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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1-8 LINES RIGHT AND LEFT THROUGH, ONES DOWN
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
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
41-48 FIVE LADIES CHAIN
Same as in 33-40, remembering "leave partner, pass
another, left the next" and courtesy turn. (Now with
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
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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