Double Lead Through

Source: William Kimber; published in English Dance & Song, February 1946, Volume X, Number 3
Formation: Longways; Duple Minor; Proper

A Long Lines Fall Back a Double, Bow; Come Forward a Double
B #1s Lead Down (4); #1s Fall Back to Place (4)
#2s Lead Up (4); #2s Fall Back to Place (4)
C1 Step in Line - ranting - see below
C2 Swing & Change

32 bars - own tune. Most people know the tune as a country dance tune from the playing of William Kimber of Headington Quarry, but Hugh Rippon apparently provided this extra information:"Originally a French tune, written by Charles Lecoq and included in his three act opéra-comique 'La fille de Madame Angot' which was first produced in Brussels at the Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes on the 4 December 1872."

It is common to turn alone and lead back in B, but there is nothing to indicate a turn in any of the notes.

The stepping is described as being the Headington Morris Reel step. There is a version of that Morris dance in the July-August 1939 issue of the magazine, but that just refers you to the original from The Morris Book Volume 2:

Morris Reel Step

So, basically, rant! Or do any other fancy footwork that you like!

The Community Dance Manual version has the lines going forward & back, rather than backward and forward.

Another version was collected earlier by Misses Daking & Marshall in Adderbury in 1914.

Original page from English Dance & Song, February 1946

Double Lead Through

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