Upton upon Severn Stick (Border)

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100125  | 25 January 2010 # Upton on Severn

Doublestep dance throughout, no singlesteps.

The doublesteps need to drive strongly to travel distance. Emphasis is on travelling horizontally, rather than vertically (as in Fieldtown dances).

The preparatory step into the main sequence is stamp-stamp, with the right foot forward, left foot back.

Some discussion about whether the stamp is right-left (in which case the stepping begins right foot) or left-right. I have always done right-left, but I got the impression that most people do left-right.

Basic stepping sequence is 16 doublesteps:
o 2 doublesteps on the spot, or getting into position for the figure
o 12 doublesteps to dance the figure
o 2 doublesteps to turn out and into set, finishing the final doublestep with stamp-stamp

The turn out circle needs to be danced strongly, with all dancers keeping in line with one another.

Should be aiming to travel out 1½ - 2 m.

All the hey figures are basically the same: 12 doublesteps to travel 4 lengths of a hey, passing right shoulders at the end, passing left shoulders in the middle. This means that in effect there are two doublesteps to travel the line and one doublestep to turn at the end. The turn at the end should be left shoulder back, which makes it quicker.

For the hey on the ends, #2 and #3 in each group of 4 start the hey by passing left shoulder in the
middle. They come out of the hey after two times through, when they meet again in the middle and turn away from one another to place and then turn the other way for the normal circle finish.

For the star hey, essential that there is no hesitation in the hey. Remember 1 doublestep into the middle, one doublestep out from the middle and one doublestep to turn. If you are unsure of the star hey, don't travel too far out.

100201  | 1 February 2010 # Upton on Severn

Doublestep dance throughout, no singlesteps.

The doublesteps need to drive strongly to travel distance. Emphasis is on travelling horizontally, rather than vertically (as in Fieldtown dances). The hop at the end of the doublestep is used to travel forward, not just the preceding steps. This forward travel on the hop is aided by the free foot which extends in front of the body, giving the sense of a surge.

The preparatory stepping into the main sequence is right-left-right, ending with the right foot forward, left foot back.

Basic stepping sequence is 16 doublesteps:
o 2 doublesteps on the spot, or getting into position for the figure
o 12 doublesteps to dance the figure
o 1 doublestep to turn out (left shoulder back) and into set and then step right-left-right to finish, stamping with the final two steps

The turn out at the end of the hey is different to the turn out at the end of the sticking in the chorus, because there are only 2 bars of music to complete the turn at the end of the hey (there are 4 bars of music for the turn in the chorus). This means the turn out at the end of the hey cannot travel too far, and needs to be more or less on the spot.

All the hey figures are basically the same: 12 doublesteps to travel 4 lengths of a hey, passing right shoulders at the end, passing left shoulders in the middle. This means that in effect there are two doublesteps to travel the line and one doublestep to turn at the end. The turn at the end should be left shoulder back, which makes it quicker to get back into the hey.

In the hey, when you are half-way through the music (8 bars) you should have danced once through the complete hey and be back where you started from after the 2 preparatory doublesteps.

For the hey on the ends, #2 and #3 in each group of 4 start the hey by passing left shoulder in the middle.

They come out of the hey after two times through, when they meet again in the middle and turn away from one another to place and then turn the other way for the normal circle finish.

For the star hey, essential that there is no hesitation in the hey. Remember 1 doublestep into the middle, one doublestep out from the middle and one doublestep to turn. If you are unsure of the star hey, don't travel too far out.

In the chorus, there is a turn out (left shoulder back) at the end of the sticking sequence. This needs to make a strong circle, about 1½-2 m diameter, with all dancers keeping in line throughout. There are 4 bars of music for the turn out – ie 3 doublesteps and then the right-left-right to finish.

100208  | 8 February 2010 # Upton on Severn (Upton)

Doublestep dance throughout, no singlesteps.

The doublesteps need to drive strongly to travel distance. Emphasis is on travelling horizontally, rather than vertically (as in Fieldtown dances). The hop at the end of the doublestep is used to travel forward, not just the preceding steps. This forward travel on the hop is aided by the free foot which kicks in front of the body, giving the sense of a surge. Some discussion as to whether the kick should be across the other leg – personally I feel this looks awkward and restricts the surge, but others feel it helps to differentiate the step from Fieldtown.

100301  | 1 March 2010 Upton upon Severn

For the turn out during the sticking chorus, aim to come out a minimum of 2-3 metres. For the hey on the ends:
o In each 4, use the first two doublesteps for #1 and #4 to back out of the set and slightly to the right,
while #2 and #3 dance on the spot. Then, start the hey with #2 and #3 passing left shoulder.
o Come out of the hey after #1 and #4 pass each other going towards original places. Then #3 and #1 pass right shoulder and keep turning right to position followed by normal left turn out during the last two bars.  #2 and #4 do the same on the opposite side.