Newtowne Cheat Sheet

Double-Step Traditions

Stanton Harcourt

Stepping

Double-step always starting on left, back up with hop-backs, end feet-together-jump. Heys are always up towards the music, double-step to meet your partner face to face and back into place on the hop-backs. All dances end on rounds.

Figures

Nightingale

“Jump and Clash” (stick dance with hankies)

Greensleaves

“The Other One” (stick dance with hankies)

Brighton Camp

“Headbangers” (stick dance with hankies)

Always turn counter-clockwise (pivot left) in the chorus. Present sticks over the back of the head when being struck.

Nutting Girl

“The Hankie Dance” (hankie dance)

The chorus uses a distinctive kick-back step in place of the double-step.

Maid of the Mill

“The Circle Dance” (hankie dance)

Start in a circle facing the Maid in the center. Omit the Advance, meet and retire figure.

Fieldtown

Stepping

Double-step usually starting on left for the first half of the figure, right for the second half, then back up with hop-backs, end feet-together-jump. The Foot up figure starts outside foot for normal length dances, inside food for double length, and ends with a galley. Heys use closed side-steps on the leading foot, up and then down, tops and bottoms face down and up into the set at the end of the side-steps to form the “box.” End with four plain capers facing up, except for Shepherd’s Hey.

Figures

Balance the Straw

“With Tosses” (stick dance)

Banks of the Dee

“Up Then Down” (hankie dance)

Perform the special caper on position 1’s outside foot. Positions 2, 4 and 5 must add a catch step to switch feet prior to the hey.

Shepherd’s Hey

“Signposts” (hankie dance)

Come in and end every sequence with a show, arms extended, and hold for three beats. Rounds is into a circle.

Step Back

“Dead Fish” (double hankie dance)

Come in and end every sequence with the stamp-step in place of hop-backs. Figures are double length.

Dearest Dickie

“Slow Galleys” (double corner dance)

Figures are double length. After slow capers perform a slow galley, or come in with slow hop-backs.

Upton upon Severn

Stepping

The Stick Dance uses a modified double-step, slightly crossing the other foot across on the hop, always starting on the left, ending with a step-stamp. The Hankie Dance uses a standard double-step, always starting on the right, then two step-hops, end with feet-together-jump. Both dances end on rounds.

Figures

Stick Dance

“The Stick Dance” (stick dance)

Always the same chorus, clashing with partners forehand up and backhand down, then a small circle to the left.

Hankie Dance

“The Hankie Dance” (hankie dance)

Always the same chorus, dance in place four double steps, facing right 45° for the right double-steps and left 45° for the left, then a small circle to the left.

Ducklington

Stepping

Double-steps, always starting on the left, then forry capers. Open side-steps, always starting to the left. The heys start with double-steps, then forry caper out to form the “box“ with the middles in the center of the set. End with four plain capers facing up.

Figures

Boys of the Bunch

“Lollipop Man” (corner dance)

The Fox

“The Fox” (corner dance)

Jockey to the Fair

“Jockey Duck” (set jig)

Each couple performs at the top of the set, then casts out with forry capers. The first couple walks to the bottom, the second back to the middle, and the third capers all the way around to face their partner for the chorus.

Single-Step Traditions

Bampton

Stepping

Single-step always starting on the left, then step-hops, end with a forry caper. Closed side-step in the hey and crossing, always starting on the left. Travel forward in the hey during the step-hops. Open side-step when dancing in place, always starting on the left. End on rounds or with a forry caper facing up.

Figures

Binghamton Stick Dance

“The Stick Dance” (stick dance)

Ends on rounds.

Donkey Riding

“Strike Down” (stick dance)

John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” (stick dance)

Trunkles

“Challenge and Cross” (corner dance)

First crossing is back to place. Ends on rounds.

Shepherd’s Hey

“Long Foot Up” (corner dance)

Foot up is triple length, with each couple dancing up, then casting out and walking down the set. First crossing is back to place. Ends on rounds.

Rose Tree

“Country Gardens” (corner dance)

First crossing is back to place. Ends on rounds.

Old Tom of Oxford

“Funky Hey” (hankie dance)

Maid of the Mill

“Left Then Right” (hankie dance)

Step and Fetch Her

“Cross With Partner” (hankie dance)

Bonny Green Garters

“Recessional” (hankie dance)

No chorus, perform the figures in order. Ends with a serpentine recessional, alternating closed side-steps and forry capers.

Brackley

Stepping

Single-step starting on the outside foot, ending with a quick feet-together-out-together. The second ending is preceded by two shows. Crossings start with closed side-steps on the right.

Figures

Jockey to Revere

Haste to the Wedding