Dancing "Anxiety" at Bedford Tuesday Playford

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I often finish evenings that I am calling with Bernie Chalk's dance "Nervous Breakdown". This is a big circle, change partner 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.



A1 1‑4Whole right hand turn partner, then pass them by the way you were originally facing;
5‑8left hand turn the person you meet, and pass them by in the same direction.
A2 1‑4Two hand turn next person and pass them by in same direction;
5‑8back-to-back the next person, and pass them by in the same direction to the next (5th) person.
B1 1‑8Into-line siding right shoulder to right shoulder; then left shoulder to left shoulder (do not pass on).
B2 1‑4Set right and left, and turn single;
5‑8face 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