Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance:Cornish Knight

The Cornish Knight is included in Volume III of Rutherfords 'Complete collection of 200 of the most celebrated country dances both old and new which are now to be found in vogue and performed at court, all public assemblies'.
Formation: Three couple longways sets
Steps Skip step throughout Hold Hands held according to dance An Marrak
   
Bars  
1-4
Couples 1 and 2 take hands along sides, ie man with man, lady with lady. Slide right, slide left and cross over with partner
4-8
repeat bars 1-4
9-12
Head couples lead down set for 8 steps followed by second couple (on bars 11 12)
13-16
Dancing couples turn and return to top of set second couple leading
17-24
Second couple cast to bottom of set followed by head couple third couple move to top of set. N.B. Second couple are now in bottom place, head couple in centre and third couple at head of set.
25-28
Original head and second couple form circle and dance once around to left
29-32
Original head and third couple dance rights and lefts, i.e. all four dancers each give right hand to partner, left along side of the dance, right to partner left along side of dance, thus dancing a complete square
  Tune - any 32 bar jig. Tune given here is "An Marrak" (Click for midi file)
     
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