The Strafford Ball Condensed Dance Instructions 2011

Dance Credits for recently composed dances

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The Strafford Ball ~ 2011

n = dance appearing for the first time at Ball


Alice (longways, duple minor) (Philippe Callens)

A. First corners set, RH turn halfway.

A. Second corners repeat A1.

B Facing partner, fall back taking two single steps; partners Cross right shoulder, turning right into…Single File Circle (CW) all the way around, partners two-hand turn.


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


Christchurch Bells (longways, duple minor)

A. M1 turn W2 by R hand, then partner by LH

B. M2 turn W1 by L hand, then partner by RH

C. Circle 4 hands once around, slipping (4); clap hands (own, partner’s R, own, partner’s L), Couple1 cast down, Couple 2 lead up ctr.


n Foxfire (longways, duple minor)  (dance by Steve Sargent; tune by Daron Douglas)

A. Circle left halfway, then cast back one place; women change by L sh, men change by L sh

A. Circle right halfway, then cast back one place; women change by R sh then men by R sh

B. Double Mad Robin (W1 down & W2 up the ctr, men on outside); partners set & turn single

B. Neighbors gypsy; neighbors pass R sh and new neighbors back to back


Hambleton’s Round O (longways, triple minor)

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)


Jack’s Health (longways, duple minor)

A. Couple1 cross, go below 2s; 2-hand turn once

A. Back-to-back w/ neighbor; all fall back from partner, set

B. All forward, all turn single outward; rights & lefts (4 changes, with hands); all 2-hand turn partner (Couple1 go 1-1/2; Couple2 go once)


n Key to the Cellar (longways, triple minor) (dance by Jenny Beer)

A. 1st couple cast; gate down through the 3rd couple.

A. Lines forward and back; 1st couple gate up through the 2nd couple.

B. Heys across the dance, 1st woman up with 2nd couple, 1st man down with 3rd couple.

B. 1st couple gypsy; All turn two hands


Knives and Forks (longways, duple minor)

A. Cpl.1 cast to 2nd place (2s move up); 

Cpl.1 back-to-back

A. Cpl.1 cast back to place (2s move down); 

Cpl.1 back-to-back

B. Lead out with neighbor, lead back; cross with partner & loop R (ending improper)

B. M1 & W2 cross, W1 and M2 cross; all turn partner 2-hands


Leather Lake House (longways, triple minor)

A. First and second couples set to partners, then two changes of rights and lefts; Repeat, to end back at home place

A. 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)

B. First lady circle L w/ Cpl2 while first man circles w/ Cpl3; All turn partners R hand.

B. First lady circle R with couple3, first man with couple2; All turn partners left hand once around to these progressed places.


Lilli Burlero (longways, duple minor)

A. Cpl.1 lead down thru 2s and cast up; 

2s lead up thru 1s and cast down

B. 1st corners change, 2nd corners change; 

Neighbors fall back a double, come forward, turning single right

B. Partners change (pass right shoulders), neighbors change places, moving backwards along line and passing right shoulders; partners face and circular hey, 3 changes, skipping


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 and M2 down the outside)


Mary K (longways, duple minor improper) (Dance by Gary Roodman; tune 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)

I. A. Lead up a double & fall back; repeat

  B. Set and turn single. to partner; repeat

II. A. Cpl.1 set 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; face partner, all go 4 slips to left and back into line

B. Continue, slipping 4 steps to R & back

V. A. First man spring out to place; partner and others do the same in sequence

BA. 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


The Prince of Westborough (longways, duple minor) Dance by Paula Kelley; tune by Peter Barnes)

A. In groups of 4 (hands not joined), all balance into the center and out; all turn single R; RH star once round. In groups of 4, all balance into the center and out; all turn single L; LH star once round.

B. 1st corners cross L and leisurely turn single R to face in while 2nd corners turn single R and cross R; All circle once round.

Poussette CW halfway, 1st corners moving forward to begin

Draw poussette CW, ending progressed & proper, 1st corners drawing partners


The Punch Bowl (longways, duple minor)     

A. 1s cross, go below, meet & go through next couple, cast up to middle while 2s meet, lead up, separate, go outside the 1s, turn in to meet partner, lead down to meet original 1s;  Hands 4 circle left halfway, 1s cast, 2s lead up

A. Repeat with roles reversed (2s cross, etc.);  (At end, all are in original places but improper)

B. Second corner positions change (original 1st corner people)

First corner positions change

Hands 4, circle left halfway

1s cast, 2s lead up (progression)

All, two-hand turn partner halfway 


The Shrewsbury Lasses (3 couple, longways)

A. M1 only slow set & honor to W2; 2-hand turn

A. W1 only slow set & honor to M2; 2-hand turn

B. Couple1 cast to middle (2s move up), circle Left w/ Couple3; then skip around ends (M1 around top, W1 around bottom), Couple1 turn halfway to end proper in middle place

B. Couple3 cast up to middle (1s move down), circle L w/ Couple2; then skip around ends (M2 around top, W3 around bottom), Couple3 turn halfway to end proper in middle place


Sun Assembly (longways, duple minor)

A. Circle half and fall back, keep hands with neighbor, 1s move fd and 2s bk up (gate) to progressed place, imp; Couple1 half fig.8 through couple above, who change places after 1s go thru, all set and turn single

B. Cpl.1 R hand across w/ cpl. below, cpl.1 L.hand across with couple above; cpl.1 lead through cpl below and cast up, partners turn 2-hands


Trip to Kilburn (longways, triple minor)

A. Cpl.1 cast to middle (2), circle L with 3s (4), lead down thru 3s (2)

A. Cpl.1 cast up to middle (2), circle L with 2s (4), lead up thru 2s (2)

B. Cpl.1 cast around 2s, circle 6 to left

B. Cpl.1 and 2 four changes of circular hey; Cpl.1 & 2 turn partner 2 hands