The Strafford Ball ~ 2019

25th anniversary

n  = dance appearing for the first time at the Ball

Dance Credits for recently composed dances


Autumn in Amherst (Philippe Callens) (duple impr.)     

A.  All step right and honor partner, then turn single to the left; Partners LH turn; Neighbors RH turn; In a ring of four, circle L halfway, then neighbors fall back.

B.  Ladies cross right, then men left; Partners half draw poussette CCW (M going fd, W backing up) to a line of four across the set (1s finish on the ladies’ side facing up, 2s finish on the men’s side facing down, men momentarily bk to bk. in the ctr); All fd. a double and back (Ones lead up whileTwos lead down); All cast R, move directly (M ahead of W) to prog. places on opposite side of the set), then partners cross R & turn R to face.


Barbarini’s Tambourine (longways, duple minor)

A. First corners cast L (man down, woman up) around nbrs, pass by L shoulder in ctr, cast R around partner to end in each other’s place

A. Second corners do similar: cast right, pass right shoulder, cast left around neighbor (end with all progressed and improper)

B. All fall back and cross to proper side, facing neighbor (4); with neighbor, back to back; partners, back to back

B. 4 changes of rights and lefts (with hands), starting with partner (8); partners 2H turn once around


Dublin Bay (longways, duple minor)

A. Couple1 cross, setting as they go, to corners. Turn corner by R hand once; Couple1 cross passing L sh., go below Cpl2, end in middle facing out, facing same sex. Arm R 1x, all finish facing down, Couple1 in center

B. In line, all fall back a double (up the hall), go forward a double, turn to face up; fall back a double (down the hall), come forward; Couple1 makes assisted cast to progressed place

The Dusty Miller (three-couple set)

A. Cpl.1 lead through Cpl.2, turn in and cast down to 3rd place (Cpl.3 remain in place)

A. Cpl.1 turn two-hands once around and cast up to 2nd place

B. Cpl.1 RH turn first corner (M1 with W3, W1 with M2), LH. turn partner

B. Cpl.1 RH turn second corner, LH turn partner

A. Slow set & honor 1st corner; 2H turn that person

A. Repeat with 2nd corner person

B. Hey on opposite side (M1 starting by passing l. sh. with W3, while W1 passes l. sh with M2)

B. Cpl.1 two-hand turn to get proper while moving down to 3rd place (Cpl.3 moving up)


Foxfire (Steve Sargent) (longways, duple minor impr)

A. Circle left halfway, then cast back one place

      Women change places passing left, then men change places passing left

A. Circle right halfway, then cast back one place

      Women change places passing R, men change places passing R;

B. Double Mad Robin clockwise (starting with W1 down & W2 up the center)

      Partners set & turn single

B   Neighbors gypsy

      Neighbors pass R & new neighbors bk to bk


Freeford Gardens (longways, duple minor)

      (Kathryn and David Wright)

A.  Partners set (moving fd), t. single to place.  Partners cross R, loop L to end improper

A.  Repeat to place.

B.  1st couple 1/2 figure 8 down, skipping;

      2nd couple 1/2 figure 8 up, skipping.

B.  Circle 4-hnds1/2 & fall bk; ptnrs 2-hand 1x


n Godwin's Humors (3 couple longways)

      (Playford, 1701; reconstructed by Scott Higgs)

A.  1s cross and cast down while 2s move up.

      1s cross and cast down again while

      the 3s move up.

A.  Zig zag poussettes back to place: 1s & 3s half CCW poussette to trade places, then 1s and 2s half CW poussette.  All are home.

B.  M1 & W2 cross R shoulder, W1 & M2 cross R shoulder.

      1s and 2s circle L halfway, turn single R.

B.  1s and 2s face partner for 3 changes of a circular hey. On bar 4, 1s continue down the outside to the bottom as the 3s move up.


Hambleton’s Round O (longways, triple proper)

A. Couple 1 cast to 2nd place (2s move up), M1 hey with Couple 3 passing W3 by L while W1 hey w/ Couple 2 (pass M2 by L). Couple 1 quick turn two-hands in middle

B. W1 & M2 (in 1st corner positions) change places, M1 & W2 same, circle L half & all turn single; face partner to start circular hey (4 changes)


Hudson Barn (longways, duple minor)

      (Jacqueline Schwab & Charles Hammond)

AA. Circle 4 left once; L hands across halfway;

        2M & 1W drop out while 1M & 2W continue two-hand turn 1-1/2 times.

BB. Circle 4 right once; R hands across half; as in A2 but diagonals reverse roles.

AA. All back to back nbrs along line; M turn by L 1/2 while W turn R 1/2; 1s half fig 8 to home.

BB. 1s down the center and back; 1s cast, 2s move up, all turn ptnrs to own side (2s turn 1 1/2)


Lucy's Lead (longways, duple proper)    for Lucy Young

      (Dance by Scott Higgs; tune by Carol Compton)

A. 1s lead through 2s, cast back; Women ½  fig 8 thru men [across]

     W1 & M2 ½ fig 8 up; Partners gate them up the ctr, ending with them in middle of a line of four.

B. Line leads up, all California twirl partner; Line leads down; all gypsy partner ¾

     RH star ¾; All 2-hand turn P once round

n Midwinter Maggot (Gary Roodman) (duple proper)

A.  With Ptr, up a double and back   

      LINES OF FOUR: 1st couple cast down into the middle of line of four, while 2nd couple leads up and casts down onto the ends of the line.

A.  Lines of four up a double and back.

      Bend the line to a circle, circle halfway, and with Partner, pass through, into . . .

B. Single-file circle left, halfway round, and all turn single left to go back the other way.

      Single-file circle right, halfway round, and turn all turn single right.

B. Beginning with Partner, do two changes of rights and lefts, into . . .

      With Partner, two-hand turn once and a half.


The Minor Spaniard (Jenny Beer) (longways duple)

A.  1st corners set & turn single, Ones 2-H turn with partner

A.  2nd corners set & turn single, Twos 2-H turn with partner

B.  1s lead down center for 4 steps, set to each other

      Lead up and cast to 2nd place, 2s moving up

B.  Circle L once around; 2s gate the 1s up and around to progressed place


Peace Be With You (longways, duple minor)

Dance by Fried de Metz Herman

A.  1st diagonals set, change by R-shldr; all R-hands across ½, all turn single L.

A.  Repeat w/ 2nd diagonals setting & crossing.

B   2-changes Rights and Lefts (hands); all 2-hand turn ptnr 1½ into:

B   Circle L ½; fall back holding neighbor’s hand, 2s gate 1s up & around to progressed place.



Saint Margaret’s Hill (3 couple longways)

A. Cpl.1 cast to middle (2s move up) & 2-hand turn 3/4 ending in lines of 3 (M1 between 3s, W1 between 2s); lines fall back a double, come forward a double into a circle, circle 6 half-way

B. M1 turn W3 by R while W1 turn M2 by R, Cpl.1 turn L 3/4 (end imp.); lead down, cast back to middle, 2-hand turn half (end proper)

B. M1 turn W2 by L while W1 turn M3 by L, Cpl.1 turn R 3/4 (end in middle place, imp.); lead up thru top cpl, cast back to middle, & all turn partner 2-hand halfway to end proper


Sapphire Sea (Christine Robb) (longways, duple proper)

A.  Circle L once, 1st diagonals turn by R.

A.  2nd diagonals turn by L, 1s cast WHILE 2s lead up and cast ending behind neighbor in line of 4 across with W2 facing W1, all others facing W’s wall.

B.  Dolphin Hey(1s act as a unit): with W1 in lead, 1s both pass R shoulder with W2 to start hey, 1s change lead at each end.  End back in line of 4 & face up.

B.  Line of 4 up a double and back,  2's gate 1's up and around to progress.


Sun Assembly (longways, duple minor)

A. Circle half and fall back, keep hands with neighbor, Ones move fd and 2s back up (gate) to progressed place, imp; Ones half fig.8 through couple above, who change places after Ones go thru, all set and turn single

B. Ones R hands across w/ cpl. below, Ones L hands across with couple above; Ones lead through cpl below and cast up, partners turn 2-hands



Wa’ Is Me, Wha’ Mun I Do? (longways duple)

A. M1 slow set L to partner, man and two women set R (6); Circle 3 to the L, man ends in W2’s place (6)

      M1 drops LH & leads women CW behind M2, finishing in W2’s place (12)

A. M2 does same, finishing in W1’s orig. place

         (all now progressed and improper)

B. Balance back with Nbr, come forward (6)

      Two slow chassez steps to L, finishing on side with partner (6)  (women are above)

      Lead out 1 step with partner, lead back (6)

      All cast over R shoulder, to orig places (6)

      1st corners advance & retire (6); 2nd corners same (6); 3 changes R&L (w/ hands) (12)


n Wibsey Roundabout 5-cpl round (Gary Roodman)

A   Men go fd a double to the center of the circle; while men go back, ladies go fd a double

      While ladies go back, Men go fd again, turn over R shoulders and with partners turn by R to place; then directly into 3 changes of R & L (starting RH to partner, ladies dance CW, men CCW). Give L to the next and turn once around.

B   Ladies R hands across once round.

      All bk to bk with current partner, passing R sh.

      In one ring, all into the center and back

      Face current partner, pass by the right and turn two hands with the next. (original neighbor)