Poway, CA

May 1, 2011

Band: Pre-recorded music

  Dance Name Author Variants/comments
1 The First of April Thompson 1780  
2 Candles in the Dark Loretta Holtz  
3 A Trip to Tunbridge Preston 1793 Three-couple set
4 Hole in the Wall Playford 1698  
5 Jack's Maggot Playford 1702  
6 The Dusty Miller Neal 1726 Three-couple set
7 Mr. Merrrill's Maggot Fried de Metz Hermann  
8 Marina Elizabeth Zekley  
9 Hand in Hand Gary Roodman  
10 Companions Victor Skowronski  
11 White Wheat Hazel Moir Three-couple set
12 St. Martin's Lane   Triple minor
13 Love and a Bottle Nathaniel Kynaston Three-couple set.
14 Old Wife Behind the Fire Neal 1726  

Titled "a ball cram session," this was the last regular dance before our ball. All the dances except slots 1, 3, 4, 8, and 9 were on the upcoming San Diego ball. The program was essentially an intro dance ("The First of April"), a closing dance ("Old Wife Behind the Fire"), the six most complex ball dances (slots 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, and 13), and a set-up dance for each. Scroll down to see why I chose what I did, if you're curious. Thankfully numerous previous ball practice sessions made such an ambitious program doable.




Set-up dance Target dance Reasoning
A Trip to Tunbridge The Dusty Miller Dealing with first and second contra corners
Hole in the Wall White Wheat Timing exercise, to get people to use excess music
Candles in the Dark Love and a Bottle Half figure eight, though this was before this dance got moved in the program to after the double-figure-eight dances.
Hand in Hand Companions Hey for four in 3/2 timing, leading into another unconnected figure.
Marina St. Martin's Lane Double figure eight
Jack's Maggot Mr. Merrill's Maggot Hey for three

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