight


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Old Wife Behind The Fire

Authors:Rich Jackson & George Fogg (1990)
Music:Old Wife Behind The Fire
Source:A Choice Collection of Country Dances (Jackson & Fogg, 1990), The English Country Dance Collection Vol 9
Original:A Choice Collection of Country Dances (John & William Neal, 1726)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A1

[see Note 1]

1-41s set and cast (2s move up)
5-81s two-hand turn

A2

[see Note 1]

1-42s set and cast (1s move up)
5-82s two-hand turn

B1
1-41s cross and cast (2s move up)
5-82s cross and cast (1s DON'T move up) into the centre of a line of 4 (facing up)

B2
1-4Up a double and back (bend to face at end)
5-8Two changes (start partner right, with hands)

Notes:

  1. Conventionally we set right and left, however, I recommend setting up and down for a better dance flow
  2. The reconstruction is identical to the original

Childgrove playing Old Wife Behind the Fire


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Book: A Choice Collection of Country Dances (Jackson & Fogg, 1990)
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Book: Strong Roots - Easy Historical Dances (Dances from Volume 9 (Helene Cornelius & Frances Attanasio, 2006)
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CD: Wanderlust: English Country Dance Music (Childgrove, 2008)
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CD: Strong Roots - Easy Historical Dances (Bare Necessities, 2006)
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Robinia

Author:Bernard Bentley (1993)
Music:Hen Run (Ludwig van Beethoven), see Notes 1 & 2
Source:A Fallibroome Garden (1993)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A1
1-4Men fall back a double and turn single (back to place)
5-8Ladies fall back a double and turn single (back to place)

A1
1-41s ½ figure down
5-82s ½ figure up

B1
1-4Right-hand star
5-82nd corners (places, 1st corner people) set and change

B2
1-4Left hand star
5-81st corners (places, 2nd corner people) set and change

Notes:

  1. MAB has substituted the tune for Hen Run (another Fallibroome Garden/Beethoven tune dance) instead of the tune allocated for Robinia by Bernard Bentley.
  2. Both the original tune Robinia and the substitute tune Hen Run are from Ludwig van Beethoven's Contretanz, and have been arranged by Joan and Rosalind Corser.

Assembly Players playing Hen Run for Robinia

You can purchase these from:

Book: The Fallibroome Collection and A Fallibroome Garden (Nicholas Broadbridge, 2010)
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CD: Old World - New Dances (Assembly Players, 2001)
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Sapphire Sea

Author:Christine Robb
Music:Tom Krusal's (Emily Troll/Amerlia Mason)
Source:(Unpublished)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A
1-4Circle left
5-81st corners right-hand turn
9-122nd corners left-hand turn
13-161s cast down to the centre of a line of four while 2s lad up and cast to the of the line (all finish facing L2)

B
1-8Dolphin hey (1s act as a unit, start passing L2 right-shoulder, end ↑M2-M1-L1-L2), see Note 1
9-12Lines up a double and back
12-162s gate the 1s up (let go early to drift into new circles

Note:
  1. Dolphin hey:a 3-person hey with 4 people doing it; one couple act as a unit and trade leads at each end

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Since First I Saw Your Face

Author:Fried de Metz Herman (1992)
Music:Since First I saw Your Face (Thomas Ford, 1607)
Source:Ease and Elegance (Fried de Metz Herman, 1995)
Form:Two Couple Becket Set

A1/A2
1-4Couples forward and back a double
1-4Set and turn single (facing partner)

B1
1-2Star right ½ (skipping)
3-4Turn single left (walking)
5-6Star left ½ (skipping)
7-8Turn single right (walking)

B2

[see Notes 1 & 2]

1-41st man and his partner ½-figure through the opposite couple
5-82nd man and his partner ½-figure through the opposite couple

A3/A4
1-4Partner (Cecil Sharp/swirly, left-shoulder) siding
1-4Partner (Cecil Sharp/swirly, right-shoulder) siding

B3/4Same as B1/B2

A5/A6

[original partner, opposite place]

1-4Partner arm right
1-4Partner arm left

B5/6Same as B1/B2

A7/A8
1-4Circle left (walking)
1-4Circle right (walking)

B7/8Same as B1/B2

Notes:

  1. Decide which couple is 1st couple and which is 2nd couple. The men stay the same and the ladies alternate.
  2. After each chorus the men have a new partner. The lady on the man's right is his new partner. The set rotates 90° each time.
  3. You can see a copy of Fried's instructions for the dance here

Flying Romanos playing Since I First Saw Your Face


Video of Since I First Saw Your Face

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Book: Ease and Elegance (Fried de Metz Herman, 1995) *Out of print*

CD: Take Off! (Flying Romanos, 2002)
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To Dance Divine

Author:Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett (2010)
Music:To Ayre Is Purcell (Shira Kammen, 2009)
Source:Impropriety Volume IV (Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, 2012)
Form:Longways Duple Proper

A
1-21s cast one place, meet and face down (2s moving up)
3-41s lead down and cast back one place
5-62s cast one place, meet and face down (1s moving up)
7-82s lead down and cast back one place

B
11st corners change, see Note 2
22nd corners change, see Note 2
3-4Single file circle home (CW, ½)
5-6Partner gypsy right (end close)
7-81s cast while 2s lead up and turn single up and away

Notes:

  1. The tune is in 3/2 so there are 3 steps to each bar
  2. Brooke and Chris use the term diagonals instead of corners
  3. Tune and dance commissioned by John Patcai and Barbara Broerman at Pinewoods CDSS English Week, 2009

Video of To Dance Divine

You can purchase these from:

Book: Impropriety Volume IV (Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, 2012)
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CD: Impropriety Vol IV (Roguery)
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Winter Waltz

Author:Fried de Metz Herman (1999)
Music:Crossing To Ireland/Captain O'Kane, see Note 3
Source:Serendipity (Fried de Metz Herman, 2009)
Form:Longways 3-Couple Set, 1s improper

A1
1-4Circle left ½
5-8Active couple (at the bottom) ½-figure up through middle couple

A2
1-4Active couple cross up (between the top 2 couples on the side and around them to the top)
3-4while the other couples 2 side steps down
5-8Circle left ½ (end close to partner)

B1
1-2Lines fall back
3-4Set right & left (in place)
5-8Partner back to back (right)

B2
1-2Top two couples left-shoulder star ½ without hands see Note 1
3-4Bottom two couples right-shoulder ½ star without hands see Note 1
5-8Active couple (in the centre) gypsy (right, end wide for the circle)

Notes:

  1. Fried users the term 'meander' to describe a star (hands across) done without hands.
  2. Each time through the dance the top couple in the set is the 'active' couple
  3. Crossing to Ireland is a traditional Scottish tune and Captain O'Kane is by Turlough O'Carolan
  4. You can see a copy of Fried's instructions for the dance here

Amaryllis playing Crossing To Ireland and Captain O'Kane for Winter Waltz


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Book: Serendipity (Fried de Metz Herman, 2009)
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Book: TGhe Blind Harper Dances (ed Allison Thompson, 2003)
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CD: Blind Harper Dances (Amarillis, 2003)
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