Strafford Ball ¶
Summary of dance directions
¶ = dances new to the Strafford Ball
2004 = last appearance on a Ball program here
Ashford Anniversary (Charles Bolton) 2001
(three-couple longways set, mixer)
I. A. Up a dbl & back; lines fall bk a dbl & fd
B. Chorus: On R diagonal (M1 & W2, M2 & W3), set & change places while W1 & M3 go CCW 1/2 to change places; all turn s.; set w/ new prtnr, turn 2 hands 1 1/2 to own side
II. Siding into lines (R sh, then L sh); Chorus
III. Arming; chorus
Autumn in Amherst (longway, duple imp.) 2003
(Philippe Callens, Antwerp Antics); tune is The Red Star Line, by Kathy Talvitie
A All step right and honor partner, then turn single to the left; Partners LH turn; Neighbors RH turn; Taking hands in a ring of four, circle L half, then neighbours fall bk.
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 mens side facing down, men momentarily bk to bk. in the ctr); All fd. a double and back (Ones lead up while Twos 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.
Barbarinis Tambourine (longways, duple) 2004
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 others place
A. Second corners go similarly: cast R (man up, woman down), pass R sh, cast L around nbr (all now progressed & 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 two-hand turn once around
¶ The Bonny Cuckoo (4-couple longways set)
Dance by Gail Ticknor, Tune in triple time by Carolan;
published in The Blind Harper Dances
A Cpl 1 dance down ctr past 2 cpls, cast up one place (2s moving up); Cpl 1 cross by RH and change places by LH with nbr below;
A 4th couple does similar (start up ctr., etc.) Order of the set is now 2-4-3-1)
B Hands 8, circle L; balance in and out; release hands, W balance in & out (moving R), while M balance out & in (moving L to change places with neighbor)
B Hands 8, circle R; balance, partners 2-hand turn to end proper (2-3-4-1) Repeat 3x
¶ Fair and Softly (longways, duple minor)
Tune is in triple time
A Taking hands in long lines, all step-set up & down (6); Cpl 1 cast (2s moving up), lead thru new 2s and cast back to prog.place, facing up (2s face down) (18)
B1 (12) 4 changes, starting w/ nbr: 2 changes w/ hands, 3rd change R sh w/ nbr, 4th change two-hand turn with partner; (12) 2s lead down thru 1s and cast back, end facing up
B2 Cpl 1 face down (facing new 2s), repeat B1 ending w/ 2s leading up thru Couple 1
¶ The Female Saylor (longways, duple proper)
A Couple1 lead through couple above and cast down to place (at top, lead thru imaginary cpl.); Couple1 lead through couple below and cast up to place
A. Couple1 half figure-8 thru couple below;
Couple1 RH turn, end imp, facing down
B. Nbrs. back to back; Nbrs. 2-hand turn
B. All, partners back to back; Couple1 turn two-hands halfway& cast down while Couple2 turn two-hands moving up ctr
Hambletons Round O (longways, triple minor) 2004
Tune is in triple time.
A. Couple1 cast to 2nd place (2s move up), M1 hey with Couple3 passing W3 by L while W1 hey w/ Couple2 (pass M2 by L). Couple1 turn 2-hands in middle (last 2 bars)
B. W1 & M2 (in 1st corner positions) change places, M1 & W2 same, circle L half & all t.s. R; face ptnr to start circular hey (4 changes)
Jacks Maggot (longways, duple minor) 2001
A. M1 cross down the set & hey for 3 w/ the two women, starting R. shoulder w/ W2, end in original place
A. W1 the same w/ 2 men, starting L sh. w/ M2
B. All R hands across, L hands back (skipping)
B. 1st corners change, 2nd corners same; all 4 circle halfway, cpl.1 cast down (2s lead up)
¶ Jaque Latin (longways duple minor)
A 1st woman hey for 3 with men, L-shoulder to 2nd man to begin, return to place
A 1st man hey for 3 with women, R-shoulder to 2nd woman to begin.
B 1st couple cross R-shoulder and cast down 1 place, below 2nd couple, cross R-shoulder and cast down 1 more place.
B (1-2) 1st couple lead up center one place to face original 2nd couple
(3-4) 1st couple keeping hands with partner, all set to neighbor.
(5-8) 1st couple lead up thru the 2nd couple & cast down (2s move up).
C All set twice to corner; L-hands across.
C All set twice to corner; Circle left 1x
Mr. Isaacs Maggot
(longways, duple minor) 2001
Tune is in triple time
A. M1 turn W2 by R hand 3/4, return to his place moving below & around M2; W1 turn M2 by L hand 3/4, return to her place moving below & around W2
B. Inside hands w/ neighbor, all fall back 6 steps, come fd. 3 steps, turn single R, face partner & circular hey (3 changes), end in line of 4 facing up (1s betw. 2s); take hands, up a double & back, 2s give 1st cpl assisted cast
Red House (longways, duple minor) 1998
A. Cpl.1 meet, fall back a double, set to each other and cast to middle (Cpl.2 moving up)
A. Cpl. 2 repeat
B. M1, followed by partner, cast off below M2, goes up between Cpl.2 and CW around W2 to 2nd place (Cpl.2 moves up)
B. W2, followed by partner, cast off below W1, goes up between Cpl.1 and CCW around M1 to original place (Cpl.1 leads up)
C. M2 heys above w/ Cpl.1, passing W1 R sh.
C. W2 heys with Cpl.1, passing M1 by L sh.
Cpl. 1 cast to middle, 2s leading up
Round About Our Coal Fire (long, duple) 2002
(Based on Tom Cooks interpretation; tune is 9/8 meter.)
A. Cpl.1 lead down (1 bar), turn inwards & lead up (1 bar); 1s cast down, 2s leading up (2 bars); orig. Cpl.2 do the same, all back to orig. places
B. Cpl.1 & W2 straight hey for 3 across room, (W2 pass left shoulders with M1); Cpl.1 continue the hey w/ M2, who starts by passing W1 by R sh.
A. W1 advances towards M2, who retreats, w/ 2 hands pulls him to ctr of set; they turn 2-hands 1x & fall bk; M1 does the same w/ W2
B. Cpl.1 cross, cast belowCpl.2 (who move up), Cpl.1 2-hand turn half, fall back to prog. places; partners face, circular-hey, 4 changes.
Smithy Hill (longways duple minor, improper) 2003
(dance by Tom Cook; tune by Brian Jenkins)
A. Circle L (2 bars, starting L foot), step L&R; repeat to place; W change by R shoulder, Men change; repeat to place, end facing out.
A. Neighbors lead out, change places (W moving under arch of joined hand); W pass by R hand to face partner in line of 4, turn L to change w/ partner (box the gnat) ending with M in middle; Hey for 4 across starting L sh w/ partner (hands only on 1st change); partners take both hands, men draw women to progressed place, step L&R.
Softly Good Tummas (longways, duple) 2003
(Andrew Shaw reconstruction)
A. 1s & 2s single file circle halfway CW; All fwd to meet in center, turn single L back out, clap
A. Repeat CCW, turning single R to face ptnr.
B. 1s quick cast down, 2s lead up, partners set; 2 changes rights and lefts (w/ hands)
B. Set falling back, cross by R sh, turn R to face; 1s turn by R down to 2nd place while 2s cast up to 1st place.
¶ Wa Is Me, Wha Mun I Do? (longways duple)
(tune by Purcell, in triple time)
A. M1 slow set left to partner, man and two women set right (6); Circle 3 to the L, man ends in W2s place (6)
M1 drops LH & leads women CW behind M2, finishing in W2s place (12)
A. M2 does same, finishing in W1s 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 one step with partner, lead back (6)
All cast over R shoulder, to original places (6)
1st corners advance & retire (6); 2nd corners same (6); 3 changes R&L (w/ hands) (12)