The Tattered Crow

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A border morris dance for four, inspired by the traditional dance Ragged Crow. Each of the figures is a homage to the equivalent traditional figure.

Overview

A - Spades

B - Chorus

A - Diamonds

B - Chorus

A - Clubs

B - Chorus

A - Hearts

B - Chorus - hold the final clash

 

Chorus

No stepping. Clashes take place either low (stick pointing down), high (raised above head) or medium (standard chest high clash). Style point: keep the high clashes high and the medium clashes low to distinguish them 

1-2: Everybody clashes across the set, forehand high, backhand low

3-and-4: 1st corners clash backhand low on the diagonal, all stick forehand medium across, 2nd corners stick forehand high on the diagonal while 1st corners spin out.

5-6: Everybody clashes up and down, forehand high, backhand low

7-and-8: "Mark of Zorro" Everybody clashes up and down, forehand low, backhand medium, forehand high

9-16: repeat, starting up and down and switching roles

Figures

Spades

1-2: Everyone chases one place ACW, 1st corners back turning on 2

3-4: Everyone passes right shoulder up and down, 1st corners back turning on 4

5-6: Everyone chases one place ACW, 2nd corners back turning on 6

7-8: Everyone passes right shoulder across the set, 2nd corners back turning on 8

 

9-16: Repeat back to place

Diamonds

For ease of description and learning:

1st Corners

1-2: Petronella along the sides

3-4: Pass a 2nd corner right shoulder to meet in the middle of the set and back turn

5-6: Petronella out to the corner you just came from (passing the same 2nd corner right shoulder again)

7-8: Dance across the side, passing a 2nd corner by the left shoulder (turn the short way at the end of the turn)

9-16: Repeat, from other 1st corner

2nd Corners

1-8: Dance a slow right shoulder diamond around each other, moving on the odd steps and turning on the even steps.

9-16: Repeat

Clubs

1-2: Everyone cross by the right shoulder, clashing on 1. 1st corners turn sharply right on 2

3-4: 1st corners change places right shoulder, 2nd corners loop left back through their same position

5-16: Repeat 3 more times back to place

Hearts

1-2: Everyone cross across the set by the right shoulder, making the set as small as possible. 1st corners turn left

3-4: Everyone dance backwards CW one quarter, keeping the set as small as possible

5-8: Surge forward to open out and chase half way ACW. Keep the contrast with the previous backwards moving circle as large as possible

9-10: Everyone cross up and down by the left shoulder, making the set as small as possible. 1st corners turn right

11-12: Everyone dance backwards ACW one quarter, keeping the set as small as possible

13-16: Surge forward to open out and chase half way CW. Keep the contrast with the previous backwards moving circle as large as possible