The Crooked Stovepipe #1

The Crooked Stovepipe #1 is a Square Dance. It was published by Ralph Page in 1949 in Northern Junket. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 228 bars.

Ralph Page writes:

Any introduction you want provided you use the tune once through; thirty-two measures. Then:

The head two ladies forward and back
Forward again and the two girls swing
Six hands around them in a great big ring
Break that ring and swing your own, everybody swing
Allemande left your corners
A right hand round your own
You do si do your corners
And do si do your own
You've got time to swing your own alone
Swing her once or twice

Do the same changes for the two side girls also the two head men, and the two side men

I believe that when Ralph says the two girls swing he is using swing in the generic sense of spin around and not the specific partner swing. "Swing" was also used to describe hand turns and even circles (think of the modern term "swing through"). So I think the two women should do an elbow turn in the middle.

Because Ralph does not provide an introduction, I have made one up.

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, hands across, rights and lefts, ladies chain (courtesy turn), swing, back to back (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.

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