Dances

2017 Dance List

For instructions and videos of the dances, click on the dance title
There will be breaks throughout the evening for light refreshments and fellowship
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DANCE PRACTICE

A FREE dance practice will be held at 1 pm at the Community Hall. 
Comfortable clothing suggested.
Please, no high heels, abrasive soles or heel plates, as the hall has its original hardwood floor.
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Virginia Reel

Sets of six couples, men facing ladies in long lines

Bow & Curtsey (1st time only)
Partners - Right hand around
Partners - Left hand around
Partners - Two-hand turn around
Partners - Do si do (back to back)

Lead couple - Sashay down the set and back up
Lead couple - Reel the line (turn by the right arm with your partner, turn by the left arm the next person in line)
Lead couple - Sashay back up the set
Lead couple - Cast off
Everyone else - follow the member of the lead couple in your line
Lead couple forms a "London bridge" and everyone goes through it back to place

Start over with new head couple

Spanish Waltz

Form a ring of 2-couple "boxes," couples facing each other, ladies on the gentlemen's right

First figure: Box
Imagine a box with four sides. You are on two sides of the box - the other two sides are beside you and are empty. Each time through the set of steps, you will move to a new side of the box.
Gentlemen, hold your inside hand (closest to your partner) cupped, ladies put your inside hand underneath

All four - Step in, Step out
All four - Change partners by gents slipping their hand off of their partner's hand, and onto the opposite lady's hand. Turn her under your arm 1/4 turn to put you both on a new side of the "box."
Do this four times, until everyone is back in their original places.

Second figure: Star
All four - Right hand star
All four - Left hand star

Third figure: Pinwheel
Promenade your partner in a pinwheel

(Promenade position: Partners take right hand in right hand, and left hand in left hand, continuing to both face forward.)
(Pinwheel: Gentlemen step shoulder to shoulder, one couple facing forward, one couple facing backward, process around in eight waltz steps)

On the 7th beat, Process to the next couple in the circle to form a new box.

Hole In The Wall

Form lines, gents on one side, ladies on the other

First couple cast down and lead up through the second couple back to place
Second couple cast up and lead down through the first couple back to place
First corners change places
Second corners change places
Take hands in your set of four people and circle half way around
First couple cast down as second couple leads up

The Dressed Ship

Form lines, gents on one side, ladies on the other

First corners set towards each other, then fall back and two-hand turn all the way around
Second corners set towards each other, then fall back and two-hand turn all the way around

First couple cast down and second couple move up into their place
Partners take right hands and ladies twirl left under the gent's arm back to place

First couple cast back up to original place, second couple moves down
First couple take rights hands and walk down the center of the set as the lady twirls to the right under the gent's arm. Second couple casts up as the first walks down.

Knole Park

Link to Video
Form lines, gents on one side, ladies on the other

Hands four, circle left all the way
First corners change places
Second corners change places
Repeat

First couple take inside hands, lead down, then back up
First couple cast around the second couple, second couple moves up

Whole poussette, first man pushes his lady back, second man pulls his lady forward

"Cheat" or Coquette Quadrille

Form a box of four couples
Couples are numbered around the circle 1, 2, 3 and 4

First couple swings to the right and steps forward and back with the third couple
First couple two hand turns their opposites with the third couple

First couple swings to the right and steps forward and back with the second couple
First couple two hand turns their opposites with the second couple

First couple swing to the right and steps forward and back with the fourth couple
First couple two hand turns their opposites with the fourth couple

NOTE: It is optional that you actually turn the person you're supposed to turn, hence the name "Cheat Quadrille." You may suddenly decide to turn anyone you please, or someone else may decide to turn you.

Soldier's Joy

Form ring of 2-couple boxes, couples facing couples across each box, lady on the gentleman's right

Step forward four steps towards your opposite couple, holding inside hands with your partner
Step back four steps to your original place

Two-hand turn your opposite
Balance partner by turning and facing your partner, walk towards them four steps so that you are right shoulder to right shoulder, then fall back four steps to your original place

Two-hand turn your partner

Ladies chain
Ladies take right hands across the box, pull past each other
Each ladies gives her left hand to the gent across from her
Each gent turns the lady around (like a gate post) till the lady is facing the inside of the box again
Repeat

Step forward four steps, holding inside hands with your partner
Step back four steps, holding inside hands with your partner

Drop hands with your partner, step forward four steps between your opposite couple (ladies pass through the center)
Take four more steps to meet a new couple in the cirle

Lancer's Quadrille

Form a four-couple box, with one couple on each side of the box, couples facing inward, lady on the gentleman's right

Intro: Honor your partner (gentlemen bow, ladies curtsey). Honor your corner.

Ones (top and bottom two couples) go forward four steps and back four steps.
Lady #1 (in the top couple) do a two-hand turn with opposite gentleman.

Top and bottom couples cross and return. Top couple takes inside hands and goes through the bottom couple. Then they turn and go outside the bottom couple, who takes inside hands to go back to place.

All - Balance your corner by walking four steps towards them, right shoulders almost touching, and dip. Back four steps to place.
All - Two hand turn with your corner.

Repeat entire process, except Lady #2 (in the top side couple) turns her opposite.
Repeat entire process, except Lady #3 (in the bottom couple) turns her opposite.
Repeat entire process, except Lady #4 (in the bottom side couple) turns her opposite.

The Gothic Dance

Link to Video
Form lines, men facing ladies

Ladies take hands and walk forward toward gents four steps
Ladies walk backward four steps and gents, holding hands, follow them
Gents still holding hands form arches with their arms
Ladies go under the arches (under the gentleman’s right arm, which will be the arch to the left of you)
Ladies turn and face the gents
Repeat

Top 2 couples form circle, circle ¾ till gents are facing up the hall towards the band
Gents form arches, Ladies go under the arches, come back around, take hands with their partner and race to the bottom
Everyone else moves up

Carolina Promenade

Form ring, partners holding inside hands and facing counterclockwise, men on the inside of the ring

Partners take inside hands and walk FORWARD four steps
Turn towards each other and then backward, switching hands
Partners walk BACKWARD four steps

Gents swing the lady in, swing her out, swing her in, swing her across your front and into the middle of the circle, switching hands
Gents swing the lady in, swing her out, swing her in, swing her UNDER your arm (do NOT move yourself).
Lady steps back to the outside of the circle and to the gent behind her, taking inside hands with him.

Snowball Virginia Reel

Longwise sets, ladies on one side, gents on the other

Gents hold hands in long lines, Ladies hold hands in long lines.
Gents and ladies step forward towards each other four steps and back four steps.
Repeat
Turn your partner by the right hand all the way around
Turn your partner by the left hand all the way around
Turn your partner by both hands all the way around
Do si do (back to back) with your partner

Head couple reels the line.
As each couple on the line is turned by the reeling couple, they MOVE UP one place.
Once the reeling couple reaches the fourth couple on the line, the next couple begins to reel the line.
Once initial top couple is back to the top, wait until all couples are done reeling.
Hands long lines, forward and back 2 times.
Each couple sashay down the line. At the bottom, fall into line and gradually move up, moving up one place as each new couple falls into line.