The Ascott-under-Wychwood dance adapted to the Fieldtown tradition.

This dance can be done with 6, 4, or 3 dancers.

Tradition: Fieldtown

Set: 4 dancers (see below for 3 dancer variant)

Props: Hankies

Stepping: Double

Figures: Standard Fieldtown, each followed by a Chorus

  • Foot Up & Down (with Galley Rounds on retreat to place)
  • Half Gyp
  • Back to Back
  • Rounds
  • Full Hey

Chorus:

  • The Chorus is done initially by 1st Corners (1 and 6), then by 2nd Corners (2 and 5) then by third corners (3 and 4).
  • CHORUS STRUCTURE:
    • Side Steps Right & Left (in place)
    • VARIABLE ELEMENT
    • Side Steps Right & Left (travelling)
    • Galley Right
  • VARIABLE ELEMENTS:
    • Salutes (Right then Left)
    • Plain Capers
    • Foray Capers (Beetle Crushers)
    • Upright Capers
  • Each chorus inverts the set.

Notes:

  • The 6 person version is done as normal.
  • The 4 person version omits the 3rd Corners (3 and 4) role, as normal in 4 person Fieldtown dances.
  • The 3 person version involves more modification to the set (see Valentine for Three, below).
  • On the Galley Right that ends each Chorus, keep turning toward your right (stick) shoulder.
  • The dance ends with Caper Out on the second half of the Full Hey.

Video:

  • To come

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Valentine for Three

This version of the dance uses the same figures and chorus, with the following modifications to the set:

  • The set consists of three dancers, initially grouped in a equilateral triangle with the point (#1 dancer/caller) at the head of the set. All dancers face the music.
  • Foot Up & Down is done by going toward and then away from the music.
  • The set has an imaginary flagpole center, which is used as one’s opposite dancer during Half Gyp, Back to Back, and the Chorus.
    • For example, on Half Gyp each dancer simultaneously passes right (stick) shoulder past the flagpole center (just past it) and retreats, then dances left (non-stick) shoulder past the flagpole center and retreats.
  • ALL dancers do the Chorus simultaneously.
  • The set if FULLY INVERTED during the Chorus by all dancers doing a Side Step to the Left (facing out), a Side Step to the right (facing in), and then a Galley Round to the position opposite where they started.
  • At the end of the final Chorus, the dancers Galley-to-a-Line, forming a line of three which faces the music.
  • The Full Hey is done as a normal Fieldtown Hey (the double question mark hey), with the dancers functioning as if they were the 2, 4, and 6 dancers of a normal 6-dancer set. (So on both parts of the Hey the middle dancer [#4, the caller] follows the right [#2] dancer and the left [#6] dancer does a lager loop to allow the right dancer passage).
  • The Caper Out is done by all three dancers facing the music.