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Autumn Gifts
 
Foxfire
 
Bluebonnets
 
Hambleton's Round O
 
Champagne
 
Kitchen Triad**
 
The Chocolate Equation**
 
Michedonia
 
Dancing Across the Atlantic
 
Mile of Smiles
 
Dolphins in the Sound**
 
Moonflower
 
Emma's Waltz**
 
Sally in our Alley
 
The Fandango**
 
Take the F Train
Fenterlarick
 
Turning by Threes
 
Dances marked with two asterisks (**) will not be taught at the ball.
All dances will be prompted but workshop attendance is advised.

Items in red below are changes since the ball booklets were published.


conventions and abbreviations

Unless otherwise indicated…


Autumn Gifts
Longways duple minor, 9/8 meter, Em
Impropriety V, Brooke Friendly & Chris Sackett, 2014
Tune: Saint Malo, Daron Douglas, 2014
Recording: Roguery - Impropriety V
 
A1 1-8 Four changes R&L (ptnr start, 6 steps per side).
A2 1-2 Star R half-way, into...
  3-4 Circle L half-way.
  5-6 Circle R half-way, into...
  7-8 Star L half-way (all home) and ease out into...
B 1-4 Ptnrs L-sh back-to-back.
  5-6 1s short lead down center, turn towards each other, lead back.
  7-8 1st cast down while 2s lead up, turn up and away to face ptnr across set.
  9-10 Ptnrs balance fwd and back.
  11-12 Ptnrs R-sh gypsy.

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Bluebonnets (or Trip to Texas)
Longways duple minor, 9/8 meter, Dm
The Goldcrest Collection, Joseph Pimentel, 2005
Tune: Bluebonnets, Debbie Jackson, 2001
Recording: Goldcrest - The Goldcrest Collection
 
A1 1-2 1s dance fwd to meet (3 steps) and fall back.
  3-4 1s 2H-turn.
A2 1-4 2s dance fwd to meet (3 steps) and fall back.  2s 2H-turn
B   All face crnr:
  1 Balance back (step back, step together, pause).
  2 Balance R (step R, step together, pause).
  3-4 Crnrs simultaneously "Hole-in-the-Wall" cross.
  5-6 Circle L half-way (all home).
  7-8 1s cast down while 2s lead up.

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Champagne
Longways duple minor, 2/4 meter, E
Under the Influence, Jenna Simpson, 2017
Tune: Le Fete de Village, Yorkshire, 1789
 
A1 1-4 All up-a-dble and back, face ptnr (taking hands).
  5-8 Balance fwd and back, and "California Twirl" (end facing down).
A2 1-4 All down-a-dble and back, face ptnr (taking hands).
  5-8 Balance fwd and back; turn single R, into...
B1 1-4 All single file circle once round (CW).
  5-6 Continuing direction 1W & 2M (2nd crnr people) advance towards ptnrs who back out of the set (end 1s on women's side, 2s on men's side).
  7-8 Ptnrs set R&L.
B2 1-2 1s lead down one place while 2s lead up one place.
  3-4 1W & 2M (2nd crnr people) draw ptns into progressed places.
  5-8 Ptnrs 2H-turn or swing (end facing up).

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The Chocolate Equation
4 couple set, 2/2 meter, G
Impropriety III, Brooke Friendly & Chris Sackett, 2009
Tune: 72%, Shira Kammen, 2009
Recording: Roguery - Impropriety III
 
A1 1-4 Ptnrs swirl (Sharp) siding (over L-sh, back R-sh).
  5-8 Ptnrs reverse swirl siding (over R-sh, back L-sh), into...
A2 1-8 In fours, circle R, then circle back L (end home facing nbr along lines - 1s&3s down, 2s&4s up).
B1 1-8 Parallel hey-for-4 along lines, nbr start R-sh.
B2 1-2 1s & 2s (tops) star R half-way.
  3-4 1s & 3s (middles) star L half-way.
  5-6 1s & 3s (bottoms) star R half-way.
  7-8 Ptnrs LH-turn half-way.

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Dancing Across the Atlantic
Longways duple minor, 6/8 meter, C
Dancing Across the Atlantic, Loretta Holz, 2005
Tune: Dancing Up a Storm, Charlene Thomson
Recording: The Flying Romanoes - Dancing Across the Atlantic, 2007
 
A1 1-8 1M followed by 1W (as a unit), figure-8 down thru 2s (2W L-sh to start).
A2 1-8 2W followed by 2M (as a unit) figure-8 up thru 1s (1W L-sh to start).
(All now improper).
B1 1-4 1M & 2W (2nd crnr places) take RH, then LH, then 2H-turn half-way into...
  5-8 Ptnrs back-to-back along lines.
B2 1-4 1W & 2M (1st crnr places) take RH, then LH, then 2H-turn half-way into...
  5-8 Ptnrs back-to-back across set.

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Dolphins in the Sound
3 couple longways, 2/2 meter, G
One Candle - and other dances, Trevor Monson, 2009
Tune: Jordan's Shore, Elvyn Bromfield
 
A1 1-2 1s pass nbr R-sh (2s move up).
  3-8 1W follows 1M who goes L-sh round 3s to face 2M (end as cpl in center of set).
  Four half dolphin heys on diagonal:
B1 1-4 1s pass 2M (1st diagonal top) R-sh, loop R (1W takes lead), pass 3W R-sh to face next crnr.
  5-8 1s pass 3M (2nd diagonal bottom) R-sh, loop R (1M takes lead), pass 2W R-sh to face next crnr.
B2 1-4 1s pass 2M (1st diagonal bottom) R-sh, loop R (1W takes lead), pass 3W R-sh to face next crnr
  5-8 1s pass 3M (2nd diagonal top) R-sh, loop R (1M takes lead), pass 2W R-sh to end in 2nd place, proper, facing men's side
C 1-4 2s & 1s (tops) star R.
  5-6 1s & 3s (bottoms) star L half-way.
  7-8 1s & 3s turn ptnr LH half-way (end order 2-3-1).

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Emma's Waltz
4 couple longways, 3/4 meter, D
Colin Hume, 2009
Tune: Emma's Waltz, Brian Stone, 2009
Recording: Skylark - Spreading our Wings
 
A1 1-4 In fours, 1st crnrs give RH, balance fwd and back; box the gnat (keeping hands) into...
  5-8 All four star R (end men below ladies).
A2 1-4 2nd crnrs give LH, balance fwd and back; swat the flea (keeping hands) into...
  5-8 All four star L (end improper, men face up, women face down).
B1 1-4 All eight, single file circle CCW half-way (end proper, order 3-4-1-2).
  5-8 Lines-of-4 take hands, set R & L fwd, turn single back.
  9-12 Middle cpls (4s & 1s) pass ptnr R-sh, cast to nearest end place while ends (3s & 2s) wait two bars and lead into middle places (end facing ptnr ;order 4s improper - 3 - 2 -1s improper)
  13-16 Ptnrs 2H-turn.
B2   Zig-zags
  1-8 Active dancers (4W/top, 1M/bottom) cross four times:
RH-turn ptnr half-way across set,
LH-turn L diagonal person half-way, 
RH-turn across set half-way,
LH-turn L diagonal (other active dancer) half-way.
  9-16 New active dancers (4M/top, 1W/bottom) cross four times:
RH-turn ptnr half-way across set,
LH-turn L diagonal person half-way, 
RH-turn across set half-way,
LH-turn L diagonal (other active dancer) half-way.
(End order 3-1-4-2).

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The Fandango
3 couple longways, 6/8 meter, D, Barnes v1,p38
Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1774, Charles and Samuel Thompson, 1774
Modern reconstruction by W. S. Porter, 1931, as published in
    The Playford Ball, Keller and Shimer, 1994
Recordings:
   Bare NecessitiesTake a Dance, 1991
   The Dancehall PlayersLive From Dan’s Hall
   Jim Colemand and Denis Smith - The Apted and Other Country Dances
 
Part 1
A1 1-4 1s RH-turn, acknowledge ptnr.
  5-8 1s cast to 2nd place while 2s move up.
A2 1-4 1s LH-turn, acknowledge ptnr.
  5-8 1s cast to bottom place while 3s move up.
B1 1-8 All slipping circle L, then back to R.
B2 1-8 1s lead up center to top, cast down to middle place while 3s move down.
1s turn single down (towards 3s).
Part 2
A1 1-8 Contra Corners: 1s (in middle place) 2H-turn 1st crnr (on R diagonal)
1s 2H-turn ptnr in middle of set (end facing across).
A2 1-8 1s 2H-turn 2nd crnr (on L diagonal)
1s 2H-turn ptnr in middle of set, skipping, into...
B1 1-8 1s figure-8 round end cpl on their L (1M up to 2s, 1W down to 3s) splitting that cpl to start.
B2 1-8 1s pass L-sh in middle to trade ends and hey-for-3 across set with other end cpl (1M down with 3s, 1W up with 2s).  1s finish hey and lead down center to bottom while 3s finish last loop of hey dancing up to middle place (end order 2-3-1).

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Fenterlarick
Longways duple minor, 4/4 meter, C, Barnes v1,p39
CDSS News #97, Joyce Walker, 1977
Tune: Nancy’s Fancy, Fred Grimshaw
Recording: Bare Necessities Modern Treasures (vol 4)
 
A1 1-8 1st crnrs swirl (Sharp) siding over and back, set and turn single.
A2 1-8 2nd crnrs swirl (Sharp) siding over and back, set and turn single.
B1 1-4 Women lead thru men and cast back to place.
  5-8 Men lead thru women and cast back to place.
B2 1-2 Ptnrs LH-turn three-quarters to a line-of-4 (no hands) down center of set.
  3-6 2nd crnrs (middles) RH-turn once and a half while 1st crnrs (ends) orbit CCW half-way round.
  7-8 Ptnrs LH-turn three-quarters to end on own side, progressed.

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Foxfire
Longways duple minor, 1s improper, 6/8 meter, Dm
Steve Sargent, 2008
Tune: Foxfire, Daron Douglas, 2014
 
A1 1-2 Circle L half-way.
  3-4 All cast over L-sh (CCW) back one place.
  5-8 Women cross L-sh, men cross L-sh.
A2 1-4 Circle R half-way; all cast over R-sh (CW) back one place.
  5-8 Women cross R-sh, men cross R-sh (all home, facing across set).
B1 1-4 Double Mad Robin (CW): women dance fwd and R to start, M dance back and L to start.
  5-8 Ptnrs set and turn single (end facing nbr) into...
B2 1-4 Gypsy nbr along line.
  5-8 Pass nbr R-sh along line and back-to-back next nbr.

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Hambleton's Round O
Longways triple minor, 3/2 meter, Cm, Barnes v1,p47
The Dancing Master, Playford, vol 2, 1st ed, 1710
Tune: Hambleton's Round O
Modern Reconstruction: Fallibroome Collection, Vol 1, Bernard J. Bentley, 1962
Recordings:
   Bare NecessitiesTake a Dance, 1991
   The Dancehall Players More From Dan’s Hall
   Hold the Mustard - English Country Dance Favorites
 
A 1-2 1s cast down one place while 2s move up.
  3-6 1s face cpl on R, split end cpls to dance hey-for-three across set (L-sh start, 1W with 2s, 1M with 3s).
  7-8 1s 2H-turn in middle place.
B 1 1W & 2M (1st crnr places) change places (3 steps).
  2 1M & 2W (2nd crnr places) change places (3 steps).
  3-4 All circle L half-way, turn single R into...
  5-8 4 changes circular hey (ptnr R-sh start, 3 steps per side).

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Kitchen Triad
3 couple set, 2/2 meter, D (A part), A (B part), Barnes v1,p64
Road to Ruin, Fried de Metz Herman, 1984
Tune: Little Judique Reel, Traditional
Recordings:
    Hold the Mustard - It's Easy ... if you know where you're going
    West Kirby Folk Dance Band - Not Quite Dutch, 1999
 
A1 1-2 1s cross and go below to 2nd place (2s moving up).
  3-4 1s 2H-turn half-way (end proper).
  5-8 1s lead down thru 3s and cast back to 2nd place (end slightly outside set facing up).
A2 1-4 Women star L half-way while men star R half-way. Then all cross over into other star (1s start, women pass in front of ptnr), keep the stars turning.
  5-8 Turn stars half-way more and open up into lines-of-3 with 1s in the middle (end order 2-1-3, all improper).
B1 1-4 Lines-of-3 fwd and back, open up into...
  5-8 Circle 6 L half-way (end order 3-1-2, proper).
B2 1-4 Top 2 cpls (3s & 1s) cross set and dance down one place on outside while bottom (2s) lead up center to top.
  5-8 Swing ptnrs (end order 2-3-1, proper).

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Michedonia
Longways duple minor, 2/4 meter, Em
Dan Blim, 2014
Tune: Carpathian Tune, Traditional
Recording: Footloose - Trip to the Moon
 
A1 1-2 1s cast down while 2s dance up.
  3-4 1s balance fwd and back.
  5-8 1s half-figure-8 up thru 2s.
A2 1-8 2s cast down while 1s dance up.
2s balance fwd and back.
2s half-figure-8 up thru 1s (end all improper).
B1 1-4 1M & 2W (2nd crnr places) cross R-sh, 2H-turn ptnr half-way on side of set.
  5-8 1W & 2M (2nd crnr places) cross R-sh, 2H-turn nbr half-way on side of set.
B2 1-4 Circle L.
  5-8 Ptnrs 2H-turn.

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Mile of Smiles
Longways duple minor, 2/2, meter, C
The Goldcrest Collection", Joseph Pimentel, 2012
Tune: Mile of Smiles, Dave Wiesler, 2011
Recording: Goldcrest - The Goldcrest Collection
 
A 1-4 1st crnrs set R & L moving fwd; turn single back to place.
  5-8 1st crnrs 2H-turn.
A2 1-4 2nd crnrs set R & L moving fwd; turn single back to place.
  5-8 2nd crnrs 2H-turn.
B 1-4 1W casts down (1M follows) and leads ptnr into 2nd place (2s move up on bars 3-4).
  5-8 Nbrs RH-turn.
  9-12 2W continues fwd down outside set (2M follows) and leads ptnr into 2nd place (1s move up on bars 11-12).
  13-16 All star R half-way; turn single L.

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Moonflower
Longways duple minor, 1s improper, 3/4 meter, G
Susan Kevra, 2016
Tune: Moonflower, Rachel Bell, 2016
 
A1 1-4 Women set R & L moving fwd, wide turn single R out into...
  5-8 All circle L.
A2 1-4 Men set L & R moving fwd, wide turn single L out into...
  5-8 All circle R.
B1 1-2 All balance the ring in and out.
  3-4 Ptnrs roll away across set to change place (women pass in front of men).
  5-6 All balance the ring in and out.
  7-8 Nbrs roll away along line to change place (women pass in front of men).
B2 1-4 Ptnrs long back-to-back.
  5-8 Ptnrs 2H-turn once and a half.

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Sally in our Alley
Longways duple minor, 3/2 meter, C, Barnes v1,p114
The Complete Country Dancing Master, John Walsh, 1719
Modern reconstruction: Jacqueline Schwab, 1987
Modern source: CDSS News May/June 2000 (#154) Recordings:
   Bare NecessitiesFavorites of the Boston Centre (vol 1)
   The Assembly Players A Walsh Ball
 
A1 1-4 1st crnrs cast L around nbrs (1M down, 2W up), pass L-sh in middle, loop R around ptnr to end in each other's place.
A2 1-4 2nd crnrs cast R around ptnrs (1W down, 2M up), pass R-sh in middle, loop L around nbr to end in each other's place (all now progressed, improper).
B1 1-4 All fall back (3 steps), come fwd (3 steps), pass ptnr R-sh across (3 steps), and loop R to face ptnr (3 steps).
  5-8 Four changes circular hey (3 steps per side).
B2 1 1M & 2W (2nd crnr places) change places L-sh (3 steps).
  2 1W & 2M (1st crnr places) change places R-sh (3 steps).
  3-4 All quickly circle L once round (6 steps).
  5-8 1s cast down and 2H-turn half-way while 2s 2H-turn once and a half moving up.

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Take the F Train
Longways duple minor, 2/2 meter, G
Sharon Green, 2016
Tune: Take the F Train, Dave Bartley, 2016
 
A1 1-4 1M & 2W (1st crnrs) "Two cousins" siding*, then gypsy R-sh three-quarters to each other's place.
  5-8 All dance single file CW half-way; turn single L (end men above, women below).
A2 1-4 1W & 2M (2nd crnrs) "Two cousins" siding*, then gypsy R-sh three-quarters to each other's place.
  5-8 All dance single file CW half-way; turn single L (end progressed, improper).
B1 1-4 Ptnrs back-to-back.
  5-8 Ptnrs 2H-turn once and a half (release slightly early).
B2 1-4 Lead nbr out and back.
  5-8 2s gate 1s up and around to progressed place.
Two cousins siding: dancers start swirl siding (L-sh). As they meet in the middle of the set,maintain eye contact and turn L to face back, orienting R-sh to R-sh.

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Turning by Threes
3 couple circle, 3/4 meter, Bm, Barnes v2,p134
Finite Set of Calculated Figures, Gary Roodman, 2003
Tune: Tourner Trois, Paul Machlis, 1998
Recording: MGM / Reunion - New Friends
 
A 1-4 Circle L (6 steps), wide turn single L.
  5-8 Circle R (6 steps), wide turn single R.
  9-12 Ptnrs long back-to-back, into...
  13-14 2 quick changes R & L around circle (men CCW, women CW).
  15-16 RH-turn next dance once round (to face center) into...
B 1-4 Men star L once round and back into place.
  5-8 Women star R once round and back into place.
  9-10 Men dance two step-closes into the center.
  11-12 Women dance two step-closes into the center while men back up.
  13-16 Women look over R-sh to identify new ptnr and gypsy with them once and a quarter to form new circle.