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BACDS Fall Ball
Celebrating the tricentiquinqagenary (350th anniversary) of
John Playford's "English Dancing Master" through modern interpretations

November 17, 2001

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The Dances:
(Note: all dances are considered copyright their composers, where applicable;  "extra" dances will be done if time allows.  Dances "For Those Who Know" - no talkthroughs are designed by an asterisk).)

2/2 Gm
3/2 Am
3/4 G
6/8 D
2/2 F
3/2 Bb
3/4 G, Am
4/4
6/8
2/2 D
Bellamira
C & N
December Waltz
Fandango *
The Great Hall
Hole in the Wall
Hudson Barn
Long Live London
Mr. Ganiford's Maggot
Muriel's Measure
2/4 C/Am
2/2 Dm
6/4 Bb
3/2 Em
2/2 Am
2/2 Bb
6/8 Bm
4/4 Fm
3/4 G
6/8 G, D
O, Susato
Oil the Locks
Old Batchelor
The Old Mill *
Peace Be With You
The Spring
Take a Dance
Upon a Summer's Day
Winter Dreams
The Young Widow

Bellamira - Longways duple minor, traditional Playford, 1688, Colin Hume interpretation
A1 1's lead down the middle, turn alone.  Lead back, the man hands the woman into his place and falls into hers.
A2 All side right shoulder with neighbour ("with foot and elbow").   Side left.
B1 Two-hand turn neighbour.  1's cross and go below the 2's; 2's lead up.
B2 1st corners cross; 2nd corners cross.  All clap and circle left half-way; turn single left.

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C & N - 4 couple longways, 1's and 3's improper, (progression 3-1-4-2), Philippe Callens, 1997
A1 1-3 Top two and bottom two couples circle left once around.
  4-6 In same fours, half a double figure-eight, end couples start by crossing while middle couples start by casting to the nearer end.
A2 1-3 End couples lead through nearer middle couples and cast back to place.
  4-6 Middle couples lead through nearer end couples and cast back to place.
B1 1-4 In fours, men cross right shoulder (as in Hole in the Wall), then women cross right shoulder.
  5-6 New middle couples right hands across half-way, while new end couples right-hand turn with partner once around.
B2 1-4 Circle eight left, no hands joined, half-way around.
  5-6 All two-hand turn partner half-way around and fall back into progressed positions.

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December Waltz - 4 couple longways, 1's and 3's improper, Fried de Metz Herman, 1992
A1 1-2 Middle couples set forward on the diagonal.
  3-4 Middle couples turn single right back to places.
  5-6 Middle couples right hands across half-way around to...
  7-8 In fours, all left hands across half-way around.
A2   Repeat A1 from new positions.
B1 1-2 End couples cast while middles turn toward neighbors and face out.
  3-4 Middles form an arch with neighbor and move out over the end couples while ends move under the arches.
The set is now sideways: M2 W1 M1 W2
W3 M4 W4 M3
  5-6 New end dancers of this set cast while new middles turn toward partners and raise an arch up and down the hall.
  7-8 The middles move out over the end couples while ends move under the arches.  All are now in the same places as at the end of A2.
(Note: the movements of B1 flow into each other)
B2 1-4 Circle eight left half-way.  End in longways formation.
  5-8 Partners right shoulder gypsy to original places.
C 1-2 1st woman change places with right-diagonal dancer by right shoulder.
  3-4 1's change places with left-diagonal dancers by left shoulder.
  5-6 1's change places with right-diagonal dancers by right shoulder.
  7-8 1st man change places with left-diagonal dancer by left shoulder.

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Fandango - Three couple set, traditional Playford, 1774
A1   1's turn each other with right hands and cast into 2nd place while 2's move up.
A2   1's turn each other with left hands and cast to the bottom while 3's move up.
B1   Circle six eight steps left and eight steps back to right (slipping step).
B2 1-6 1's lead up through 2's and cast off one place, 3's moving down.
  7-8 1's meet in the middle and turn single down and away.
A3 1-4 The 1st man turns the 3rd woman, while the 1st woman turns the 2nd man.
  5-8 The 1st man turns his partner.
A4 1-4 The 1st man turns the 2nd woman three-quarters, while the 1st woman and 3rd man do the same.
  5-8 1's (now improper) turn 1 1/2 times round.
B3   The 1st man does figure-eight round 2's, passing the 2nd woman by the right while the 1st woman does the same round 3's, passing the 3rd man by the right (skipping step).
B4 1-6 The 1st man heys with 3's, passing the woman by the left while the 1st woman does the same with 2's, passing the man by the left (skipping step).
  7-8 In the last two bars 1's lead down into bottom places and 3's finish their hey in middle places.

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The Great Hall - Longways duple minor, couple 1 improper, Charles Bolton, 1994
A1 1-4 1's cross left shoulder, move down, meet, and acknowledge while 2's do two-hand turn half-way, lead up and acknowledge.
  5-6 All turn single away from partner (men right, women left) to face neighbour.
A2 1-4 Back-to-back neighbour, right shoulder.
  5-6 Two-hand turn neighbour half-way, and open to face across.
B1 1-4 Circle left half-way and fall back, keeping hand with neighbour.
  5-8 Set right and left, moving forward, and cross right shoulder with partner, but stay facing out.
  9-14 Giving inside hand to neighbour, wheel round half-way (men moving backwards), release neighbour's hand and continuing the movement, men draw pousette partners half-way.
B2 1-4 Men cross right shoulder; woman cross left shoulder, and all face partner.
  5-8 Set right and left, and cross right shoulder with partner (all should now be in original places).
  9-12 All turn right into a right hands across once around.
  13-14 Face neighbour on the line, pass right shoulder to progressed places, and face partner to continue.

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Hole in the Wall - Longways duple minor, traditional Playford, 1698
A1 1's cast down, meet below the 2's (2's do not move); 1's lead up between 2's to original places.
A2 2's cast up, meet above the 1's (1's do not move); 2's lead down between 1's to original places.
B 1st man and 2nd woman change; 2nd man and 1st woman change; circle left half-way; 1's cast down while 2's lead up.

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Hudson Barn - Longways duple minor, Jacqueline Schwab and Charles Hammond, 1974
A1   Circle left once around.
A2 1-2 Left hands across half-way back.
  3-4 2nd man and 1st woman drop hands and stand in place while the others, left hands still joined, take right hands and continue turning in the same direction another 1 1/2 times.  The men are now in the top places with the women below.
B1   Circle right once around.
B2 1-2 Right hands across half-way back.
  3-4 Original 1st man and 2nd woman drop hands and stand in place while the others, right hands still joined, take left hands and continue turning in the same direction 1 1/2 times.  All are now progressed but improper.
A3   All back-to-back neighbour along the line (man with man, woman with woman)
A4   1's change with 2's by moving up the outside, woman given right hands, man left, and dance a half figure-eight around 2's.  1's are now home, 2's improper.
B3   1's go down the center and back.
B4   1's cast down one place, 2's moving up, and all two-hand turn partner until proper (1 1/2 times for the 2's).

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Long Live London - Sicilian circle (couple facing couple), Pat Shaw, 1971
A1 1-4 All pass opposite by right shoulder; men turn left, women right, all move backwards passing partner by right shoulder.
  5-8 All that again.
A2 1-4 Women cross by left shoulder and turn left.   Immediately after the women have crossed, the men cross by right shoulder and turn right.  Repeat this to places (this is a very quick movement).
  5-8 All swing opposite 1 1/2 times, finishing with woman on man's right and facing partner across the set.
B1 1-4 Ladies' chain half-way.
  5-8 Right hands across, men joining in behind their partner, into...
  9-12 Women, followed by partner, turn left into left hands across with next couple.
  15-16 All set forward to partner and turn single back to place.

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Mr. Ganiford's Maggot - Longways triple minor set, Pat Shaw, ?
A1 1-8 1's back-to-back right shoulder, then cast big into 2nd place, keeping well away from partner.
  (3-8) 2's, starting in bar 3, back-to-back right shoulder and lead up, giving inside hands, to 1st place where they change hands and face down.
  (5-8) 3's,  starting in bar 5, back-to-back right shoulder, then face up joining inside hands.
A2 1-8 All circle left and right (slipping step), finishing in longways formation.
B 1-8 1's (in 2nd place) right-hand turn partner half-way, then left-hand with 1st corner (1st man with 3rd woman and 1st woman with 2nd man) (walking step); 1st man dances (double step) clockwise round 3rd man's place, and back to 2nd place on his own side while 1st woman dances clockwise round 2nd woman's place back to 2nd place on her own side.  At the same time 2nd woman and 3rd man wait four bars and then left-hand turn once round in the center (walking step or double step), returning to place to finish.
  9-16 1's left-hand turn with partner half-way, then right-hand turn with 2nd corner (1st man with 2nd woman and 1st woman with 3rd man) (walking step); then 1st man dances (double step) counter-clockwise round 2nd man place while 1st woman dances (double step) counter-clockwise round 3rd woman's place, both finishing in 2nd place on their own side.  At the same time 2nd man and 3rd woman right-hand turn once round in the center (walking or double step) returning to place to finish.

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Muriel's Measure - Longways duple minor, Colin Hume, 1995
A1 1's set; right-hand turn half-way; men cross (on the diagonal); women cross.
A2 All back-to-back partner; circle left three-quarters (6 steps) and open up to line of four facing up the set (from left: 2nd man, 2nd woman, 1st man, 1st woman).
B1 Up a double and back; face partner, half a hey for four, starting right shoulder.
B2 Right-hand turn partner three-quarters (men ending above the women); left hands across once to progress.

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O, Susato - Longways duple minor, improper, Victor Skowronski, 1998
A1   Arm right neighbour; set and turn single.
A2   Arm left partner; set and turn single.
B1   Partners side (Sharp siding); pass partner by right shoulder and cloverleaf turn single.
B2   Neighbours side; pass neighbour by right shoulder, then pass partner by left into a line of four facing up, the 1's making the long cross to finish improper on the ends.
C1 1-4 Line of four up a double and back.
  5-8 1's cast down and half figure-eight up, ending facing up at the other ends of the line while 2's cross up, cast down and lead up into the center of a new line of four.  (All have changed places with partner).
C2 1-4 Line of four up a double and back.
  5-8 1's cast down, half figure-eight up and continue down to face new 2's while 2's cross up, cast down and lead up to face new 1's.
(Last time through)
C2 1-4 Line of four up a double and back.
  5-8 Instead of progressing, all end in lines facing up.
Finale Lines slow set and honor right and left to the Presence.

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Oil the Locks - Three couple set, Claudio Buchwald, 1975
A1 1-2 1's cross, go below between the 2's (who move up), and face the 3's.
  3-4 1st man and 3rd woman set while 1st woman and 3rd man set.
  5-6 Same two pairs half-gypsy, passing right shoulders.
  7-8 1's and 3's turn two-hand turn partner half-way.  (Couples are now 2-3-1, with 3 improper).
A2 1-6 Repeat A1 1-6 from new positions (i.e. 2's cross and set with 1's, 3's moving up) but...
  7-8 All two-hand turn partner half-way.  (Couples are now 3-1-2, with 1's improper).
B 1-4 Facing diagonally to the left across the set (1st man down and 1st woman up), 1's turn their corners right-hand once around, keeping hands joined at the end to make arches.
  5-6 3rd man and 2nd woman change places passing right shoulders under the arches (and turning left into new places), after which the arches break.
  7-8 2nd man and 3rd woman change places passing right shoulders, the others falling away from their partners to form lines of three.
C 1-2 All forward a double towards partners.
  3-4 2's (at the top) set; 1's cast to bottom; 3's lead up to middle place.
  5-6 All two-hand partner half-way to get proper.

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Old Batchelor - Longways duple minor, traditional Playford, 1695
A1 1-4 1's cross and go below 2's while the 2's lead up; all form a line of four facing up.
  5-8 All lead up a double and back.
A2 1-4 Facing out (1's turning backs on each other) 1st man sides with 2nd woman while 1st woman sides with 2nd man.
  5-8 1's turn right to face partner and two-hand turn around in the middle to end facing 2nd woman (1st man below, 1st woman above).
B 1-2 1st man circle left half-way with the women.
  3-6 2nd man comes in between the two women to make a ring of four; circle left until 1's are in original places proper (2's below improper).
  7-8 All turn single away from partners (1's turn up, 2's down).
  9-12 Right and left, starting right with partners (three changes for 1's, two changes for 2's).

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The Old Mill - Three couple set, John Walsh's 1718 collection
A1 1-6 1st man casts below 2nd man, right-hand turns 3rd woman once and casts above 2nd woman to his partner's original place while 1st woman balances back then follows her partner round 2nd man and overtakes him as he is turning 3rd woman, crossing the set below 2nd couple, and (now followed by 1st man) casts up around 2nd woman and crosses the set again into 1st man's original position, where she turns about left to face him.
  7-8 1's left-hand turn half-way to original places.
A2   1st woman casts down, left-hand turns 3rd man and follows her partner to his original place while 1st man balances back, follows her and overtakes her as she turns 3rd man, then casts up to original place where he turns about right to face her; 1's right-hand half-way to original places.
B1   Keeping right hands, 1's lead down the middle and (with man below woman) face 2nd and 3rd woman; then without pause, both do a hey for three across the room (1st man with 3's, 1st woman with 2's) starting as the 1's hey between the women and then those women between their partners.  Finally (after a complete hey) 1's right-hand turn three-quarters to finish improper in middle places.
B2 1-4 1's (now in middle) cross right shoulders, cast up to the top proper, face down, turn single down and away from each other and again face down with 2's and 3's facing up.
  5-8 1's lead down the middle to the bottom, the other couples coming up the outside to follow; 1's cast up to the middle places above 2's who remains at bottom, 3's finish in top places.  All are progressed.

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Peace be with you - Longways duple minor, Fried de Metz Herman, 1986
A1 1-4 1st corners set to each other, change places by the right shoulder.
  5-8 Right hands across half-way, all turn single to the left.
A2   Repeat A1 with 2nd corners setting and crossing.
B1 1-4 Two changes rights and lefts.
  5-8 All two-hand turn with partner 1 1/2 times around, into...
B2 1-2 Circle left half-way.
  3-4 Fall slightly back while holding neighbour's hand.
  5-8 2's gate the 1's up and back into progressed places.

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The Spring - Longways duple minor, Bray, 1699, Pat Shaw interpretation
A1   All move left (men up, woman down); all cast individually back to places.
A2   All right-hand turn partner half-way, turn single left into partner's place.
B1 1-4 1st man and 2nd woman move counterclockwise round outside their own partners into each other's places.
  5-8 All right hands across once around.
B2 1-4 1st woman and 2nd man move clockwise round outside their neighbors into each other's places.
  5-8 All left hands across once around.

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Take a Dance - Longways duple minor, Thompson, 1765
A1 1-4 1's lead down through 2's and cast back up to place.
  5-8 1's two-hand turn once around.
A2 1-4 2's lead up through 1's and cast back down to place.
  5-8 2's two-hand turn once around.
B1   1's cross over, go below 2's (2's move up) and half figure-eight up through 2's.
B2   Four changes rights and lefts with hands.

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Upon a Summer's Day - Three couple set, Playford, 1650
Part I
A1   All lead up a double and back; partners set and turn single.
A2   All that again.
B1 1-4 Long lines move forward a double and back.
  5-8 2nd and 3rd man keep inside hands joined and make an arch while 2nd and 3rd woman do the same;  1st man casts off, passes under the men's arch and moves to the bottom while 1st woman does the same on her own side.
B2   Repeat B1 from progressed positions.
B3   Repeat B1 from new progressed positions (back to original places).
Part II
A1   Side partner (right shoulder-to-shoulder siding); set and turn single.
A2   All that again (left shoulder).
B1   As in Part I.
B2   As in Part I.
B3   As in Part I.
Part III
A1   Arm right partner once around; set and turn single.
A2   Arm left partner once around; set and turn single.
B1   As in Part I.
B2   As in Part I.
B3   As in Part I.

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Winter Dreams - Longways duple minor, improper, Gary Roodman, 1996
A 1-4 1's cast to 2nd place while 2's lead up and cast away from each other, directly into...
  5-8 Mirror-image gypsies once around, 1st man with 2nd woman (right shoulder) and 1st woman with 2nd man (left shoulder); end facing across the set.
  9-12 With neighbour, pass through and courtesy turn into...
  13-16 Left hands across once around (it is nice to move in toward your partner here at the last moment).
B 1-4 Long lines fall back and come forward again.
  5-8 Circle left once around.
  9-12 Two changes of a circular hey beginning with partner by the right hand.
  13-16 Two-hand turn partner.

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The Young Widow - Longways triple minor, Briffiths Collection, 1788
A1 1's and 2's right hands across once around; and back.
A2 1's go down the center, turn half, go back up the center, and cast off finishing improper.
B1 All balance and set.
B2 Circle left six hands half-way around ending with 2's and 3's facing up and down the set, the 1's stepping back.
C 2's and 3's balance, set, and half right and left.

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