My Only Jo and Dearie O!

Steve Wyrick

Message 35494 · 9 Jun 2003 05:01:43 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Patricia Ruggiero wrote:

> 3. Double figure (tune played AABB)
> 8b The three ladies lead round the gents
> 8b The three gents lead round the ladies
> 8b Promenade three couples
> 8b Whole poussette [progressive]
>
> My notes:
> - while the ladies or gents are leading round, the other gender moves
> forward on the first two bars to get out of their way, then back on
> the last two bars to places. Leading round is done holding hands.
> - promenade three couples has all three couples taking hands
> (right in right, left in left); the top couple leads them round in a
> counterclockwise circle back to places
> - Wilson's whole poussette is a progressive figure done one and a half
> times round. It would be done in this case by the first and second couple;
> the third doesn't get involved at all. I have no idea when the
> alteration was made, but having the first and third poussette while the
> second moves up is not a figure I've ever seen in this period. (Or any
> other prior to the 20thc, actually, but the early 19thc is my specialty
> and the one I have looked at most thoroughly.)

Thanks Pat, and thanks also to Susan; this was very helpful. Susan's right;
I confused Treasures of Terpsichore (which is subtitled A Companion for the
Ballroom) with The Ballroom Companion. The Society's version is actually
pretty similar to this 3rd version except the Promenade is for 1st and 2nd
couples and the pousette is a right round pousette for 1st and 3rd couples
with 2nd couple moving up on the first 2 bars. -Steve
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Steve Wyrick -- Concord, California

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