Contrafusion
Tuesday Afternoons — Maidstone
Saturday Evenings — Ashford & Maidstone

Epping Hunt

Home Dance Videos Contra Dancing Your Ceilidh/Barn Dance Contra Waltz Dance Index About Us Contact Us Links

Epping Hunt

Source: Gray (1812), interpreted by Pat Shaw; published in English Dance & Song, Winter 1976. Vol XXXVIII. No. 3
Formation: Longways; Proper

A Face your Corner: Set (4); Second Corners Left Shoulder Cross Over immediately followed by First Corners Right Shoulder Cross Over (4)
Repeat to Home
B #1s Gallop Down (#2s Move Up)(4); #1s Gallop Up into Second Place (4)
[Second Corners Left Shoulder Cross Over immediately followed by First Corners Right Shoulder Cross Over] x2 (4+4)

Music:
16 or 32 bars of suitable tunes.

Notes:
The "right and left at top" may imply that it was originally a Triple Minor; Wilson's diagrams for the moves show three couples.

Wilson complains that some dancers "gallop, or run down a dozen couples" using up twice as many bars as they should. He states that both Lead Down the Middle and Right & Left are Short Figures, i.e. four bars. In Pat Shaw's Long Live London he has Right & Left in four bars.

So I think this is a 16 bar dance; they were quite common in that period. Wilson says that anything longer than 16 bars of figures "is damned at its announcement" as it "appears now, in fashionable life, a crime to attempt anything that requires a capacity beyond what the more sagacious brutes are endowed with".

I call the B2 Right & Left figure "Interlocking Gypsies"; Larry Jennings includes a definition for it in Zesty Contras as a "Double Gyp".

Original page from English Dance & Song, Winter 1976

Epping Hunt

Original page from English Dance & Song, Summer 1977

Epping Hunt
Back to Dance Index

I'd love to hear from you if you know anything more about this dance, its composer, its style, or its history.

Feedback is very welcome on any aspect of these dances or Web pages.

Please contact You must enable JavaScript to see this e-mail address. with your comments.

Home Dance Videos Contra Dancing Your Ceilidh/Barn Dance Contra Waltz Dance Index About Us Contact Us Links