COBALT
devil in chelmsford; widford wanderer; castle point; overunderoverunderoverunder; bag the bison; cajolery; glade runner;
suzi rumba; silenium polka; prittlewell square; pavilion waltz; wave reaction

 

BAG THE BISON  ©2016

The key move comes from Running Set

Longways Duple Improper  32 bar American reels

A1       Circle left & right

A2       Shoot the Buffalo*;             Balance the ring twice

B1       Do-si-do neighbour, then partner

B2       Swing & progress

*1st couple go under arch of 2nd couple, then 1st man leads around 2nd man until all back to place.  NB nobody lets go hands during this move.

CAJOLERY  ©2017

The key move comes from Running Set

Square set  48 bar jig

A1       1st couple move to centre & face & set, then gypsy ¾ & step forward to nearer side couple

A2       In 3s (with the side couples) circle left WHILE rotating anti-clockwise around the other threesome

B1       1s (still facing nearer side couple) dance between that couple & down to opposite (head) position & star through WHILE other head couple cross the set and california twirl; these couples circle left halfway & fall back to original places.

B2       All 8 circle left & right

C1       All in to centre & back twice (3 steps in, pause, 4 steps back)

C2       All balance & swing with partner

All couples lead in turn (when a side couple leads, circle the heads etc)

CASTLE POINT  ©2016

A set of dancers meet monthly for Running Set at a venue in Castle Point

Longways – 4 couples  (progression: 1342)  32 bar reel

A1       Snake-Figure-Eights*

A2       --- complete this move; then top 4 dancers right-hand star WHILE bottom 4 dancers left-hand star

B1       Moving in same direction as in star, orbit (in same fours) halfway;         then couples now in middle places dance half-figure-eight across (men cross between ladies to start)

B2       All set to partner & cross; Long lines fall back, then forward a double

* Top 4 dancers led by 2nd lady & bottom 4 dancers led by 3rd lady follow path of figure eight, crossing between dancers from other foursome.  2nd & 3rd lady start with 3rd lady crossing up & 2nd lady crossing down. In all crossings, dancer coming up the room has precedence.


DEVIL IN CHELMSFORD   ©2016

A variation on “Devil’s Dream” for 45th anniversary of Chelmsford Folk Dancers

Longways Duple Improper   32 bar American reels

A1       1st couple half-figure-eight through 2nd couple, then handy-hand turn same-sex neighbour 1½ (i.e. men right-hand & ladies left-hand)

A2       1st couple half-figure-eight through 2nd couple, start by moving UP outside; then handy-hand turn opposite-sex neighbour 1¾

B1       1st couple lead down centre WHILE 2nd couple up outside, all turn individually; 1st couple lead up WHILE 2nd couple down outside, handy-turn neighbour ½

B2       Repeat but 1st couple start down outside & 2nd couple up the centre.
 

GLADE RUNNER  ©2017

The key figure is a variation on the Western Square “chain the glade”

Square set  48 bar American reel

A1       Gypsy Corner;  Left-hand turn Partner

A2       Head ladies pass giving right hand & turn opposite man ½ with left hand

WHILE sides gypsy left; then head men right arm turn 1½ WHILE head ladies right-hand turn nearer side man

B1       All left-hand turn Partner; then Side ladies lead the figure (as in A2)

B2       …complete the figure (ending with left-hand turn Partner)

C1       Four ladies star chain ¾ to original Corner (progression);             Promenade to man’s home

C2       Balance & swing

Sequence:  Heads twice; Sides twice


OVERUNDEROVERUNDEROVERUNDER  ©2016

Variation on “Stepping Stone Rag” (from Thomas Green)

Longways – 3 couples  (progression: 132)  32 bar polka

A1       Men’s line cross at top & weave down ladies’ line, then straight up to place

A2       Ladies’ line cross at top & weave down men’s line, then straight up to place

B1       Top couple arch over 2nd couple then pop under their arch (backwards) then over again; then continue with bottom couple (going under their arch to begin) i.e. over-under-over-under-over-under

B2       All swing; and do-si-do
 

PAVILION WALTZ  ©2017

Intended as a gender-neutral dance, especially for young children (who often wish to dance with their ‘bestest friend’). Written for Anne Skinner’s music students at Engayne School, Upminster, Essex. Anne wrote the tune.

Couple dance  32 bar waltz

A1       With two-hand hold, slide twice along, twice back, once along, once back & turn single away;

A2       Repeat starting in other direction

B1       Holding right hands, balance forward & back, then roll past to change places (in the roll, turn anti-clockwise); Left-hand turn

B2       Repeat B1

PRITTLEWELL SQUARE ©2017

The key figure comes from Running Set

Square set  32 bar jig

A1       All promenade; when home, 1st couple move to centre & turn away from partner to face nearer side couple

A2       1st couple in 3s (with the side couples) circle left WHILE rotating anti-clockwise around the other threesome

B1       All do-si-do partner and swing tom home places

B2       All circle left & right

All couples lead in turn (when a side couple leads, circle the heads etc)


SILENIUM POLKA  ©2017

The key figure comes from Running Set

Square set  32 bar reel

A1       Facing Partrner: Clap own hands, right with partner, own hands, left with partner, own hands, slap right foor, own hands, slap left foot; 1st couple lead in to centre & acknowledge & turn to face nearer side couple WHILE other couples repeat clapping sequence

A2       1st couple in 3s (with the side couples) circle left WHILE rotating anti-clockwise around the other threesome

B1       All do-si-do partner and swing

B2       All promenade

All couples lead in turn (when a side couple leads, circle the heads etc)


SUZI RUMBA  ©2016

For her first dance at her wedding, Suzi asked me to choreograph a simple routine to Bob Dylan’s “The Man In Me”.  The rhythm is a rumba.

Couple dance  Rumba

The moves are:

  • Basic
  • New York
  • Spot Turn
  • Underarm turn
  • Hand to hand
  • Fencing
  • Sweetheart
  • Spiral
  • Finale

WAVE REACTION ©2017

This includes a variation on a Western Dance figure called “Chain Reaction”

It’s a difficult figure.

Square set  48 bar reel

A1       Sides pass the ocean and balance the wave; then “Chain Reaction”*

A2       ---; balance the wave, mid trailers trade

B1       Swing (with original opposites); promenade to man’s home

B2       4 ladies star-chain ¾ (progression); all in to centre & back

C1       (new) Corner allemande left; right-hand to (new) partner for Grand Chain

C2       continue Grand Chain;  swing

<sequence>  Sides twice; Heads twice

*CHAIN REACTION: very centres pass through with facing dancer & hinge with neighbour WHILE ends of the wave orbit ¼ outside; middle 4 star right ¼ while outsides trade; those who now meet cast off ¾ (i.e. gypsy left ¾) to parallel waves WHILE others move forward to the ends of those waves

 
 

WIDFORD WANDERER  ©2016

Chelmsford Folk Dancers meet at Widford Village Hall

Longways Duple Proper  32 bar jigs

A1       1st couple half-figure-eight through 2nd couple into line of 4 between 2nd couple; then lead down, and turn as couples

A2       Line leads up, bend the line; 1st couple half-figure-eight through 2nd couple

B1       1st corners set & cross; 2nd corners set & cross

B2       Long lines forward & back; Swing partner

 

HAREWOOD COLLECTION
danbury palace; harewood minuet; danbury woods; harewood square;
north hill jig; penny royal square; harewood reel; sandon bridge reel; harewood glen; harewood jig; st john maggot; harewood circle

DANBURY PALACE ©2017 keith wright

(to be completed)
 
 
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