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Faithless Nancy Dawson

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Faithless Nancy Dawson

Source: Anna Bidder; published in English Dance & Song, August 1964, Volume XXVI No. 4
Formation: Longways; Duple Minor; Proper

A #1s Lead Down, Cast Up to Place (8)
#2s Lead Up, Cast Down to Place (8)
Partner Dosido (8)
B Set or Balance Backwards; Turn Single Forwards (8)
Three Changes without hands, start Right with Partner (8)

Music:
"A-Roving": 12 bar verse and 8 bar chorus.

Notes:
In English Dance & Song Volume 1 Number 5, April 1937, there is an article which starts:
"An evening of "Invented" Dances at Cecil Sharp House provided an opportunity of seeing several item of considerable interest. The dances shown were divided into two classes, Country Dances and Ballets. The country dances were generally more successful that the ballets, and the most satisfactory of all was Margaret de la Hey's "Now is the Month of Maying". Anna Bidder's three dances were very enjoyable, and the Kensington Club offered tunes and dances composed by Kathleen Carroll."

Unfortunately the rest of the article focuses on the ballets and musical philosophy, with no further details about these new country dances.

Antony Heywood's card for this dance notes that Faithless Nancy Dawson was written in 1936, and Nic Broadbridge claims it was written "for the Round", the Cambridge University dance club, which was founded in 1928. It is quite possible, therefore, that Faithless Nancy Dawson was written in 1936, even though it was not published until 1964, and that it was one of the dances mentioned in the article.

This dance was also published in "Everyday Dances" by Nibs Matthews.

Original page from English Dance & Song, August 1964

Faithless Nancy Dawson
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