31 longways dances; two cotillions; music with chords; 20 diagrams of steps and figures; quotes and illustrations from period sources
This is a complete instructor’s handbook with graded lesson plans for teaching children the basic steps and figures of country dancing, America’s most popular social dance type during the time of George Washington. Cotillions, ancestor of the modern square dance, and the less known dance types called jigs, reels, and fancy dances, are also included.
Originally conceived as a program for grades 4 through 6, these dances work with pre-school as well as middle-school-age children. The beginning lessons are designed for short, non-voluntary situations and include five no-touch dances. Bows and courtesies are paired with dramatic lessons to teach steps and deportment. Now "everyone, take out a sword. . ." (page 11)
CONTENTS: Away to the Camp, La Belle Catherine, The Brandywine, College Hornpipe, Cyril’s Fancy, Drury Lane, Fancy Dance, Figuring on a Monday, Four-hand Reel, The 14th of October, Fourth of July, Jigs, Lady Adams Fancy, La Fayette, Liberty, Malbrouk, The Merry Go Round, Miss Townsend’s Reel, Money in Both Pockets, Nancy Dawson, October’s Cast, The Pesky Fly, Spirit of France, Three-hand Reel, Tompkin’s Fancy, Twenty-second of February, White Cockade, Yankee Doodle.
Music for the Dances in
Colonial Social Dances for Children
Arranged and played by Frances C. Hendrickson
Sandy Hook, CT: The Hendrickson Group, 1995