pennsicdance: Peascods Fritters--correction

Alexander Clark alexbclark at
Sat Aug 3 15:54:28 PDT 2013

P. S. a codicil to the reservation of rights: This applies to
choreographies that are adapted from this one.

On 8/3/13, Alexander Clark <alexbclark at> wrote:
> It turns out that I missed something when I taught my new dance
> Peascod Fritters. In the second part of the dance the chorus should be
> started by the women.
> So the figures are:
> Circle left two (walking) doubles; that again to the right.
> Men take hands and go round the inside (clockwise), and come to their
> places (8), then hold up their arms while the women go about in front
> of their partner, behind the next, etc., to their places; women go
> round (counterclockwise) and hold up their hands, and the men go about
> as the women did (counterclockwise).
> Men meet and clap hands, women as much, while the men go back, men
> meet again and clap hands and turn single; women meet and clap hands,
> men meet and clap hands, while the women go back, women meet again and
> clap hands and turn single. (I have added "and clap hands" to this
> figure, quoted from Gathering Peascods, in all four of the places
> where Playford only implied it.)
> ---------------------------------------
> Sides; that again.
> The two couples against each other (on the sides) meet (a double, or
> equivalent steps), take right hands with contrary (2), then left hands
> (2), and both held turn (~8), then go out between the nearest head
> couple and cast off to your places (~8); the other four (heads) do as
> much.
> As before (meeting and clapping) the women meeting first.
> ---------------------------------------
> Arms; that again.
> The first four (the side couples) lead in to meet a double and back,
> then the two men change places, their partners change places, and go
> the straight single hey (beginning with the right shoulder to your
> partners, and men by the left shoulder) to your places (a half hey);
> the other four (heads) as much.
> Men meet, etc., as the first time.
> ---------------------------------------
> (Copyright 2013 by Alex Clark. The right to develop any different
> sequence of figures, to be taught or distributed under the name of the
> dance given here, is reserved by the author.)
> And thanks to the dancers and musicians who helped me try out this
> dance (and those who would have done if they had still been up).
> --
> Henry/Alex
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