Choreography

Blythe Company

Hello!

I have adapted these dances so they can be enjoyed by one or two people. Unless otherwise stated, all moves are with your partner (real or imaginary).

Happy dancing!

Sharon

Blythe Company, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Blythe Company by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett

Tune: All Among the Barley, traditional English

Recording: Roguery, Impropriety Vol. 5

Side L shd
Side R shd
L shd round
Set R, L
Turn single R
Pass R shoulders with partner for hey, looping L on ends

 

Castlewall

 

Castlewall (start facing partner in middle of set)

Dance by Sharon Spangler 2020

Tune: Castlewall./Floating Ground by Dave Wiesler

Recording: Goldcrest (Daron Douglas, Paul Oortz, Dave Wiesler)

Forward toward partner, fall back
Set R, L, coming forward
Turn single R
Hey across (pass R shd, loop L, pass R shd, loop L)
R hand balance in and out
R shoulder back to back
Turn single L
L hand balance in and out
L shoulder back to back
Turn single R

 

Champagne, for One or Two 

Champagne, for One or Two 

Start with partners across at middle of set

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Champagne by Jenna Simpson

Tune: Fete de Village, traditional

Recording: Mara Shea, violins and viola (marshea.com)

Lead up with partner
Fall back to middle
Face, balance forward and back
Turn under, keeping hands, and face down
Lead down
Fall back to middle
Face, balance forward and back
Turn under, keeping hands, face and join other hands
Half pousette up the set (clockwise – L file person pushing)
Set and turn single
Half pousette down the set (to complete the pousette)
2 hand turn back to middle

 

Dovetail, for One or Two

Dovetail, for One or Two

Start facing partner across the middle of the set

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Dovetail by Gary Roodman

Tune: Minuet in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

Recording: MGM and Reunion, New Friends

R shd round halfway, pause
Loop L, turn L hands halfway
L shd back to back
L shd round halfway, pause
Loop R, turn R hands halfway
R shd back to back
Cross by R shd, keeping eyes with partner,
Melt into 2 hand turn ¾ to face up and down the set
Cross R shds with partner and walk to end of set
Fall back into home place
Cross by L shd, keeping eyes with partner,
Melt into 2 hand turn ¾ to face up and down set
Cross L shds with partner and walk to end of set
Fall back into home place

Note: The “pause” in the A parts can be a small, 2-beat balance in place before turning away from your partner. I think of this as a “dance of eyes.” It is elegant and romantic. Bach wrote this minuet for his wife, Anna Magdalena.

 

Emma's Commencement

Emma's Commencement, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Emma's Commencement by Alan Simpson-Vlach

(start facing partner in middle of set)
Full figure 8 up the set
Set in waltz time
Turn single

Full figure 8 down the set
Set in waltz time
Turn single

Left hand balance in, out
Turn under
Right hand balance in, out
Turn under

Start hey across passing partner by R shoulder in center, loop L, pass R in center, loop L
L shoulder round

 

Irish Lament

Irish Lament

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Irish Lamentation, a dance from 1735

(start facing partner at middle of set)
Set L, R, L, R
R shoulder round

Set R, L, R, L
L shoulder round

Lead down a slow double
Cast up to middle
Lead up a slow double
Cast down to middle

Cross straight across
Go down the outside
1⁄2 figure 8 up
Cast down into place

 

Michael and One Angel

Michael and One Angel

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Michael and All Angels by Fried Herman

(start facing partner in middle of set)
R shd round
Loop L (keep the loops fairly small, so the shoulders round and turns can be expansive)
L hd trn
Loop R

L shd round
Loop R
R hd trn
Loop L

L hd trn 1/2
Sliding doors
R hd trn 1/2

Sliding doors
Sg file circle
Full pousette same direction
Keeping hands, balance forward and back
Trn sg R

Note: The "sliding doors" is across the circle. Step sideways toward each other to face, change hands, step out.
Then you continue the trn by the R hd and do the sliding doors again. The sg file circle is in the direction you are
facing after the second sliding door (counterclockwise).

Thanks to Cis Hinkle for the great title suggestion!

 

Movement Afoot

Movement Afoot, for One or Two

Start facing partner across in middle of set

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Movement Afoot by Alan Winston

Tune: Steciak's by Larry Unger

Recording: Stringdancer (Martha Edwards, Pam Carson Stoll, David Kirchner)

LF (left file) advances toward RF, who backs up
Reverse (RF toward LF)
Turn single R, turn R hands halfway
LF (person currently in LF position) advances, RF retires
Reverse (RF toward LF)
Turn single L, turn L hands halfway – keep hands, and join R hands also in cross-hand hold)
Clockwise half pousette down the set (LF pushes first)
Mad robin once around (continuing the same direction as pousette)
LF person turns over L shoulder to start dolphin hey
Partners end in middle, facing and proper

Muriel's Measure

Muriel's Measure, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Muriel's Measure by Colin Hume

Tune by Colin Hume

Recording: Bare Necessities, By Choice

Set R, L
Cross by R hand, fall back
Half figure 8 down, come up outside
R shoulder back to back
Cross by L hand, loop R
Face up with partner
Lead up four steps
Fall back four steps
Face out and start half a hey (loop L, cross R shoulders with partner, face back in)
R shoulder back to back
L hand turn

 

Sally in Our Alley

Sally in Our Alley, for One or Two

Start by facing partner across the middle of the set

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Jacqueline Schwab's reconstruction of Sally in Our Alley

Recording: Dancehall Players, An Evening at Dan's Hall

Turn single R toward partner
Cross by R shoulder, face, and fall back (similar to a hole-in-the-wall cross)
Turn single L toward partner
Cross by L shoulder, face, and fall back
Figure 8 down
4 changes of Rs and Ls
Hey across (start by passing R shoulders with partner)
L hand turn

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