The Strafford Ball ~ 2016
✪= dance appearing for the first time at the Ball
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 two-hand turn once around
Bellamira (longways, duple minor)
Reconstruction by Charles Bolton
A. Couple1 lead down, turn alone, lead up, gate to face down, improper.
A. Siding w/ neighbor; two-hand turn once around.
B. Change places with partner (right shoulder, slow); M2 cast up, W2 follow, ending in 1st place, proper.
B. M1 change with W2 (1st corner people in 2nd corner places), others change; All clap, circle halfway, and turn single L
Christina (longways, duple improper)
Dance by Naomi Alexander
A. Set to partner, turn single; RH turn once
A. Neighbor LH turn; set to neighbor, turn single
B. Circle left halfway, fall bk from partner; two changes of R&L (to home)
B. Poussette CCW halfway (men fd to start); 1s lead up & cast down
✪Companions (longways, duple minor)
Dance by Victor Skowronski
A. Single file circle left one place, balance into center and back.
A. Repeat all that, moving one more place.
B. M1&2W chevron, i.e. change by R, then back up into neighbor’s place while W1 cast down, & M2 cast up to neighbor’s place, all ending improper (un-progressed.
B. All pousette CW ½+, release hands and merge into line of 4 across: 1W 2W 1M 2M
C. All hey 6 changes (1M 2W start w/ L shldr), end: 2W 2M 1W 1M.
C. 1W 2M gypsy L ¾ WHILE 1M&2W loop R ending progressed in center of set; all gypsy ptnr R 1¼ to progressed place.
Easter Thursday (longways, duple minor)
Tune is 24 bars, in triple time.
A. Neighbors back to back, partners back to back; neighbors turn, partners turn.
B. All balance back, forward, to the R, to the L, then turn single to place; Cpl.1 half figure 8 down, then cross and go below Cpl.2 (who move up); all 2 hand turn with partner.
Easter Tuesday (longways, duple proper)
A. M1 cast to 2nd pl & turn single.
(M2 moving up.)
A. W1 cast to 2nd pl & turn single.
(W2 moving up.)
B. Partners bk to bk; Neighbors bk to bk.
B. Rights & lefts, 4 changes.
Fandango (three-couple longways set)
I A. Cpl.1 turn by R hand; long cast to 2nd place
A. Cpl.1 turn by L hand; long 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)
Fenterlarick (longways, duple minor)
Dance by Joyce Walker
A. First corners side; first corners set toward each other and turn single back to place
A. Second corners the same
B. Women lead through the M, cast back to place; Men lead through the W, then cast bk to place
B. Partner left hand 3/4 to form line of four up and down the set; First woman and second man right-hand turn 1-1/2 while first man and second woman continue around (CCW) to change places and meet partner; partner turn left hand 3/4 to progressed places
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)
✪Leslie's Valentine (longways, duple minor)
Dance by Scott Higgs, for Leslie Talon
A. W1 set fwd to M2, both turn single; W1 cast down (W2 moves up) then continue across set, while M2 follows her (chase), ending with W1&2M below and improper.
A. On sides, all face ptnr, set & turn single, flowing into; single file circle CW ¾ (W chasing ptnr), ending 1s below proper, 2s above improper.
B 1s dance single Mad Robin (1W start up inside); 1s 2-hand turn once & face up WHILE 2s 2-hand turn ½ & cast to end of line of 4 facing up (all proper).
B. Lines up a dbl and back; lines set (facing up), 2s gate 1s up&around to prog.
The Lovers’ Knot (longways, duple improper)
Dance by Jim Kitch. Tune: Indian Point
A. Back to back neighbor while facing partner (similar to Mad Robin chase); half poussette CW
A. Circle left four, 3/4 around; 2-hand turn partner on side, ending facing across set, men on left
B. Men start left-shoulder hey, go seven places (ending with men on the outside facing in, women facing partners)
B. Gypsy partner1-1/2; men turn 1/2 by L, women then join forming L.H. across 1/2 to prog. place.
✪Mendocino Redwood (lngways, duple minor)
Dance by Mary Devlin, Bob Fraley, and Elizabeth Zekley at Mendocino Camp
A. Up a double and back; 2s ½ figure of 8 up through 1s.
A. Down a double and back; 1s ½ figure of 8 down through 2s.
B. R-hands across, L-hands back
B. 1st diag change L-shldr, 2nd diag change R-shldr, all turn ptnr 2-hand 1x, face up.
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.
Sally in our Alley (longways, duple minor)
Dance reconstructed by Jacqueline Schwab.
A. (12) 1st corners cast left (M1 down, W2 up) around neighbors, pass L-sh in ctr and loop right around prtnr into each other’s place
A. (12) 2nd corners cast R (M2 up, W1 down) around neighbors, pass R sh in center and loop L around same-sex neighbor into each other’s place
B. (12) All fall back, return & cross with partner, looping R into…
(12) Four changes of circular hey
B. First corners (in 2nd corner places) change by L shoulder; 2nd corners (in 1st corner places) change by R sh; quick circle left once (all home, improper) (6); Cpl.1 long cast off (6) and 2-hand turn while Cpl.2 move up and two-hand turn 1-1/2
✪Sapphire Sea (longways, duple minor)
Dance by Christine Robb
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, releasing early enough to progress smoothly.
Softly Good Tummas (longways, duple minor)
Dance reconstructed by Andrew Shaw
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.
Turning by Threes (3-cpl circle)
Dance by Gary Roodman
A. Circle left (2 bars),turn single L; repeat all to R; w/ partner, long back-to-back; Two quick changes of W&L, w/ hands, then RH turn with the next person once around into…
B Men L-hands across 1x (back to these new places), Women R-hands across 1x; Men dance to the ctr. with 2 sgl steps; as M fall back, W dance to ctr. with 2 single steps; W look over R sh and gypsy with this new ptnr, about once and 1/4 around, bk into circle
Whiskey Before Dinner (duple improper)
Dance by Gary Roodman
A. RH across halfway; W cross; then M cross.
A. Circle L halfway; Face Nbr and back-to-back ¾ on sides into wavy lines of 4 (1s facing up, 2s down, M in the middle).
B. In a wave, all set R and L (in triple time); M RH turn halfway in middle; then LH turn halfway on ends & face P along line.
B. Set R & L to P; partial hey (W pass P by R, loop R all the way to face out again, extending LH), while M weave across the set (put out RH)
C. With Nbr, lead away; turn alone, lead bk, pass thru, and turn around into . . .
C. Four changes of R and L.