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Aunt Hessie's White Horse

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Aunt Hessie's White Horse

Source: Traditional, South Africa; published in English Dance & Song, Winter-Christmas 1971, Vol. XXXIII No. 4
Formation: Circle Mixer - Men Facing Out, Ladies Facing In

A1 Into Line Siding: Right Shoulder; Left Shoulder
A2 Dosido; Seesaw (Left Shoulder Dosido)
B1 On the Left Diagonal: Swing New Partner

Music:
24 bars.

Notes:
From Mo Waddington: "When we learnt Aunt H's at Manley (nr Chester) in the '80s the caller, Reg Holmes, told us that the hold for the swing was men's hands on partner's waist , ladies' hands on men's shoulders. And bob up and down."

From Julian Whybra: "I learnt this dance from a South African while at university in 1971. He told me that ‘Hessie’ was Afrikaans – a diminutive for Hester and that it came from Natal. The Dutch had originally learnt it from a Scot who’d settled there (so, a Scottish dance? Hessie/Hester is found in Scotland). The incoming English settlers from the 1840s used the English diminutive ‘Hettie’ instead of Hessie, a diminutive for Harriet.
"He also taught it that in Natal in the siding, although it was into line, the male and female dancers had their arms folded and used to ‘bump’ right shoulders, then left. This is the way I teach it – and the music allows for it! If you don’t ‘bump’ you seem to get back to place a fraction too soon for the music. He used to say that you can hear the ’bump’ in the music (and you can!)."

Original page from English Dance & Song, Winter-Christmas 1971

Aunt Hessie's White Horse
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