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Saint Joan's (Choreography ; English Country Dance)

Saint Joan's

Square for 4 couples

by M. Sion Andreas o Wynedd

c1999


1) Head couples lead in a double, lead the Co. out between the sides, giving hands and turn back in to your own, fall back to place. Grand square, heads leading : Reverse it home.

2) Side couples lead in a double, lead the Co. out between the heads, giving hands and turn back in to your own, fall back to place. Grand square, sides leading : Reverse it home.

3) Women all set towards the middle, star by the right to fall back to place. Grand square, heads leading : Reverse it home.

4) Men all set towards the middle, star by the right to fall back to place. Grand square, sides leading : Reverse it home.

5) Head couples split and pass between the nearest side couple to the Co.’s place, come to the middle, give right hands for the half turn and fall back to place. Grand square, heads leading : Reverse it home.

6) Side couples split and pass between the nearest head couple to the Co.’s place, come to the middle, give right hands for the half turn and fall back to place. Grand square, sides leading : Reverse it home.

7) Half a grand right and left. Grand square, heads leading : Reverse it home.

8) Once more half a grand right and left. Grand square, sides leading : Reverse it home.

Honour all.

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Music: Hunsdon House and Sir Martin Marah’s Jig from the CD Apollo’s Banquet.

St. Joan, due to the presence of the Grand Square, could not date to much before 1686 which is when that figure first appears. On the other hand, the dance was built with the vestigal cascarda found in DSA form firmly in the choreographer’s mind.
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