Dances written by club members

This page contains dances written by club members sometimes in collaboration with others and is occasionally updated.
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CUBITT'S TREADMILL

By: Charlie Watkins
Formation: Square
Music: 32 bar reel
 

            A1        Men left-hand star* across the set, right-hand turn your opposite  (8)
                         Alemand left your corner (4)
                         Gypsy right partner (the one you've just right-hand turned) (4)

            A2       Melt down to a swing (16)

            B1       Heads right & left through (8)
                        Sides right & left through (8)

            B2       Ladies star (12)
                        Short swing (4)

* In the original dance this was a man's chain, but after a suggestion by Geoff Cubitt the chain courtesy turn was changed to a right-hand turn to improve the flow and timing.

Man's chain: Man approaches lady with his right hand extended, left hand behind his back. Lady takes his right hand in her right hand and his left hand in her left hand for the courtesy turn. He finishes on her left side as usual.

This dance was inspired by an association of ideas: In 1818 Sir William Cubitt invented the treadmill as a form of penal punishment. Square dances put you back where you started, making all that walking around seem rather pointless. However, dancing is a lot more fun than walking on a treadmill! Having danced many times with Geoff Cubitt calling, I thought 'Cubitt's Treadmill' would be a good name for a dance.
A dance name with no dance ... the dance was finally written in April 2015 during the American Contra and Squares week at Halsway Manor as an entry to a dance writing competition. It was called for the first time by Geoff Cubitt with music by the English Contra Dance Band. Oh, and it won the competition which had six entries.


HALSWAY DOUBLE ROBIN

By: See below
Formation: Mezcolanza. Two couples facing two couples.
Music: 32 bar reel

A1       Holding hands in long lines - forward and back
            Ladies chain across with twirl into promenade hold

A2       Double mad robin - left hand couple going inside first
            Two-hand turn the person you are moving with in the mad robin

B1       In fours, at each end of the set, circle left
            Swing your original partner (in the line)

B2       Circle eight way
           
Balance forward & back then california twirl to face new line

Written by the dance composition group, Midweek Contra May 2012 at Halsway Manor with Jim Kitch, Ros Batchelor, Ilfra Carlick, Al Green,  Derek Gregory, Beryl Jukes, John Portlock, Pat Watkins, Charlie Watkins, John Watson and Norma Watson.

Called at Chippenham Folk Festival 2013 by Sue Rosen. Click here to see it on youtube.