Almost Anything

Notes


Kevin Prigmore playing "New Anything" (2x32bars)

During the hiatus in dancing caused by the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020 & 2021, Kevin Prigmore presented on YouTube numerous videos of himself (with or without other members of the band "Kelly's Eye") playing folk dance music. One of these videos is the music for the dance "New Anything". The track is too short to be useful for the triple minor dance "New Any-thing" (published by John Playford's sucessors, probably in 1710), so I wrote this three couple dance.

Formation

3 couple longways set.

Music

3xAABB

A score can be found at The Session

Notation


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A1 1‑21st & 2nd couples clap: own hands, partner's right hand, own hands, partner's left hand,
3‑41st & 2nd couples turn single,
5‑8Top two couples (1s & 2s) two changes of a square hey giving hands.
A2 1‑41st couple (now in middle places, improper) & 3rd couple do clapping and turn single (as in A1 1‑4),
5‑8Bottom two couples (1s & 3s) two changes of a square hey giving hands.
B1 1‑4Couple at top of set (2s) half figure of eight down through middle couple (3s) to own side of the set,
while bottom couple (1s) back-to-back partner;
5‑8Middle couple (3s) half figure of eight down through bottom couple (1s) to own side of the set,
while top couple (2s) back-to-back partner.
B2 1‑4Middle couple (3s) take nearest hand of the neighbour above them, then come up the centre, cast away from partner at top of set, and go back to middle places. For this movement the people at top of set, M2 & W2, act as gateposts turning with M3 & W3;
5‑8Middle couple (3s) take nearest hand of the neighbour below them, then go down the centre, cast away from partner at bottom of set, and back to middle places, with people at bottom of set (M1 & W1) acting as gateposts.
Repeat twice more

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