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

This dance was recalled by Sheila Buse who was a founder member of Cornish dance group Cam Kernewek in 1979. She remembered it being performed as part of a Christmas play around 1945 in Bude but was uncertain as to whether it had been composed especially for the play or was a local dance game that had been adapted. It was also known to David Rye, a dance caller from Mabe who was a founder member of another Cornish dance group, Ros Keltek. It is definitely a 'fun' dance and popular at troyls but the authors were quite intrigued to find it enjoying a certain vogue in Newquay's clubland!
Formation:Two circles, gentlemen forming the inner circle, facing the ladies who form the outer circle

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Cats Got The Measles
1-4
Turn partner by right and then left arms. , .
5
Clap, touch left elbow; clap, touch right elbow
6
Clap, then hands on heads, hands on shoulders, hands on hips
7-8
Wiggle hips, bow or curtsey to partner, turn on the spot and move left to next partner
Begin again with new partner and repeat, gradually increasing the speed
Tune The Cat's Got The Measles (the Keel Row).
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