Instructions for the dances at the CIECD Christmas Ball, December 17, 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 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.

Candles in the Dark

by Loretta Holz

Duple Proper Longways Waltz
A1 1's dance assisted half figure 8 down through 2's (1-4),
1st gent and 2nd lady dance assisted half figure 8 across the set (5-8)
A2 2nd gent and 1st lady dance assisted half figure 8 across the set (1-4),
2's dance assisted half figure 8 down through 1's (5-8)
B Mirror back-to-back, 2's down the center between the 1's to start (1-4),
Circle left once around (5-8),
Mirror back-to-back, 1's up the center between the 2's to start (9-12),
All gypsy partners 1 1/2 to end proper (13-16)


Chocolate Round-O

by Fried de Metz Herman

Duple Improper Longways
A1 All right-hand turn partner once around (1-4),
Partner back-to-back (5-8)
A2 All left-hand turn neighbor once around (1-4),
Neighbor left shoulder back-to-back (5-8)
B1 All two-hand turn partner (1-4),
Circle four left half-way (5-6),
Fall back with neighbor, setting right and left (7-8)
B2 2ís gate the 1ís up the center and down the outside (1-4),
1ís half figure-8 up through the 2ís who wait, then cross over by right shoulder (5-8)


Christina

by Naomi Alexander

Duple Improper Longways
A1 Partners set forward and turn single to place (1-4),
Partners turn by the right once around (5-8)
A2 Neighbors turn by the left once around (1-4),
Neighbors set forward and turn single to place (5-8)
B1 Circle left halfway and fall back (1-4),
Two changes of rights and lefts, starting with right hand to partner (5-8)
B2 Partners pousette halfway to progressed places, gents pushing to start (1-4),
1's lead up through the 2's and cast back to progressed 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)

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.

Corelli's Maggot Video 1

Corelli's Maggot Video 2


Dance of a Lifetime

by Joseph Pimentel

Circle Mixer Waltz

Start with gents on the inside, ladies on the outside of the circle
A Partners take right hands, balance forward and back (1-2),
Trade places, turning the lady under (3-4),
Left hand turn with person on left diagonal (5-8),
Partners right hand balance and trade again (9-12),
Left hand turn with person on left diagonal (13-16)
B Single file promenade (gents inside CW, ladies outside CCW) (1-2),
Cast over right shoulder back to current partner (3-4),
Partner back-to-back (5-8),
Partner promenade CCW (9-12),
Turn individually and promenade back CW (13-14),
Gents cast right back to next partner while ladies turn single left (15-16)


A Girl's Best Friend

by Fried de Metz Herman

Duple Improper Longways Waltz
A1 Right hands across once around (1-4),
All tight right-shoulder gypsy with partner (5-6),
Turn single left (7-8)
A2 Left hands across once around (1-4),
All tight left-shoulder gypsy with partner (5-6),
Turn single right (7-8)
B1 1's lead down the center (1-2),
1's set to each other right and left (3-4),
1's lead up (5-6),
1ís cast to 2nd place, 2's moving up (5-8)
B2 With the same 4, gents change places passing right (1-2),
Ladies change places passing left (3-4),
Rights and lefts 2 changes, start with right hand to partner (5-8)


Handel with Care

by Gary Roodman

2 Couples Facing

Part 1:
A1 Partners lead forward and fall back, turning in to face out (1-4)
A2 Partners lead out and fall back, turning in to face in (1-4)

Chorus:
B1 Top 2 cast down into partnerís place while the others follow partner through their place and cast out to end of line of four facing up (1-4),
Line of 4 up a double and fall back, bending to a circle (5-8)
B2 Circle left half-way (1-2),
Turn single right and face partner (3-4),
Three changes of circular hey, pass partner by right to start (5-8)

Part 2:
A1 Partners side right (1-4)
A2 Partners side left (1-4)
B1&2 Chorus

Part 3:
A1 Partners arm right (1-4)
A2 Partners arm left (1-4)
B1&2 Chorus


Hey, Boys, Up Go We

2 Couples Facing

A Up a double and back (1-4),
That again (5-8)
B1 Right shoulder gypsy with opposite (1-4),
Left shoulder gypsy with opposite (5-8)
B2 Repeat B1 with partner (1-8)

Part 2:
A Side right with partner (1-4),
Side left with opposite (5-8)
B1 Gents change places (1-2),
Ladies change places (3-4),
Circle left once (5-8)
B2 Repeat B1, ladies change first (1-8)

Part 3:
A Arm right with partner (1-4),
Arm left with opposite (5-8)
B1 Pousette with opposite half-way CW (gents push) (1-4),
Gents cast outward to the right and return to same place, partners following (5-8)
B2 Continue the pousette CW to original place (ladies push) (1-4),
Gents cast outward to the left and return to home place, partners following (5-8)


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)

Key To The Cellar

by Jenny Beer

Triple Proper Longways
A1 1's cast, 2's move up (1-2),
1's gate down with the 3's and back to middle position (3-4)
A2 Lines of 3 forward and back (1-2),
1's gate up with the 2's and back to middle position (3-4)
B1 Heys: gent 1 down with the 3's (gent 1 starts passing left shoulder with lady 3); lady 1 up with the 2's (lady 1 starts passing left shoulder with gent 2) (1-4)
B2 1's gypsy (1-2),
All two-hand turn with partner (3-4)
Note: The tune is in 3/2 so there are 3 beats per measure.


La Russe Quadrille

Quadrille, 4 Couples in a Square
A1 Slide past partner (gents behind) with 4 chassť steps to face right hand lady/left hand gent (1-2),
Set to this person (3-4),
Turn by the right all the way around (5-8)
A2 Slide back past partner to original place (gents behind again) (1-2),
Set to partner (3-4),
Turn by the right all the way around (5-8)
B1 Leading couple promenade around the inside of the set to place, honoring each couple as they pass (1-8)
B2 Leading couple polka around inside the set to place (1-8)
A3 Leading couple crosses over with their opposite couple, leading couple passing inside (1-4),
Cross back in the same way with the opposite couple passing inside (5-8)
A4 Same two couples cross over and back again (1-8)
B3 Ladies grand chain over and back (1-8)
B4 Promenade partners all around the set (1-8)
Repeat 3 times with each couple in turn being the leading couple.


Old Wife Behind the Fire

Duple Proper Longways
A1 1ís set and cast down, 2ís moving up (1-4),
1ís two-hand turn (5-8)
A2 2ís set and cast down, 1ís moving up (1-4),
2ís two-hand turn (5-8)
B1 1ís cross and cast down, 2ís moving up (1-4),
2ís cross and cast down to the center of a line of 4 facing up (5-8)
B2 Line of 4 up a double and back, bending to face partners (1-4),
Rights and lefts, 2 changes to progress (5-8)

The Physical Snob

Longways for 3 Couples
A1 Ladies take hands in a line of 3, and with lady 1 in the lead, dance CCW around the gentsí line and back to place (1-4)
A2 Gents the same, CW around the ladies (1-4)
B1 1ís and 2ís dance a half pousette CW (1-2),
1ís and 3ís dance a half pousette CCW (3-4)
B2 1ís and 3ís (again) dance a half pousette CCW (1-2),
1ís and 2ís dance a half pousette CW (3-4)
[All end at home]
C1 1ís cross by the right and cast to 2nd place, 2ís leading up (1-2),
1ís cross again and cast to 3rd place, 3ís leading up (3-4)
C2 1ís lead up the center and cast to the foot of the set (1-4)
Note: The tune is a slip-jig, so there are 3 beats per measure.


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)

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