Instructions for the dances at the CIECD Playford Ball, June 11, 2016

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.


Arcadian Nuptials

Triple Proper Longways

The tune is a slip-jig, in 9/8 time
A1 1's turn by the right once around and cast off into 2nd place, 2's moving up (1-4)
A2 1's turn by the left once around and cast to lines across the set, gent down between the 3's, lady up between the 2's (1-4)
B1 Lines of three forward and back (1-2),
Lead forward again, and on the return, the 1's turn single and move to form lines at the sides opposite to their home place (3-4)
B2 New lines of 3 forward and back twice (1-4)
C1 Circle left one time around (1-4)
C2 Partner two-hand turn to end proper (1-4)


The Astonished Archaeologist

by Philippe Callens, 1992

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 Set to partners (1-2), right hand turn halfway (3-4),
Set to partners (5-6), left hand turn halfway (7-8)
A2 Right diagonals (1st gent with 2nd lady; 2nd gent with 3rd lady) back-to-back (1-4),
Two-hand turn partner 3/4, turn away over right shoulder to end standing back to back with partner in a line of 6, gents facing down, ladies facing up (5-8)
B1 Hey for 6 halfway (1-4) (To begin: 1st lady and 3rd gent loop left at the ends while middles pass right shoulder),
Gypsy left 3/4 with partner to end proper (5-8)
B2 Lines fall back and come forward (1-4),
Top two couples circle left halfway, then two-hand turn partner halfway; while bottom couple (original 1st couple) turn partner two-hands once around (5-8)


Barbarini's Tambourine

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1st corners figure 8 to change places (1-8) (Cast left around neighbor, pass left shoulders in the center and cast right around partner to corner's place)
A2 All fall back 3 steps (1-2),
Come forward and pass through (3-4),
Back-to-back with neighbor (5-8),
Back-to-back with partner (9-12)
B1 Rights and lefts, 4 changes, with hands (1-8),
Two-hand turn with partner (9-12)
B2 All four active dancers meet in the center and circle left halfway (1-4),
Two changes of rights and lefts back to place (5-8)

Corelli's Maggot

by Cathy and John Millar

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1st corners set (1-2),
Turn single to place (3-4),
Two-hand turn (5-8)
A2 2nd corners the same
B1 1's cross and cast to 2nd place, 2's moving up (1-4),
1's half figure 8 above (5-8)
B2 1's gate down with the couple below (1-4),
1's gate up with their original 2's (5-8)


Dusty Miller

Longways for 3 Couples

The tune is in 3/2 time, 3 beats per measure
A1 1's lead down through the 2's (1),
Turn towards each other to face up (2),
Cast to 3rd place (3-4)
A2 1's two-hand turn (1-2),
Cast back to 2nd place (3-4)
B1 1's turn 1st corners by the right (1-2),
Turn partner by the left (3-4)
B2 1's turn 2nd corners by the right (1-2),
Turn partner by the left, end facing 1st corners (3-4)
A3 1's slow set and honor with 1st corners (1-2),
Two-hand turn (3-4)
A4 1's slow set and honor with 2nd corners (1-2),
Two-hand turn, end in lines on the sides with 1's in the center of the lines facing 1st corners (3-4)
B3 & 4 1's hey with their corners (on the side), starting passing left shoulders with 1st corner (1-6),
1's two-hand turn to the bottom while 3's cast up to 2nd place (7-8)


Emma's Commencement

by Alan Vlach

Duple Improper Longways Waltz

In waltz time
A1 1's half figure eight below (1-4),
1's set (5-6) and two-hand turn once around (7-8)
A2 2's half figure eight above (1-4),
2's set (5-6) and two-hand turn once around (7-8)
B1 Take hands in a ring and balance in and out (1-2),
Turn single while moving one place to the right, as in Petronella (3-4),
Balance the ring and turn single one place to the right again (5-8)
B2 Open ladies chain, over and back

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.

Emma's Commencement Video 1

Emma's Commencement Video 2


Freeford Gardens

by David and Kathryn Wright

Duple Proper Longways
A1 All set forward to partner (1-2),
Turn single back to place (3-4).
Cross over by right shoulder, then loop left into partner's place (5-8)
A2 Repeat A1 back to place
B1 1's half figure eight down through 2's (1-4)
2's half figure eight up through 1's (5-8)
B2 Circle left half-way, fall back into lines (1-4)
Partners two hand turn once around to end proper (5-8)


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


In My Dreams I Go Dancing

by Jonathan Sivier

Tune "Weathered Inn Waltz" by Al White

Circle Waltz for 3 Couples
A1 All circle left (1-2), turn single left (3-4),
All circle right (5-6), turn single right (7-8)
A2 Active couple dance through the gap between the other 2 couples, separate and dance around the outside of the set to return home (1-4),
All dance back-to-back with partner (5-8)
B1 All pass partner by right shoulder (1), the next person by left shoulder (2) and cloverleaf turn single with the 3rd person (3-4),
Pass this person by the right, the next by the left, cloverleaf turn single with the 3rd (5-8)
B2 Pass this person by the right, the next by the left, cloverleaf turn single with partner (1-4),
Two-hand turn with partner (5-8)
Note: Number couples CCW. Each couple gets to be the active couple in turn.


Peace Be With You

by Fried De Metz Herman

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1st corners set to each other (1-2),
Change places passing right shoulders (3-4),
Right hands across halfway (5-6),
All turn single left (7-8)
A2 Repeat A1 with 2nd corners setting & crossing
B1 2 changes of rights and lefts, starting with partner (1-4),
All two-hand turn with partner 1 1/2 (5-8)
B2 Circle left halfway (1-2),
Fall back with neighbor (3-4),
2's gate the 1's up the middle and back down the outside (5-8)


Sapphire Sea

by Christine Robb

Duple Proper Longways
A Circle left once around (1-4),
1st corners turn by the right (5-8),
2nd corners turn by the left (9-12),
1's cast down to middle of a line of 4 while 2's lead up and cast to ends of the line, end with lady 2 facing in, others facing lady 2 (13-16)
B Dolphin Hey: 1's acting as a unit, pass right shoulder with lady 2 to start (1's change lead at ends), ending in the same line of 4 facing up (1-8),
Line of 4 up a double and back (9-12),
2's gate 1's up and around to progressed place (13-16)


The Shrewsbury Lasses

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 Gent 1 slow set and honor, right, then left, to lady 2 (1-4),
Same two two-hand turn and return to places (5-8)
A2 Lady 1 the same to gent 2 (1-8)
B1 1's cast to 2nd place, 2's move up (1-2),
1's and 3's circle left one time (3-6),
Gent skip up around top couple to end in partner's place while lady 1 skip down below bottom couple to end in partner's place (1's now improper) (7-10),
1's two-hand turn half-way (11-12)
B2 3's cast up to 2nd place, 1's move down (1-2),
2's and 3's circle left one time (at top) (3-6),
Gent 3 skip up around top couple to end in partner's place while lady 3 skip down below bottom couple to end in partner's place (3's now improper) (7-10),
3's two-hand turn half-way (11-12)
2nd couple is now new 1st couple, repeat 3 times


Six for the Six Proud Walkers

by Fried De Metz Herman

Duple Improper Longways
A1 Circle left halfway (1-2),
Neighbors fall back a double (3-4),
Top couple (2's) gate the 1's up the center and down the outside (5-8)
A2 Repeat A1 with the 1's being the top couple gating the 2's, finishing at home places (1-8)
B1 2 changes of rights and lefts, starting with partner (1-4),
Partners turn by the right 1 1/2 time, ending facing up (5-8)
B2 Double figure 8, 2's cast down, 1's cross up the center to start (1-8)


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