Ursa Major 


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Author:
Michael Barraclough (2011)
Formation:
Longways duple improper
Music:
Specific tune - Bear Dance, The (Em, 2/4 120bpm)

A1
1-4
Neighbor mirror side-by-side (1s outside) 
 
 
5-8
Double half-figure eight (1s cross down, 2s cast up)
 
 
 
 
 
A2
1-4
Neighbor mirror side-by-side (1s inside holding hands) 
 
 
5-8
Neighbor mirror handy-turn (1s down center) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1s
2s
B1
1-2
Lead down
Move up the outside
 
3-4
Set 
Set
 
5-6
Lead up
Move down the outside
 
7-8
Cast
Lead up the center
 
 
 
 
B2
1-4
Double half-figure eight (1s cross up, 2s cast down)
 
 
5-8
Partner two-hand turn 
 

© Michael Barraclough, 2016

Notes
1
Variation of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett's dance Ursa Minor (Impropriety III, 2010). All I have changed is the first 4 bars. Having people move across the set when the movement for the rest of the dance is along the set seems incongruous to me. Dancers tend to agree.
 
 
 
 
2
The dance uses a tune which Brooke and Chris collected from me  when I called the ‘Pywackett Hour’ at the Oct 2008 Fall Frolic, Monte Toyon.

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