Sharon’s Choreography

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), and you begin each dance facing your partner across the middle of the set.

If you would like to call any of my dances or modifications, please credit me by name, as well as the original choreographer. Thanks!

Happy dancing!

Sharon

P.S. There are some Q&A about the dances on our Sunday page, if you want to check them out.

 

Autumn Moon, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Autumn Moon by Gary Roodman
Tune by Rebecca King
Recording: Rebecca King, Nearer and Farther

Face your partner across the middle of the set.

R shd hey across—pass R shds, loop L, pass R shds, loop L (16 counts)
L shd hey across—pass L shds, loop R, pass L shds, loop R (16 counts)
L hand turn (8 counts)
R hand turn (8 counts)

Cross straight across (4 counts)
Cast down (4 counts)
Cross up (4 counts)
Cast back to middle (4 counts)

 

Barham Down, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Barham Down, Playford 1701
Recording: Foxfire, Winter Oranges

Lead up (3 counts)
Fall back (3 counts)
RF rolls away (6 counts)

Fall back (3 counts)
Lead up (3 counts)
New RF rolls away, fall back from partner (6 counts)

Figure 8 down the set (12 counts)
L hand turn (6 counts)
Turn single R (6 counts)

NOTE: To “roll away,” partners face up and RF person turns in front of partner to take the other hand and end on their partner's side. The LF person assists their partner across, simultaneously stepping sideways with two sashay steps into their partner's place.

 

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 (8 counts)
Side R shd (8 counts)
L shd round (8 counts)
Set R, L (4 counts)
Turn single R (4 counts)
Hey -- Pass R shoulders with partner, loop L, pass R shds, loop L (16 counts)

 

Castlewall

Dance by Sharon Spangler 2020

Tune: Castlewall./Floating Ground by Dave Wiesler

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

Start facing partner across the middle of the set.

Forward toward partner, fall back (8 counts)
Set R, L, coming forward (4 counts)
Turn single R (4 counts)
Hey -- pass R shd, loop L, pass R shd, loop L (16 counts)

R hand balance in and out (4 counts)
R shoulder back to back (8 counts)
Turn single L (4 counts)

L hand balance in and out (4 counts)
L shoulder back to back (8 counts)
Turn single R (4 counts)

 

Cat in the Window, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Cat in the Window by Fried Herman
Tune: O'Carolan, Lament for Young Terence Macdonough
Recording: Mara Shea (marashea.com)

Set R, L (6 counts)
Swirl cross by R shd (6 counts)
L hand turn (12 counts)

Set L, R (6 counts)
Swirl cross by L shd (6 counts)
R hand turn, loop L ¾ and face to your R (12 counts)

Counterclockwise single file circle: 2 waltz steps, 2 step-closes, 2 waltz steps. At home, turn single R (24 counts)
R shd back to back (12 counts)
2 hand turn to the L (12 counts)

NOTE: Step-close means take one step and bring other foot up beside it. Each takes 3 counts, so it is step-close-pause, step-close-pause.

 

Champagne, for One or Two 

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Champagne by Jenna Simpson

Tune: Fete de Village, traditional

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

Start with partners across at middle of set

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

 

The Chocolate Equation, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from The Chocolate Equation by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett
Tune: 72% by Shira Kammen
Recording: Roguery, Impropriety vol. 3

R shd back to back (8 counts)
L shd back to back (8 counts)
2 hand turn to the R (8 counts)
2 hand turn to the L (8 counts)

Begin hey up and down the set:
Starting to your own L, loop L around the top or bottom of the set (4 counts)
Pass partner by the R shd (4 counts)
Loop L at the other end of the set (4 counts), and end facing out at home

Lead away (4 counts)
Turn L and come back in (4 counts)
L hand turn (8 counts)
Turn single R (4 counts)

 

Dance For a Lifetime
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Dance of a Lifetime by Joseph Pimentel (tune by Dave Wiesler)

R hand balance in and out (6 counts)
Turn under (6 counts)
R shoulder round (12 counts)

L hand balance in and out (6 counts)
Turn under (6 counts)
L shoulder round, continue facing to your R (12 counts)

2 waltz steps to your R (6 counts)
Cast over your outside shoulder (6 counts)
Flow into R shoulder back to back, then face to your L (12 counts)

2 waltz steps to your L (6 counts)
Cast over your outside shoulder (6 counts)
Flow into L shoulder back to back (12 counts)

 

Daybreak, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Daybreak by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett
Tune: Hunan Hornpipe by Jonathan Jensen
Recording: Roguery, Impropriety vol. 2

Face your partner across the middle of the set.

L hand turn (6 counts)
2 changes of Rs and Ls to your own R. Give R hands to your neighbor, L hands to your opposite. You and your partner end in long 1st corner positions. (6 counts)
R hand turn 1 ¼ to home (12 counts)

RF advance, LF retreat, and reverse (6 counts)
Cast over L shd and cross the set to partner's place (6 counts)
New RF person advance, partner retreats, and reverse (6 counts)
Cast over R shd and cross the set to home (6 counts)

 

De'il Take the Warr, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from De'il Take the Warr
Recording: Bare Necessities, Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph (cdss.org)

Lead up, cast to middle (8 counts)
L hand turn, keep hands (8 counts)
Lead down, cast to middle (8 counts)
R hand turn, keep hands (8 counts)

Repeat all the above, dropping hands at the end

Hey across--pass R shoulder, loop L, pass R shoulder, loop L--end facing partner (16 counts)
Diagonal R across set, face in and diagonal L, face in and walk straight across, walk to middle and face (16 counts)--at the end of this figure, you are on your partner's side.
L shoulder round (8 counts)

Diagonal R across set, face in and diagonal L, face in and walk straight across, walk to middle and face (16 counts)--at the end of this figure, you are on your home side.
R shoulder round (8 counts)
Hey across--pass R shoulder, loop L, pass R shoulder, loop L--end facing partner (16 counts)

 

Delia, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Delia (or the Amorous Goddess) by Ellen Taylor
Tune by Ellen Taylor
Recording: Bare Necessities, A New English Ball

Step R and honor your partner (4 counts)
Step L and honor your partner (4 counts)
R hand turn, keep hands (8 counts)
Take L hands also and promenade around the outside of the set to home (16 counts)

Cross straight across (4 counts)
Cast down (4 counts)
Cross up (4 counts)
Cast to middle (4 counts)

Cross straight across (4 counts)
Cast up (4 counts)
Cross down (4 counts)
Cast to middle (4 counts)

Hey across, beginning with R shoulder--pass R in middle, loop L on the ends (16 counts)
2 hand turn (8 counts)
Set and turn single R (8 counts)

 

Dovetail, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Dovetail by Gary Roodman

Tune: Minuet in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

Recording: MGM and Reunion, New Friends

Start facing partner across the middle of the set

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.

 

Easter Thursday, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Easter Thursday

Recording: Bare Necessities, English Country Dances

L shd back to back (12 counts)
Turn sg R (6 counts)

R shd back to back (12 counts)
Turn sg L (6 counts)

Balance forward (3 counts)
Balance back (3 counts)
Set R (3 counts)
Set L (3 counts)
Turn sg R (6 counts)

Half figure 8 down (3 counts)
Cast to middle (3 counts)
R hand turn half, end close (6 counts)
Big loop L (6 counts)

 

Elephants Stairs, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Elephants Stairs, Walsh 1727
Recording: Elephants Stairs, Persons of Quality

Figure 8 across the set, starting to your R (12 counts)
Figure 8 across the set, starting to your L (12 counts)
R shd back to back (12 counts)
L shd round (12 counts)

Lead down 2 waltz steps (6 counts)
Face partner, balance back, forward (6 counts)
Lead up 2 waltz steps (6 counts)
Face partner, balance back, forward (6 counts)

Fall back 2 waltz steps (6 counts)
Hey—pass R shds, loop L, pass R shds, loop L, and face partner across the middle of the set (18 counts)

 

Emma's Commencement, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Emma's Commencement by Alan Simpson-Vlach
Tune: Murray's Passage, by Debbie Jackson
Recording: Childgrove, Early Instincts

(start facing partner in middle of set)

Full figure 8 up the set (12 counts)
Set in waltz time (6 counts)
Turn single (6 counts)

Full figure 8 down the set (12 counts)
Set in waltz time (6 counts)
Turn single (6 counts)

Left hand balance in, out (6 counts)
Turn under (6 counts)
Right hand balance in, out (6 counts)
Turn under (6 counts)

Start hey across by passing partner by R shoulder in center, loop L, pass R in center, loop L (12 counts)
L shoulder round (12 counts)

 

An Enchanted Place, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from An Enchanted Place by Antony Heywood
Tune: Planxty Hewlett by Turlough O’Carolan
Recording: Mara Shea (marashea.com)

L shd round (12 counts)
Balance in, out (6 counts)
Cross L shd (6 counts)

R shd  round (12 counts)
Balance in, out (6 counts)
Cross R shd (6 counts)

L hand turn, keep hands (12 counts)
Lead down (6 counts)
Cast to middle (6 counts)

R hand balance and turn under (12 counts)
L hand balance and turn under (12 counts)

 

Faraway Friends

Dance by Sharon Spangler
Tune: Far Away by Peter Jung
Recording: MGM and Reunion, Band of Friends (cdss.org)

Dedicated to all my faraway friends on Zoom!
Inspired by the "pinned dances" of Marcia Aleksiewicz, and by "Flamborough Head" by Burt Hunter

Facing up toward the screen, take near hands
Balance sideways toward partner (3 counts)
Balance sideways away from partner (3 counts)
RF person rolls away (6 counts)--this puts you on your partner's side

Balance sideways toward partner (3 counts)
Balance sideways away from partner (3 counts)
New RF person rolls away (6 counts)--you are back at home

LF gate the RF (LF backs up, RF goes forward)--12 counts--you are home
RF gate the LF (RF backs up, LF goes forward)--12 counts--you are home, end with a brief balance up toward the screen

Fall back 2 waltz steps with partner (6 counts)
Cross up (6 counts)
Do a sideways back to back, with current RF going in front first (12 counts), end with brief balance toward screen

Fall back 2 waltz steps with partner (6 counts)
Cross up (6 counts)
Do a sideways back to back, with current RF going in front first (12 counts), end with step apart and take near hands

NOTES: RF (right file) and LF (left file) are positional calls. They designate whoever is standing on the right or left side of the set at the time of the call. The sideways back to back might be called a "back to front" or a "crab," as you are moving sideways around each other with both of you facing forward.


From Aberdeen, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from the dance From Aberdeen

Recording: Bare Necessities, More Favorites of the Boston Centre

Start by facing partner across the top of the set.

Long cast down (8 counts)
2 hand turn 3/4, push off from partner to opposite ends of set (8 counts)

Sg file circle to your L halfway around set (8 counts) -- Skip if you want!
Reverse and go to the R halfway around set (8 counts)
Pass partner by R shd in middle, turn 90 degrees R and continue as a back to back across set (12 counts)
L shd round (8 counts)
Lead up to top (4 counts)

 

Gambols, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Gambols by Jenna Simpson
Tune: The Shepherd and Shepherdess, 1799
Recording: Boldwood, Feet Don't Fail Me Now

Start facing partner across the middle of the set.

Diagonal L into opposite corner of set (4 counts)
Back up onto your home side (4 counts)
R shoulder round to middle and face partner (8 counts)

Diagonal R into opposite corner of set (4 counts)
Back up onto your home side (4 counts)
L shoulder round, ending wide at middle of set (8 counts)

Forward and back (8 counts)
Set and turn single R (8 counts)
Forward and back (8 counts)
Set and turn single R (8 counts)

R shoulder back to back (8 counts)
2 hand turn L halfway (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)
L shoulder back to back (8 counts)
2 hand turn R halfway (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)

 

 

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

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, for One or Two

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)

Start facing partner across in middle of set

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

 

Mrs. Savage's Whim, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Mrs. Savage's Whim
Recording: Bare Necessities, By Request

Step R and honor partner (6 counts)
2-hand turn L (6 counts)
R shd back to back (6 counts)
Turn single L (6 counts)

Step L and honor partner (6 counts)
2-hand turn R (6 counts)
L shd back to back (6 counts)
Turn single R (6 counts)

Cross R shds (3 counts)
Go below (3 counts)
L shd back to back-to-back (6 counts)
Cross up (3 counts)
Go down outside to middle (3 counts)
Cloverleaf turn (6 counts)

Muriel's Measure, for One or Two

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

Set R, L (4 counts)
Cross by R hand, fall back (4 counts)
Half figure 8 down, come up the outside (8 counts)

R shoulder back to back (8 counts)
Cross by the L hand (4 counts)
Loop R (4 counts)

Lead up with partner (4 counts)
Fall back down the set (4 counts)
Face away from your partner for half hey: Loop L, pass R shoulders with partner, and face back in (8 counts)

R shoulder back to back (8 counts)
L hand turn (8  counts)

 

A New Leaf, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from A New Leaf by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett
Tune: Mr. Millstone’s Defenestration by Dave Wiesler
Recording: Roguery, Impropriety vol. 6

L hand turn (6 counts)
L shd back to back (6 counts)
R hand turn (6 counts)
R shd back to back (6 counts)

1½  mad robin--continue the motion of the previous back to back, RF goes forward first and LF goes back—you & your partner are doing a sideway circle one and a half times round while facing each other and keeping an equal distance from each other (12 counts)

LF advances, RF retreats (3 counts)
RF advances, LF retreats (3 counts)
Face up and LF gates the RF--LF backs up and RF goes forward (6 counts)
Set R, L (6 counts)
Turn single R (6 counts)

NOTE: You may think of the mad robin as doing a sideways back to back one and a half times around your invisible neighbors, RF going in front of their neighbor, LF going around their neighbor.

 

The Punch Bowl, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from The Punch Bowl

Recording: Bare Necessities, More Favorites of the Boston Centre

Pass R shds
Loop L to face
Long L shd back to back
Turn L hands halfway, fall back

Pass L shds
Loop R to face
Long R shd back to back
Turn R hands 3/4, to face up and down set

R shd back to back, up and down the set
Join partner at middle of set, facing down
Lead down, cast to middle
Lead up, cast to middle

NOTE: The passing of shoulders and looping back in are quick (3 beats each), and the back to backs are long (12 beats each).

 

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

Start by facing partner across the middle of the set

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

 

Say I Do, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Say I Do by Gary Roodman

Recording: MGM and Reunion, Band of Friends

Face partner across the middle of the set.

Wide R hand turn 3/4
Keeping hands but not facing, balance toward partner and away
Drop hands, walk straight out and loop back in

Wide L hand turn 3/4
Keeping hands but not facing, balance toward partner and away
Drop hands, walk straight out and loop back in

Facing partner across middle of set, walk diagonally across set to your R
Face back in, walk diagonally to your L
Face back in, walk straight across
Face back in, walk up or down side of set to face partner (you are on partner's side)

That again--diagonal R
Diagonal L
Straight across
Up or down side of set to face (you are home)

NOTE: The 3/4 turns are 8 beats each. The balancing plus walking out to loop back in are 4 beats each, as are each of the diagonals in the B part.

 

Trip to the Manors, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from the dance by Gary Roodman
Tune: variation of Kemps Jig
Recording: Foxfire, Winter Oranges

Part 1: Up a double and fall back, twice (16 counts)

Chorus: Face partner and set R,L (4 counts)
Change places by R shd (4 counts)
Face partner and set L, R (4 counts)
Change places by L shd (4 counts)

Lead up (4 counts)
Fall back on the diagonal, angling away from your partner (4 counts)
Pass R shds and turn single L (8 counts)
Lead down (4 counts)
Fall up on the diagonal, angling away from your partner (4 counts)
Pass L shds and turn single R (8 counts)

Part 2: Side R (come forward and bring R shoulders into line), side L (16 counts)

Chorus

Part 3: Arm R, arm L (16 counts)

Chorus

 

Up With Marcia

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Up With Aily

Recording: Bare Necessities, More Favorites of the Boston Centre

In honor of the birthday of Marcia Aleksiewicz, 2020

Come forward toward partner, touch or clap hands (3 counts)
Fall back (3 counts)
Lead up (3 counts)
Cast to middle (3 counts)
Cross R shds with partner, fall back on partner's side (6 counts)

Come forward toward partner, touch or clap hands (3 counts)
Fall back (3 counts)
Lead up (3 counts)
Cast to middle (3 counts)
Cross R shds with partner, fall back at home (6 counts)

Cross up (3 counts)
Cast to middle (3 counts)
R shd back to back (6 counts)
Cross down (3 counts)
Cast to middle (3 counts)
Cloverleaf turn (3 counts)

Wave of Grain

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Waves of Grain by Bob Green
Tune: Wheat by Martha Edwards
Recording: Steam! Heartland CD (https://www.amazon.com/Heartland-STEAM/dp/B07LDSW7NL/ref=tmm_msc_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) or contact Martha Edwards for recording of her with her son Alex (meedwards@westendweb.com)

Start with LF (left file) person facing up, RF person facing down, R hands joined and held high to make a "wave"

Sashay toward RF, LF, RF, RF (12 counts)
Sashay toward LF, RF, LF, LF (12 counts)

Keep R hands and do a R hand turn (12 counts)
R shoulder back to back (12 counts)

With partners facing, LF person turns over their L shoulder to start a dolphin hey, RF falling in behind them
Back at home, face partners (dolphin hey takes 24 counts)

RF person turns over their L shoulder to start the second dolphin hey, LF falling in behind them
Back at home, LF face up, RF face down, and join R hands (2nd dolphin hey takes 24 counts)

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