I often finish evenings that I am calling with Bernie Chalk's dance "Nervous Breakdown". This is a big circle dance in which you progress rapidly around the circle, so giving the opportunity to say "goodnight" to at least half the people. However, it is not suitable for a Playford evening, so I came up with this dance; the first half is the same as Nervous Breakdown, but I usually employ less boisterous music.
And the name? Well Playford preceeded the current folk dances, and anxiety can preceed a nervous breakdown!
Big circle of couples. Face you partner, so ladies are facing clockwise around the circle, and men anti-clockwise.
Track 2 "The Frost is all Over" & "Minjig" from the CD "Spreading Our Wings" by the band Skylark is the kind of music required. A sample from this track is given on Dave Brown's website. The recording is 6×AABB (i.e. 6×32 bars), which is probably just a bit too long at the end of an evening.
A score for "The Frost is all Over" is available at THE SESSION.
Step and Fetch Her (5x32bars)
(file size 2.3MB)
A score can be found in the Traditional Music library.
|A1 1‑4||Right hand turn partner, then pass them by the way you were originally facing;|
|5‑8||left hand turn the person you meet, and pass them by in the same direction.|
|A2 1‑4||Two hand turn next person and pass them by in same direction;|
|5‑8||back-to-back the next person, and pass them by in the same direction to the next (5th) person.|
|B1 1‑8||Into-line siding right shoulder to right shoulder; then left shoulder to left shoulder (do not pass on).|
|B2 1‑4||Set right and left, and turn single;|
|5‑8||face centre of circle, lead this person in, turn individually and lead out. Face them in original direction round the circle ready to start again.|
Graham Foster, March 2010