Monday, January 27, 2014

Ribbon Dance

Ribbon dance is another partner dance set in a longways formation. It is slower and more "elegant" than Virginia Reel. It seems similar to 15th century Italian Court dancing. (see Tesara by Domenico)
I wasn't able to find anything like it online (Googling "Ribbon Dance" comes up with traditional Chinese Ribbon dances or rhythmic gymnastics -- it is not anything like either of these)
If anyone knows of another name for our Ribbon dance or a title for our music, please let me know!
 (Ms. Brown)

Ribbon Dance

Formation: Double line of 6 couples.  Partners stand side-by-side
                     holding ribbon between them.  Couples in each group of                                   
                     four should face each other, boy to boy and girl to girl.
                     Designate couple as #1 and #2.  **Ribbon should be
                     approximately 1.5 to 2 metres long.

Counts                                    Pattern

Part I
16                                            Over and Under”
Couple #1 forms ribbon-arch, under which #2 passes with 4 steps.  Both couples face about without releasing ribbons and reverse figure, so that #1 passes under the arch with 4 steps.

Repeat all Part I

Part II
8                                              “Cast Off”
All couples turn to the front.  Girls release their end of the ribbons.  Head couple leads the “cast off” by turning to the outside and skipping to the rear.  Boys are waving the ribbons.

Head couple forms an arch.

8                                              Partners meet and go under the arch with the girls again holding the ribbons and dance forward to their new position.

All face partners, holding ribbons high.

Part III
16                                            “Slide down the centre”
Head couple joins hands and slides for 8 steps down the  under the ribbon and returns to the end of the line as the last couple.

Repeat entire dance six times

***With remaining music, couples hold ribbons high and turn under the ribbon on the spot twice.***

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