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2016 BACDS Playford Ball — The Dances

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All Saints’ Day

Composer: David Ashworth, 1991 (CDSS News)
Tune: “Chestnut” (The English Dancing Master, 1651)
Character: 2/2, Am, ABB
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A First corners turn R hand x1 -while- Second corners orbit halfway around the set counterclockwise (go across the set into partner’s place, then up or down into corner’s place). Repeat -
Second corners turn L hand x1 -while- First corners orbit halfway around the set clockwise (go across the set into what used to be partner’s place, then up or down into corner’s place).
B1 With Neighbor , fall back a double at the sides, come forwards; Cross R shoulder with partner and face back into the circle of the set;
Lady 1 lead directly across the set as the others dance single file around the circle to form a line of 4 facing up (Couple 2 in the center of the line).
B2 In a line, lead up a double, fall back and bend the ends of the line back into the set (Couple 1 is above but all are improper at this point).
Couple 1 cross and cast down the outside -while- Couple 2 lead up the center and turn halfway to original side.

 

Anisette

Composer: Lise Dyckman, 2000 (dance.rulise.net)
Tune: Johnny Cunningham, “Pernod Waltz”
Character: 3/4 (waltz time), Bm, AABB x 4
Format: Two couple set, couple 1 improper
I A1 Lead partner in to meet the other couple; lead opposite away (out of the center of the set); set to this one and turn single R.
A2 Lead opposite back towards the center of the set; lead original partner away (back to original place); set to partner and turn single R.
B1 Variation on 4 changes: pull by opposite by R hand, pull by partner by L hand, pass by opposite by R shoulder (no hands), turn partner two hands halfway.
Couple 1 lead through the other couple and cast back to place.
B2 Same variation on 4 changes; then Couple 2 lead through the other couple and cast back to place.
II A1 With opposite, R shoulder gyre/gypsy, set and turn single R.
A2 With partner, R shoulder gyre/gypsy, set and turn single R.
B B1 & B2 chorus, as above.
III A1 With opposite, R shoulder-to-shoulder siding; set and turn single R.
A2 With partner, L shoulder-to-shoulder siding; set and turn single R.
B B1 & B2 chorus, as above.
IV A1 With opposite, Regency R allemande with opposite and revolve once around; set and turn single R.
A2 With partner, Regency L allemande with opposite and revolve once around; set and turn single R.
B B1 & B2 chorus, as above.
Note: for the Regency allemande hold, aim the requisite shoulder at the person you are dancing with, placing the back of that same-side hand next to the small of their back at waist height (your arms will cross). Place your other hand behind your own back so as to take hands with this person behind your back, and revolve once around. (You will need to disengage fully before setting, of course!). Playford-style arming may be substituted if the allemande proves troublesome.

 

Doctor Vincent's Delight, or Vera’s Valedictory

Composer: Charles Bolton, 1983/1989 (Occasions)
Character: 6/8, D, AABB
Format: 3-couple longways set (mixer); Center couple are instigators
A1 Set moving forwards to partner, turn single R (back to place), turn partner R hand x 1 (ending rather close to partner).
A2 Fall back a double (no hands), forward a double, turn partner L hand x1.
B1 Center couple form 3-handed star R with end couple to their R x 1, then all gyre/gypsy partner R shoulder;
Center couple form 3-handed star L with the other end couple, then all gyre/gypsy partner L shoulder.
B2 Taking hands in line, fall back a double, forward; circle 6 halfway (only!) and reform lines on sides.
All back to back partner, then pass by partner R shoulder, followed by a meanwhile figure: top two Gentlemen back up to change places (pass R shoulder) —while— bottom two Ladies likewise back up —while— the remaining 2 dancers turn single R in place.
Note: the last movements - passing partner R shoulder then  backing up past Neighbor - is what mixes/progresses the couples.)

 

An Early Frost

Composer: Philippe Callens, 2000 (Belgian Boutades)
Tune: Bob Pasquarello, “Midwinter Blossom”
Character: 3/4 (waltz time), Am, AB
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A Gentlemen turn single R; all turn partner R halfway.
Ladies turn single L; all turn partner L halfway.
All turn single R, then star R x 1, crossing R shoulder with Neighbor (at the side or the set) on the last measure.
B Set to partner and cross R shoulder.
Circle 4 once around (L), then with partner shuttle poussette halfway (clockwise - first corner people push to start).
Meanwhile figure: Couple 1 cross R with partner and go below to progress —while— Couple 2 turn halfway with both hands and dance 2 chassé steps up the center of the set.

 

Excuse Me

Source: The English Dancing Master, 1668 (as interpreted by Michael Barraclough 1978 http://www.michaelbarraclough.com/my-research/dances-i-have-re-interpreted/21-excuse-me )
Character: 6/8, Gm, AABBCC
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 Couple 1 cross, go below, and turn two hands x 1½.
A2 Couple 2 cross, go below, and turn two hands x 1½.
B1 First corners set and turn single R.
B2 Second corners set and turn single R.
C1 Couple 1 cross and go below, then half a figure 8 up through Couple 2 followed by -
C2 Double figure 8 for all, Couple 1 crossing up to start and Couple 2 casting down outside to start.

 

Fenterlarick

Composer: Joyce Walker, 1977/1990 (CDSS News, number 97)
Tune: Ted Grimshaw, “Nancy’s Fancy”
Character: 4/4, c, AAB
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 First corners swirl siding over & back, set and turn single R.
A2 Second corners swirl siding over & back, set and turn single R.
B Ladies lead through Gentlemen (at the side) and cast back to place; Gentlemen lead through Ladies and cast back to place.
All turn partner L, ¾ of the way around to form a single line (original second corners are in the center of this 4-some).
First corners orbit the set halfway (counterclockwise, the direction they are facing) —while— Second corners turn R hand x 1½;
all turn partner L hand ¾ to end progressed.

 

The Fine Lady of Homewood

Composer: Gary Roodman, 1996 (Sum Further Calculated Figures)
Tune: “A fig for a kiss” (trad.)
Character: 9/8, Em, AABB
Format: 4 couple longways set
A1 * R hand star; turn single L.
A2 * L hand star; turn single R.
B1 End couples cross R and cast around nearest middle couples (middle couples lead up or down to  the ends of the set);
* circles of 4 only halfway (current middle couples are improper at this point).
B2 * 2 changes of R & L with hands , starting partner.
Then meanwhile: new end couples turn R hand x 1 -while- new middle couples dance another 2 changes R & L with hands ( starting partner, then neighbor) in the center of the set.
* = these figures are danced as if the set were a duple minor (Couple 1 with Couple 2, Couple 3 with Couple 4).

 

Flying Sorceress

Composer: Kalia Kliban, 2007 (www.michaelbarraclough.com/dance-instructions/all-dances/ecd/kalia-kliban)
Tune: Antón Seoane, “A Bruxa”
Character: 3/4 (waltz), Dm, AABCC
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 Couple 1 set, half-gyre/gypsy R to change places; all set to Neighbor, half-gyre/gypsy R to change places along the sides.
A2 Circle 4 L once around, then balance the ring in and out; Couple 2 dance directly down the outside as Couple 1 lead up.
B Full shuttle poussette clockwise (First corners move forwards to start).
C1 Neighbors dance a mirror gyre/gypsy (Couple 1 splits Couple 2 to start); Couple 1 dance ½ figure eight down while Couple 2 continues the movement.
C2 2 changes of R & L with hands, starting partner; all turn partner with two hands x 1½.

 

If All the World Were Paper

Source: The English Dancing Master, 1651
Character: 6/8, D, AABB x 3
Format: 4 couple square set (no progression)
I A1 In a circle, dance in a double and back; set to partner and turn single.
A2 Repeat.
B1 Head couples: Gentlemen cross R shoulder into each others’ places, Ladies cross R shoulder into each others’ places, 2 changes of R & L  without hands (first to partner, then opposite) back to place.
B2 Side couples: likewise.
II A1 With partner, swirl siding over and back; set to partner and turn single.
A2 With corner, swirl siding over and back; set to corner and turn single.
B1 Head couples: lead in with partner, lead out with opposite through the Side couples (who make an arch), cast back to place and turn partner two hands x 1.
B2 Side couples do likewise.
III A1 Arm R partner, set and turn single.
A2 Arm L partner, set and turn single.
B1 Head couples dance 4 changes in the center of the set: first pass opposite by R shoulder, pass partner by L shoulder, pull by opposite with R hand, turn partner by L hand and fall back to place.
B2 Side couples likewise.

 

Indian Princess

Composer: Colin Hume, 1983 (Dances With a Difference 2)
Character: 2/2, F, ABCD
Format: Single circle mixer (facing partner) for as many as will
A Set to current partner and turn single;
Pass that partner by R shoulder to turn the next person coming towards you with two hands x1, then turn away from this person to face that current partner.
B Set and turn single to current partner;
Pass partner by R shoulder to turn the next person coming towards you with two hands x1, then turn away from this person to face that current partner.
C With current partner, R hand turn x 1; L hand turn x 1.
D With current partner back-to-back, then
Three changes of a grand chain around the circle (starting R hand to current partner). The fourth person you come to is your next current partner.

 

Juniata

Composer: Sharon Green, 2011 (greenerywest.net)
Tune: Jonathan Jensen, “Drifting on the dreamy Juniata”
Character: 3/4 (waltz), F, AABC
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 Gentleman 1 sets to both Ladies, and those three circle L two places around, then
Gentleman 1 releases L hand to form a line and leads the Ladies around Gentleman 2, ending with both Ladies above in first place (Gentleman 1 in his corner’s original place).
A2 Gentleman 2 sets to both Ladies, and those three circle L two places, then
Gentleman 2 releases L hand and leads the Ladies around Gentleman 1, finishing with everyone progressed and improper.
B On the sides, balance back 2 single steps, turn single R forwards, and back-to-back partner.
C With partner, shuttle poussette clockwise (original first corners pushing) only halfway; then continue with a draw pousette (original first corners drawing) halfway to end progressed and proper;
All gyre/gypsy R around partner.

 

Mile of Smiles

Composer: Joseph Pimentel, 2012 (The Goldcrest Collection)
Tune: David Weisler, “Mile of smiles”
Character: 4/4, C, Am, AAB
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 First corners set, turn single, turn two hands x 1.
A2 Second corners set, turn single, two both hands x 1.
B Lady 1 cast (Gentleman 1 follow) into second place (Couple 2 move up).
Neighbors turn R hand x 1.
Lady 2 cast  (Gentleman 2 following) into second place (Couple 1 move up).
All star R halfway, turn single L.

 

Movement Afoot

Composer: Alan Winston, 2012
Tune: Larry Ungar, “Steciak’s” (published in Waltz Book II)
Character: 3/4 (tango waltz), Gm, AABB
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 Gentlemen set forward to Ladies;
They fall back as Ladies set forwards;
All turn single R back to place, then turn R hand halfway.
A2 As above, but Ladies initiate.
B1 With partner, shuttle poussette halfway (clockwise, first corners pushing).
Double Mad Robin figure (Second corners moving through the middle to start).
B2 With Couple 1 acting as a unit, Dolphin hey for three across the set, beginning with Gentleman 1 in lead passing L around Gentleman 2 (then Lady 1 takes the lead when passing R with Lady 2).
Note: setting in A1 & A2 can be done turning the body slightly sideways (bourée-style) and with stamps or other flourishes if desired.

 

A New Beginning

[for those who know — will not be walked through]

Composer: Gary Roodman, 1992 (Additional Calculated Figures)
Tune: G. F. Handel, “Minuet”, Water Music Suite No. 3 in G
Character: 3/4 (minuet), Gm, AAB
Format: 3-couple longways set
A1 Couple 1 cross down between Couple 2 to start mirror heys for three on the sides of the set. [Couple 1 is improper from here until very end.]
A2 Couple 1 lead down center to meet Couple 3 (Couple 2 dance up the outside to top);
Couples 1 and 3 star R x1 -while- Couple 2 turn two hands x 1, then all turn single L and finish with the end couples facing each other up/down the set (center couple face partner).
B End couples come in a double to meet;
As they fall back, center couple comes forwards to meet partner;
As they fall back, end couples pass through R into each others’ places;
As center couple dances a half gyre/gypsy to change places with partner, end couples turn single away from partner (cloverleaf).
All back-to-back partner then turn both hands x 1.

 

Puck's Deceit

Composer: Brooke Friendly & Chris Sackett 1997/2002 (Impropriety)
Tune: “Kettledrum” (The English Dancing Master 1651)
Character: 4/4, Dm, AABB
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 Couple 1 gyre/gypsy R x 1 -while- Couple 2 advance toward each other, then cast up to end behind neighbor.
A2 Couple 1 pass by R to gyre/gypsy R with their corner (end facing this person).
B1 Brisk hey for 4 across the set, starting pass R with that same corner, to finish in a line of 4 facing up with Couple 1 in middle and improper (Couple 2 on outside of that line, proper).
B2 Line of 4 up a double and back;
Couple 2 gate Couple 1 up through the center and around to face partner;
Couple 1 cross R to their own side.

 

Red House

Source: The Dancing Master, 1695 (with optional variation credited to Victor Skrowronski)
Character: 2/2, Am, AABBCC
Format: Longways duple minor for as many as will
A1 Couple 1 double forward to meet & fall back [optional - as they fall back Couple 2 double forward to meet;
Couple 1 set up, then down [optional - as they set, Couple 2 fall back];
Couple 1 cast into second place -while- Couple 2 come together and lead up.
A2 Couple 1 [and optionally, Couple 2] repeat but Couple 1 set down, then up before casting back to original place.
B1 Chase figure: Gentleman 1 (Lady 1 following) cast below Gentleman 2, cross up between Couple 2 and around Lady 2 into progressed places. (Couple 2 move up once they both are passed by Lady 2.)
B2 Chase figure: Lady 2 (Gentleman 2 following) do likewise. Gentleman 2 then —
C1 Gentleman 2 dances a hey for three across the set with Couple 1 (start by passing R shoulder with Lady 1).
C2 Lady 2 dances a hey for three across the set with Couple 1 (start by passing L shoulder with Gentleman 1);
At the end of the hey Couple 1 casts to progressed place as Couple 2 moves up.

 

St. Martin's Lane

Source: The English Dancing Master 1696 (Christine Helwig reconstruction)
Character: 2/2, Gm, AAB
Format: Longways triple minor for as many as will
A1 Gentleman 1 cast outside Gentleman 2 (who moves up) into that place, turns Lady 3 two hands x 1, then returns on the same path, casting back up to place (Gentleman 2 dances back to place).
A2 Lady 1 does likewise (cast outside Lady 2 into middle place, turn Gentleman 3 two hands x 1, then return by casting back up to place).
B Couple 1 lead down (Couple 2 move up), then
Couples 1 & 3 dance a double figure 8 (Couple 1 crosses down to start);
Couple 1 dances a double figure 8 with Couple 2 above, beginning with Couple 1 crossing up;
all turn partners two hands x1 and fall back into progressed places.

 

Young Widow

Source: Mr. John Griffiths, Dancing-Master in Providence RI, 1788
Character: 6/8, G AABBC
Format: Longways triple minor for as many as will
A1 Couples 1 & 2 star R, star L.
A2 Couple 1 dance down the center of the set, turn two hands halfway, and dance back; then cast to second place (Couple 2 move up).
B1 Taking hands in lines of 3 at the sides, set to partner x 2.
B2 Circle all 6 halfway around; finish with end couples (Couple 3 and Couple 2) facing each other up/down the set.
C End couples taking hands with partner, set to the other couple x 2;
End couples dance 2 changes R & L with hands, starting R to Neighbor.

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