Neil Stuart Dance List

Click here to download a list of Neil Stuart’s dance books and music, which may be ordered from him in hard copy or downloadable form.

Note for all of Neil’s dance calling at Symmetry: all dances have been adapted (usually only slightly) from the original versions to make them suitable for dancing by individuals or single couples on Zoom.

March 26, 2024

  • Wanton Dolly — Dancing Master Volume 3, 1726 — interpreted by Andrew Shaw 2024.in The Irish Howle — Persons of Quality (Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Jim Oakden), The Irish Howle
  • The Braes of Dornoch — Johnson, 1757 — interpreted by Charles Bolton, in Retreads Vol 4  — Bare Necessities, Strong Roots
  • The Physical Snob — Unidentified source c.1800 — interpreted by Bernard Bentley in The Fallibroome Collection Volume 1 — Bare Necessities, Simple Pleasures
  • Emigration Dance — Neil Stuart 2023 in An Additional English Assortment — Tune Chesapeake Bay by Neil Stuart (available via download on request)
  • Beautyberry  — Joseph Pimentel in the Goldcrest Collection — Tune Baptist Johnson by Turlough O’Carolan, —  Goldcrest (Daron Douglas, Paul Oorts, Dave Wiesler), Goldcrest Collection
  • The Irish Howle  — Dancing Master Volume 3, 1726 — interpreted by Andrew Shaw 2024  in The Irish Howle — Persons of Quality (Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Jim Oakden), The Irish Howle
  • Because We Care — David Smukler — Unpublished but available on his website — Tune Flatworld by Andy Cutting — Rodney Miller,  Airdance on track ‘Flying On Home’ (music slowed for dancing)
  • Interval song: Alright on the Night by Neil Stuart — John Bull, Alive and Kicking
  • Final waltz: Waltz Medley — Dave Martin, Mawgan’s Measures

 

February 27, 2024

  • Corelli’s Maggot — Cathy & John Millar — tune by Arcangelo Corelli, 1700 —  Bare Necessities, At the Ball
  • Deeside Meadows — David & Kathryn Wright in Not Quite the Two of Us by Sue Stapledon — Tunes Goose in the Grass and Pull the Mare’s Tail, both by John Stapledon — Sue Stapledon, Not Quite the Two of Us
  • Victoria Euphoria — Neil Stuart, 2021 (Dance as yet unpublished, but will be in Neil’s next but one book!) — Tune Two Rusty Hares by Ishbel Saxton, currently unpublished (we believe) — Played Neil on his trusty computer!
  • Vivaldi in Paradise (or is it Purgatory?) — Gary Roodman, in Prime Calculated Figures (Volume 7) — tune by Antonio Vivaldi and Van Kaynor — Karen Axelrod, Peter Barnes, et al., Band of Friends
  • King’s Maggot (or New York) — Dancing Master Volume 2, 1718 (edited by Frank Van Cleef ) — interpreted by Charles Bolton in All Alive* — Tune Prince George’s Birthday — Two’s Company, All Alive    * Neil corrected this source of the interpretaton and noted the tune name in an email after the dance
  • Froddle Dub (Dance by Neil Stuart, 2019, An Additional English Assortment — Tune Lord Anson’s Pea — Deo Volente, Hilary’s Humours Volume 3
  • Final waltz: Wanderlust by Anne Ogren — Childgrove, Wanderlust

 

January 30, 2024

Live music by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer

  • Emperor of the Moon — Dancing Master, 8th Edition, 1690 — Interpreted by Andrew Shaw in Emperor of the Moon
  • Sapphire Sea — Christine Robb — Tune Tom Kruskal’s by Amelia Mason & Emily Troll
  • A Sign of the Times — by Neil Stuart 2020 (Dance as yet unpublished, but will be in Neil’s next book, due out Spring 2024) — Tunes used today (lively 32 bar reels): Rocking Roquefort, The Darkside both by Jonny Dyer
  • Peace Be With You — Fried de Metz Herman 1986, published in Its Easy If You Know Where You’re Going…. and Measured Obsession — Tune Rigadoon Royal, 18th Century
  • Winter in Brasstown — Philippe Callens 2004, published in Seasons of Invention 2012 — Tune The Dove Cote by John Stapledon
  • Waltham Abbey — Dancing Master Part 2, 2nd Edition, 1698 — Based on Tom Cook’s interpretation published in Not Quite Dutch by the West Kirby Band — Tune traditional tune of same name
  • Crystal Spring — Orly Krasner 2008, published in Celebrations 2017 — Tune English folk song of same name

 

October 24, 2023

  • All the Rage — Scott Higgs 2023, probably unpublished — Tune of same name by Larry Unger — Recording used: Jigs written by Steve Hodgkiss, from High Jinks, High 5
  • Flattening the Curve — Neil Stuart, not yet published — Tune by Lael Whitehead  — The Dancehall Players, Out of the Silence Volume 1
  • Zephyrs and Flora — Walsh, 24 Dances for 1715 — interpreted by Bernard Bentley, Fallibroome Vol 2 —  Claremont Country Dance Band, Juice of Barley
  • An Early Frost — Philippe Callens — Tune Midwinter Blossom by Bob Pasquarello — Joyful Noise / Hold the Mustard, Red Star Line
  • Corelli’s Maggot — Cathy & John Millar — Tune by Arcangelo Corelli — Bare Necessities, Volume 6 At the Ball
  • Victoria Euphoria — Neil Stuart 2021, not yet published — Tune Belgia Retriev’d, Walsh c. 1707 — Childgrove, Early Instincts
  • Would You Have a Young Virgin — Dancing Master Vol 2, 1728 — interpreted by Andrew Shaw, in Mr. Kynaston’s Famous Dance —  The Assembly Players, Beggar’s Ball
  • Come with Voices Singing — Joseph Pimentel — Tune by Dave Wiesler — Goldcrest, The Goldcrest Collection
  • Final waltz: Home to the Valley by Pelle Svenson — Rodney Miller and Elvie Miller, Spyglass Waltzes

 

September 26, 2023

Live music by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer

  • Blackwell Hall — Dancing Master Vol 2, 1st Ed, 1713 — interpreted by Reg & Norma Battle in Houses, Halls and Parks
  • Fly Boat — Dancing Master, Vol 2, 3rd Ed, 1718 — interpreted by Tom Cook, in Not Quite Shaw
  • Remembering….. — Dance and tune by Neil Stuart, in A Further English Assortment — (A list of Neil Stuart’s dance books and music, which may be ordered from him in hard copy or downloadable form, is at this link: http://symmetryecd.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Neil-Stuart-Dance-Books.pdf)
  • Lost in the Cloud — Neil Stuart, not yet published — Tune by Charlene Thomson
  • Fop’s Fancy — Walsh, 24 Dances for 1718 –interpreted by Andrew Shaw in The She Favourite

 

August 29, 2023

Live music by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer

  • The Drummer — Thompson, 1757 — interpreted by Charles Bolton — Tune of same name
  • Anna Maria — Dancing Master Volume 1, 17th Edition, 1721 — interpreted by Frank Van Cleef in Ease and Elegance
  • Never Love Thee More — Dancing Master 7th Edition, 1686 — interpreted by Colin Hume
  • Athene Doth Widgets — Neil Stuart — Tune Haste to the Wedding
  • Elephants Stairs — Walsh, 24 Dances for 1727 — interpreted by Andrew Shaw in Elephants Stairs
  • The Happy Return — Gary Roodman 2005 in Prime Calculated Figures — Tune Casady Jig by Gary Roodman
  • Song at the break: All Hail, by Jonny Dyer
  • Final waltz: Farewell to the Astra, by Vicki Swan

 

July 25, 2023

  • The Delight of Sudbury — Thompson 1705 — interpreted by David & Kathryn Wright — Chris & Julie Dewhurst, Wrights Humours
  • A Chain of Dreams — Neil Stuart 2017 — Tune by Neil Stuart — Played by Neil’s computer on A Further English Assortment
  • Band of Friends — Gary Roodman — Tune Hint of Spring by Dave Wiesler — Band of Friends (Karen Axelrod, et al. ), Band of Friends’
  • South Wind — Louis Vosteen — Tune South Wind, 18th Century Irish tune — Played by Legacy Trio (Lynne Mackey, Steve Hickman, Marty Taylor), on New Dances from the Old Dominion
  • John the Madman — Dancing Master Volume 3, 1726 — Interpreted by Bernard Bentley in Fallibroome Collection Volume 2 — Assembly Players, A Fallibroome Ball
  • Flora and Phaon — Walsh 1718 — Interpreted by Andrew Shaw — Persons of Quality (Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Jim Oakden), Elephants Stairs
  • Wash House Lane — Dance by Neil Stuart, 2020 — Tune: Jigs — The Ranchers, CDM volume 5
  • Final Waltz: Sweet Nightingale, traditional, Deo Volente, Hilary’s Humours Volume 4

 

June 27, 2023

  • Deeside Meadows —  David & Kathryn Wright, in Not Quite the Two Of Us — Tunes Goose in the Grass and Pull the Mare’s Tail, by John Stapledon — Sue Stapledon (playing piano and concertina), Not Quite the Two Of Us
  • The Despairing Lover — Walsh/Kynaston, 24 dances for 1711 — interpreted by Tom Cook in Again Let’s Be Merry — The Falconers, Haphazard
  • Water on the Shore — Neil Stuart, 2018 — Tune A Jig to Start – Sound Company, On Track
  • Hortonia — Philippe Callens, in Belgian Boutades — Tune Squire Parsons by O’Carolan — Joyful Noise / Hold the Mustard, Red Star Line
  • Pearly Gates — Penn Fix — Tunes Liza Rose / Stepping on Worms / Wild Ginger — Rodney Miller Band, Greasy Coat
  • Trip to Chelsea — Neil Stuart, 2021 — Water Music, Minuet from Suite 3 by Handel —  Academy of St Martin’s in the Field (Not available on CD)
  • Christina — Naomi Alexander, in the Stafford Ruby Collection 1952-1992 — Tune by Naomi Alexander — Bare Necessities, Volume 3, Simple Pleasures
  • Final Waltz: Waltz F.2 —  The West Kirby Band, Flowers of the Manor

 

May 23, 2023

  • Apley House — Dancing Master, 12th Edition, 1703 — Interpreted by Pat Shaw — Bare Necessities, Strong Roots
  • Remembering…  — Neil Stuart, 2017, dance and tune by Neil Stuart — Neil Stuart and his computer, ‘A Further English Assortment — available from Neil Stuart
  • Fourpence Halfpenny Farthing (or The Jockey) — Dancing Master, 16th Edition, 1698 — Orange & Blue and The Ranchers, English Dancing Master, Volumes 3 &4
  • Old Wife behind the Fire.  Neal, 1726 — Interpreted by Jackson & Fogg — English Echoes (Donaldson, Ross and Reed), English Echoes Volume 2
  • Atossa’s Gift — Scott Higgs — Tune Love for Three Generations by Clara Byom — The Dancehall Players, An Evening at Dan’s Hall
  • The Waggoner — Thompson, 24 Dances for 1793 — Interpreted by David & Kathryn Wright — Chris & Julie Dewhurst, Wright’s Humours
  • Dailly Dally — Neil Stuart 2020 — Tune ‘The Quarrymans — 3D, Crossing Borders
  • Omanu Evening– Neil Stuart 2019 –Tune Susan’s Waltz — Bare Necessities, Invitation to Waltz
  • Final Waltz: Home to the Valley — Rodney Miller and Elvie Miller, Spyglass Waltzes

 

April 25, 2023

  • Alterations — Johnson, 200 dances, 1758. — interpreted by David & Kathryn Wright — The West Kirby Band, Not Quite Playford
  • Omanu Evening — Neil Stuart, 2019 — Tune Susan’s Waltz by Jonathan Jensen — Bare Necessities, An Invitation to Waltz
  • Mistwold — David Newitt — Tune by Dudley Laufman. — Roguery, Mind The Gap
  • Come with Voices Singing — Joseph Pimentel — Tune by Dave Wiesler — Goldcrest, Goldcrest Collection
  • Rattle the Bucket — Neil Stuart, 2015 — Tune by John Stapledon — Played by Sue Stapledon, Not Quite the Two of Us
  • Peace Be With You —  Fried de Metz Herman — Tune Rigadoon Royal, 18th Century — Hold the Mustard, It’s Easy If…..
  • Sun Assembly — Thompson, 1757 — interpreted by Ken Sheffield in From Two Barns Volume 6 — Wild Thyme, From Two Barns Volume 6

 

April 11, 2023

  • Take a Dance –Thompson, about 1758 — Interpreted by David & Kathryn Wright — Chris & Julie Dewhurst, Wright’s Humours
  • Constant Billey — Dancing Master Vol 3, 2nd Edition, 1720 — Interpreted by Nicholas Broadbridge — Assembly Players, A Beggar’s Ball
  • Patch Bridge — Neil Stuart — Tune Lisa’s Maggot, by Charlene Thomson — Hey for Three, Promise of Spring
  • St Catherine –Dancing Master, 11th Edition, 1701 — Interpreted by Charles Bolton in Retreads Vol 1 — Dancehall Players, More from Dan’s Hall
  • Stock Jobbers — Dancing Master Vol 2, 3rd Edition, 1718 — Interpreted by Neil Stuart — Orion’s Ring Plus, Something Old and Something New
  • In My Dreams I Go Dancing — Jonathan Sivier, 2010 — Tune Weathered Inn Waltz, by Al White – Stringdancer, Stringdancer
  • Valley of Hares — Neil Stuart, 2020 — Tune Mad Robin from 7th Edition of the Dancing Master, 1686 — Chris Dewhurst & Sue Stapledon, Playford Pops