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  • Patricia Ruggiero

    Patricia Ruggiero April 18, 2006, 9:12 p.m. (Message 45076)

    RE: Instruction and music for the "Irish Washerwoman."

    Source: A Choice Selection of American Country Dances of the Revolutionary
    Era, 1775-1795.  Collected and edited by Kate Van Winkle Keller and Ralph
    Sweet.  Published by the Country Dance and Song Society, Massachusetts,
    1976. (3rd edition: 1993)
    
    Irish Wash Woman 32J/3cpls
    Longways for as many as will
    Play AABB
    (Original instructions from Asa Willcox)
    
    1-2:  All chasse'  across the set, W facing up, M facing down
    3-4: All rigadoon
    5-8: repeat to places
    
    9-16: 1s and 2s allemand; then allemand reverse (that is: allemand R, then
    allemand L)
    
    17-24: 1s down the center and back, cast off
    
    25-32: Circle 6 hands round and back.
    
    Modern dancers convert this to a duple minor, with circle 4 hands round and
    back.
    
    Note that the allemand is the "behind the back" handhold.
    
    Pat
          

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