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The Baltimore Folk Music Society
Requests the Pleasure of your Company
at the

Autumn Assembly English Ball


BFMS is pleased to present its annual Baltimore Autumn Assembly English Ball on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Church of the Redeemer. There will be a review session at the same location from 1:30 to 4 pm. Reception is at 6:30 PM and the Ball is 7 PM to 11 PM.

You may register online or by mail. Suggested attire is festive formal or historical.
 
Please bring non-marking dance shoes to help preserve the floor.

Your 2019 Ball Chairs are Emily Aubrey and Ann Fallon, reachable by email at autumn_assembly at bfms.org


The Dances

Title Key/Meter   Title Key/Meter
Come with Voices SingingD 3/2 Dorchester DelightF 2/2
Fair and SoftlyDm 3/4 FandangoD 6/8
Gene's GambolGm 2/2 A Girl's Best Friend 3/4
Halfe HannekinG 6/8 Hole in the WallG 6/8
Mary KCm 3/2 Mile of SmilesC 4/4
My Lord Byron's MaggotD 6/8 OrcaD modal * 6/8
Picking up SticksDm 6/8 Salamanca CastanetsGm 3/4
The SpringGm 2/2 Trip to ProvenceF 3/4
Whiskey JackEm 6/8 Wrath of SandyDm 4/4
 
All dances will be talked through and briefly prompted
 

Music By A Joyful Noise

Daniel Beerbohm, winds
Barbara Greenberg, violin
Marty Taylor, winds and concertina
Kathy Talvitie, piano

 
  • 1:30 - 4 PM Afternoon Review Session at the same location
    with calling by Tom Spilsbury and music by
    Susan Brandt (flute) and Jonathan Jensen (piano).
  • 6:30 PM Reception
  • 7 - 11 PM Ball
 
Review, Reception and Ball at
The Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland 21210
Google Map Location

Questions? E-mail autumn_assembly at bfms.org


Ticket Prices

Member pricing is for BFMS and CDSS affiliates.

  Members General
Admission
Students
Before October 5th $35$40$15
Oct 5th and later $40$45$20
At the door if available $45$50$23

Registration

By Mail:
Download our flier and complete the form on the back page.

On-line:

Online registration for the 2019 Autumn Assembly English Ball is now closed. Tickets may be available at the door for $45 (members and affiliates) and $50 (nonmembers) and $23 (students).
Please contact autumn_assembly @ bfms.org with any questions.

Please download our 2019 Autumn Assembly English Ball flier and Dance Directions for more information and to register by mail.

Facebook Group

 
Check our Facebook group for pictures and other information.


Dance Instructions

Notes and conventions:
  • Unless otherwise specified, all crosses, back-to-backs, and gypsies are by the right shoulder.
  • Unless otherwise specified, all circles, stars, gypsies, and turns are once around.
  • Unless otherwise specified, "turn single" is over the right shoulder.
  • 1s = first couple/ones; 2s = second couple/twos, etc.
  • CW = clockwise and CCW = counterclockwise
  • L = Left and R = Right
  • P = Partner and Ps = Partners
  • N = Neighbor and SSN = Same Sex Neighbor
  • Circular Hey is without hands; Changes of rights and lefts is with hands.
  • WHILE indicates that two things happen simultaneously

Come with Voices Singing
Joseph Pimentel/Dave Wiesler
D  3/2;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
A 1-4 1st corners set and R hand turn
5-8 2nd corners set and R hand turn
B1 1-4 Face neighbor and circular hey passing by R shoulder
5-8 Star L once around
B2 1 Take two hands with partner; 1st corners draw partner out to side of set
2-3 Partners 2 hand turn
4 2nd corners draw partner back into set
5-6 1s cast while 2s leads up
7-8 mirror turn single; 1s down, 2s up
Note that the draw in B2 is straight out, not a pousette. The turn crosses the measure.
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Dorchester Delight
Sharon McKinley
F  2/2;  Duple Minor
A1 1-4 1s set and cast below 2s; 2s move up
5-8 1s half figure 8 through next 2s below
A2 1-4 2s set and cast below 1s; 1s move back up
5-8 2s half figure 8 through next 1s below (all improper; not progressed)
B1 1-4 Neighbors lead out and back
5-8 Partners turn 2 hands once and a half around to end proper
B2 1-2 1st corners change places
3-4 2nd corners change places
5-6 Circle 4-hands halfway
7-8 1s cast down as 2s move up.
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Fair and Softly
Walsh 1728/reconst. Tom Cook (1979)
Dm  3/4;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
A 1-2 Taking hands in long lines, step-set UP and DOWN (men left, women right)
3-6 1s cast (2s lead up) and lead down through next 2s
7-8 1s cast back to PROGRESSED place (face original 2s)
B1 Circular hey as follows:
1-2 2 changes with hands starting w/neighbor R
3 3rd change right with neighbor, no hands
4 4th change 2 hand turn half with partner
5-8 2s lead down through their original 1s and cast up, end facing UP to new 1s
B2 Circular hey with new neighbors as follows:
1-2 2 changes with hands starting with NEW neighbor R
3 3rd change right with neighbor, no hands
4 4th change 2 hand turn half with partner
5-8 2s lead up through 1s and cast down, end facing across
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Fandango
Thompson 1765/reconstructed W.S. Porter (1931)
D  6/8;  3-couple longways
VIDEO
Twice through the tune = once through the dance
Part I
A1 1-4 1s turn R
5-8 1s cast down to 2nd place, 2s moving up on bars 7-8.
A2 1-4 1s turn L
5-8 1s cast down to 3rd place, 3s moving up on bars 7-8.
B1 1-8 All circle six-hands L and R slipping.
B2 1-6 1s lead up center to top and cast down to middle place, 3s moving down.
7-8 1s meet & cloverleaf turn single up (man R, woman L)
Part II
A1 1-4 1st man turn 3rd woman two-hands while 1st woman turns 2nd man two-hands;
5-8 1s turn two-hands in center.
A2 1-4 1st man turn 2nd woman two-hands while 1st woman turns 3rd man two-hands;
5-8 1s turn two hands once and a half
B1 1-8 1st man figure-eight through 2s above starting with pass by R shoulder with 2nd woman, while 1st woman figure 8 with 3s below, passing 3rd man R shoulder to start
B2 1-6 1s pass by left in center to change ends; hey for three at other end, skipping, 1st woman passing 2nd man left shoulder, 1st man passing 3rd woman left shoulder.
7-8 Finishing the hey, 1s lead down to bottom, 3s end in middle, 2s at top.
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Gene's Gambol
Orly Krasner/Shiarazula Marazula (trad)
Gm  2/2;  Triple Minor
VIDEO
A1 1s and 2s star R
A2 2s and 3s star L
B1 M1 and W2 cross by R, W1 and M2 cross by L while 3s set then 1/2 gypsy R
B1 All set to partner, all 1/2 gypsy R shoulder
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A Girl's Best Friend
Fried de Metz Herman
  3/4;  Duple Minor Improper
VIDEO
A1 1-4 Right hands across
5-6 R gypsy with partner (tight)
7-8 Turn single to L (wide)
A2 1-4 Left hands across
5-6 L gypsy with partner (tight)
7-8 Turn single to right (wide)
B1 1-2 1s lead down center
3-4 1s set to partner
5-6 1s lead up center
7-8 1s cast to 2nd place, 2s lead up
B2 1-2 Men change R
3-4 Women change L
5-8 Two changes of R and L, starting with partner
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Halfe Hannekin
Playford 1651
G  6/8;  Duple Minor Improper Mixer
VIDEO
A 1-8 Up a double and back, that again
B 1-4 Partners side L (curvy/Sharp siding)
5-8 Partners 2 hand turn, move to next
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Hole in the Wall
Playford 1701-Cecil Sharp /attr. Henry Purcell
G  6/8;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
A 1-4 1s cast down, lead up center to place
5-8 2s cast up, lead down center to place
B 1-2 1st corners change, falling back on last 3 steps
3-4 2nd corners change
5-6 Circle four halfway
7-8 1s cast down, 2s moving up
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Mary K
Gary Roodman to Scherzo in Cm, Dave Wiesler
Cm  3/2;  Longways duple minor, Improper
VIDEO
A1Men cast RIGHT (around Neighbor) into each other's places. 2-hand-turn Partner halfway (along the line).
A2Ladies cast RIGHT (around Partner) into each other's places. 2-hand-turn Neighbor halfway (along the line).
BCircle LEFT halfway. Pass Partner by the RIGHT across the set, loop RIGHT to face Partner. 2 changes of rights and lefts (starting with Partner). 2-hand-turn Partner all the way around. End the turn with the ONES facing up (below their TWOS) and the TWO facing across (above their ONES).
CPetits Fours (3 steps per "side")
With original Neighbors: ONES lead up the center (3 steps and face each other); fall back (3 steps and face down); dance down the outside (3 steps and face in); and dance forward to meet in the center (3 steps and face down). (ONES are below their original TWOS and above their new TWOS, progressed and proper).
While TWOS fall back (3 steps and face down); dance down the outside (3 steps and face in); dance forward to meet in the center (3 steps and face up); and dance up the center (3 steps and face each other). (TWOS are now below their new ONES.)
With new Neighbors: ONES lead down the center (3 steps and face each other); fall back (3 steps and face up); dance up the outside (3 steps and face in); and dance forward to meet in the center (3 steps), turn to face down (new Neighbors).
While TWOS fall back (3 steps and face up); dance up the outside (3 steps and face in); dance forward to meet in the center (3 steps and face up), and dance down the center (3 steps), turn to face up (new Neighbors).
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Mile of Smiles
Joseph Pimentel/Dave Wiesler
C  4/4;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
A1 1-8 1st Corners set, turn single, 2-hd turn
A2 1-8 2nd Corners set, turn single, 2-hd turn
B1 1-4 W1 cast down, leading partner to 2nd place improper while 2s move up on bars 3-4
5-8 Neighbors R-hd turn once around
B2 1-4 W2 cast down, leading partner to 2nd place, improper while 1s move up on bars 3-4
5-6 All star R 1/2-way (to progressed place, proper)
7-8 Turn single R
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My Lord Byron's Maggot
Playford 1701
D  6/8;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
A1 1-4 M1 beckons W2, she walks forward, then beckons him back
5-8 1st corners 2 hand turn to place
A2 1-4 W1 beckons M2, he walks forward, then
5-8 2nd corners 2 hand turn to place
B1 1-4 All back to back with partner
5-8 All clap (self, R, self, L), repeat
9-12 1s cast, 2s move up
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Orca
Ron Coxall adapted from Barry Skelton
D modal *  6/8;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
* can substitute Out on the Ocean or another 32 bar jig
A1 1-8 1s cast down one place, lead through 2s below, cast back up to finish between the original 2s, facing 2W
A2 1-8 Dolphin hey (women pass R to start), end in a line of four facing up, 1s in center
B1 1-4 Lines of 4 up a double and fall back,closing to a circle.
5-8 Circle L
B2 1-8 Double figure 8, 1s crossing up to start as 2s cast
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Picking up Sticks
Playford, 1651
Dm  6/8;  3 couple set
VIDEO
Part I
A1 1-8 All lead up a double and fall back. That again.
A2 1-4 1st man SHOELACE to bottom - change places with W2 then M3
5-8 All lead up a double and fall back
A3 1-4 1st woman SHOELACE to bottom – change places with M2, then W3
5-8 All lead up a double and fall back
A4 1-8 2nd woman, now at top, the same
A5 1-8 2nd man, now at top, the same
A6 1-8 3rd man, now at top, the same
A7 1-8 3rd woman, now at top, the same, ending with all in original place.
Part II
A1 1-8 Partners side R and L
A2 1-2 1s take both hands and go four slips down between 2s while 2s move four slips up outside to the top
3-4 2s slip down inside while 1s slip up outside.
5-8 Repeat 1-4
WHILE 3s face, cross and skip around outside of set, cross again at the top and back down to place.
A3 1-2 3s slip up inside while 2s slip down outside
3-4 2s slip up inside while 3s slip down outside to bottom
5-8 Repeat 1-4
WHILE 1s face, cross and skip around outside of set, cross again at bottom and up to place.
Part III
A1 1-8 Partners arm R, partners arm L
A2-4 1-24 Men's sheepskin hey
M1 leads men around his partner, weaves around standing women, L shoulder to W2, R shoulder to W3. Last man in line makes full turn around W2 to take lead in opposite direction. Repeat 2x until M1 in lead again. He leads men up around partner, down behind women's line, up men's line to home places.
A5-7 1-24 Women's sheepskin hey
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Salamanca Castanets
Button and Whitaker, 1813
Gm  3/4;  3 couple longways
VIDEO
A1 1-8 1st W leads the other two W around behind the line of men, all holding hands, all return to place WHILE M dance forward 4 waltz steps, fall back with 4 waltz steps
A2 1-8 1st M leads the other two M around behind the line of women, all return to place WHILE W dance forward 4 waltz steps, fall back with 4 waltz steps
B1 1-8 1s and 2s poussette 1 ½ to change, 1st W and 2nd M forward to start
(counterclockwise)
B2 1-2 1s end on long 1st diagonal; set to 1st corners
3-4 1s dance clockwise in center of set, keeping backs to each other, to face 2nd corners on long 2nd diagonal
5-6 Set to 2nd corners
7-8 1s dance clockwise, keeping backs to each other, fall back into 2nd place proper and face in
C1 1-8 All circle left and right
C2 1-8 1s cross by the left, cast up, dance down between original 2s, dance individual out improper side, dance down around original 3s (who move up), and 1s cross to own side
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The Spring
Bray 1699-Pat Shaw/Clarke
Gm  2/2;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
Note
Video shows only corners turning in the second half of the B
A1 1-4 All move left (men up, woman down); all cast individually back to places.
A2 1-4 All right-hand turn partner half-way, turn single left into partner's place.
B1 1-4 1st man and 2nd woman move counterclockwise round outside their own partners into each other's places.
5-8 All right hands across once around.
B2 1-4 1st woman and 2nd man move clockwise round outside their neighbors into each other's places.
5-8 All left hands across once around.
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Trip to Provence
Susan Kevra/Rachel Bell
F  3/4;  Duple Minor Improper
VIDEO
A1 1-8 1s 1/2 figure 8 down, balance R hand in R, turn woman under to trade
A2 1-8 2s 1/2 figure 8 up, balance R hand in R, turn woman under to trade
B1 1-4 Balance ring in and circle 1 place to left; balance ring and circle 1 place to left
5-8 Pass partner R and gypsy neighbor L on the other side
B2 1-8 Open ladies chain over and back
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Whiskey Jack
Peggy Roe/Nini Ury, 2017
Em  6/8;  Duple Minor
VIDEO
A1 1-4 Double mad robin CCW, 2nd corners through the middle first into
5-8 Half-pousette CCW (2nd corners moving forward to start). All take hands in long lines, bringing in dancers out at ends
A2 1-4 Lines fall back, set in place
5-8 Come forward, Turn single right
B1 1-4 On R-diagonal, R-hand turn (May be outside subset)
5-8 Partner back to back
B2 1-4 On L-diagonal, L-hand turn (May be outside subset)
5-8 Partner L gypsy
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Wrath of Sandy
Sharon Green/Jonathan Jensen,2012
Dm  4/4;  4 couple longways
VIDEO
NOTE
Music under tempo; video chosen for clear demonstration of choreography.
A1 1-4 In foursomes, R-hand Star 1x around INTO
5-8 M3, W2 pass by L-shoulder and bear L to lead respective foursomes in counterclockwise serpentine to invert the set [M3 followed by M4, W4, W3; W2 by W1, M1, M2] Middles face ends [ 1st and 3rd person in serpentine must keep bearing L to turn back to face this neighbor]
A2 1-8 Along line of 4, starting L shoulder with neighbor, full parallel heys for 4
B1 1-4 In foursomes, facing diagonally, balance forward & back, then 4 corners cross simultaneously (clumps)
5-8 Middle four, starting with partner, 2 changes of rights and lefts WHILE ends face partner, balance forward & back, and change places, Hole-in-the-Wall style
B2 1-2 Women surge forward in line of 4 as men retreat
3-4 Men advance as women retreat
5-8 Partners, cross-hand turn to end proper
[Progression: 3-1-4-2]
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