On Sylvan Lake

Memories of Pawling Weekend, 2004

 

 

Original Tune:  ‘Sylvan Lake’ by John Turner © 2004

 

 

128J for 4 couples in a square set                                          devised by Moira Turner

 

 

1 – 16        Chorus: “1-3 Broken Chain”

                              At the end of the figure, all face partner.

 

17 – 24      All set to partner, change places right hand; set to partner, change places left hand.

25 – 32      All dance interlocking reels of four by dancing round corner right shoulder, passing partner left shoulder, dancing round partner’s corner right shoulder and passing partner left shoulder again to finish in original places.  (FIG 3 shows the track of 1st couple and 3rd couple.)  1st and 3rd men finish by slipping into place.

 

33 – 48      Chorus: “1-3 Broken Chain”

                              At the end of the figure, 1st and 3rd women face out.

 

49 – 56      1st and 3rd couples dance a reel of four across the dance, men passing left shoulder and women casting into partner’s place to begin.  (FIG 4)  At the end of the reel, 1st and 3rd women remain facing out.

57 – 64      All 4 women dance a full figure of eight around partner and corner, passing partner right shoulder to begin.  All finish in original places.  (FIG 5 shows the tracks of 1st and 3rd women as solid and 2nd and 4th as dashed lines.)    2nd and 4th women finish by slipping into place.

 

65 – 80      Chorus:  “2-4 Broken Chain” 

                              At the end of the figure, 2nd and 4th women face out.

 

81 – 88      2nd and 4th couples dance a reel of four across the dance, men passing left shoulder and women casting into partner’s place to begin.  (FIG 6)

89 – 96      All 4 men dance a full figure of eight around corner and partner, passing corner left shoulder to begin.  All finish in original places.  (FIG 7 shows the tracks of 2nd and 4th men as solid and 1st and 3rd men as dashed lines.)

 

97 – 112    Chorus:  “2-4 Broken Chain”

                              At the end of the figure, women face out.

 

113 – 120  Two interlocking reels of four across the dance, men passing left shoulder and women casting into partner’s place to begin.  (FIG 8)  The 4 men, also the 4 women, give left hands across when passing in the centre of the dance.  Men finish the reels between their own and their partners’ original positions while the women finish between their partners and corners facing out.

121 – 128  Eight hands round (clockwise) and back, men facing in, women facing out.  (FIG 9)

 

Remain in place at the end of the circle and retain partner’s right hand for the chord.

 

                                                                                                                                                  May, 2004

 

 


 

 

 

1-3 Broken Chain       (See FIGs 1 & 2 )

 

1 – 2     1st and 3rd couples change places across the set right hand,

3 – 4     1st and 3rd couples change places left hand with the person in the ‘new’ corner position;

5 –16    1st and 3rd couples repeat bars 1-4 three times to return to original places (FIG 1);

            WHILE

1 - 16    2nd and 4th couples dance a Grand Chain, two bars to each hand (FIG 2).

 

 

2-4 Broken Chain       (See FIGs 1 & 2 )

 

1 – 2     2nd and 4th couples change places across the set right hand,

3 – 4     2nd and 4th couples change places left hand with the person in the ‘new’ corner position;

5 –16    2nd and 4th couples repeat bars 1-4 three times to return to original places (FIG 1);

            WHILE

1 - 16    1st and 3rd couples dance a Grand Chain, two bars to each hand (FIG 2).

 

FIG 1      shows the track of the men “breaking” the chain. 

                The women “breaking” the chain travel the same track in the opposite direction.

FIG 2      shows the grand chain.