Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance: Mrs Parkyn's Jig
MrsMargaret Parkyn was a member of a Cornish Language and history group that met in Lostwithiel. The organiser of the group had invited the authors to provide them with a presentation on Cornish dance and this was how the contact was set up. She remembered this dance as it was done in her family at festive occasions and at parties. Until her retirement she was a district nurse and had lived and worked in the MidCornwall area for most of her life. The dance had no name when it was collected, hence it was named ’Mrs Parkyn’s Jig’. Mrs Parkyn was relatively young and active when she when she taught this dance and coached the authors over several visits to the group.
Formation: A dance for at least two dancers facing each other, ‘Side 1’ and ‘Side 2’.
Steps The steps for this dance alternate between: Mrs_Parkyns_Jig
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The basic shuffle step (SHUFFLES)
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Three other steps (SHUFFLES INCLUDING INDIVIDUAL STEPS):
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Shuffle right foot, shuffle left foot. Move the right foot back and the tap toe on floor, then left move the left foot back and tap toe on floor.
2/
Shuffle right foot shuffle left foot. Swing the right foot to the right side, and then the left foot to left side.
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3. Shuffle right foot, shuffle left foot. Kick the right heel forward, then kick the left heel forward (this step should be a strong contrast to the basic step).
Bars  
1-8 All form a circle performing the basic shuffle step (dancers divide into two sides during last couple of bars).
9-16 Side 1 perform step A four times
17-24 Side 2 perform step A four times
25-32 Side 2 perform step B four times
33-40 Side 1 perform step B four times
41-48 Side 1 perform step C four times.
49-56 Side 2 perform step C four times
57-64 Side 2 perform step A four times.
65-72 Side 1 perform step A four times.
73-80 Side 1 perform step B four times
81-88 Side 2 perform step B four times
89-96 Side 2 perform step C four times
97-104 Side 1 perform step C four times.
105-122 All perform the basic shuffle step, if preferred joining into a circle again to end.
There is no set tune for this dance simply a fast jig such as Hernen Wyn provided here. Midi.
Jim Pengelly also wrote a jig in honour of Mrs Parkyn’s and named it after her: Score Midi
     
   
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