Walpole Cottage

Source: Pat Shaw; published in English Dance & Song, February 1964, Volume XXVI No. 2
Formation: Sicilian Circle of Trios - Three Facing Three

Intro Lines of Three Go Forward & Back
(The intro happens every time through the dance.)
A1/A2 Middles Turn double Contra Corners - Allemandes with a forearm hold:
Middles Allemande Right; First Corner Allemande Left
Middles Allemande Right; Next Corner AC Allemande Left
Middles Allemande Right; Next Corner AC Allemande Left
Middles Allemande Right; Next Corner AC Allemande Left
B1 Corners Star Right; Star Left - the leader of each partnered pair turns Right out of the Star, the Middle turns Right and start...
B2 Full Hey for Three (start Right Shoulder)
B2 Lines of Three Go Forward & Back
All Six Circle Half Way
B2 Lines of Three Go Forward & Back
Basket for Three - open out to face new trio (put someone new in the Middle)

Own tune, with an intro that has to be played each time through the dance.

Pat says it is for one man with two ladies. These days it is often danced with any mix of genders and the Basket is used as an opportunity to put someone else in the middle so that everyone gets a chance at leading the Double Contra Corners/Strip the Willow move.

In this article Pat says to use a "short arm hold"; in his book he says "elbow swing or short arm hold". I am not quite sure exactly what is meant by these two terms. For a satisfying experience in the turns I would recommend placing forearms together and gently hooking your fingers around your partner's elbow. This gives good connectivity so that you can turn quickly and the corners can give good help to the active dancers.

Original page from English Dance & Song, February 1964

Walpole Cottage

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