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English Country Dance Party (Book)

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English Country Dances a form of social folk dance which originated in Renaissance England, & was popular until the early 19th century in parts of Europe, the American colonies & the United Sates. It is the ancestor of several other folk dances, including contra & square dance. English country dance was revived in the early 20th century as part of the larger English folk revival, & is practised today primarily in North America & Britain. In Britain, this form is often referred to as "Playford", while "country dance" is applied to a range of English folk dances.

Each English country dance is based around is fixed series of movements, call figures, which are uniquely paired with a piece of music. The choreography dictates the interactions between partners & between couples in a set. A set is a group of couples, most commonly two or three, but sometimes four, that interact during a single progression. Rarely, dances call for five or six couples in a set. Most commonly, English country dances are longways & progressive. Multiple sets of couples form two long lines, along which couples travel at the end of each iteration of figures, meeting new couples & repeating the series of figures many times. Alternately, dances can be finite, a set forming a independent unit withing the series of figures are repeated a limited number of times. These dances are often non-progressive, each couple retaining their original positions in decades they are performed.

I hope you like this compilation of essentialy English tunes & dances. Derek Jones - July 2013

Track

Dance

Bars

Type

Formation

Lead Tune

1

Leaving of Liverpool

3 x 32

Reels

Longways x 3

Leaving of Liverpool

2

Stevies Hop

8 x 32

(Twice)

Hopstep Reel

Longways

Lollipop Man – Portsmouth Harpers Frolic

3

Jubilee Rag

6 x 32

Reel

Longways

The Happy Cavalier – Three Scamping Rogues – Maxwells Rants

4

Walpole Cottage

4 +

5 x 48

Reel

1 man 2 ladies

Walpole Cottage

5

Gossips Reel

8 x 32

English Reel

Sicilian Circle

The Girl I left Behind Me – Petronella Shepton Hornpipe – The Rose Tree

6

A Trip to Easthamsptead

5 x 40

Jig

Longways

A Trip to Easthamsptead

7

Anchor Aweigh

3 x 32

(Twice)

English Jig

3 Couple Longways

The Matelot – Michael Turner’s Jig No. 5 - Captain Lemo’s Quick March

8

Inside Out

6 x 32

Reel

Double Circle

Rachel Rae – Captain Keeler – Jenny’s Gone to Luton

9

Lincolnshire Poacher

3 x 48

(Twice)

Jig

3 Couple Longways

The Lincolnshire Poacher – A Hunting We Will Go

10

Bells & Bows

6 x 48

Jigs

6 Couple Longways

Tansey’s Fancy – My Love, My Love - Smarlon

11

Oliver’s Maggot

3 x 48

Set Jig

3 Couple Longways

Consider Yourself

12

Polka Dots

5 x 32

Polka

5 People Diamond

Green Mountain Petronella – Tip Top Polka – Nip the Bunny

13

The Ploughboy

3 x 32

(Twice)

Set Reel

3 Couple Longways

The Curly Headed Ploughboy

14

May Day Gallop

6 x 32

Jig

Double Circle

Hexham Races – Tell Her I Am – Tobins Favourite

15

Ambergate

6 x 32

Jig

Longways

Smash the Windows – The Duke Delight – The Beaver Hat

16

Chanctonbury Ring

6 x 32

Rags

Circle

(1 Dill Pickle Rag (2) Twelfth Street Rag (3) Beaumont Rag

17

The Carousel

6 x 32

Sing-Along Reel

Sicilian Circle

Don’t Bring Lulu (2) Ma, She’s Making Eyes at Me (3) If You Knew Suzy

18

Enrico

7 x 32

Polka

Longways Duple Improper

One More Dance and then... (2) Lulu (3) Battle of Aughrim


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