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John Sweeney's Dances Dances from English Dance & Song The Lovelace Manuscript
Please note: These are NOT the type of dances that we do at Barn Dances/Ceilidhs. These are more interesting/challenging dances suitable for regular dance clubs. If you want to try dances like these then please come along any Monday evening if you are in Kent.

Contra and Longways dances are all Duple Minor unless stated otherwise. "Improper" is short for "First Couples Improper".

  John Sweeney's Dances

Dance Name Composer Formation Notes
Another Knole Park
Added August 16 2018
John Sweeney Longways Improper A version of Knole Park, made easier for beginners.
Balancing Act
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Becket Easy Wave Dance: Pass the Ocean, Swing Through, Extend.
Calliope
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Circle Mixer California Twirls, Lasso the Man, Grand Petronella, Roll the Lady.
Chain 'n' Hey John Sweeney Contra; Becket An easy contra for practising Ladies' Chains and Heys.
Cheekbone City
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper Easy dance with lots of Petronellas.
Cumberland Contra John Sweeney Contra; Improper; Double Progression — 64 bars The dance is based on Cumberland Square Eight, using all the figures in a contra dance.
Dargason 21 John Sweeney Four couples in a single line The dance is based on Dargason, but re-choreographed for the 21st Century so that most people are moving most of the time.
Demon's Maggot John Sweeney Longways; Improper A duple minor dance where the A music cycles through Up a Double, Siding, Arming.
Diver's Delight
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Sicilian Circle Dip 'n' Dives, Gallops and Inside Baskets.
Dixie Doo-Dah John Sweeney Contra; Improper An easy contra dance with a Dixie Twirl.
The Dolphin's F8
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Longways; Improper An easy dance with a Dolphin Hey and a Figure Eight.
Dopeca John Sweeney Contra; Improper An easy contra dance with lots of Petronellas.
DosiAll
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Becket A fun dance with four-person Dosidos.
DosiWhat?
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Becket "Dosido" has been used to mean many completely different moves; this dance has three of them!
Duck! John Sweeney Contra; Improper; Double Progression An easy no-swing contra.
The Exchange Swing
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney Circle Mixer A simple dance that is mainly for practice at swinging and at ending with the man on the left, lady on the right.
F-Lock
Updated Dec 7 2015
John Sweeney Five in a Circle (Five Assorted Dancers) A fun, challenging dance with Shoot the Owl, Devil's Backbone and a five-person Basket.
Finding Your Balance John Sweeney Contra; Becket (CW) An easy dance for teaching four changes.
FlutterRing
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Becket Easy dance with a Flutterwheel.
Four Jolly Sheepskins John Sweeney Three Couples; Proper A simple Playford style dance with lots of Sheepskin Heys.
Four Light Winds
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Three Couples; Longways; Proper A easy setting for Pat Shaw's Four Winds move.
Galway Swing
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper Same gender swings, using a great swing variant.
Girls of Oakhill
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper A version of Boys of Oakhill with a smoother entry to the Gallops.
Grapevine Jig II
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper Grapevine steps in long lines, with an easier ending than the original.
Gypsy A Trois John Sweeney Three Couples in a Circle With a DosiAll — a three person Dosido!
Hazlitt Meltdown
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Circle Mixer An easy dance with a Gypsy Hey.
Hey Down
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Longways; Improper An easy dance with Heys for Three across the set.
Hey! That's My Slice
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Three Couples; Longways; Proper Rare and interesting moves!
Hothfield Hey
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper An easy no-swing contra.
Irish New Year
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper Box Circulates with an easy progression.
Karen's Parrot John Sweeney Longways; Proper Double Figure Eights and North Country Ladies' Chain.
KJ's Birthday Waltz
Added July 9 2018
John Sweeney, Karen Sweeney & Lani Graham Three Dancers in a Circle Some rare and interesting moves.
Life is But A Melancholy Flower John Sweeney Contra; Improper A lively dance with gallops and petronallas.
Loop the Loop John Sweeney Longways; Proper A simple Playford style dance with some modern moves.
Lover's Waltz
Added May 8 2018
John & Karen Sweeney Three Couples in a Circle A waltz-time dance with some interesting moves.
The Mad Gypsy John Sweeney Contra; Becket (CW) A contra with no swing.
Morrford John Sweeney Three Couples; Longways; Proper A simple Playford style dance with Heys on the Ends.
Murry 21
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Square A pre-Playford Square Dance re-cast into a modern style.
Pa' Bailar III John Sweeney Circle Mixer Mirror Grapevines with Latin styling.
The Pattern Unfolds
Added July 12 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Becket Unfolding a circle to a line using a modified Half a Slice.
Pestchye John Sweeney Contra; Becket (CW) A no-swing contra dance with Petronellas and Ladies' Chains.
Plain Hamburger
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Longways; Improper A fun dance using Pat Shaw's Double Arch Dosido.
Quintilinear
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Five Assorted Dancers, in a Line A fun dance with a Double Dolphin Hey and a Traveling Thread the Needle.
Rogue's March
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Longways; Improper The first half of Devil's Dream, but with a different ending.
Rolling Waves John Sweeney Circle Mixer Roll-Aways and Alamo Waves.
Rotafl John Sweeney Contra; Becket A flowing, no-swing contra dance.
Saint John's #4
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Square A pre-Playford Square Dance re-cast into a modern style.
The Shuttle Flies Out
Added July 12 2018
John Sweeney Longways; Improper A longways dance with the Shuttle movement from Picking Up Sticks.
The Slithy Dance John Sweeney Longways; Becket; Double Progression A fun, no-swing dance with the whole set setting and spinning right.
The Slithy Serpent
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Double Contra (Four Face Four) A Mescolanza with a Serpentine Hey.
To Move or Not to Move
Added July 12 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Becket An easy contra to practise Right & Left Throughs and Ladies' Chains.
Training Wheels
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper Easy Down-the-Hall dance with a Gate.
Tricylic
Updated Jun 21 2016
John Sweeney Three Dancers in a Circle A fun dance with Travelling Right-Hand High, Left-Hand Lows and a three-person Basket.
Trip to Hazlitt
New Dec 7 2015
John Sweeney Contra; Improper An easy, flowing dance with a couples Weave the Line and a Mad Robin.
Trip to Willesborough
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Contra; Improper Easy Contra with Tidal and Ocean Waves.
Turquoise Waltz
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Longways; Improper A flowing waltz-time dance with a Celtic Hey.
Two & Four
Added July 12 2018
John Sweeney Circle Mixer Rollaways, Rory O'Mores and Swing Throughs.
Up Tails All Round John Sweeney Five Couples in a Circle An updated version of the 1650 dance with more couples active more of the time.
Virginia Reel Circle Mixer #24
Added July 12 2018
John Sweeney Circle Mixer An easy dance for beginnners.
Waltz Country Dance
Added July 2 2018
John Sweeney Sicilian Circle The traditional dance, with a different ending to make the dance easier for non-waltzers.
Wee Willie II
Updated Nov 6 2017
John Sweeney Four Couples; Longways; Proper Heel & Toe, Gallop, Zig-Zag Poussette.
Whole Hannikin John Sweeney Longways; Proper or any gender 32-bar version of Halfe Hannikin.
Will-o'-the-Wisp
Added May 8 2018
John Sweeney Five Dancers in a Quincunx Fun dance where the Wisp gets to dance all over the place!

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