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   CUPID'S GARDEN
   Square for 4 couples
        3
     2     4
        1 
   Part I
   A1        Bar 1        1s and 3s lead forward and meet, while sides
                   face and fall back 3 steps
            Bar 2        M1 leads W3 into 2nd place, while M3 leads W1
                   to 4th place; meanwhile M2 and W4 meet in 3rd
                   place and M4 and W2 meet in 1st place.
           Bar 3        New pairs turn RH 1/2 way, changing places
           Bar 4        Pairs at top and bottom lead forward to meet
                   while others face and fall back 3 steps
           Bar 5        1st couple meet at bottom (3rd place), 3rd couple
                   at top, 2nd couple lead out to 4th place, 4s lead
                   out to 2nd place.
           Bar 6        Partners turn each other RH 1/2 way, changing 
                   places.
   A2        1-6        Repeat movement from opposite places bringing
                   everyone home.
   B1        1-2        Men advance to center and turn R to face partners
           3-4        Partners change by the R and turn R to face.
           5-8         (Duple time) Partners give R hands and lead out
                   and back a double to man's left (4s up, 2s down,
                   1s to RH wall, 3s to LH wall)
           9-10        Women RH across 3/4, while men cast off left and 
                   move round 1 place counter-clockwise
           11-12         Partners give L hand and turn once round to new 
                   places (1s in 4, 2s in 1, etc.)
   B2        1-2        Women advance to center and turn L to face partners
           3-4        Partners change by the L and turn L to face.
           5-8         (Duple time) Partners give R hands and lead out
                   and back a double to man's left (3s up, 1s down,
                   4s to RH wall, 2s to LH wall)
           9-10        Men LH across 3/4, while women cast off R and 
                   move round 1 place clockwise
           11-12         Partners give R hand and turn once round to 
                   places
   Part II
   A1 & A2                As in Part I
   B1        Bar 1        Parners give both hands and change places (clockwise)
           Bar 2        Partners drop hands and continue turn to face next dancer
           Bar 3        M1 and W4 give both hands and change places counter-clockwise
                   While M2 and W1, M2 with W2, M4 with W3
           Bar 4        These pairs drop hands and continue counter clockwise to 
                   next dancer.
   ??JN Where is everyone ??
           5-8        (Duple time) M1 sides with W4, M2 & W4, M3 & W1, M4 & W2
           9-10        M1 and W3 change places with their partners across the dance
                   passing by the right while rest turn single (?? to the R)
           11-12        M2 and W4 change places with their partners across the dance
                   passing by the R, while others turn single.
   B2        1-4        Repeat movement of B1 bars 1-4, bringing partners together in
                   opposite places, improper.
           5-8        (duple time) Parners side.
           9-10        1s and 3s change places across the dance while others turn 
                   single
           11-12        2s and 4s change places across the dance while others turn
                   single
   Part III
   A1 & A2                As in Part I
   B1         1-2        Partners gypsy clockwise, (ending??) facing outward.
           3-4        Partners gypsy counter-clockwise, facing inward.
           5-8        (Duple time)        Neighbours meet, arm R, and stand side
                   by side, facing centre.
           9-10        M1 and W2 change places with W4 and M3 respectively,
                   passing by the R diagonally across the dance, while 
                   others turn single.
           11-12        Same manner, W1 and M4 change with M2 and W3 while
                   others turn single.
   B2        1-2        M1 with W3, M2 with W4, M3 with W1, M4 with W2
                   gypsy counter-clockwise, facing outward.
           3-4        Same pairs gypsy clockwise, facing in.
           5-8         (Duple time) Men arm L with women they armed in B1.
           9-12        As in B1 to places.

Notes from Colin Hume:

      Cupid's Garden — Marjorie Heffer and William Porter, Maggot Pie, 1932

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yuj5Nj8-sfI

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ins_cupids_garden.txt · Last modified: 2016/06/23 19:29 by nashjc