LEVI JACKSON RAG


This famous dance, commissioned of Pat Shaw by the Mountain
Folk Festival, Adult Section, at Levi Jackson State Park in 1974, is
for 5 couples in a U-shaped formation.

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Counts
     1-8  LINES RIGHT AND LEFT THROUGH, ONES DOWN
     CENTER HALFWAY
     Side couples, in the lines, right and left through across
     while, during the courtesy turn, the top couple (ones)
     dances halfway down the center and pauses.
     9-16 LINES RIGHT AND LEFT THROUGH BACK, ONES
     DOWN TO THE END
     The sides right and left through back, and during the
     courtesy turn, the ones dance down to the end, face out and
     prepare to separate.
          17-24     ONES GO HOME AROUND THE OUTSIDE AS
          OTHERS CIRCLE FOUR
     As the ones dance around the outside back to home, the
     others form two circles of four each and circle L once
     around with the couple across, returning to place in their
     lines (quickly).
          25-32     ALL DO SA DO PARTNERS
     All do-sa-do partners, making sure to end in U formation,
     facing center, all ladies on their gentleman's R hand side.
          33-40     FIVE LADIES CHAIN
     Similar to a four ladies chain. Each lady, as she makes the
     right hand star in the center with the other four ladies,
     "leaves partner, passes another, gives L to the next" for a
     courtesy turn.
          41-48     FIVE LADIES CHAIN
     Same as in 33-40, remembering "leave partner, pass
     another, left the next" and courtesy turn. (Now with
     original corner)
          49-56     PROMENADE ONE PLACE AND BALANCE
     In 4 steps, all couples move CCW one pos around the U
     and then balance 4 counts, ending in closed pos ready to
     swing.
          57-64     ALL SWING
     All swing this new partner for 8 counts, ending with ladies
     on the gentleman's R hand side, all facing in and all in new
     positions in the U, with a different number one couple.

To prompt this dance:
In the music, there is only a 3-note phrase before the music begins
so tell the dancers before the music begins that the sides are to
right and left through...
     1-8      Ones down, Lines right and left through back,
     9-16   Ones down and separate, Lines circle four across,
          17-24       Ones home alone, All do sa do your own,
          25-32            , Five ladies chain three places,
          33-40            , Five ladies chain three places,
          41-48            , Keep her and promenade,
          49-56              Bal-ance,      Swing,
          57-64            , New lines right and left through,

The dance and music are dedicated to Russel D. Acton, lover of
folk dancing and benefactor of both the Lloyd Shaw Foundation
and Berea College.

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