Speed the Plough (American Version)
Source: Traditional; published in English Dance & Song, May - June 1941, Volume V, Number 5
Formation: Longways; Duple Minor; First Couples Improper
||Neighbour Balance & Swing
||Ladies' Chain x2
||#1s Lead Down, Turn Alone; Dance back in Promenade Hold and Cast into Second Place - #2s Move Up
||Half Promenade; Right & Left Through
32 bars. Strangely the dance is not described in this article as being to the tune "Speed the Plough".
The standard English version is in the Community Dance Manual. There is no indication of where this "Amercian Version" came from. The first half is completely different from the American version described in "Cracking Chestnuts". There is another completely different Scottish dance to the same tune. All the other versions are danced to the tune "Speed the Plough".
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