Dance The Arctic Circle 12243

Reel · 64 bars · 4 couples · Square   (Progression: OnceOnly)

Devised by
John Drewry (2004)
8888 8080 8888 0808 8888 4444 4444 8888 = 75% (1 turn), 75% (whole dance)
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change, Slip-Step
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Dance devised by John Drewry ...

Dance devised by John Drewry April 2004. Revised in June 2004 after teaching the dance in Morland in Cumbria.

NOTE by John Drewry: I had a letter from Susan Hagen, who lives in Oslo, requesting a dance with this title. The dance is to be performed at a ball in the British Ambassador's Residence in October. She sent me a booklet about the residence, which is called "Villa Frognæs". I have based Bars 41-56 of the dance on the design above the oriel window. I did go once north of the Arctic Circle in Norway with a Swiss friend. We flew separately to Oslo and then went by train to Narvik. From there we went by cargo boat northwards until, after calling in various ports, we rounded the North Cape and reached Honningsvåg where we stayed for a few days.

We were amused to see people from the various tourist ships taken to see a Lappish village with the Lapps living in tents made of reindeer skin. Once the buses had taken the tourists back to their ships, the Lapps returned to their comfortable houses in the town.

NOTE by James Gray about the music: “The Oslo Scottish Country Dance Group asked John Drewry to write a dance called The Arctic Circle which had its premiere in Villa Frognæs, the residence of the British ambassador in Oslo. The tune has specially constructed phrasing to fit the dance.”

The Arctic Circle W James A Gray Piano Dance CD 9 R64 11:26 43.0 [S] Villa Frognaes

The Arctic Circle 4S · R64

Circle8 and back
1c+3c: with person opposite dance ½ Fig8 through nearest side couple, turn RH ½, and twirl R to own place facing out
All turn cnr EH and face P ; All set to P and turn P BH with skip-change, to places
2c+4c: repeat [9-24]
All W ½ RHA | dance Lsh round opposite M | ½ RHA to places
All M ½ LHA | dance Rsh round opposite W | ½ LHA into
In promhold, M on the L, all dance cclw round the set to places.

The Arctic Circle 4S · R64

All circle 8H round & back
1M+3L also 1L+3M dance 1/2 Fig of 8 round 2s/4s, 1/2 turn & twirl back to place, finishing facing out
1M & 3M turn corner RH while partners turn corner LH, all set to partner & turn 2H (skip change of step)
2s & 4s repeat bars 9-24
All Ladies dance RH across 1/2 way, dance round opp Man LSh & dance RH across 1/2 way back to place
All Men dance LH across 1/2 way, dance round opp Lady RSh & dance LH across 1/2 way back to place
All promenade round anticlockwise

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