The Dashing White Sergeant
Source: Mark Berry's interpretation of Mozart Allen's 1880 dance; published in English Dance & Song, Spring 1967. Vol XXIX. No. 1
Formation: Longways; Proper
||#1s Cross & Cast (rant); #1s Right Elbow Turn, finishing between the #2s in a Line of Four, Facing Up
||Lines of Four Advance & Retire Twice
||#1s Lead Down, #2s Follow; #2s Arch, #1s Turn and Rant Up through the Arch, #2s Turn and Follow
||Swing & Change (dance around each other 1.5 times AC to progress)
The Dashing White Sergeant or any suitable 32-bar tune.
This appeared with Radstock Traveller under the heading "TWO NEW DANCES". I am not sure why it was called a "new" dance since it is a minor variation of a dance from 1880!
This is not of course the Dashing White Sergeant that most people know now. Popular tunes always had lots of dances written for them.
With the popularity of the Polka, the Poussette was often changed to a Polka in this period; see Ladies' Fancy.
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