Molly Dancing - Cross Hand Polka Dance Notation

Dance Version Gordon Phillips

Children From Year 6 at Millfield School In Littleport Performed Cross Hand Polka, November 2013

Cross Hand Polka is one of the traditional molly dances that have been handed down through generations. There are variations and different interpretations of what was taught. The version that Gordon has taught to the children is based upon the dance taught to him at a workshop run by Cyril Papworth in the late 1970s. Cyril had been taught the dances by his granny as she remembered them being done in her youth.

The Dance

Figure 1:

First diagonals

2 steps on the spot, dance to each other’s places, passing right shoulder. Turn on 8, 2 on the spot, dance back, turn on 7 to face.

Second Diagonals

2 steps on the spot, dance to each other’s places, passing right shoulder. Turn on 8, 2 on the spot, dance back, turn on 7 to face.

Figure 2: 

Top Couples Down

Each group of four is made up of a top couple and bottom, or second couple.  Both top couples in set dance towards partner (1 stephop), turn down (1 step hop), dance down for about two or three step hops then dance on spot until turning outwards to face back on stephop number 8.  Dance back and continue facing up until stephop 15 when the dancers fall back into place.

 Figure 3: 

Top Couple Down

Only the very top couple dance to the bottom of the set.  They dance past their partner, in between the next two, and cross the set, passing right shoulders. They weave down the set in this way, passing right shoulders each time they cross the set.  On reaching the end they end up on the side of the set where they started.  The remainder of the set stand still and move up in the last two bars of music by stepping sideways, then together, sideways then together.

The dance is repeated three more times through until everyone is back where they started, last time finishing with OY!

Diagram Showing First Diagonol

The couple containing persons in positions 1&2 and the couple containing persons in the position 5&6 are the two top couples that dance down in figure 2

The couple containing persons in the position 1&2 are the single top couple that weaves down the set in Figure 3.

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