Barry Goodman
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Dances

I've been writing dances for years - here are a few of the most popular and successful ones!

 

Benslow Gardens

 

Form: 3-couple longways sets

Music: 32-bar jigs

 

A1:      All set (or kick-balance) right and left; top couple cast to middle place (second couple move up); all forward and back.

 

A2:      Working couple make right-hand stars with new end couples; left-hand stars.  (Top couples look to the right; stay with same couple for both stars)

 

B1:      Working couple back-to-back with right diagonal; cast to the bottom of the set while bottom couple moves up one place.

 

B2:      All circle left; circle right.

 

Benslow is an area in HItchin where they held an open gardens day in 2013 for the first time.  This dance was written shortly after my visit to said gardens.

 

 

 

Old Town Hall

 

Form: Sicilian Circle

 

Music: 32-bar polkas

 

A1:      Circle left (4 bars); pass right shoulder with opposite and back-to-back with the next (new opposite) (4 bars).

 

A2:      Left hand star with new couple (4 bars); pass right shoulder with opposite and back-to-back with the next (new opposite) (4 bars).

 

B1:      Ladies’ chain with this couple.

 

B2:      Back-to-back with partner; swing partner.

 

The Unicorn Ceilidh series used to be held in Hitchin Town Hall, with its

magnificent adjustable sprung floor.  This dance was written to commemorate

the venue when it was closed for conversion to a museum.

 

 

 

Stevenage Swing

 

            Form:  Square sets

            Music: 32-bar polkas

 

A1       Do-si-do corner; swing corner

 

A2       Do-si-do partner; swing partner

 

B1       Half a star-chain; join hands to form circle of 8, all four steps in and out

 

B2       Balance and swing corner and end up with women in progressed places (i.e. next to corner).

 

Repeat four or eight times

 

This dance allows the women to visit all the men twice and still finish with their original partner!  It will work as a ceilidh dance with polkas, or it could have a more American feel with driving American reels and a two-handed balance, rather than kick-balances.

 

 

 

Panshanger Sicilian Circle  

 

Form: Sicilian Circle

 

Music: 32-bar polkas or jigs

 

NB: No. 1 couples face clockwise around circle.

 

A1:      Circle left and right.

 

A2:      Back-to-back with partner; back-to-back with opposite.

 

B1:      Ladies’ chain.

 

B2:      No. 1 couples arch, change places with No. 2 couples; No. 2 couples arch and change places with No. 1 couples (moving backwards); No. 1 couples arch, change places with No. 2 couples and move on to next couple.

 

Panshanger is an area of Welwyn Garden City.  This dance was co-written with

the children in the country dance club at Panshanger Primary School,

sometime in the late 1980s.

 

 

 

Woodford Square

 

Form:  Square sets

 

Music: 32-bar Polkas             

 

A1:      Head couples forward and back, then cast through arches made by side couples and back to place.

 

A2:      As A1 with side couples forward & back, then cast and back to place.

 

B1:      Women right-hand star, then do-si-do partner (alternate times through men left-hand star and do-si-do partner).

 

B2:      All circle left three-quarters; swing partner.

 

Next time through, new head couples start with forward and back, etc.

 

Written for a family celebration in Woodford, north-east London, this dance has been developed over a period of time to become the dance it is today!

 

 

 

Shiver Me Timbers

 

Form: Sicilian Circle

Music: 32-bar stephops

 

A1:      Number 1 couple dance between the number 2 couple, cast and return     to place (4 bars); Right-hand star.

 

A2:      Number 2 couple dance between the number 1 couple, cast and return

to place (4 bars);  Left-hand star. 

 

B1:      Face partner, hold nearest hand with neighbour, sidestep left 4 steps, sidestep right 4 steps to place; face neighbour and sidestep left four steps with partner, then right four steps to move on one place (should now be back-to-back with original neighbours).

 

B2:      Do-si-do new opposite; swing partner

 

This dance, together with two others, was written for an "all-age" ceilidh at

Shrewsbury Folk Festival in 2011 - the theme for the ceilidh was "Pirates"!

 

 

 

May Morning

 

Form: Square sets

 

Music: 64-bar jigs

 

A1:      Head couples dance forward and back; back-to-back opposites.

 

A2:      Side couples the same.

 

B1:      Head couples right-hand star; left-hand star.

 

B2:      Side couples the same.

 

C1:      All circle left and right.

 

C2:      All to the centre; back-to-back partner.

 

D1:      Grand chain half way; swing partner.

 

D2:      Continue the grand chain; swing partner.

 

A simple square dance which introduces some basic figures and moves and helps to orientate new dancers around a square set.

 

 

Tom’s Rant

 

Form: Sicilian Circle

 

Music: 32-bar polkas/rants

 

A1       Circle left; do-si-do partner.

 

A2       Do-si-do neighbour; circle right.

 

B1       Men left-hand turn, collect partner and continue to place.

 

B2       Forward and back, pass through and swing.

 

A nice easy Sicilian Circle dance named after my first grandson.

 

 

Hue and Cry

 

Form:       Square sets

Music:      32-bar stephops

 

A1       Head couples cast away from partners, between side couples to middle of the set; right-hand star.

 

A2       Side couples cast away from partners, between head couples to middle of the set; left-hand star.

 

B1       Head couples right- and left-through half way, sides the same; repeat back to place.

 

B2       Two hands to partner, chasse two steps in, two steps out; all move on past partner one place and swing new partner.

 

NB partners meet again at the end of the second and fourth times through the dance

 

...and this one was written to celebrate the birth of Hugh, my second grandson!

 

 

The Woodman

 

Form: 3-couple longways

 

Music: 32-bar jigs

 

A1       Middle person in each line pass between the couple on the right (end couples) and dance a reel of three, returning to place at the end.

 

A2       All circle left and right.

 

B1       Top and middle couples right-hand star; bottom and middle couples left-hand star.

 

B2       Top couple galop to bottom of the set; all swing.

 

A 3-couple dance with a slightly different way of reeling.

 

 

 

Thursday’s Waltz

 

Form: Sicilian Circle

 

Music: 32-bar waltzes

 

A1:      Circle left half way; pass through to a new couple.

 

A2:      Circle left half way; pass through to original couple.

 

B1:       Balance forward and back with partner, jive to change places; repeat            with neighbour.

 

B2:       Balance forward and back with partner, jive to change places; waltz to meet new couple.

 

A fairly straightforward Sicilian Circle in waltz time - it helps if dancers can

move in triple time, especially for the pass through movement.

 

 

 

The Bowling Green   

 

Form: 3-couple longways sets

 

Music: 32-bar polkas

 

A1:      Top man and bottom woman right-arm turn;

            Top woman and bottom man right-arm turn.

 

A2:      Top man and bottom woman left-arm turn;

            Top woman and bottom man left-arm turn.

 

B1:      Top and middle couples right-hand star;

            Middle and bottom couples left-hand star.

 

B2:      All do-si-do partners;

            Top couple polka to the bottom of the set.

 

Written for a party in Leiston, Essex.  A pretty simple dance that keeps everybody thinking!

 

 

 

Sun Celebration

 

Form: Sicilian Circle

Music : 32-bar jigs

 

A1:      Right-hand star; left-hand star.

 

A2:      Circle left; circle right.

 

B1:      Keep the circle, balance in and out; No.2 couples arch and No.1s pop         through;

do-si-do new neighbour.

 

B2:       Do-si-do partner; all swing.

 

Another simple Sicilian Circle with a slightly more interesting progression than many!

 

 

The Wavendon Walloper

 

Form: Circle

Music: 32-bar jigs

 

A1:      All circle left and right.

 

A2:      With partner, galop four steps towards centre and four back; swing.

 

B1:      Clapping with partner (together, right, together, left, clap own hands three times), then turn back on partner and repeat clapping sequence with the person behind).

 

B2:      Right-hand turn with that person, then back-to-back with partner.

 

This dance was developed at a "Full English" family folk day at The Stables in

Wavendon.

It's a circle dance where you keep your partner, so ideal for a mixed audience of young children and adults, as the little ones don't have to lose their partner!  The dance could be made progressive by moving on one place after the back-to-back.

 

 

Flaming June

 

Form: Square sets

Music: 32-bar jigs

 

A1:      All circle left; circle right.

 

A1:      Head couples cast to finish between the side couples, forming two lines (side lines) facing across the room; forward and back in lines.

 

B1:      Middle couples (original Head couples) right- and left-hand stars, while ends right- and left-hand turn.

 

B2:      Ends cast to the middle, middle couples return to original places (as Head couples of a square set) (2 bars), all do-si-do partner (2 bars); swing partner (4 bars).

 

            Repeat with side couples casting first (head lines)

 

A relatively simple square dance that changes shape, producing headlines

and sidelines in the middle part.  

 

 

The First Fleet 

(composed 6th March 2017 – 229 years to the day since the arrival of the first

fleet in Australia)

 

Form: Square sets

Music : 32-bar jigs

 

A1       Do-si-do partner; men move to right-hand lady and swing. Stay with this partner and…

 

A2       All to the middle and back twice.

 

B1       Star Ladies’ Chain.

 

B2       Promenade round the square to man’s place.

 

 

 

 

Contradiction

 

Form:     Longways improper (or proper!)

Music:    32-bar reels

 

A1       Do-si-do neighbour; circle left.

 

A2       Do-si-do partner; circle right.

 

B1       Keep the circle – balance in and out, petronella turn to move one place right; repeat.

 

B2       Allemand left partner once and a half; right-hand star, ready to (A1) do-si-do new neighbour.

 

A contra-style longways that can be danced proper or improper and is

perfect for gender-neutral calling!

 

 

Ickleford Mixer 

 

Form:    Circle

Music:   32-bar jigs

 

A1:      Take two hands with partner and galop four steps towards the middle, and four back out; repeat.

 

A2:      Right and left hand turn partner.

 

B1:      Two hand turn and do-si-do partner.

 

B2:      Pass partner by right shoulder, move on and swing next person around     the circle.

 

(One of the first dances I ever wrote, and the one I still use as the opener for weddings, parties and barn dances - a nice easy mixer that teaches six basic moves in one dance!)

 

 

Stables Shuffle

 

Form: Circle

Music: 32-bar jigs/reels

 

A1       All circle left, circle right.

 

A2       All to the middle and out again; do-si-do partner.

 

B1       Clapping – together, right; together left; together twice, both twice x2.

 

B2       Chain four places – partner by right hand, then left, right, and stop at the fourth (count 1,2,3,4); swing the fourth and start again.

 

(I wrote this dance for a summer school barn dance at The Stables,

Wavendon - a simple mixer introducing a chain.)

 

 

Northway Circus (Barry Goodman)

 

Form: Circle (men face in, women face out, all link hands)

 

Music: 32-bar waltzes

 

A1:      Balance forward and back, right-hand turn partner half way (men now face in, women face out); balance forward and back, left-hand turn next person half way (progressed 1 place).

 

A2:      Balance forward and back, right-hand turn half way; (progressed 2 places); back-to-back with this new partner.

 

B1:      With new partner, hold right hand and balance forward and back, change places (man turns woman under his right arm); repeat back to original places.

 

B2:      All two hands to partner: 2 chasse steps in towards the middle of the circle; 2 steps out; all waltz once around and link into facing circles.

 

(Another circle waltz using familiar waltz country dance moves)

 

 

 

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