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Sir Roger de Coverley

Found in Thomas Wilson, 1809.
Four or five couple longways (8 x 32 Slip jigs)
Own Tune Very nippy – Keep the turns tight and be aware of the other dancers.

A1   First corners (top man, bottom lady) right hand (elbow) turn. 
     As they fall back to place:
     Second corners (top lady, bottom man) go in and right hand 
     (elbow) turn immediately (no hanging about allowed)
     First corners left hand (elbow) turn. As they fall back to place:
     Immediately the second corners go in and left hand (elbow) turn.
A2   First comers two hand turn. Second corners two hand turn.
     First corners do-si-do. Second corners do-si do
B1   First couple gallop down the set and back to top
B2   First couple cast out, followed by the rest, meet at the bottom. 
     Arch and all dance through to progressed place. No time to rest, 
     straight into second Round.


This dance is adapted at the caller's whim to suit the dancers' capabilities. For the expert and energetic - B2 is sometimes danced as a double strip-the-willow and lead back to top, or as Dickens describes in “A Christmas Carol” as a thread the needle movement.

It was often called the finishing dance as it was usually the last dance of an evening. During the course of the nineteenth century this dance evolved into the Virginia Reel. It is a proper longways set “for as many as will”, though the best number seems to be between 4 and 8 couples.

ins_sir_roger_de_coverley.txt · Last modified: 2024/01/27 05:31 by mar4uscha