Ralph Page writes:
Music: Any Irish jig. I like to use “The Low Backed Car”
Use any introduction you wish, then:
Join your hands and forward all
Forward again for the good of the hall
The head two men take two girls home.
(Their corners as well as their partners. Thus the two head men have their partner at their right and their corner girl beside them at their left. The two side men stand in place alone.)
Head gents turn partner with right hand around
Their corner lady with the left hand around
They put their arms round both girls' waists
And swing them both around in place.
Open it up in a circle of three
And three hands around you go
Pop the corner lady under
Everybody swing and don't you blunder
And all promenade around the ring.
The figure is repeated for the side gents. It may also be done for but one man at a time. It all depends on how the caller is feeling or how much time he has for the figure.
In the swing two ladies figure, it is a lot safer if the two girls join their free hands. The figure should be done clockwise, and for goodness' sake men, hold on tight.
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.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, swing (and probably others).
If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.
The dance is copyright © 1949 by Ralph Page. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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