“No-hands” for small groups

Small ECD groups across the country are starting to talk about how to restart dancing in this time of CORVID-19, when the lock-downs and stay at home orders end. Do you have any thoughts on when, how and if, maybe we can do it, with out waiting until BSAC opens?

    • Small groups, 2 to 4 couples at most?
    • Outdoors (patios, yards, driveways, parks, etc.)?
    • Wear masks? Yes
    • No hand holds?
    • No arming?

I think we will have a some time to think about this. But I hope we will not have to wait for BSAC to open, for us to do some small group dancing again.

Some ‘No Hands’ dances by our callers: (updated 5-20)
No Fuzzy Thinking Here
By Bob Olson, Mod. for “No Hands” (2020) – Org. Fuzzy Thinking (2016)
Tune: Aislin’s Jig by ©Ruth Anne Fraley (2004)    AABBCC   6x    9/8
Recording: Roguery on CD “Impropriety Vol. 1”  Play at ~110% speed
3 Couple set
Bars (steps)
A 1 – 2 (6) Set (R & L)
A 3 – 6 (12) Partner turn Left-hand around
A 7 – 8 (6) Turn single Right
BC 1-16 (48) Mens short sheepskin hey
A 1 – 2 (6) Set
A 3 – 6 (12) Partner turn Right-hand around
A 7 – 8 (6) Turn single Left
BC 1-16 (48) Women’s short sheepskin hey
Note: Dance 3 times through.

You Can’t Touch Moon Shadows
by Bob Olson   (2017), Mod. 2020
Tune: Call It A Night by Julie King     3/4
Recording: KGB, Contra-intelligence
Longways Duple Minor
Count in beats (steps)
A1 (12) 1st corners (M1 & W2) R-shoulder walk around (Gypsy) approx. 1-1/2.
(12) Cast around neighbor & back to place.
A2 (12) 1st corners (M1 & W2) R-shoulder back to back, turning out when
left shoulders meet while 2nd corners (M2 & W1) orbit.
(6) No hands Circle to left halfway round
(6) Partners cross by right.
B1 (12) 1st corner position (M2 & W1) R-shoulder walk around  approx. 1-1/2.
(12) Cast around neighbor & back to place.
B2 (12) 1st corner position (M2 & W1) R-shoulder back to back, turning out at end while  2nd corner position (M1 & W2) orbit.
(12) No hands Circle to left once round. 

Hands Off the Sails
Modification by Bob Olson (2020) of-
Trim the Sails by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett  (2005)
Music: “The Wishing Well” (traditional)
Recording: Trim the Sails, Roguery, Impropriety Vol. 2
Formation: 3 Couples – Originally a triple minor
Count in beats
6 – pass partner R-shoulder, loop left
6 – single file circle CCW half way
6 – pass partner L-shoulder, loop right
12 – single file circle CW once round
6 – single file circle CCW half way
6 – 1s cast to bottom as 2s and 3s move up 
6 – lines of 3 forward and back.

The Alderman’s Hat (Don’t Touch)
DM c 1700, Thompson 1775, Adaption by Bob Olson (2020)
Recording: Coleman & Smith, The Apted &
3 cu longways set – Originally a triple minor
2 step per bar
A1 1-4 invert the set from the top (1’s cast to bottom, 2’s lead to
top & cast back to middle, 3’s lead up)
5-8 partners B-2-B
9-10 clap 3 times
A2 1-4 invert the set from the top
5-8 partners B-2-B
9-10 clap 3 times
B1 1-8 1st woman, followed by her partner, casts off and dances round
the set, below the 3’s & round the 3rd man to 2nd place
9-10 All clap 3 times
B2 1-8 1s & 2s 4 changes circular hey
9-10 All clap 3 times whilst 1’s slip to bottom

Handless Heys in Time
Sandra Mottner adaption of Liz Donaldson, 2011
Tune: “Hazelfern Jig” Liz Donaldson 2000
Recording: Liz Donaldson, English Echoes, Vol. II
Longways duple proper
A1 1-8 1st lady hey with the men (pass 2nd man left)
A2 1-8 1st man hey with the ladies (pass 2nd lady right)
B1 1-4 Neighbor mirror B-2-B (1s inside to start)
B1 5-8 Neighbor mirror B-2-B (2s inside to start)
B2 1-2 Dance left in minor set 2 places
B2 3-4 Partner set (end facing neighbor)
B2 5-8 Circular hey (3 changes, start neighbor)

Dancing Across the Atlantic NO HANDS
Loretta Holz (2005) modified by Carol Olson
Music: Dancing up a Storm by Charlene Thomson
Recording: Dancing Across the Atlantic, Sande Gillette and Brad Reynolds
Longways duple minor 
In (Steps)
A1 (16) M1 followed by W1 dance L-shoulder around W2, R-shoulder around M2 to end above, Improper. 
A2  (16) W2 followed by M2 dance L-shoulder around W1, R-shoulder around M1 to end below, Improper.
B1  (8) M1 and W2, facing, place R-hand on own L-upper arm, place L-hand on own R-upper arm, change places, passing R-shoulders
(8) Back to Back Partner (on the side)
B2  (8) M2 and W1 facing, place R-hand on own L-upper arm, place L-hand on own R-upper arm, change places, passing R-shoulders
(8) Back to Back Partner (across)

Polka Dot NO HANDS
Modified by Carol Olson
Music: Polka Dot to “Chrysalis”, Bare Necessities, Impropriety Vol 3
5 people – a diamond with #1 in middle facing music (pitcher), #2-5 at points of diamond: #2 at top of diamond with back to the music (catcher), going counterclockwise #3 L-shoulder to music (1st base), #4 at bottom of diamond facing music (2nd base), #5 with R-should to music (3rd base)
In (steps)
A1 (16) #1, 2 and 4 R-shoulder hey for three starting with #1 & 2, up & down hall 
A2 (16) #1 flow into hey for three, L-shoulder across with #3 & #5, starting w/ #3
B1 (8) #1 & 2 set; change places passing R-shoulder
(8) #2 & 3 set; change places passing R-shoulder
B2 (8) #3 & 4 set; change places passing R-shoulder
(8) #4 & 5 set; change places passing R-shoulder
Repeat dance 4 more times from new positions until all have returned home.

PORTSMOUTH NO HANDS
Modified by Carol Olson
Recording: The Broadside Band, English Country Dances from Playford’s Dancing Master 1651-1703 
Longways duple minor
In (steps)
A1 (16) 1st man crosses to hey w/ 1st & 2nd women, passing 2nd woman by R shoulder, all ending home.
A2 (16) 1st lady heys w/ 1st & 2nd men, passing 2nd man by L-shoulder, all ending home.
B1 (8) 1st couple cross by R shoulder & go outside down below 2nd couple, who lead up no hands
(8) 1st couple half figure-8 up through 2nd couple. 
B2 (16) All circular hey, 4 changes, no hands, starting R-shoulder to partner, 4 steps per change.

Irish Lamentation NO HANDS
Modified by Carol Olson based on Colin Hume 1995 interpretation
Recording: Bare Necessities, Take a Dance
Longways duple minor
In (Steps) 
A1 (6) 1st corners set
(6) 1st corners turn single R
(12) 1st corners walk around R-shoulder.
A2 (6) 2nd corners set
(6) 2nd corners turn single R
(12) 2nd corners walk around R-shoulder.
B1 (12) 1s cast, go well down the outside, turn in. 
(12)1s cast back to place.
(12) 1s cross; go below the twos, who move up NO hands
(12) 1s half figure eight up. 
B2 (24) 4 changes of circular hey NO hands (6 steps each side)
(12) Partners R-shoulder walk around
(12)Partners L-shoulder walk around

Ore Boggy
Modified to be NO hands by Robert Campbell (2020)
Tune: Ore Boggy
Recording: Bare Necessities, By Choice
Longways DM
A1 (8 steps) 1s lead down (no hands) through 2s and cast back up to place
A1 (8 steps) 1s R-shoulder Gypsy (walk around)
A2 (8 steps) 2s lead up (no hands) through 1s and cast back down to place
A2 (8 steps) 2s R-shoulder Gypsy (walk around)
B1 (8 steps) 1s cross and go below, 2s moving up on last 4 steps
B1 (8 steps) 1s half figure 8 around 2s
B2 (16 steps) 4 changes of a circular hey starting with partner (4 steps per change)

Keep Your Hands Off Mars   
Modified by Bob Olson (2020) from A Dance for Mars by Tom Senior (2014)
Tune: Mars Jig by Mady Newfield (AABB, 32 bar Jig)
3 couples longwise
Count in (Steps)
A1 1-4 (8) M1 cast to second place followed by W1. 2s moving up on bars 3 & 4.
A1 5-8 (8) 1s & 3s no hands circle CW once around.
A2 1-4 (8) 1s & 2s, no hands circle CCW once around.
A2 5-8 (8) M1 cast to third place followed by W1, 3s moving up on bars 7 & 8.
B1 (4) 1-2 Partners cross Left shoulder
B1 3-4 (4) turn single Right
B1 5-6 (4) Partners cross Right shoulder
B1 7-8 (4) turn single Left
B2 1-4 (8) Lines come forward and fall back
B2 5-8 (8) All Gipsy partner (right shoulder walk around) once around.

Antonio’s Maggot     pdf
by Bob Olson     2018
Music: Dancing Vivaldi (Double Violin Con. Op.3, No. 8 arranged by Van Kaynor)
Recording by The Moving Violations on Elasticity   – ABCD   32 bars    5x
Formation: Longways duple minor
A 1-4: Neighbors R-shoulder siding
A 5-8: Partners L-shoulder siding
B 1-8: Partners back to back
B 5-8: Neighbors back to back
C 1-8: starting with neighbor 4-changes circular hey
D 1-2: 1st corners change
D 3-4: 2nd corners change
D 5-6: Partners change
D 7-8: 3/4 cloverleaf turn-single in (to end facing new set and neighbor)

Silver Surf (no hands – 3C longways version 2020)
Bob Olson (original 2017, triple minor)
Music: Silver September by Mik Lammers  6×32    3/4
Recorded by Masquerade on the CD “An Enchanted Place”
Formation: 3C longways (note progression)*
A 1-4 1s R-shoulder walk around
A 5-8 1s cast,  2s lead up on 7-8
A 9-16 (Morris hey) mirror hey on sides 2s & 3s cast out, 1s split 3s
B 1-8 Diagonal Dolphin hey M1 followed by W1 start passing R-shoulder with M3
B 9-16 Diagonal Dolphin hey 1s start passing L-shoulder with W3
*Note: Progression
A 1-4  After the 1st time through, the former 1s will lead down to bottom while the 3s cast up to 2nd place, while the new 1s walk around.