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The Surrey Hornpipe

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The Surrey Hornpipe

Source: Thompson (1814), interpreted by Henry Garfath; published in English Dance & Song, Winter-Spring 1976. Vol XXXVIII. No. 1
Formation: Three Couples; Longways; Proper

A1 Top Four: Partner Set; #1s Cast, #2s Move Up
Top Four: Partner Set; #2s Cast, #1s Move Up
A2 Morris Turn-Out Hey - Top Four do one extra change to leave #1s in the Middle
B1 #1s, individually, pass by the Left Shoulder:
First Corner Allemande Right; Second Corner Allemande Left - finish Improper in the Middle
B2 #1s Partner Set; Cross Over and Cast Down to the Bottom - #3 Move Up
All: Partner Two Hand Turn

Music:
The original tune is shown in the article, but any suitable 32 bar tune will work.

Notes:
This was published in the same article as The Merry Girls of Epsom.

The original words from 1814 are:
The Surry [sic] Hornpipe
Foot it & cast off one Cu: up again to the top down the mid:
up again turn your part.r hands 6 round & swing corners.


If we punctuate that and tidy it up a little with common wording from that period:
Foot it & cast off one Couple
up again to the top
lead down the middle: up again
turn your partner
hands 6 round
swing corners


Then, using Wilson's definitions for all those moves:

John Sweeney's Interpretation - Triple Minor; Proper
A1 Foot It (4); #1s Cast Down - #2s Move Up (4)
Foot It (4); #1s Cast Up - #2s Move Down (4)
A2 #1s Gallop Down (4) & Gallop Up into Second Place - #2s Move Up (4)
#1s Partner Two Hand Turn (8)
B1 All Six: Circle Left to Place (16)
B2 #1s Turn Contra Corners (16)

Colin Hume has an article on how to "Foot It".

Contra Corners: #1s: Partner Allemande Right; First Corner Allemande Left; Partner Allemande Right; Second Corners Allemande Left

The original dance was a Triple Minor. To make this version a Three Couple Dance I would get the #1s to Gallop to the bottom and stay there, let everyone do the Two Hand Turn, and let the new middles dance the Contra Corners.

Original page from English Dance & Song, Winter-Spring 1976

The Surrey Hornpipe
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