The Ball Gown

 

32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longwise set

Two chords: on the second chord, 1st & 3rd couples cross to opposite sides.

 

 

Original Tune:  ‘The Graceful Young Woman’ by John Turner ©Fiddletree Music1984, 2004, 2011

 

 

Bars                                                     Description

 

 

1-8          1st and 2nd couples dance the bourrel.  (Note it is the women who set and the men who dance anti-clockwise.) 

               On bars 7-8, 3rd couple, giving right hands, cross over.  The order is 2, 1, 3, with 1st couple on the opposite side.

 

9-10        2nd man and 1st woman, passing by the right, change places.  2nd man remains facing out.

               At the same time, 1st man and 3rd woman, passing by the right, change places.  3rd woman remains facing out.

 

11-14       1st couple, passing partner by the right, dance to the opposite end of the same sideline. 

               On bars 11-12, 2nd man and 3rd woman cast to the right back to place. 

               On bars 13-14, 2nd woman and 3rd man cast to 2nd place.

 

15-16       1st man and 2nd woman, passing by the right, change places.

               At the same time, 3rd man and 1st woman, passing by the right, change places.

 

17-24       1st and 3rd couples dance the bourrel.  (Note that again the women set and the men dance anti-clockwise.)

             On bars 23-24, 2nd couple, giving right hands, cross over.  The order is 2, 3, 1, with 2nd and 1st couples on opposite sides.

 

25-28       Women dance three right hands across once round.

 

29-32       Men dance three left hands across once round.                                                          

 

               Repeat from new positions.

 

Devised by Moira Turner, SCD-Richmond VA, IB & Carolinas Branch                                              March 2005

                                                                                                                                                  Revised June 2014