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Interruptions

Dance written 2011 by Miriam Newman

Degree of Teaching Difficulty (1-5, where 1 is easiest and 5 is hardest): 2

Tune: "Haapavesi Waltz" by Keith Murphy, published in The Waltz Book III. 3/4, D Major

Longways Duple Minor, gender neutral

A1      Partners turn right halfway

All single file circle (clockwise around the minor set) halfway
Partners turn right halfway
All single file circle (clockwise around the minor set) halfway

A2      Second corners turn right halfway. Second corners keep right hands while first corners join in to form a star right.

Star right once around. Second corners drop out, first corners retain right hands and…
First corners turn right halfway. All are improper and progressed.

B1      Partners dance a long back to back.

Partners turn right half
Neighbors turn left three quarters to form a line of four. All face neighbor.

B2      Pass neighbor left to begin a half hey

Neighbors turn left three quarters to reform the set
Partners turn right halfway, continuing into the next round of the dance

Teaching Notes

Partners should keep right hands from one round of the dance to the next.

At the end of B1, second corners are back to back in the middle of a line of four, facing their neighbors. The hey starts left with neighbor, not with second corners passing in the middle.

The turning-and-chasing figure was inspired by a similar figure in Gary Roodman’s dance “Fast Friends.”


Danced at the Fairfield, Iowa Bare Necessities Annual Advanced English Country Dance Weekend 2011