Instructions for the dances at the CIECD Christmas Ball, December 16, 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 pressure 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.

Apley House

Duple Proper Longways
A1 Gents join inside hands and fall back a double (1-2),
Gents come forward a double while turning single (3-4)
A2 Ladies the same (1-4)
B1 Right hands across half-way (1-2),
Face partners and turn single up the set (3-4) [ladies turn left, gents turn right]
B2 2's cast down and meet in the center facing up, while the 1's lead up, cast down and join the ends of a line of 4 facing up (1-4)
C Lines of 4 up a double and back (1-4), [ends bend in]
1's cross and cast to progressed place, while 2's lead up, 2nd man handing partner across to proper place (5-8)
Note:
In the A parts the turn singles can all be to the right OR the dancers can do a cloverleaf turn single away from their neighbor.


For Robert, A Southern Gentleman

by Loretta Holz

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 2's half figure 8 through the 1's (1-4),
2's handy hand turn with the 1's, with the 2's splitting the 1's (5-8)
A2 2's handy hand turn with the 3's, with the 2's splitting the 3's (1-4),
2's half figure 8 through the 3's (5-8)
B1 Middle couple lead the bottom couple up between the top couple, divide and cast down the sidelines to end with the 2's at the bottom and 3's in the middle (1-4),
All dance back-to-back with partner (5-8)
B2 New middle couple lead the top couple down between the bottom couple, divide and cast up the sidelines to end with the 3's at the top, 1's in the middle and 2's at the bottom (1-4),
All dance back-to-back with partner (5-8)
Note:
This dance is a waltz.


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:
This dance is a waltz. Number couples CCW. Each couple gets to be the active couple in turn.


Jack's Maggot

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1st gent dance a hey-for-3 with the two ladies, passing 2nd lady by the right shoulder to start, all end back in places (1-8)
A2 1st lady the same with the two gents, passing 2nd gent by the left to start (1-8)
B1 Right hands across (1-4),
Left hands back (5-8)
B2 1st corners trade places (1-2),
2nd corners trade places (3-4),
Circle left half-way (5-6),
1's cast down while 2's lead up (7-8)

Kelsterne Gardens

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 All mirror hey, 1's between 2's to start (1-8)
A2 1's and 2's double figure of 8, 1's cross down between 2's, 2's dance up the outside (1-8)
B1 1's and 2's circle left (1-4),
1's cast down, 2's lead up (5-6)
B2 1's and 3's circle left (1-4),
1's cast down, 3's lead up (5-6)

Knole Park

Duple Proper Longways
A1 Circle left once around (1-4),
1st corners change places (5-6),
2nd corners change places (7-8)
A2 Repeat A1 to return to original places
B1 1's down the center (1-4),
Return and cast into 2nd place, 2's moving up (5-8)
B2 Full poussette CCW (1-8) [1st gent and 2nd lady pushing to start]

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.

Knole Park Video 1

Knole Park Video 2


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 1ís lead down the center (1-4),
Lead back to 2nd place, 2ís leading up (5-8)
C Whole poussette CCW, 1st gent and 2nd lady pushing to start (1-8)
Note:
This dance is a waltz.


Parson upon Dorothy

Longways for 2 Couples

Part 1:
A1 All lead up a double and fall back (1-4)
A2 That again (1-4)
Chorus:
B1 Neighbors lead out, lead back in (1-4)
B2 Partners lead out, lead back in (1-4)
C1 Opposite two-hand turn (1-4)
C2 Partner two-hand turn (1-4)

Part 2:
A1 Partners side right (1-4)
A2 Partners side left (1-4)
Chorus:
BBCC Chorus as in Part 1

Part 3:
A1 Partners arm right (1-4)
A2 Partners arm left (1-4)
Chorus:
BBCC Chorus as in Part 1
Note:
Formation is as in a longways dance, with the 2 couples one behind the other facing the top of the hall, gents on the left, ladies on the right.


Puck's Deceit

by Chris Sackett and Brooke Friendly

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1's gypsy by the right shoulder while 2's meet and cast up behind neighbor into a line of four (1-4)
A2 1's cross by the right shoulder into a right shoulder gypsy with corner. End with 1's back-to-back in the center of a line of four, facing corner (1-4)
B1 Hey for 4 across the set. Start by passing corner by the right shoulder. End facing up in line of four [G2 L1 G1 L2] (1-8)
B2 All up a double and back (1-4),
2's gate 1's to progressed places. 1's cross over by the right shoulder back to proper sides (5-8)


The Ragg

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1's cross and cast to 2nd place while 2's move up (1-4),
1's turn 2 hands 1 1/2 to end proper (5-8)
A2 2's cross and cast to 2nd place while 1's move up (1-4),
2's turn 2 hands 1 1/2 to end proper (5-8)
B1 Right hands across (1-4),
Left hands back (5-8)
B2 All set twice to partners (1-4),
3 changes of a circular hey (5-8)

Rakes of Rochester

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1st corners turn by the right (1-4),
1's turn by the left (5-8)
A2 2nd corners turn by the left (1-4),
2's turn by the right (5-8)
B1 1's chassé (gallop) down the center (1-4),
1's chassé back up again and cast off one place, 2's moving up (5-8)
B2 4 changes of rights and lefts (1-8)

Ramsgate Assembly

Longways for 3 Couples Waltz
A1 1ís and 2ís set twice to partner (1-4),
The same couples two changes of rights and lefts starting with partner (5-8)
A2 1ís and 2ís set twice to partner (1-4),
The same couples two changes of rights and lefts starting with neighbor (5-8)
B1 1ís lead down the center (1-4),
Return and cast to 2nd place, 2ís leading up (5-8)
B2 All take right hands with partner, balance and trade places turning the ladies under (1-4),
Repeat to places with left hand (5-8)
C1 1ís turn 1st corner by the right (1-4),
1ís turn by the left in the middle (5-8)
C2 1ís turn 2nd corner by the right (1-4),
1ís two-hand turn to the bottom, while the 3ís cast up to 2nd place (5-8)
Note:
This dance is a waltz.


Well Hall

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1's turn by the right 1 ½ (1-4),
1's cast down while 2's lead up (5-6),
1's change places, falling back on last 3 steps (7-8)
A2 2's repeat A1 (1-8)
B1 1st corners change places (1-2),
2nd corners change places (3-4),
Circle left halfway (5-6), all cloverleaf turn single (7-8)
B2 2nd corners change places (1-2),
1st corners change places (3-4),
Circle left halfway (5-6),
1's cast down while 2's lead up (7-8)
Note:
Even though the music is in 3/2, strictly speaking this isn't a waltz.


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