Composed by John Sweeney, based on Cumberland Square Eight, using all the figures in a contra dance.
Contra; Improper; Double Progression - 64 bars
||#1s Gallop Down & Back
||#2s Gallop Up & Back
||Basket - open out into a circle
Circle Right - use the circles to reorientate the set - optionally use slip circles to use up more energy
Two Changes of a Grand Right & Left around the WHOLE set:
Neighbour Pull By Right; New Neighbour Pull By Left
This is the Double Progression - Pull By your Partner at the ends - no-one is ever out - Keep moving forwards to make the Star
||With Next New Neighbours: Star Right; Star Left - skip it round to use more energy
||This Neighbour Balance & Swing
||Long Lines Go Forward & Back - Men Roll the Ladies Away with a Half Sashay from Right to Left
#1s Swing - finish facing down in Ballroom Hold ready to Gallop
Any reels, jigs or polkas will do, but the dance is intended to give the feel of Cumberland Square Eight. You can hear Ashley Hutchings and friends
playing for the original dance on "Kickin' Up the Sawdust".
No room at the end of the set for the gallop? Turn left and go round the edge of the room (Lady on the outside).
To gallop back just turn your heads - don't mess around with arm/body positions.
Optional Styling: Balance & Swing: Step R, Kick L (hopping on R), Step L, Kick R (Hopping on L), Swing
Basket: Get close together; the men put their arms around the ladies' waists and one grips the other's wrists;
the ladies put their arms on the nearest shoulders (get them to put them straight up in the air then lower
them onto the NEAREST shoulder when teaching). Put your right foot in and everyone does a buzz-step to spin the basket.
Baskets only ever go clockwise.
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