Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Lattapouch
Mrs Elsie Millis remembered her father doing this dance in the kitchen of their home at Pentire in the 1930s when he was aged 50. He commenced the dance from an upright position stepping around the shoe, and remained vertical even when kicking his legs out from the crouching position. Elsie described him as being able to jump over a handkerchief held in both hands whilst doing the dance. She also remembered this dance from her Grandmother “Granny Clemens” who was the musician. The dance appears in a number of references in connection with troyls and Guize dancing in Cornwall.
Formation: Dance for two people, facing. One each dancing around an old shoe and one an old hat.
Steps The shuffle step in Lattapuch is slower and more relaxed than that in Boscastle Breakdown. The emphasis is more on the shuffle than the step preceding it Porthlystry
   
Bars  
(A)  
1-4 The first person dances around shoe using eight of the above shuffle steps.
5-8 The second person copies this but around the hat
(B)  
9-12 First person goes down on their haunches and kicks their feet out alternately as if doing a Russian ‘Cossack’ dance. This is in effect the challenge which the second person must copy
13-16 The second person accepts the challenge and copies. The dance is repeated, with the first person improvising new challenges for bars 9 – 12.
   
Tune: Porthlystry as remembered by Elsie Millis. Midi
   
     
     
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