S Choreography

Sharon's Dance Instructions

Puck's Deceit, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Puck's Deceit by Chris Sackett and Brooke Friendly
Tune: The Kettledrum, traditional 1651
Recording: Roguery, Impropriety vol. 1
Face your partner across the middle of the set
Pass R shds (4 counts)
Loop L (4 counts)
Pass R shds (4 counts)
Loop L about 3/4 (4 counts)
L shd rd (8 counts)
Lead up (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)
Cloverleaf turn up and away (8 counts)
R shd back to back (8 counts)
Miss de Jersey's Memorial, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Miss de Jersey's Memorial, dance and tune by Pat Shaw
Recording: Bare Necessities, English Country Dances
Face your partner at the top of the set
R hd tn, once around, end close (12 counts)
Loop L (6 counts)
Pass L shds, face partner (6 counts)
L hd tn, once around, end close (12 counts)
Loop R (6 counts)
Pass R shds, face partner (6 counts)
2 hd tn (12 counts)
1/2 figure eight down (12 counts)
Mirror back to back down (12 counts)
2 hd tn halfway, face down and fall up two waltz steps to top of set (12 counts)
Lead down (6 counts)
Turn to face up and fall down (6 counts)
Lead up (6 counts)
Turn to face down and fall up (6 counts)
2 hd tn (12 counts)
R shd back to back (12 counts)
Halsway Manners, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Halsway Manners by Mary Devlin
Tune: Halsway Manor Jig by Liz Donaldson
Recording: English Echoes, English Country Dance Favorites
Face your partner across the bottom of the set
Forward toward your partner (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)
R shd back to back (8 counts)
RF start hey by R shd along their line, LF follows and takes the lead at the top, end at home (16 counts)
LF start hey by R shd along their line, RF follows and takes the lead at the top, end at home (16 counts)
Lead up (4 counts)
Cast down to middle (4 counts)
Lead down (4 counts)
Fountain turn out and away, to end fallen back from partner and ready to come forward (4 counts)
Belgia Retriev'd, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Belgia Retriev'd, Walsh 1707
Recording: Childgrove, Early Instincts
Start facing partner at the top of the set
R hd tn, all the way round (6 counts)
Cross by R (3 counts)
Cast down to bottom of set (3 counts)
1/2 figure eight up, end at bottom of set (12 counts)
L hd tn, all the way round (6 counts)
Cross by L (3 counts)
Cast up to top of set (3 counts)
1/2 figure eight down, end at top (12 counts)
One corner cross down to bottom(3 counts)
Other corner cross down to bottom (3 counts)
Cross straight across, face and fall back (6 counts)
2 hd tn (6 counts)
Tn sg (6 counts)
One corner cross up to top (3 counts)
Other corner cross up to top (3 counts)
Cross straight across, face and fall back (6 counts)
2 hd tn (6 counts)
Tn sg (6 counts)
NOTE: On the corner crosses, partners decide during walkthrough who will cross first. Same person crosses first each time. The crosses straight across should be hole in wall style--cross, turn to face in center, fall back.
Six for the Six Proud Walkers, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Six for the Six Proud Walkers by Fried Herman
Tune: Fried's Triumph by John Stapledon
Recording: Bare Necessities, New Shoots
Face your partner across the middle of the set
2 hd tn halfway, fall back (8 counts)
L hd tn all the way round (8 counts)
2 hd tn halfway, fall back (8 counts)
R hd tn all the way round (8 counts)
2 changes Rs and Ls down the set (8 counts)
2 hd tn once around (4 counts)
Tn sg and face up (4 counts)
Figure eight up, ending at middle (16 counts)
NOTE: You change sides each time through the dance.

Sharon's Dance Instructions

Champagne, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Champagne by Jenna Simpson
Tune: La Fete de Village (traditional)
Recording: Mara Shea, violins (marashea.com/music)
Lead up (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)
Keeping hands, face partner and balance in and out (4 counts)
California twirl to change places and face down (4 counts)
Lead down (4 counts)
Fall up (4 counts)
Keeping hands, face partner and balance in and out (4 counts)
California twirl to change places, and join other hands to face partner (4 counts)
Half pousette up (8 counts)
Set and turn single (8 counts)
Half pousette down (8 counts)
2 hand turn all the way around (8 counts)
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A Double Duet, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from A Double Duet by Gary Roodman
Tune: "Minuet" by George Frideric Handel
Recording: New Friends, MGM and Reunion
Face partner on long 1st diagonal
Set R, L toward partner (6 counts)
Turn sg R (6 counts)
Chevron: advance to partner's middle place, fall back into long 2nd corner positions, home side (12 counts)
Set L, R toward partner (6 counts)
Turn sg L (6 counts)
Chevron: advance to partner's middle place, fall back across the set into middle place on home side (12 counts)
R hand balance forward and back (6 counts)
Turn under (6 counts)
L hand balance forward and back (6 counts)
Turn under (6 counts)
Cross up (6 counts)
Cast down (6 counts)
L hand turn until you are back in long 1st corner position, home side (12 counts)
NOTE: The first chevron is shaped like a V and the second chevron like a 7
In the second chevron, you may need to advance a little past middle, so that you can fall back without bumping into your partner!
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Midwinter Maggot, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Midwinter Maggot by Gary Roodman
Tune by Jonathan Jensen
Recording: Bare Necessities, Fast Friends
Face partner across the set
Lead up, fall back (8 counts)
Cloverleaf turn up (8 counts)
Lead up, fall back (8 counts)
2 hand turn, fall back from partner (8 counts)
R hand turn halfway (4 counts)
Loop L (4 counts)
L hand turn halfway (4 counts)
Loop R (4 counts)
2 changes Rs and Ls down the set (8 counts)
2 hand turn once and one half till proper (8 counts)
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Snow Day, for One or Two
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Snow Day by Chris Sackett and Brooke Friendly
Tune: Snowbound by Dave Bartley
Recording: Roguery, Impropriety vol. 2
Face partner across the middle of the set
Sg file circle clockwise all the way around, quick loop L (12 counts)
R shd back to back, turn sg R (12 counts)
2 changes Rs and Ls down the set (6 counts)
2 hand turn with partner halfway, fall back (6 counts)
Forward and back (6 counts)
Turn sg L toward partner (6 counts)
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Winter Waltz, for One or Two
Face partner across the middle of the set (there is a long intro--about 25 seconds long!)
Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Winter Waltz by Fried Herman
Tune: Crossing to Ireland (traditional Scottish)
Recording: William Jackson, The Ancient Harp of Scotland (slowed 20%)
2 hand turn (12 counts)
Cross up 2 waltz steps (6 counts)
Cast down the outside 2 waltz steps (6 counts)
Cross and face your partner (6 counts)
2 sashay steps up to middle (6 counts)
2 hand turn, ending close (12 counts)
Fall back 2 waltz steps (6 counts)
Set R, L (6 counts)
Back to back (12 counts)
L shoulder round, quick turn sg R (12 counts)
R shoulder round (12 counts)
NOTE: The R shoulder round should flow seamlessly into the opening 2 hand turn.
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Astoria Lass, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Astoria Lass by Fried Herman
Tune adapted by Fried Herman from a dance tune by Henry Purcell
Recording: Bare Necessities, Modern Treasures

Face partner across the middle of the set

Pass L shds, loop R (6 counts)
Pass R shds, loop L (6 counts)
L shd back to back (12 counts)

Pass R shds, loop L (6 counts)
Pass L shds, loop R (6 counts)
R shd back to back (12 counts)

2 hand turn L (6 counts)
Loop L, approximately 3/4 to face counterclockwise (6 counts)
Single file circle, all the way around (12 counts)

2 hand turn R (6 counts)
Loop R, approximately 3/4 to face clockwise (6 counts)
Single file circle, all the way around (12 counts)

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Rain on the Roof, for One or Two 

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Rain on the Roof by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett
Tune: The White Petticoat, traditional Irish
Recording: Impropriety, vol. 4

Face partner across the top of the set

Set R, L to partner (4 counts)
Turn sg R (4 counts)
R hand turn halfway with partner  (4 counts)
L hand turn halfway with neighbor below (4 counts)

Set L, R to partner (4 counts)
Turn sg L (4 counts)
L hand turn halfway with partner (4 counts)
R hand turn halfway with neighbor above (4 counts)

2 hand turn L with partner (8 counts)
Cross R shds (4 counts)
Go down outside of set (4 counts)

2 hand turn R with partner (8 counts)
Cross L shds (4 counts)
Go up outside of set to home (4 counts)

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Songs of the Harpist, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Songs of the Harpist by Fried Herman
Tune: Carolan's Welcome by Turlough O'Carolan
Recording: Alizbar and Ann'Sannat, Welcome into the Morning

Begin facing partner across the middle of the set

Lead up (6 counts)
Fall back down set (6 counts)
2 hand turn L (6 counts)
Turn single L (6 counts)

Lead down (6 counts)
Fall back up the set (6 counts)
2 hand turn R (6 counts)
Turn single R (6 counts)

Facing partner, balance in and then out one place to your own L to face up or down the set (6 counts)
Balance in and out one place to your L to face across in your partner's place (6 counts)
Balance in and out one place to your L to face up or down the set (6 counts)
Balance in and out one place to your L to face across at home (6 counts)

Hey across--pass R shd, loop L, pass R shd, loop L (12 counts)
Come out of the last L loop to do a wide L shd round (12 counts)

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Banish Misfortune, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Banish Misfortune by Jenna Simpson
Tune: traditional Irish
Recording: The Dancehall Players, An Evening at Dan's Hall

Begin facing partner across the middle of the set

R hand turn half (4 counts)
Loop L (4 counts)
L shoulder back to back (8 counts)
L hand turn half (4 counts)
Loop R (4 counts)
R shoulder back to back (8 counts)

L chevron (8 counts)
Swirl side L, back by the R (8 counts)
L chevron (8 counts)
Swirl side L, back by the R (8 counts)

Set L, R (4 counts)
Turn single L (4 counts)
L shoulder round, halfway (8 counts)
Set R, L (4 counts)
Turn single R (4 counts)
R shoulder round, halfway (8 counts)

NOTE: The chevrons are to each partner's own left. Advance to a spot midway between the invisible couple at the end of the set and fall back into middle place on your partner's side. The second chevron, also to your left, will be at the other end of the set, and you will fall back to home.

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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

Begin facing partner across the middle of the set

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 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)

Sharon's Dance Instructions

Love and a Bottle, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Love and a Bottle, 1713
Recording: Bare Necessities, At Home

Pass R shds, loop L (8 counts)
Pass L shds, loop R (8 counts)
R hand turn (8 counts)
Set to partner (4 counts)
Cross R shds, face and fall back (4 counts)

R hand turn with neighbor to your R (8 counts)
L hand turn with partner (8 counts)
Set to partner (4 counts)
Cross R shds, face and stay close (4 counts)

Clapping sequence: Together, R, together, L (4 counts)
Turn single (4 counts)

Mr. Millstone's Inauguration, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Mr. Millstone's Inauguration by Joseph Pimentel
Tune by Dave Wiesler
Recording: Goldcrest (Paul Oortz, Daron Douglas, Dave Wiesler)

Face partner across the middle of the set

R hand turn 3/4, to face up and down along center line of set (8 counts)
Set R, L (4 counts)
Petronella turn to partner's place (4 counts)

L hand turn 3/4, to face up and down along center line of set (8 counts)
Set L, R (4 counts)
Petronella turn to home (4 counts)

R shd back to back (8 counts)
1/2 figure eight down, ending in middle place (8 counts)
Cross straight across, passing R shds (4 counts)
Loop L (4 counts)
L shd round (8 counts)

NOTE: Both of the 3/4 turns take you to the same spot along the center line of the set.

Sion House, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Sion House, Playford 1686
Recording: Bare Necessities, Strong Roots

Face your partner across the middle of the set

2 hand turn halfway, to partner's side (6 counts)
1st corner (LF) person cross down and fall back along side of set to home WHILE their partner casts across the set to home (6 counts)

2 hand turn halfway, to partner's side (6 counts)
Partners reverse roles from the previous WHILE figure, to end home (6 counts)

Lead down (6 counts)
Cast to middle (6 counts)
2 hand turn 1 1/2 to partner's side (12 counts)

Lead up (6 counts)
Cast down (6 counts)
1/2 figure eight up, ending at home in middle (6 counts)
Face down and turn away from partner to end in middle (6 counts)

NOTE: 1st corner/LF refers to the person CURRENTLY standing in that position.

Spanish Jigg, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Spanish Jigg, Playford 1721
Recording: Bare Necessities, Strong Roots

Face partner across the middle of the set

Set toward partner (4 counts)
Cast down (4 counts)
Set toward partner (4 counts)
Cast up (4 counts)

2 hand turn, all the way round (8 counts)
2 hand turn the other direction (8 counts)

Lead down, slow (8 counts)
Lead up, skipping if desired (4 counts)
Cast down (4 counts)

Figure 8 up, 4 counts per turn, ending in middle place (16 counts)

Treasure of the Big Woods, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Treasure of the Big Woods by Joseph Pimentel
Tune: Lamp on the River by Dave Wiesler
Recording: Goldcrest

Face your partner across the middle of the set

Half pousette down the set, keep hands (8 counts)
2 hd turn L, keep hands (8 counts)
Half pousette up the set, keep hands (8 counts)
2 hd turn R, keep hands (8 counts)

Balance in, out (4 counts)
Turn single R (4 counts)
L hand turn (8 counts)

Hey across, beginning with L shd:
Pass L shds (4 counts)
Loop R (4 counts)
Pass L shds (4 counts)
Loop R (4 counts)

 

Final waltz: Madeleine by Larry Unger, from Waltz Time by Larry Unger and Ginny Snowe

Sharon's Dance Instructions

Ursa Minor, for One or Two

Adapted by Cathy Campbell from Ursa Minor by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett
Tune: The Bear Dance, traditional
Recording: Roguery, Impropriety, vol 3

Begin facing across the middle of the set

Side R (8 counts)
1/2 figure eight down (8 counts)
Lead down (4 counts)
Fall up (4 counts)
Lead down (4 counts)
Cast up (4 counts)

Lead down, face partner (4 counts)
Set (4 counts)
Lead up (4 counts)
Cast down (4 counts)
1/2 figure eight up (8 counts)
2 hand turn (8 counts)

 

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 (6 counts)
Loop L, turn L hands halfway (6 counts)
L shd back to back (12 counts)

L shd round halfway, pause (6 counts)
Loop R, turn R hands halfway (6 counts)
R shd back to back (12 counts)

Cross by R shd, keeping eyes with partner, (6 counts)
Melt into 2 hand turn ¾ to face up and down the set (6 counts)
Cross R shds with partner and walk to end of set (6 counts)
Fall back into home place (6 counts)

Cross by L shd, keeping eyes with partner, (6 counts)
Melt into 2 hand turn ¾ to face up and down set (6 counts)
Cross L shds with partner and walk to end of set (6 counts)
Fall back into home place (6 counts)

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.

 

Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph by Susan Amesse and Beverly Francis
Tune: Mr. Beveridge's Ground," Playford 1695
Recording: Bare Necessities, Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph

Face your partner across the top of the set

LF person advances while RF retreats (4 counts)
LF turns back and leads a circular chase (RF following) back to home, faces partner (12 counts)
RF person advances while LF retreats (4 counts)
RF turns back and leads a circular chase (LF following) back to home, faces partner (12 counts)

Pousette down halfway (8 counts)
Lead up (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)
2 hand turn (8 counts)
Loop L to face up (4 counts)
Come up the outside of the set to home (4 counts)

NOTE: The loop L to face up will take longer for one partner than for the other. Four counts is plenty of time, so you can take your time.

 

Well Hall, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Well Hall, Playford 1686
Recording: Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/social-dance-tracks/

Face partner across top of set

R hand turn, 1 1/2 times, end facing up (12 counts)
Cast down (6 counts)
Cross over with partner (6 counts)

L hand turn, 1 1/2 times, end facing down (12 counts)
Cast up (6 counts)
Cross over with partner (6 counts)

Partner 1 cross down (6 counts)
Partner 2 cross down (6 counts)
2 hand turn, halfway (6 counts)
Turn single (6 counts)

Partner 1 cross up (6 counts)
Partner 2 cross up (6 counts)
2 hand turn, halfway (6 counts)
Turn single (6 counts)

NOTE: Decide which partner will do corner crosses first. The same person goes first each time.

 

Algorhythms, for One or Two

Adapted by Sharon Spangler from Algorhythms by Orly Krasner
Tune: Frank Palmer by Turlough O'Carolan
Recording: Mara Shea, violins (marashea.com/music)

Start facing partner across the top of the set

Face up, cast down to bottom, end facing up (8 counts)
Lead up (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)

Face down, cast up to top, end facing down (8 counts)
Lead down (4 counts)
Fall back (4 counts)

R hand turn, keep hands (8 counts)
Pull by R with partner (4 counts)
Pull by L with neighbor below (4 counts)
Cross straight across and skip home (8 counts)

L hand turn, keep hands (8 counts)
Pull by L with partner (4 counts)
Pull by R with neighbor below (4 counts)
Cross straight across and skip home (8 counts)

 

Final waltz: Stepping Stones by Brian Jenkins, Bare Necessities, A New English Ball