Sam Hinton Festival, Poway, CA

June 2, 2012

Band: Pre-recorded music, Ranting Banshee

  Dance Name Author Variants/comments
ECD session (11:00-12:30) with pre-recorded music
1 Rufty Tufty Playford 1651 2-couple set
2 Heartsease Playford 1651 2-couple set
3 The Northdown Waltz Goulding 1820  
4 Christchurch Bells Playford 1679  
5 The First of April Thompson 1780  
6 Hole in the Wall Playford 1698  
7 Morgan Rattler Moore-Ridgely 1790's  
8 Upon a Summer's Day Playford 1651 3-couple set
9 Leah's Waltz Fried de Metz Hermann 3-couple set
Contra session (1:00-3:00) with Ranting Banshee
(Carla Blackmar, Marci Phelan, Martha Wild)
1 Black Cat Mixer Martha Wild Circle mixer
2 Atlantic Mixer A.J. Hildenbrand Circle mixer
Balance replaced with do-si-do
3 Haste to the Wedding Traditional Sicilian circle
4 Family Contra Sherry Nevins  
5 Ted's Triplet #3 Ted Sannella Triplet
6 Ellen's Green Jig Roy Dommett Graham Hempel variant, using A1/A2 from "Broken Sixpence"
7 Tecumseh Dillon Bustin Cis Hinkle variant, using leads and casts instead of half figure eights
8 Puce Set One Martha Wild  
9 The Flircle Tony Parkes Circle mixer
Do-si-do instead of gypsy
10 La Plongeuse Traditional Longways set

A dance session at our umbrella group's (San Diego Folk Heritage) annual music festival. Following my two sessions was some international folk dancing from 3:00 to 5:00.

The ECD session was challenging, with only four dancers until the last two dances. One contra dancers, one folk dancer, one occasional dancer, and one non-dancer. So I converted duple minors into two-couple set dances, where couples kept swapping role. I learned though, to call them top/bottom couples rather than ones and twos. The most challenging dance was "Christchurch Bells," because of its lack of forgiveness with the arm turns.

The contra session was better attended, with about 12-24 people, about a quarter regular dancers. Very few children this year. It was a complete accident at the end when I realized I'd set up "La Plongeuse" with pousettes, dip and dive, and casting in the earlier dances. But a happy accident, as it made for a nice finishing dance.

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