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THE ESPERANCE MORRIS BOOK.—II.
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6.—HOW D'YE DO, SIR
(Corner Dance, with handkerchiefs).
In this dance the handkerchiefs are wrapped round the hands to represent boxing gloves.
Hey up, cross, etc., are danced as on p. i.
Music, once to yourself.—Jump on last beat.
Bars i to 8.—Down and back turn, up and back, face partners.
Bars 9 to 12.—Half cross and make " obedience," i."., Nos. i and 6 advance to centre singing " How d'ye do, sir? " shake both hands on the word " sir," and retire at once to make room for Nos. 2 and 5, who do the same . Nos. 3 and 4 repeat same figure, but after singing " How d'ye do, sir?" they remain in position for 1st beat of bar 12, and on 2nd beat of bar 12 all jump and fling both hands up ready to start the next movement.
Bars 13 to 20.—Hey up.
Bars 9 to 12.—Half cross; Nos. 1 and 6 this time advance in threatening attitude whilst singing ; Nos. 2 and 5 do the same ; then Nos. 3 and 4, remaining in position for 1st beat of bar 12, as before. All jump on 2nd beat, hands up.
Bars 13 to 20.—Hands across.
Bars 9 to 12.—Half cross ; Nos. 1 and 6 advance singing and pretend to box, looking fierce; Nos. 2 and 5 do the same ; then Nos. 3 and 4, remaining in position. All jump as before.
Bars 13 to 20.—Back to back.
Bars 9 to 12.—Half cross and make obedience, i.e. Nos. 1 and 6 advance singing, shake either both hands or right hands in a conciliatory manner, looking friendly ; Nos. 2 and 5 do the same; then Nos. 3 and 4, remaining in position ; all jump as before.
Bars 13 to 20.—Hands across, and at the end all turn into centre as in " Blue-eyed Stranger," and cry.
7.—LAUDNUM BUNCHES
(Comer Dance, with handkerchiefs).
In this dance, as in " How d'ye do, sir? " Nos. 1 and 6 do each of the special movements first, and the others (first Nos. 2 and 5, then Nos. 3 and 4) repeat them in turn. A handkerchief is held in each hand.
Music, once to yourself.—Jump on last beat.
Bars r to 8.—Shake up.
Bars 9 to 16.—Shake through, with half capers ; i.e., Nos. 1 and 6 cross to opposite places, dancing | R L RhR I LRLhL | R L R hR | L R L hL | They then turn right about and dance towards each other I R L R hR I L R L hL I By this time they should meet in the centre ; they now dance backwards to each other's places with four high capers | R L | R L | as in the accompanying diagram—
Bars 9 to 16.—Nos. 2 and 5 do the same.
Bars 9 to 16.—Nos. 3 and 4 do the same. The dancers have now all changed places, and in these places they proceed to—
Bars 1 to 8.—Hey up, the centre dancer always following the leader, who is now, of course, at the other end.
Bars 9 to 16.—Shake through, with half capers, i.e., Nos. 1 and 6 return to places, crossing in exactly the same way and with the same step as before.
Bars 9 to 16.—Nos. 2 and 5 do the same.
Bars 9 to 16.—Nos. 3 and 4 do the same. The dancers are now in their original places.
Bars 1 to 8.—Hands across.
Bars 17 to 25.—Shake through, with full capers, i.e. Nos. 1 and 6 again cross to opposite places, as follows—
They advance towards each other dancing | R L R hR I L R, jump on both feet. They will now be standing in the centre, right shoulders touching. They continue to cross, jumping on both feet twice, then capering R L ; they turn right about and advance towards each other, again jumping on both feet twice and capering R L. They will now be facing each other in the centre, and in that position, after a quick hop on left foot in order to pick up the rhythm, they dance | R L R hR | L R L hL I and retire capering | R L | R L | as in following diagram—
* The first six steps may be danced Side step if preferred, in which case the hands will of course be circled.
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