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DUTCH COURAGE

Composed by Keith Orchard and first danced at Milverton Folk Dance Group, Warwick, 28th February, 2008 and danced for the second time at the Folk Group Easter Meet at Thirsk on 25th March 2008

2 couples facing 2 couples

Music: Dutch Crossing 4 x 64 bars (Colin Hume's version: see Dances With a Difference vol3)

Think RIGHT

A1: Give R to opposite, L to partner and pull by (=square through 2 hands)
1/2 reel of 4 started by 2 middle people passing RSh (while ends turn L)
B1: In 4's circle R 1/2 way, fall back, set and turn single coming forward

Think LEFT

A2: Give L to opposite, R to partner and pull by
1/2 reel of 4 started by 2 middle people passing LSh (ends turn R)
B2: In 4's circle L 1/2 way, fall back, set and turn single coming forward

All now home

C1: The 'Dutch Crossing Figure' becomes the 'Trip to Bavaria Figure'
Middles RHS 1/2 way while ends pull by your opposite RH
All pull by neighbour LH (same sex)
1/2 RHS or pull by RH
All pull by LH (opposite sex) * see Note 3
C2: Repeat to place

All now home

D1: All 2 hand turn partner
do-si-do partner
D2: In 4's circle L ONCE round - All still home
All cast RSh one couple's place clockwise round the set. Progression

REPEAT 3 MORE TIMES

Notes:

1. The dance is a simplification of Dutch Crossing, which needs 16 people in a grid of 4 x 4, two couples facing two couples, twice over.

2. A1, B1 and A2, B2 are exactly the same as in Dutch Crossing.

3. C1 and C2: In Dutch Crossing, while 8 people (those on the long diagonals) do half stars back to these places, the remaining 8 do a grand chain all the way round the outside. In Dutch Courage, the two figures are combined to produce the same figure as used in Trip to Bavaria, where everyone is doing half a star (in the middle of the set) or half a RH turn (if you are on the end), followed by a LH pull by with your neighbour on the side, four times in total. However, whereas in Trip to Bavaria all the 'pull-by neighbours' are with a same-sex person, in Dutch Courage the 1st and 3rd pull-bys are same-sex, the 2nd and 4th are opposite sex.

4. D1: as in Dutch Crossing.

5. D2: In Dutch Crossing you circle L once and a quarter (i.e. 5 places) so that next time through the reels are at right angles to the first time through. In order to get a progression, the original do-si-do in Dutch Crossing is replaced by a casting figure in Dutch Courage.

6. The dance is intended to give you the courage to attempt Dutch Crossing (some right arm exercise with a beer glass might help!).

Composed by Keith Orchard and first danced at Milverton Folk Dance Group, Warwick, 28th February, 2008 and danced for the second time at the Folk Group Easter Meet at Thirsk on 25th March 2008

WIGHILL MANOR

This dance was devised by Judith Veevers whilst camping at Wighill Manor at the Follow-on Meet
from the National Easter Meet at Thirsk in 2008

4 couples in square set - 7 x 32 bar reel

Break for beginning, middle and end

A1 1-8 All join hands, set right and left, men gate partner half way. All now facing out, men have turned on the spot. All join hands, set right and left, men gate corner half way. Men are in original place, ladies half way round the square.
A2 1-8 Join hands, circle half way, all to centre and back.
B1 1-8 Repeat A1
B2 1-8 Repeat A2

Figure

A1 1-4 Head couples lead to right to face sides, set right and left
  5-8 Do si do with sides
A2 1-8 In fours, half right hand star, in middle half left hand star, each end half right star, in middle half left hand star
B1 1-4 Head men, followed by partner loop right around nearest side couple to opposite head position
B1 5-8 All circle left half way
B2 1-8 Men roll to left to pick up corner lady and promenade back to man's place.

Repeat figure for heads. Break. Figure with Sides leading (twice) Break

JUST FOR YOU

Dance by Judith Veevers

Longways Ones improper 32 bar jig
A 1-4 Take two hands with opposite, using outside foot, heel and toe twice and slip out four steps
A 5-8 With other foot, heel and toe twice and slip back
A 1-8 Do si do opposite - Right hand turn opposite
B 1-8 Do si do partner, two hand turn partner
B 1-8 In fours, circle left. Ones arch over twos to progress (twos move up)