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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
Chain 'n' Hey John Sweeney Contra; Becket An easy contra for practising Ladies' Chains and Heys.
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 contra dance where the A music cycles through Up a Double, Siding, Arming.
Dixie Doo-Dah John Sweeney Contra; Improper An easy contra dance with a Dixie Twirl.
Dopeca John Sweeney Contra; Improper An easy contra dance with lots of Petronellas.
Duck! John Sweeney Contra; Improper; Double Progression An easy no-swing contra.
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.
Four Jolly Sheepskins John Sweeney Three Couples; Proper A simple Playford style dance with lots of Sheepskin Heys.
Gypsy A Trois John Sweeney Three Couples in a Circle With a DosiAll — a three person Dosido!
Karen's Parrot John Sweeney Longways; Proper Double Figure Eights and North Country Ladies' Chain.
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.
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.
Pa' Bailar III John Sweeney Circle Mixer Mirror Grapevines with Latin styling.
Pestchye John Sweeney Contra; Becket (CW) A no-swing contra dance with Petronellas and Ladies' Chains.
Rolling Waves John Sweeney Circle Mixer Roll-Aways and Alamo Waves.
Rotafl John Sweeney Contra; Becket A flowing, no-swing contra dance.
The Slithy Dance John Sweeney Longways; Becket; Double Progression A fun, no-swing dance with the whole set setting and spinning right.
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.
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.
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.

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