Up Tails All Round
Up Tails All Round
Source: Adapted by John Sweeney
Formation: Five Couples in a Circle
32 bars. Once through = 7 x 32; twice through = 12 x 32.
The original has #1s splitting the couple and arming once with each couple all the way around the circle "for as many as will": "and so forwards to the next, the rest following in order". The timing of when the rest follow is unclear. Sharp interprets it as #2s don't start until #1s have been all the way around. After each couple does arming all the way around, the dance starts again with stars, then with circles, but only star or circle once with each couple.
At one of our dances Chris Turner called the original dance but with couples having their own figure and using the timing I have described. Whenever I tried it though it seemed a bit rushed. I added the Up a Double to the next couple and doubled all the moves so that there is much more time for people to recover and I feel the dance has a bit more to it now so that it is more fulfilling.
Setting can be to your partner or to the centre of the circle.
A clap at the beginning of your personal figure is recommended.
There can be congestion in the middle as two couples are falling back a double, so warn people to be careful and try to get the other dancers to spread out if there is room.
You can let each couple choose their own figure - anything they can fit into 16 steps. Or use these more modern options:
Couple #1: Balance the Ring; Petronella (spin one place to the right) x2 - then arch over that couple as you lead on to the next
Couple #2: Basket
Couple #3: Men Cross; Ladies Cross x2
Couple #4: Full Hey - Ladies start right shoulder
Couple #5: Four changes of a circular hey (could be balance, change, change x 2)
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