Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Dance:The Triumph
The Triumph was a dance in the repertoire of Cornish Dancing Master John Old and recorded in his notebook of 1808 . One of the earliest recorded descriptions is in 1790 so Old’s was quite an early example of this dance. The initial interest in the Triumph, from a Cornish perspective, arose out of the reference to the dance by the recorder of the Looe Old Cornwall Society followed by the description of the dance provided by Mrs Baker of Rilla Mill in 1981. Mrs Baker described a lively dance with a stamp hop hornpipe step and this we have used, hopefully reconstructing the vigorous dance she remembered
Formation:A three couple long ways set.
Steps A Stamp Hop step throughout. Sians-_Den_Bal
   
Bars  
A  
1-8 First Lady and second man lead down the centre of the dance while first man crosses the set and goes down behind the ladies. First and second man bring lady back up the centre lady holds outside hands of both men, they join inside hands to form an arch over her head. First lady is returned to her place.
9-16 Repeat bars 1 8, this time with second lady and first man leading down the set and second man crossing to go down behind the ladies.
B  
17-24 Head Couple lead down the set and return.
25-32 Head couple swing down the set (elbow link) and as they pass each couple casts UP the set and swings until all the couples are swinging.
Dance is repeated three times
Tune: Sians Den Bal / The Miners Fancy. Midi No tune was specified by Mrs Baker but it does provide the opportunity to use Sians Den Bal, The Tinner’s Fancy from Dunstans collection of 1929
   
    Midi
     
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