B1 1-8 is a 'Trip To Tunbridge' style contra corners with hands
If you don't have a 28-bar tune available, Alan also offers a 32-bar (AABB) and a 48-bar (AABBCC) version of the dance.
A1/A2 as 28-bar version
B1/B2 Circle six left and right
C1 1-8: as B1 1-8 in 28-bar version
C1 9-10: 1s (improper lead to top
C1 11-14: 1s cast to the bottom (3s moving up)
C1 15-16: 1s right-hand turn ½
Same as 32-bar version, but omit B1/B2
Alan says "Abbesses is the deepest Metro station in Paris, and there is a right-hand-thre ad spiral staircase at the base. This has a sign in French which says, approximately, "If you're not feeling this adventurous, the elevator is around the corner." I was in too big of a hurry to read that. The sense of spiraling right inspired the dance. Only the right hand is used except for the A2 5-8, when the free hands are joined overhead. The first eight bars of B are essentially "Trip to Tunbridge" contra corners in waltz time; it's easy for the dancers to get ahead, and care should be taken to emphasize that passes are curved and take six steps (especially the up-and-down pass from turning first corner to 2nd), while turns also take six steps. Credit due to James Langdell for selecting and notating the music."
Slow French Waltzes (Thomas Wilson's Waltz Book, 1816)
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