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July 31, 2011

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If you can't find the original music I would recommend
the Richmond Cotillion/Polka on Wayne Erbsen's Wing Ding
cd [Native Ground 114] It has four repeats and ends with
a half more to polka all the set. We dance it in four couple sets
so all get a chance to "chase or coquette" as it suits the couple.
There is a very nice but slower version on Phil Williams' Dance Music
of the Oregon Trail [voyager 350-also from Erbsen's website].

Happily, there's no need for alternate music -- I've just edited the post to add links to two commercially-available recordings of the tune that just need editing for length (as almost any recording will) and a little upping of tempo.

Anyone using live musicians will have no problem at all, since the sheet music is online and just needs to be arranged in 32-bar repeats to suit the dance.

HI, have been thinking about teaching this dance and as I was reviewing it I realized that I do not know what convention you/Howe intends for Couple 1 getting back to home place since the one partner is following the other.
In others words, as a proper dance, Lady 1 dancing and Gent 1 following, Gent 1 is behind his partner and needs to get in front of her to do the second (8). How does he pass his partner? Does she arrive early and he simply passes by her right or...??? Would love to know the answer to this one asap. Thank you!

For the record, regarding my comment, I realized I misread the direction of which side the Lady goes up so I was able to see how it all worked.

Hi Darlene,
Your first comment got spam-trapped for some reason (sorry about that!), and I've only just now noticed and released it, but it looks like you've resolved the problem anyway. Hope the teaching went well!

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