The Albert Memorial Square

Source: Pat Shaw; published in English Dance & Song, Summer 1971. Vol XXXIII. No. 2
Formation: Square

A1 Heads California Twirl, Lead Out, California Twirl, Lead In WHILE
Sides Lead In, California Twirl, Lead Out, California Twirl
A2 All Four Ladies Chain Halfway x2
B1 Open Star Promenade: Ladies Star Right (Hands Across) taking Partner with them, with inside hands joined
- finish by Ladies turning AC under joined hands to place
B2 Partner Dosido; Corner Swing to Manís Home

Own tune or any suitable 32-bar tune.

As with many dance terms, "Box the Gnat", and other "Twirl to Swap" terms, weren't initially standardised. The modern meaning of "Box the Gnat" is to start facing each other with right hands and finish facing each other. The correct modern term for the move in this dance is "California Twirl". Pat's updated description is here.

This dance appeared with The Prince Consort's Rant.

Original page from English Dance & Song, Summer 1971

The Albert Memorial Square

Pat Shaw was a leading figure in the 20th century dance world. As well as writing his own dances and interpreting dances from the 17th and 18th centuries he also researched traditional dances from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a regular contributor to the English Dance & Song magazine.

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