Community Dances Manual


Community Dances Manual

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Community Dances Manual

Community Dances Manual A classic collection of English and American social folk dances and tunes
Suitable for those with prior experience.

The book contains more than 130 English and American social folk dances and tunes for English country dancing, ceilidhs, barn dances and American contra dances; with dance notation and music on facing pages for ease of use. These are community dances, emphasising group interaction, which have been cherished and used by countless people over the last 70 years.

This is a 2015 reprint (with newly designed front cover, new subtitle and additional introduction) of the 2005 revised edition of this well-loved original series of dance instructions and tunes which began in 1947.
Tradition and Composition: Ceilidh Dances
Ceilidh dances are social dances. Many of the dances do not dictate which foot to start on or exactly which steps to use, for example, skip steps or double steps can be used in the same dance, so dancers are free to vary the steps and be expressive, within the structure of the patterns and phrasing.

The Dances
1. Big Set Dances
2. Big Set Dances, double ring
3. Whole Set Dances
Two couple sets
Three couple sets
Four couple longways sets
Five couple longways sets
Six or more couple longways sets
4. Sicilian Circles
5. Double Sicilian Circles
6. Square Sets
7. Progressive Longways Dances, duple minor
8. Progressive Longways Dances, triple minor
9. Contra Dances
Duple minor proper
Duple minor improper
Becket formation
Triple minor proper
Triple minor improper
Special Formation
10. Trios
Trios around room
Trios, Sicilian circle
General description and Glossary of terms used
Index of Dances
Index of Tunes

Featured dances in the manual:

1. All the Way to Galway
2. American Spanish Waltz
3. American Waltz Country Dance
4. Arkansas Traveller
5. Armstrong’s Waltz
6. Barbary Bell
7. Barry’s Best
8. Beaux of Albany
9. Belfast Duck
10. Belgian Waltz
11. Big Set – Allemande
12. Big Set Mixer
13. Black Jack
14. Blaydon Races Mixer
15. Bonnets So Blue
16. Bonny Breast Knot (Devon)
17. Bonny Breast Knot (Sussex)
18. Boys of Oakhill
19. Bridge of Athlone
20. Bucksaw Reel
21. Butterfly Hornpipe
22. Camp Town Hornpipe
23. Cheviot Rant
24. Chorus Jig
25. Circassian Circle
26. Circle Waltz
27. College Hornpipe
28. Corn Rigs
29. Cottagers
30. Cumberland Long Eight
31. Cumberland Reel
32. Cumberland Square Eight
33. Danish Double Quadrille
34. Derry Down Derry
35. Devil’s Dream
36. Dorset Four Hand Reel
37. Dorset Ring Dance
38. Dorset Triumph
39. Double Lead Through
40. Drops of Brandy
41. Duck for the Oyster
42. Durham Reel
43. East Meets West
44. Fairfield Fancy
45. Fifth Column Reel
46. Fisher’s Hornpipe
47. Flowers of Edinburgh
48. Follow Your Lovers
49. Foula Reel
50. Galopede
51. Glover’s Reel
52. Goathland Square Eight
53. Good Girl
54. Green Mountain Volunteer
55. Haste to the Wedding
56. Haymaker’s Jig
57. Homosassa Hornpipe
58. Hull’s Victory
59. Hullichan
60. Hunt the Squirrel
61. Irish Trot
62. Jakie’s Hornpipe
63. Johnny Fetch Your Wife Back
64. Jubilee Roundabout
65. Judge’s Jig
66. Kate’s Hornpipe
67. Kielder Schottische
68. La Poule Quadrille
69. La Russe Quadrille
70. Ladies Triumph
71. Lady Bogart’s Reel
72. Lady of the Lake
73. Lady Walpole’s Reel
74. Lucky Seven
75. Margaret’s Waltz
76. Meeting Six
77. Merry Dance
78. Miss Brown’s Reel
79. Morpeth Rant
80. Ninepins
81. Norfolk Long Dance
82. Nottingham Swing
83. Opera Reel
84. Patacake Polka
85. Pin Reel
86. Pins and Needles
87. Piper’s Fancy
88. Ploughboy
89. Portland Fancy
90. Princess Royal
91. Progressive Six Reel
92. Quaker’s Wife
93. Queen Victoria Country Dance
94. Rifleman
95. Road to California
96. Roxburgh Castle
97. Royal Albert
98. Russian Ballet
99. Sackett’s Harbour
100. Sheep Hill
101. Sicilian Circles
102. Silly Threesome
103. Six Reel
104. Soldier’s Joy (Somerset)
105. Soldier’s Joy (Northumberland)
106. Spanish Waltz
107. Spanking Jack
108. Speed the Plough
109. St Patrick’s Day in the Morning
110. Steam Boat
111. Stoke Golding Country Dance
112. Streets of Laredo
113. Swedish, The
114. Tempest (Wilts)
115. Tempest (Vermont)
116. Texas Progressive Threesome
117. Thady You Gander
118. Third Figure Jig
119. Three Hand Star
120. Three Meet
121. Three Sea Captains
122. Threesome Sicilian Circles
123. Timber Salvage Reel
124. Tom Pate
125. Triple Promenade
126. Triumph
127. Twelve Reel
128. Up the Sides and Down the Middle
129. Virginia Reel
130. Walpole Cottage
131. Waltz Cotillon
132. Waltz Country Dance
133. Washington Quick Step
134. Waves of Tory
135. Wiltshire Six Hand Reel
136. Winster Galop
137. Yorkshire Square Eight


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