ScadoSource: Composed by John Sweeney
Formation: Three Couples; Longways; Proper
Lively 32-bar jigs.
The Double Oval is a move from Thomas Wilson's early 19th century dance manuals, though we can find no record of any dance that used it! #1 Man & #3 Man do a Gypsy with each other around the stationary #2 Man WHILE #1 Lady & #3 Lady do a Gypsy with each other around the stationary #2 Lady. Earlier versions of this dance gave no preparation time for this move and often failed. The Fall Back and Set gets people facing the right way, with time to think about the next move.
The first part of the dance uses ideas from the dance Scotch Cap, so the name derives from Scotch CAp Double Oval. I since discovered that it also stands for Stay Calm And Dance On!
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