Adderbury Dance Notes

The style is active and lively. A number of the dances are accompanied by a short song usual sung at the start of the dance.

In stick dances the stick is held vertically a little below half way, in the right hand at shoulder hight in front of the body. The left arm is held beside the body with the arm straight but lose.

In handkerchief dances the hands move from the ‘home’ position in front of the chest with counter twists at chest level (down, out, round, up and down) with a flick up of the handkerchiefs in front of the face. This movement is sometimes referred to as ‘apples & stalks’. Hands should be almost touching during the flick.

The general stepping sequence is 4- step, 4-step, 2-step, 2-step feet together jump. Most often the first 4-step is done moving forwards, the second 4-step is done on the spot and the 2 x 2-step are done moving backwards and returning to the start position. A 2-step moving backwards is referred to as a back-step (BS). Movements start on the OUTSIDE foot with the exception of Walk Round (WkR) and Whole Hey (WH) which start on the RIGHT foot.

Figures
The figures below are referred to as Common Figures because they are ‘common’ to all Adderbury dances. They all finish facing across the set. In general a dance will have all these common figures but interspersed with a distinctive figure or chorus. The distinctive figure (DF) is unique to each dance.

Once to Yourself (OY) Dances start with the set facing up but that actual start differs from one dance to another. Some have a walk round often preceded by a chord where the sticks are raised.

Walk Round (WkR) In the walk round dancers move in a clockwise direction and start walking on the RIGHT foot. Most take the easy way into the rounds. However dancers 2 & 4 should turn out which requires a bit more movement. The walk round will often finish with a feet-together-jump and in stick dances accompanied with a clash across the set to your partner. At this point dancers must be facing across the set. Do not turn up until the start of the Foot Up figure.

Foot Up (FU) The full length foot up is an up and up (unlike other traditions) ie stepping up one position in the set and back to place and then REPEATED. General dance stepping sequence is used (4- step, 4-step, BS, BS feet together jump) starting on the OUTSIDE foot. Turn up smartly on the first beat and not before. In stick dances there is a clash before the repeat. This clash is done facing up. Only on the last BS do dancers turn and face across the set to clash sticks.

Half Hands (HHds) This is also referred to as a Half Gip and in fact this is the more common call during the dance. It’s just that for some reason a Half Gip in Adderbury is called a Half Hands! The stepping is the same as in the FU figure. Pass right shoulders with partner straight across set to partner’s starting position and then back to place along the same track. Finish the feet together jump with a stick clash and then pass left shoulders with same stepping sequence.

Processional Down (PD) This is also referred to as Tops Down. The top pair (Tops) dances down the set with a 4-step to become level with the Middles. The Middles will need to take a smart step backwards. The Bottoms stay where they are. The Tops then dance a 4-step on the spot and then return with 2 x BS to where they started facing across. At the feet together jump & clash the Middles join in with a feet-together-jump. Then all four (Tops and Middles) repeat the movement with the Bottoms moving back to allow room. All dancers join in with the final feet-together-jump.

Processional Up (PU) This is the same as the PD except that the Bottoms initiate the movement.

Hands Around (HR) Link RIGHT hand with partner’s and dance in a clockwise direction using the general dance sequence. The first 4-step will take you to your partner’s position. Not that Odds will need to smartly move the stick to the left hand if in a stick dance. The second 4-step is done on the spot with the left arm fully extended sideways in stick dances. The 2 x 2-step are danced moving forward back into place. At this point face across for the feet-togther-jump. Repeat the movement but in a counter-clockwise direction linking LEFT hands. In handkerchief dances the hand movements are performed with the single free hand only.

Whole Hey (WH) This is a PARALLEL hey unlike other traditions which have a mirror hey. By this we mean that the dancers on each side of the set maintain a fixed distance apart throughout the movement. The stepping sequence is 6 x 4-step, 2 x 2-step, feet-together-jump danced in a figure 8 on the side of the set. Ie Odds dance a figure 8 and Evens dance a figure 8. Note that the Bottoms will have to pause slightly in order to let the Tops come between them and the Middles. Tops have priority.

From the start position:
1 & 2 turn down and 45° to the left Adderbury hey
3 & 4 turn up and 45° to the left.
5 & 6 turn up and 45° to the right.

Adderbury

Dance Sequence Distinctive Figure Comments
Come Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl OY; WkR; FU: DF; HHds; DF; PD; DF; PU; DF; HR; DF; WH; DF; DF@double OY One chord into song, sung during WkR. Stick up vertical in front of face on chord.

WkR 14 steps starting right foot – feet together jump into place facing across whilst singing:
“Come Landlord fill the flowing bowl until it doth run over”
“Come Landlord fill the flowing bowl until it doth run over”
(up) (down) (jump & up) (land & clash) = stick swing and jump timing on final line of song

FU, HHds, PD, PU, HR, WH – normal figures

DF
Stick Clashing
1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS
1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS
1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS
And (1:2) 2:1 2:1 TIPS TIPS

Where:
1 = ODDS TIPS strike EVENS BUTTS
2 = EVENS TIPS strike ODDS BUTTS And = ODDS TIPS strike EVENS BUTTS once with a pause.

Note:
1. In the final DF@double the sticking sequence is repeated at a faster tempo (double) but on the very last 2 beats turn to face up and odds strike evens tips all holding stick in right hand across set.

Lads a Buncham OY; WkR; FU: DF1; HHds; DF2; PD; DF3; PU; DF1; HR; DF2; WH; DF3 OY One chord into song, sung during WkR. Stick up vertical in front of face on chord.

WkR 14 steps starting right foot – feet together jump into place facing across whilst singing:
“Oh dear mother what a fool I be
Six young fellows came a courting me
Five were blind and the other couldn’t see
Oh dear mother what a fool I be”
(up) (down) (jump & up) (land & clash) = stick swing and jump timing on final line of song

FU, HHds, PD, PU, HR, WH – normal figures

DF1 Stick Clashing – Double Handed
1 1 1 : 2 2 2
1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS
1 1 1 : 2 2 2
1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS
Where:
1 = ODDS TIPS strike EVENS BUTTS
2 = EVENS TIPS strike ODDS BUTTS

DF2 Stick Clashing – Single Handed
1 1 1 : 2 2 2
1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS
1 1 1 : 2 2 2 1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS

DF3 Stick Clashing – High Double handed.
Evens turn body quarter turn right and raise stick over head. Odds strike 3 times (1 1 1)
Odds turn body quarter turn right and raise stick over head. Evens strike 3 times (2 2 2)
Face across and strike normal double sticking (1:2 1:2 1:2 TIPS)
Repeat the sequence.

Note:
1. When turning the body legs and feet move similar to golf swing in that weight is kept mostly on the right foot and left heel rises off ground.
2. In the ‘high’ position all sticks should point in two lines up and down the set, should be horizontal and should be above the head and pushed slightly into set so that back of head is protected.
3. In the final DF after whole hey the dance finishes with the ‘high’ sticking sequence but on the very last beat turn to face up and odds strike evens tips all holding stick in right hand across set.