Dance on the Village Green

Half-Hanniken
Trenchmore
Korobushka
Circassian Circle
Walls of Limerick

 

Half-Hanniken

For a circle of couples, as many as wish to dance, all holding hands facing the center.

4 counts    Take four steps into the center of the circle (Double Up)

4 counts    Back up four steps to return to place (Double Back)

8 counts    Repeat the double up-double back figure

When you return to your place, drop hands and face your partner.

8 counts    Take both hands with your partner, and double up to meet right shoulders with them, then back to your place (Side Right)

8 counts    Keep holding both hands with your partner, and double up to meet left shoulders with them, then back to your place (Side Left)

Now, keep just your right hands together.

8 counts    Circle all the way around your partner, holding right hands, until you return to your spot (Arms Right)

8 counts    Switch hands, and holding left hands, circle 1 ½ times around your partner to the left, ending up in your partner’s place (Arms Left)

Everyone face the center of the circle and all take hands. You should have a new partner, and the whole dance repeats again from the doubles.

At the end of the dance, bow to your partner.

Trenchmore

For a line of couples, longways, facing the top of the room

Part A:   

Take four steps forward, towards the top of the room (Double Up)

Back up four steps to return to place (Double Back)

Repeat the double up-double back figure

Part B:   

Casting: The first couple will slap inside hands and cast off – turning over their outside shoulders and lead down the outside of the set, with everyone else following behind. Meet your partner at the bottom and lead back up to the top of the set.

As soon as the first couple returns to the top of the set, they will begin Arches (Part C.)

Part C:   

Arches: Everyone should already be holding inside hands with your partner. The first couple will face down the set, and go under the arch made by the second couple, the over the third, and so forth all the way down the set. Everyone else will follow, with each couple turning around when they reach the end of the set.

As before, when the first couple returns to the top of the set, the next figure begins: The double hey (Part D).

Part D:   

Double Hey (Just keep swimming): A grand right and left, if you remember from junior high square dance class. First couple will take right hands with their partner and pass, turning down the set, then giving left hands to the second couple, and so forth, with everyone following. You will stop when you reach your initial place again.

When the first couple reaches the top of the set, the entire dance repeats again from the casting figure.

Repeat until the music stops, then honor your partner.

 

Korobushka

For a circle of couples, as many as wish to dance, “men” holding “woman’s” hands at shoulder level behind her.

4 counts    Step right, and close. Step right, and close.

4 counts    Step left, and close. Step left, and close.

2 counts    Step right, and close.

2 counts    Step left, and close.

4 counts    Men turn women under their left arm, and end facing your partner.

The men should be on the inside of the circle, the ladies on the outside.

4 counts    All spin away from the set, over right shoulders, catch your partner’s eye and clap once

4 counts    All spin back into the circle, over left shoulders, meeting your partner back where you started and clap once.

4 counts    Standing next to your partner, holding right hands, take a leaning step towards them, then back (Balance in and out – I love you, I hate you)

4 counts    Men turn women under their right arm, changing places.

4 counts    All spin away from the set, over right shoulders, catch your partner’s eye and clap once

4 counts    All spin back into the circle, over left shoulders, meeting your partner back where you started and clap once.

4 counts    Standing next to your partner, holding right hands, take a leaning step towards them, then back (Balance in and out – I love you, I hate you)

4 counts    Men turn women under their right arm, changing places and taking up left hands to end up back in the original position.

Repeat from the beginning. Watch out for the musicians, they’re crafty.

 

The Circassian Circle

For a circle of couples, as many as wish to dance, holding inside hands and facing clockwise.

4 counts    Take four steps forward (Double forward). On the fourth count, drop hands with your partner and turn around, then take inside hands again4 counts    Continuing in the same direction, take four steps backwards (Double back)

4 counts    Double forward, then turn around as before

4 counts    Double backwards, as before.

4 counts    Standing next to your partner, holding inside hands, take a leaning step towards them, then back (Balance in and out)

4 counts    Change places with your partner, the dancer on the right stepping in front of the dancer on the left. Change hands, so that you are holding inside hands again.

4 counts    Balance in and out

4 counts    Change places with your partner, the dancer on the right turning the dancer on the left under their arm. Change hands, so that you are holding inside hands again.

Repeat from the beginning.

 

Walls of Limerick

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