Newcastle
for a circle of four numbered couples.
Reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr. (Rev 2, 3/14/2009)
Music: English Country Dances, by the Broadside Band; A Trip to Killburn, by the Baltimore Consort; etc
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1: Take hands around, double into the center of the circle.
2: Double back out of the circle, drop hands and face your partner.
3: Set left (step left, then right) to your partner.
4: Turn slightly toward the center of the circle to face the person of your opposite gender in the next couple in the direction you are facing - this is the "next" that Playford refers to. Set left (step left, step right) to that person.
Note: This person is the one you will be dancing with in verse 2 after you side with your partner.
Verse 1, Part B
1: Take hands around again, double forward.
2: Double back, face your partner.
3: Set right (step right, then left) to your partner.
4: Turn slightly to that same "next" person and set right (step right, then left) to them.
Chorus 1, Part A
1&2: Arm left with your partner.
3&4: Men step quickly into the center of the circle, close enough to touch left shoulders (more or less) ("men all fall with your left hands into the middle"), while the women circle the men clockwise in two doubles (skipping may be appropriate).
Note: Playford does not mention anything about the men (or the women in the other half of the chorus) circling. It is, however, possible to extrapolate that that's what he means
but there are instances where one group or another goes into the center to be circled without moving, so there's nothing conclusive about either interpretation (except that there are a lot more of the latter than the former).
Chorus 1, Part B
1&2: Arm left (yes, left again) with your partner.
3&4: Women step quickly into the center, touching left shoulders, while the men circle the women clockwise in two doubles.
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
1&2: Side with your partner (left).
3&4: Change places with your partner to end up in front of the person who walked past their partner in the next couple in the direction you are facing.
Verse 2, Part B
1&2: Side with this new (next) person (right).
3&4: Change places with this new person. The next person is your opposite, and you should end up with them back in the normal circle positioning, but shifted so that the evens are now on the odd side, and vice versa.
Chorus 2, Part A
1: Odd opposites meet a double.
2: Odd opposites fall back a double, raising their inside hands in an arch, -AS- the even opposites cast off (turn out toward their 'partner'), circle around their corner and meet their partners briefly behind the odd opposites.
3: Evens lead your partner under the odd opposites' arches and into the center of the circle.
4: Evens fall back with your opposite to where you started this figure.
Chorus 2, Part B
1: Even opposites meet a double.
2: Even opposites fall back and make an arch -AS- odd opposites cast off, circle around behind their corner and meet their partners briefly behind the even opposites.
3: Odds lead your partner under the even opposites' arches and into the center of the circle.
4: Odds fall back with your opposite to where you started this figure.
Part 3
Verse 3, Part A
1&2: Arm with your opposite (left).
3&4: Change places with your opposite, ending up facing the next person in the circle and positioned catty-corner to the normal circle positioning.
Verse 3, Part B
1&2: Arm with this new person (right).
3&4: Change places with this new person. You should end up facing your partner, in proper circle position but on the opposite side of the circle from where you started.
Chorus 3, Part A
1: Odd (head) couples fall back a double taking the nearest person in the even couples with them to form two lines of four.
2: Everyone turn single.
3&4: Change places with the person across from you and fall back into the circle formation (this will return the head couples to their starting positions, but reversed).
Chorus 3, Part B
1: Even (side) couples fall back a double taking the nearest person in the odd/head couples with them to form two lines of four.
2: Everyone turn single.
3&4: Change places with the person across from you and fall back into the circle formation. You should now be back where you started the dance.