THE CITY OF CHRISTCHURCH
32 bar medley for 4 couples in a 4-couple set (2x32S, 2x32R)
3rd and 4th couples start on opposite sides
One chord only
1-4 1st and 4th couples dance petronella turns into the centre and set to partners up and down the dance. 2nd and 3rd couples step up or down on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st couple passing each other left shoulder, dance right shoulder round 2nd couple (1st woman round 2nd man and 1st man round 2nd woman) to finish back in the centre, in the same positions, facing each other up and down the dance.
4th couple dance likewise round 3rd couple (4th man round 3rd woman and 4th woman round 3rd man).
9-12 1st and 4th couples dance half a right shoulder reel of four up and down the centre.
13-16 4th and 2nd couples and likewise 1st and 3rd couples dance petronella turns one place on to the right and set. 2nd and 3rd couples finish in a line of four in the centre facing their partners up and down the dance, 4th couple in 1st place on opposite sides and 1st couple in 4th place on own sides.
17-18 2nd and 3rd couples turn partners once round with right hands.
19-20 2nd woman dance right shoulder round 4th man into 2nd place on the women's side.
3rd woman dance likewise round 1st man into 3rd place on the men's side.
Meanwhile 2nd and 3rd men turn about half way round with left hands and dance out to the sidelines to face out - 3rd man in 2nd place on the men's side and 2nd man in 3rd place on the women's side.
21-24 2nd and 3rd couples dance half a ladies chain. The order is now 4,3,2,1 with 4th and 2nd couples on opposite sides and 3rd and 1st couples on own sides.
25-30 4th and 1st couples cross over giving right hands, cast down or up one place and dance right hands across half way round. 3rd and 2nd couples step up or down on bars 27-28.
31-32 3rd, 1st, 4th and 2nd couples set.
Repeat from new positions.
Devised by Wouter Joubert (wouterj2305 [at] gmail.com), March 2011, as a tribute to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand who are rebuilding their lives and their city after two devastating earthquakes.
Recommended tunes:"The City of Christchurch" (strathspey) and "Hope" (reel)
Suitable recording: Demonstration Medley #3 om the CD Kardinia Capers by David South and his SDB
UPDATE 26 April 2011: Corrections made to bars 13-16 and 21-24
UPDATE 4 May 2011: Corrections/clarifications made to bars 5-8
UPDATE 27 May 2011: Clarification made to bars 19-20