[SCA-Dance] Half Hannikin heresy
mrailing at kiva.net
Thu May 15 18:09:45 EDT 2008
When I said that Half Hannikin, as danced in the SCA, is an SCA invention,
I was referring to the the way it is danced in the Middle Kingdom. Perhaps
this is not the way it is danced everywhere, but it is the only way I have
seen in the Middle and Northshield. To wit:
(Couples as many as will in a circle.)
Holding hands, double into the center and back. Repeat.
Side left and right with your partner.
Arm right once around with your partner.
Arm left one and a half times, so that you end up in a new spot.
Take hand in a circle & begin again.
This *is* quite different from the original dance, and I was assuming
(perhaps falsely) that this was the dance Tim McDaniel meant when he said;
>>> I've always been fond of Half Hannigan for a warmup.
>>> - it's vigorous without being exhausting (if your music isn't too
>>> - it's the prototypical English Country Dance, consisting of nothing
>>> BUT doubling, siding, and arming
>>> - it's a mixer, so it's good for "how do you do?" or a brief "hi,
>>> Jane, long time no see!"
>>> Daniel Lincolinum
>> From: Mary Railing
>> Many people in the SCA seem unaware of this, but the mixer
>> version of Half
>> Hannikin is an SCA invention. The actual dance is quite
>> different. This
>> is not the result of ambiguous instructions in Playford.
>> Someone made a
>> deliberate decision to create a stripped down dance. As a
>> teaching dance
>> this works, but so would many more authentic dances.
>Far be it from me to automatically assume correctness when
>reading Playford - I've messed up more than once in doing
>so - but could you inform us how:
>Halfe Hannikin Longways for as many as will * * *
> ) ) )
>Lead up a D. forwards and back _.__ That againe _:__
> Sides all _._ turn your owne _:__ First man stand alone,
> and the last Wo. stand alone, the rest of the men take all the
>Lead up all as before _:__
> Sides all _.__ Turne your We. _:__ First man take the 2. man
> his left hand, last Wo. taking the next Wo. with her right hand.
>Lead up as before _:__
> Sides all _.__ Turn your we _:__ then the 2. man stand alone
> the first taking the third man, the last Wo. taking te next.
> Change thus every time till you come to your owne place.
>does not lead one to a partner-changing, top-man-and-bottom-woman-out
>on alternate repeats, dance? (Note that in the second chorus it
>explicitly states that the progression is down the opposite sides,
>so that men dance with men, women with women.)
>Thanks for the clarification,
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