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 (keith wright)

couple circle – change partner dance

32 bar minuet (© anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017
Couples numbered clockwise

[]  open hold - texas star left; set left & right, wheel clockwise half-way
[]  texas star right, set right & left, man gate partner three-quarters
[]  1st couple in & separate to three-handed stars (1st man left, 1st lady right); all do-si-do partner
[]  weave past two (start passing partner right shoulder) to progress; gypsy once-and-a-quarter

<sequence - led by each man in turn with current partner>

DANBURY WOODS (keith wright)

4 couple longways (1s & 3s improper) progression 1342

32 bar jig(© anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017
Couples numbered clockwise

<1>
[]  lead up & fall back; set & turn single to face down
[]  lead down & fall back; set & turn single to face across
[]  middle couples half-pousette anti-clockwise; at both ends, half-draw-pousette 
[]  bottom couple lead to top; all two-hand turn once-and-a-half
<2>
in-line sidings etc
<3>
arming etc
<4>
gypsy etc


HAREWOOD CIRCLE

circle – men on inside facing partner – mixer

32 bar reels (“Bell Hill” and “Blake’s Wood” © Anne Skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  Right-hand turn;  then dance single file passing 3 dancers (men anti-clockwise on the inside, ladies clockwise outside) and right-hand turn halfway with the next

[]  Single file to meet original partner and swing (end in original circle formation)

[]  On the left diagonal, see-saw (left shoulder dosido); with partner, seesaw

[]  Promenade with partner, and men move on to next lady on final 2 bars

HAREWOOD GLEN

longways – 3 couples in a 4-couple set – standard progression

32 bar reel/jig (“Riffhams” © Anne Skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  1st (‘dancing’) couple cross (giving right hands) and cast to 2nd place, left-hand turn ¾ and right-hand teapot* half-way (1st man with 3rd couple; 1st lady with 2nd couple).

[]  Dancing couple dance clockwise halfway outside WHILE 2s & 3s dance half-rights & lefts; right-hand teapots halfway, dancing couple left-hand turn ¾       (set now 312 – on opposite sides)

[]  Reels of 3 across (dancing couple start passing left shoulder with person in 3rd corner position)

[]  Lines set twice;  Circle left halfway

Repeat having passed a couple.

*English dancers will know this as a three-handed star

HAREWOOD JIG

longways 5 couples – progression 12345

32 bar jig (“St Clere” © Anne Skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  End couples figure-eight through neighbouring couple WHILE middle couple cast into half-figure-eight up & half-figure-eight down (around those same standing couples)

[]  Couples 2 and 4 half-figure-eight up & half-figure-eight down

[]  Cascade four*

[]  Set, turn single; two-hand turn

*top couple slip to bottom WHILE others move up; repeat thrice (to end 51234)


HAREWOOD MINUET

longways duple proper – standard progression

32 bar minuet (“Harewood/Sandon Brook” © anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  1st corners hold right hands & 2nd corners hold left hands and balance the star, clover-turn single;  with neighbour, fall back and then forward a double

[]  1s lead down between 2s and cast back to place; 2s lead up & cast

[]  Rights & Lefts

[]  Rose Progression*

*ROSE PROGRESSION devised by Rod Downey

1st corners set & two-hand turn ½ & cast out to each other’s place & dance across to own side (progressed)

WHILE

2nd corners pass giving right hands & dance along set to partner’s starting position & two-hand turn ½ & cast to own side (progressed)

HAREWOOD REEL

longways 4 couples – progression 1342

4x32 bar reel (“Woodhill” © Anne Skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  1st long corners gypsy spiral* left

[]  long lines fall back and then forward a double; middle couples rights-and left ¾ (start with partner)

[]  2nd long corners gypsy spiral right (set now 2413)

[]  Circle left & right

*gypsy spiral:

cast one place,gypsy left or right, cast one more place (to end two places along from start – other dancers moving up or down as required during the casts)

HAREWOOD SQUARE

Square set – corner progression

48 bar american reel (“Hopping Jack” © Anne Skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  Circle left & right

[]  Allemande left (left-hand turn corner); right-hand turn partner and end in Alamo ring, balance forward & back

[]  All eight walk & dodge* to Alamo ring, balance; repeat

[]  Grand Chain halfway;  swing partner

[]  Gypsy partner; swing corner (progression)

[]  Promenade

*Walk & Dodge

This is similar to ‘Box Circulate’ by Head couples & Side couples simultaneously.

At the start, the men are facing in and the ladies are facing out.  Men walk straight across the set WHILE their partners loop right into their place.  Reform the Alamo ring with menb facing out and the ladies facing in.

The second turn (after the balance) has the ladies walking straight across WHILE the men loop right.


NORTH HILL JIG (keith wright)

three couple longways (2nd couple improper) - standard progression

32 bar slip jig (© anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  end couples pass partner & dance along to other end; lines fall back, forward a double, top couple cast to middle
[]  new end couples pass partner & dance along to other end; lines fall back, forward a double, bottom couple cast to middle
[]  top 4 half-draw-pousette anti-clockwise; bottom 4 same clockwise; all circle right halfway
[]  top 4 star left halfway, bottomn 4 star right halfway all left-hand turn halfway, top couple cast to middle


PENNY ROYAL SQUARE (keith wright)

square set

32 bar medley(© anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  circle left halfway; heads lead flutter-chain*
[]  circle right halfway; sides lead flutter-chain
[]  heads square through two; with side couples, fours circle left three-quarters
[]  swing corner to square; promenade to man's home.

*ladies star into: leaders flutter-wheel and others ladies' chain

SANDON BRIDGE REEL (keith wright)

3 couples longways - progression 123

32 bar reel (© anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  lines forward & back (couples 2 & 3 make arches with neighbour = bridge); top couple lead to bottom
[]  repeat from new positions
[]  morris hey with one extra pass at top (and original 3rd couple cross down from middle place)
[]  grimstock hey with one extra pass at top (and original 3rd couple cross up from bottom place)

ST JOHN MAGGOT (keith wright)

longways duple proper - standard progression

32 bar waltz (© anne skinner)

dance notation © 2017

[]  circle left halfway, cloverleaf turn single; circle right halfway, 1s cast WHILE 2s lead up
[]  circle right halfway, cloverleaf turn single; circle left halfway, 1s lead up WHILE 2s cast
[]  draw pousette anti-clockwise halfway; reverse-two-hand turn halfway, fall back, forward a double
[]  mini-cast (2s lead); partners step & honour left & right
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