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Newbury Five Step

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Newbury Five Step

Source: John Offord; published in English Dance & Song, Spring 1986 Volume 48 Number 1
Formation: Longways; Proper with Five-Steps throughout

A First Corners Right Elbow Turn x2
Second Corners Right Elbow Turn x2
B #1s Chassée Up, Down, Up; #1s Cast Down One Place - #2s Move Up
Partner Swing

Music:
16 bar 3/2 Hornpipe - tune below.

Notes:
"Three-Steps" are very common; they are also known as Polka Steps or Double Steps. "Seven-Steps" are very common in some styles such as Morris Dancing and Irish Dancing: you do seven steps on alternating feet then hop to change feet. John has used a "Five-Step" to fit the challenges of a 3/2 Hornpipe.

The dance is based on Nottingham Swing, but to handle the extra steps John has changed the first part of the B to Up, Down, Up instead of Nottingham Swing's Down, Up.

For the hold for the turns in Nottingham Swing you hook your hand just above the other person's elbow; for the Swing you join left hands underneath as well.

John says, "I have since made up another dance with different stepping which I think is much better than the Newbury five Step, but also based on figures in the Nottingham swing, I call it Black Mary’s Hornpipe." For this dance the stepping, as shown with the music, is "Left-Hop, Right-Hop, Left, Right" for each bar. The dance is slightly modified to:

Black Mary’s Hornpipe
A First Corners Right Elbow Turn x2
Second Corners Right Elbow Turn x2
B #1s Promenade Down, Turn Alone (2 bars); Promenade Up and Cast down One Place - #2s Move Up (2 bars)
Partner Swing

Original page from English Dance & Song, September 1959

Newbury Five Step
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