Silver for the Matthews

Source: Pat Shaw; published in English Dance & Song, Autumn 1975. Vol XXXVII. No. 3
Formation: Three Couples; Longways; Proper

A1: #1s Two Hand Turn WHILE Bottom Four Circle Left 1 & 1/4
Partner Swing - #1s Face Down, #2s & #3s Face Up - Men keep right arm around Partnerís waist
A2: All Promenade Up or Down the Set, #1s passing between the others; Wheel Around - #2s & #3s Arch
#2s & #3s Lead Down - #1s Separate & Move Up through the Arches; Men Gate the Ladies into a Circle, then into...
B1: Three Ladies Chain One Place x2 - Face New Partner (the one who just turned you)
B2: Grand Chain Half Way (Three Changes)
New Partner Swing - #1 Man should already be at the Bottom, #2 Man swings to the Top, #3 Man to the Middle - remember who your New Partner is!

Own tune or any suitable 32 bar tune.

Here is Pat's final description.

It is important for #2 Man to remember that he is the one that swings to the top at the end. Tell the men that if they are near the top for that swing they need to move CW a little around each other to their new place.

Original page from English Dance & Song, Autumn 1975

Silver for the Matthews

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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