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2006 Strafford Ball

¶ = Dances appearing for first time on Ball program

Alice (longways duple minor)
Philippe Callens Tune is in waltz time
awaiting permission to reproduce here.
Bonny Grey-Ey’d Morn (longways dpl minor)
A1 First diag RH turn; M1 long cast (while M2 moves up & turns out to M1 place; 2nd diag (Cpl1), LH turn, W1 cast while W2 moves up)
A2 Repeat with 2s active
B1 Ones cross R, move down outside to 2nd place (2s lead up); half figure-8 up; Ones lead down thru next cpl., cast back up (2 bars), lead up through own 2s and cast back down (2 bars)
B2 Twos repeat all but last 2 bars, then lead up and turn out while 1s long cast to 2nd place

(three-couple longways set)
I A. Cpl.1 turn by R hand; long cast to 2nd place
A. Cpl.1 turn by L hand; cast to 3rd place
B. Slipping circle 6 to L; and R
B. Cpl.1 lead to top; cast to middle (3s move down), meet, and turn single down
II.A. Contrary corners (2 hand): M1 turn W3 while W1 turn M2; cpl.1 turn 2-hands
A. M1 turn W2 2-hands while W1 turn M3; Cpl.1 turn 1 1/2 in ctr (end skipping)
B. Figure-8s across: M1 figure-8 thru top couple (pass R shoulder with W2) while W1 figure-8 thru bottom cpl. (pass R shoulder with M3), Cpl.1 pass by L sh.
B. Heys for 3 across: M1 hey w/ bot. cpl while W1 hey w/top cpl; Cpl.1 lead to bottom)

Freeford Gardens (longways duple minor)
Kathryn and David Wright, 1980

(pending permission to publish see CDSS News, Nov/Dec 2000 #157)
Fresh Fields (longways, Becket, mixer)
Dance and tune by Charles Bolton
A1 Circle L 3/4 (1s now above 2s); all 2-hand turn with partner, end facing up
A2 1s cast to center of line of 4 facing up while 2s follow, curling to ends of line; lines up dbl, and back, bending into longways set
B1 2 changes of R&L, starting w/ partner; prtners cross R shoulder (as in Hole in Wall)
B2 2nd diagonal places (M1 & M2) change (2 bars), circle 4 halfway (2 bars); long lines fall back, drop partner's hand, come fwd with neighbor who becomes new prtner.

Hambleton’s Round O
(longways, triple minor)
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)

Handel With Care
(2 cpl) Gary Roodman;
tune is from Handel’s Water Music
I. A Partners fd. a double to other cpl and fall bk; partners lead away a dbl and fall back
B1 M1 and W2, followed by partners, cast off into line of 4 (M1 & W2 inside) facing up; Line of four go up a double and fall back, bending the line into circle
B2 Circle L halfway; turn single R
Starting w/ ptnr, 3 changes circ. hey
II. A. Partners side into lines: R sh, then L sh
B1 & 2 As above
III. A. Partners arm right; arm left
B1 & 2 As above

Hudson Barn (longways, duple minor)
by Jacqueline Schwab & Charles Hammond
AA. Circle 4 left once; Lhands across half; 2M & 1W drop out while 1M&2W continue 1 1/2 times.

BB. Circle 4 right once; Rhands across half; as A2 but diagonals reverse roles.

AA. All bk to bk nbrs along line; M turn by L 1/2 while W turn R 1/2; 1s half fig8 to home.
BB. 1s down the ctr & bk; 1s cast, 2s move up, all turn partners to own side (2s turn 1 1/2)

Juice of Barley (longways, duple minor)
A. Partners back-to-back; partners turn two-hands once around
B. Men half figure-8 between women, M1 leading; all clap hands; circle 4-hands CW once around
B. Women half figure-8 between men, W1 leads; all clap and circle 4-hands CW once around

Leather Lake House (longways, triple minor)
Reconstructed by Fried deMetz Herman
A1 First and second cpls set to partners, then two changes of rights and lefts.
Repeat to places.
A2 Cpl1 cross & cast below as Twos lead up (6); Ones (in middle) two-turn half-way (& face down). (2); First couple lead down thru third, cast to second place (8)
B1 First lady circle L w/ Cpl2 while first man circles w/ Cpl3; All turn partners R hand.
B2 First lady circle R with couple3, first man with couple2; All turn partners left hand once around to these progressed places.

Mad Robin
(longways, duple minor)
A. M1 turn W2 by RH, partner by LH & cast to 2nd place (M2 moves up)
A. W1 turn partner (in 2nd place) by LH, turn M2 by RH & cast to 2nd place (W2 moves up)
B. W1 moves up center & casts down while M1 moves up outside & down center to 2nd place; Couple1 turn 2-hands once around
B. Couple2, similar (W2 starting down the center.)

Mary K (longways, duple minor improper)
Dance by Gary Roodman (A Finite Set of Calculated Figures); tune in triple time by Dave Wiesler
A. M cast R, behind nbr, and change places (9); 2-hand turn partner halfway (3)
A. W cast R, behind ptnr and change places (9), 2-hand turn neighbor halfway (3)
B. Circle L half, fall back (6); face partner, pass thru & turn R (6); starting w/ partner, 2 changes R&L (6); partner 2-hand turn 1x (6)
C. With own couple, Petit Fours (12): 1s lead up
center, face & fall back, face down & move down outside; face & meet; 2s start by falling back, then face down & move down, face & meet, lead up center

C. With new couple, Petit Fours (12): 1s lead down
center, face & fall back, face up & move up outside, face & meet; 2s face & fall back, face up & move up outside; face & meet, lead down the center

Nonesuch (4 couple longways)
(Pat Shaw interpretration in part IV-B)
I. A. Lead up a double & fall back; repeat
B. Set and turn single. to partner; repeat
II. A. Cpl.1 spring fd to meet, slip down between Cpl.2, turn out to face same-sex neighbor; on diagonal, M1 and W1 push nbr out and draw bk, opening out to face across in prog. places
B. Same four, facing partner, fall bk a double and move fd. a double, turn partners 2-hands
Repeat 4x, top cpl. joining in when lead cpl. starts from 3rd place; orig. bottom couple ends in top place and becomes Couple1
III. A. Partners side over, turn single right; partners side back to place, turn single right
B. New first man spring to ctr of set, facing down, his partner does the same, facing up toward partner; each couple do likewise
IV. A. Partners arm R, L;
B. face partner, turn single 1/4 R while falling back into ptnr's home place (2 bars), reverse that path back to ctr. of set (2 bars); turn single 1/4 L falling back to home place (2 bars), reverse path to center (2 bars).
V. A. First man spring out to place; partner and others do the same in sequence
B. Progressive hey, with hands: Couple1 start by taking RH, others face up and join in; go all around set to finish from this starting 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

Sally in our Alley (longways, duple minor)
Dance reconstructed by Jacqueline Schwab;
tune is in triple time.
A1 (12) 1st corners cast out left (M1 down, W2 up) around neighbors, pass L sh in center and loop right around prtnr into each other’s place
A2 (12) 2nd corners cast out R (M2 up, W1 down) around neighbors, pass R sh in center and loop L around same-sex neighbor into each other’s place
B1 (12) All fall back, return & cross with partner, looping R into…
(12) Four changes of circular hey
B2 First corners (in 2nd crnr places) change by L sh; 2nd corners (in 1st corner places) change by R sh; quick circle L once (all home, imp.) (6); Cpl.1 long cast off (6) and 2-hand turn while Cpl.2 move up and 2-hand turn 1-1/2

Sellenger’s Round (Round for all) 5 parts
I. A. Slipping circle to L; then R
B. All set to center, fall back; set to partner & turn single
B. Repeat
II. A. Join hands into ctr & back; repeat
B. Same as Part I
III. A. Siding w/ partner twice (B as above)
IV. A. Arm R then L w/ partner (B as above)
V. Repeat Part I

Softly Good Tummas (longways, dpl proper)
(Andrew Shaw reconstruction)
A. 1s&2s single file circle half CW; All fwd to meet in ctr, turn single L back out, clap (2nd beat bar 8)
A Repeat CCW, turning single R to face.
B. 1s quick cast down, 2s lead up, ptnrs set; 2 changes rights and lefts (hands)
B. Set falling bk, cross by R shldr, turn R to face; 1s turn by R dwn to 2nd place while 2s cast to 1st place.

Wa’ Is Me, Wha’ Mun I Do? (longways duple)
(tune by Purcell, in triple time)
Reconstructed by Christine Helwig

A. M1 slow set left to partner, man and two women set right (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)

Well Hall (duple proper) Tune is in triple time
A. Couple1 turn R 1 1/2; cast down (2s move up), 1s change places, backing into proper side
A. Couple2, the same
B. 1st corners change (2 measures), 2nd corners change; Circle L 1/2 way, all turn single (1s turn up & away from ptnr, 2s down & away)
B. 2nd corners change, 1st corners change; Circle L halfway, 1s cast down as 2s lead up

Dance Credits for recently composed dances

  • Alice is written by Philippe Callens to the tune Siciliano by Georrg Philipp Telemann. It is published in his book "Antwerp Antics".
  • Handle with Care is written by Gary Roodman to a tune by Handle (Water Music). The dance is published in Gary's book "Additional Calculated Figures"(1992). Brief instructions are published here by permission of the author (8/17/06 email).
  • Hudson Barn by Jacqueline Schwab & Charles Hammond; Brief insturctions published here by permission of Jacqueline Schwab (8/18/03); full instructions and tune printed in "Hudson Barn", Helene Cornelius, ed., 1974) Dance written for Pam Kelly and Jonathan Bosworth, on their wedding.
  • Mary K is written by Gary Roodman. The dance is published in Gary's book "A Finite Set of Calculated Figures, Vol. 6" Brief instructions are published here by permission of the author (8/17/06 email).
  • The dance Fresh Fields written by Charles Bolton, as is the music. Both are published in hs book "Round Robin" (2005). The tune is also recorded in the Flying Romanos CD "Round Robin. Brief instructions are published here by permission of the author (8/16/06 email).
  • Freeford Gardens is written by Katherine and David Wright, to the tune "Edgeworth Bumpkins", and was published in the CDSS News, Nov/Dec 2000 (#157). The tune is also recorded on the Bare Necessities CD "Simple Pleasures", vol 3 of the Boston CDS series. (looking for address to secure permission).


  • The dance instructions shown here are the interpretation of the Strafford ball organizers, and are not direct quotes of the original authors. They are highly condensed to fit on a single sheet of paper and serve as a reminder. These dance summaries indicate the way we perform the dance; they may vary slightly from the author's original intent.
  • Permission by an author to publish condensed instructions here does not imply permission for any further reproduction