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

This dance was composed by Mary Scarrott and was entered for, and won, the New Dance section of the Cornish Dance Competitions in 1996. Original composed as a solo dance for formal display it is now used at ceilis and troils as the "first Cornish line dance".

1 - 8 9 - 16 17 - 24 The dance is performed 4 times, facing 4 different directions and turning clockwise each time. TUNE/SONG info@an-daras.com T: +44 (0) 1872 553413

Formation Individual dancer. The dance moves in a diagonal cross shape and then in a regular cross. The dancer always returns to the central position. Step
Steps
• 'One, two, three hop' furry dance step
Four Hand Reel
• Mr Martin's Reel Step
• Heel and Toe
• Cross or weaving step from the broom dance
Bars
1 - 8
Dancer begins with hands behind back and dances a diagonal cross as follows: Forward to right hand corner (1 2 3 hop) and back to place (1 2 3 hop) Forward to left hand corner (1 2 3 hop) and return to place Backwards to right hand corner (1 2 3 hop) and return to place Backwards to left hand corner (1 2 3 hop) and return to place
9 - 16
With hands on hips, 3 Mr Martin's steps to the right and 2 stamps Repeat to left Heel and toe right foot, 1 side step to the right, stamp left foot then right foot Heel and toe left foot, 1 side step to the left, stamp right foot then left foot.
17-24
With hands behind back, dance straight forward for 4 'weaving' or hornpipe steps Dance backwards for 4 'step and swing' or kick steps Dance 4 hornpipe steps backwards Dance forwards for 4 'step and swing' steps (to return to place), turning to the right on the 4th step t dace a new direction to begin the dance again.
The dance is performed 4 times, facing 4 different directions and turning clockwise each time.
The suggested tune for this dance is Plethen a Beswar (Four Hand Reel). The dance is 4 x 24 bars and therefore the tune is played 3 times.
   
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