Instructions for the dances at the CIECD Playford Ball, June 10, 2017

The dances are listed in alphabetical order, which is not necessarily how they will be presented at the Ball. Some of the dances may be omitted because of time limitations or to suit the needs of the dancers. This page is not intended as a basis for arranging your partners in advance.

The instructions given here are meant as an aide memoire to help experienced dancers familiarize themselves with the dances we will be doing. They will probably be inadaquate to get you dancing if you have not done country dancing before. However you need not have these dances memorized as all dances will be taught at the Ball.


Beach Spring

by Leslie Lasseter

Longways for 4 Couples
A1 Foursomes (1's and 2's, 3's and 4's) circle left (1-4)
A2 Serpentine: Lady 2 and gent 3 pass left shoulders and lead their foursomes counter-clockwise in single-file circle into the opposite half of the set. Lady 2 ends in lady 3’s original place, gent 3 ends in gent 2’s original place. (1-4)
B Top couple (4's) cast to 2nd position, 2nd couple (3's) leading up (1-2),
Middle couples (2's and 4's) cast down one place while bottom couple (1's) lead up two places to 2nd position [ending 3-1-4-2 proper] (3-4),
Foursomes (3's and 1's, 4's and 2's) dance 4 changes of rights and lefts, starting with partner, 3 steps per change (5-8)


Fourpence Halfpenny Farthing

Duple Proper Longways
A1 Gent 1 set advancing to lady 2 and fall back to place (1-4),
Same two two-hand turn (5-8)
A2 Gent 2 the same with lady 1 (1-8)
B1 1st corners cross (1-2), 2nd corners cross (3-4),
1's half figure 8 up through 2's (5-8)
B2 2's half figure 8 down through 1's (1-4),
All two-hand turn partners (5-8)

Good Man of Cambridge

by Gary Roodman

Duple Proper Longways
A1 Circle left once around (1-4),
1st corners cross (5-6), 2nd corners cross (7-8)
A2 Circle left once around (1-4) (to new places),
1st corners cross (5-6), 2nd corners cross (7-8) (to original places)
B 1’s lead down (1-2), lead up (3-4),
2’s lead up (5-6), lead down (7-8),
Interlocking figure: 2’s cast up, cross down, and cast up, ending in the middle of a line of 4 facing down;
While 1’s lead down, cast up, and cross down, ending on the end of the line of 4 facing down (9-16)
C1 All lead down a double, fall back a double; whirl in place to face up (1-4),
All lead up a double, fall back a double; fold ends in to a circle at end of phrase (5-8)
C2 1’s cross passing right and cast down to second place while 2’s two-hand turn, moving up to 1st place (1-4),
With new neighbors: 1’s gate the 2’s up and around (5-8)


Haste To The Wedding

Duple Improper Longways
A1 Circle left (1-4),
Circle back to the right (5-8)
A2 Right hands across (1-4),
Left hands across (5-8)
B1 Partners back-to-back (1-4),
Clap own hands twice (5),
Partner two-hand turn (6-8)
B2 Neighbors back-to-back (1-4),
Clap own hands twice (5),
Neighbor two-hand turn half-way to progress (6-8)

Heidenröslein

by Pat Shaw

4 Couples in a Square

The tune is in waltz time
A Partners turn by the right one time around (1-4),
Corners turn by the left one time around (5-8),
Gents right hands across 3/4 (9-12),
Ladies left hands across 3/4 (13-16)
B Facing across the set, change places with this partner using 2 chassé steps (ladies pass in front) (1-2),
Step and honor right to this partner (3-4),
Turn individually to face opposite direction, 2 changes of grand chain, starting with right hand (5-8),
Waltz with next person to the gent's original place (9-12)
Repeat 3 times with new partners


The King of Poland

Duple Improper Longways
A Neighbors two-hand turn 1 1/2 to change places (1-4),
Partners pass right shoulders to cross the set (5-6),
Partners right hand turn half-way to cross the set again, fall back to place and face up (7-8)
B1 1's lead up while 2's cast down (1-2),
3 changes of a circular hey (3-6) (start passing partner by right shoulder)
B2 1's half figure 8 up through 2's (1-4),
1's two-hand turn half-way (5-6)

Kneeland Romp

by Gary Roodman

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 1's cast down to 2nd position, 2's moving up (1-4),
1's and 3's circle left (5-8)
A2 1's cast back to 1st position, 2's moving down (1-4),
1's and 2's circle left (5-8)
B1 1s lead down the middle (walking) (1-4),
Lead back up (skipping) and cast to 2nd position, 2's moving up (5-8),
Join hands in long lines, set right and left moving forward (9-10),
Turn single back to place (11-12)
B2 Turn at the top: Couple in 1st position right-hand turn while couples in 2nd and 3rd positions do 2 changes of rights and lefts, starting with partner (4 steps per change) (1-4),
Turn at the bottom: Couple in 3rd position right-hand turn while couples in 1st and 2nd positions do 2 changes of rights and lefts, starting with partner (4 steps per change) (5-8),
Turn at the top: Couple in 1st position right-hand turn while couples in 2nd and 3rd positions do 2 changes of rights and lefts, starting with partner (4 steps per change) (1-4),


Knives and Forks

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1's cast down to 2nd place, 2's leading up (1-2),
1's back-to-back (3-4)
A2 1's cast up to original place, 2's leading down (1-2),
1's back-to-back (3-4)
B1 All lead away from set with neighbor (1),
All turn toward neighbor to face partner (2),
All cross over with partner, passing right shoulders, and loop right (3-4)
B2 2nd diagonal positions (1st corner people) change, passing right shoulders (1),
1st diagonal positions (2nd corner people) change, passing right shoulders (2),
All two-hand turn with partner (3-4)
Note
The tune is in 3/2 time, so there are 3 beats/steps per bar.

In B2 the people in 1st diagonal position, who are crossing second, can make a larger loop to the right to use up the time as the people in 2nd diagonal position cross. The people who cross first can make a loop after they cross to use up the time as the other's cross and end facing their partners for the two-hand turn.

As part of a continuing experiment we will be dancing this dance with no teaching or prompting. If you know the dance, or feel you are experienced enough to pick up a new dance easily, please join in. This is a fairly straightforward dance so dancing with an experienced partner may be sufficient, even if you don't know the dance. However, if you don't feel confident enough to join in we hope you will enjoy the performance of the other dancers.

Videos of some people doing this dance. Be aware that our local styling may be a bit different than that seen in the videos. However, these should give you a feel for how the dance fits the music and some ideas for how to make your own dancing elegant and graceful.

Knives and Forks Video 1

Knives and Forks Video 2


Mount Hills

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1's cross and cast down, 2's moving up (1-4),
1's half figure 8 above (5-8) (with skip-change step)
A2 2's the same (1-8)
B1 1st corners cross (1-2), 2nd corners cross (3-4),
Circle left halfway (5-6),
Turn single over left shoulder (7-8)
B2 Partners back-to-back (1-4),
3 changes of a circular hey (5-8) (start passing partner by right shoulder)

The Northdown Waltz

Duple Proper Longways Waltz
A1 1st corners take right hands, balance forward and back (1-2),
Same two trade places, turning the ladies under (3-4),
2nd corners the same (5-8)
A2 Repeat to return to original places (1-8)
B 1’s lead down the center (1-4),
Lead back to 2nd place, 2’s leading up (5-8)
C Whole poussette CCW, 1st gent and 2nd lady pushing to start (1-8)

Passages

by Kalia Kliban

Duple Improper Longways Waltz
A 1’s lead down through the 2’s (1-2),
Twirl-to-swap to face back up (3-4),
1’s lead back up past the 2’s (5-6),
Two-hand turn halfway (7-8),
2’s repeat all this going up the hall (9-16)
B Circle left halfway (1-2),
Half poussette CW, ladies pushing to start (3-6),
Partner two-hand turn halfway, open to face neighbors, but keep inside hand joined with partner (7-8),
Set right and left toward neighbors (9-10),
Pass neighbor by right shoulder, along the set (11-12),
Partner two-hand turn once around (13-16)


Scotch Cap

Longways for 3 Couples

Part 1:
A Up a double and back (1-4),
That again (5-8)
B1 Ladies 1 and 2 face gents 2 and 3, balance back and change places (1-4),
Gent 1 and lady 3 tha same (5-8)
B2 Repeat B1 to places (1-8)
Part 2:
A Side right (1-4),
Side left (5-8)
B1 Lines of 3 fall back a double (1-2),
Come forward a double (3-4),
Gents 1 and 3, ladies 1 and 3, and 2's arm right and fall back to places (5-8)
B2 Lines fall back and come forward again (1-4),
Partners two-hand turn (5-8)
Part 3:
A Arm right (1-4),
Arm left (5-8)
B1 Gents line dance 4 slipping steps up the hall, while ladies line dance 4 slipping steps down the hall (1-2),
Gent 3 and lady 1 take right hands for rights and lefts back to place (3-8) (turn into place when you meet your partner)
B2 Same as B1 only the ladies slip up and the gents slip down (1-2),
Gent 1 and lady 3 take left hands for rights and lefts to place (3-8)


Tom Jones

Interpreted by Kathryn and David Wright

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 1's right-hand turn (1-4),
1's cast to 2nd position, 2's leading up (5-8)
A2 Stars of three: Lady 1 right-hand star with the 2's at the top while gent 1 right-hand star with the 3's at the bottom, “Skirts up, trousers down” (1-4),
All left-hand turn with partner (5-8)
B1 Heys for three: Lady 1 hey with the 2's at the top while gent 1 heys with the 3's at the bottom, “Skirts up, trousers down” (1-8) (skip-change step suggested)
B2 1's and 2's circular hey, 4 changes, 4 steps per change, starting passing right shoulder with partner. At conclusion, 1's cast outside to bottom while 3's lead up to middle place. (1-8)


Walpole Cottage

by Pat Shaw

3 Facing 3 Longways or in Sicilian Circle
Intro Trios forward and back (1-4) (repeated each time through tune)
A Centers arm right, arm left with right hand contrary (1st corner) (1-4),
Centers arm right, arm left with left hand contrary (2nd corner) (5-8),
Centers arm right, arm left with left hand partner (3rd corner) (9-12),
Centers arm right, arm left with right hand partner (4th corner) (13-16)
B Ends right hands across (1-4),
Left hands back (5-8),
Ends cast into heys for 3 for each trio, centers pass right hand partner by right shoulder to start (9-16)
C Trios forward and back (1-4),
All 6 circle left half-way (5-8),
Trios forward and back again (9-12),
Trios basket-swing and face in original direction (13-16)


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