Pop Goes the Weasel ~ Ford

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Pop Goes the Weasel ~ Ford is a Square Dance. It was devised by Benjamin B Lovett in 1925 and published in Good Morning: Music, Calls and Directions for Old-Time Dancing as Revived by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford. It is a Square dance. The minor set lasts 96 bars.

Good Morning was originally published in 1925, my version was printed in 1943.

Lovett writes

Head couple lead right and balance there so easy
(head couple leads to right and stands and balances with that couple)
4 bars
Then join hands and circle half
(the two couples join hands and circle half around.)
2 bars
Pop! goes the weasel
(the right hand couple raises hands while the head couple bows through in under and leads to the next couple)
2 bars
Song is continued until the head couple returns to its original place. Next couple on right leads, continuing until each couple has completed movement.

Lovett has three different definitions for "balance" the one which I think is most likely to apply here is BALANCE PARTNERS (4) Partners face each other and execute a swing step (gentleman steps to the left and swings right foot then steps to right and swings left foot, lady steps with right foot to side and swings left foot, and so on.)

Lovett does not say anything about an introduction, middle break, or finalle, so I'm assuming there was none.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

Figure with 1s active
1-1$1 couple lead right
2-3And balance
4-5Circle four left half
6-7Inactives arch, actives duck under
8-8On to the next
9-10And balance
11-12Circle four left half
13-14Inactives arch, actives duck under
15-15On to the last
16-17And balance
18-19Circle four left half
20-21Inactives arch, actives duck under
22-24Lead home
Figure with 1s active
Figure with 1s active
Figure with 1s active

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