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Derry Down Derry

Source: Kathleen Munford from Mr Ryan; published in English Dance & Song, February 1941, Volume V, Number 3.
Formation: Longways; Four Couples; Top Two Couples Improper

A1 All Eight: Slip Circle Left; Slip Circle Right
A2 Middles face Ends: Hey for Four in each line
B1 #s1 lead a Single Cast to the Bottom and back to Place, taking a Promenade Hold with your hands behind your backs
B2 Double Cast to the Bottom: #1s & #3s go Left, #2s & #4s go Right
Lead Up in Lines of Four — finish facing your Partner
A3 In Fours: Four Changes of a Circular Hey, pass Partner by the Right Shoulder to start
A4 Partner Swing (8); Opposite Swing — but finish where you started, facing your Opposite
B3 Thread the Needle: #1s Arch, #3 Man leads
B4 Thread the Needle: #3s Arch, #1 Lady leads
A5 Thread the Needle: #4s Arch, #2 Man leads
A6 Thread the Needle: #2s Arch, #4 Lady leads
B5 In Fours: Four Changes of a Circular Hey, pass Partner by the Right Shoulder to start
B6 Partner Swing (8); Opposite Swing — but finish where you started, facing Down
A7 Double Cast to the Top: #4s followed by #2s go Left, #3s followed by #1s go Right
Lead Down as Couples to remake the set in the original order
A8 #4s lead a Single Cast to the Top and back to Place
B7 Middles face Ends: Hey for Four in each line
B8 All Eight: Slip Circle Left; Slip Circle Right

Music:
32 bars x4

Notes:
The pattern is:

  • do four figures
  • chorus of heys & swings
  • four Thread the Needles
  • repeat the chorus
  • repeat the first four figures in reverse order (and direction in some cases)

The order of the Thread the Needles follows two rules: make the arches going anticlockwise around the set; always start going through an arch by leading across the set.

Although the document specifies a ballroom hold for the swings, I would recommend a symmetrical swing so that it is easier to spring back into your own line facing the person you just swung.

Original page from English Dance & Song, February 1941

Derry Down Derry
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