John Bartlett's Fancy


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History

Created by the men’s team of Marlboro Morris and Sword. Named for John Bartlett, personality (dean?) at Marlboro College.

Videos

John Bartlett's Fancy (2023)

Structure

Hankies

Step in Line: outside foot

Chorus

Crossing Over: outside foot

Chorus

Back to Back: right foot

Chorus

Rounds for Four: right foot

Chorus

Doubling Up: right foot; Note absence of Rounds for 4

Last Chorus: When in inverted set, don’t caper back to place, but instead on the capers everyone turns to face up (turning out/away), and back row comes up a bit, to end on right side of partner, so all 8 end up in a line facing up.

Chorus

Main Idea:

  • closed side steps to form inverted set
  • big steps in square formation to form new inverted set facing down
  • more open side steps
  • caper home

2 closed side steps: start outside foot, closed side step with outside foot. 1&2 and 5&6 move in toward each other on first one, stay there on second. 3&4 and 7&8 move out and up to end up in a “heading up” inverted set. These latter pairs start moving in the “opposite” direction that their feet want to move for a closed side step, and they are moving in the “opposite” direction from how they show on the first side step (show in); this takes some practice. In other words, they do a closed side step in, but they do it moving in an up and out direction.

4 big steps: All take 4 big steps, with hankies showing in above-the-head circles as with plan capers. All end up facing down, with those on the outside ending up inside and vice versa, so they end in this position:

1  3  4  2
5  7  8  6
   Down

They get there by walking around an imaginary rectangle, as follows. Those who start on the outside (3&4, 7&8) walk (1) out, (2) down, (3) in, (4) in (90 degree turns for changes in direction). Those start on the inside (1&2, 5&6) walk (1) out, (2) out, (3) down, (4) in.

2 closed side steps: Two closed side steps in place, first out, then in (this should match what foot everyone is “naturally” on if they started the chorus with their outside foot).

Caper back home: Everyone does 4 plain capers back to place, turning out/away. The top row turns out/away, with 1&2 moving up to place and 3&4 staying roughly where they are. 7&8 move down and turn the easy way. 5&6 stay roughly where they are. I’m not sure how they turn?

Ending

When in inverted set, don’t caper back to place, but instead on the capers everyone turns to face up (turning out/away), and back row comes up a bit, to end on right side of partner, so all 8 end up in a line facing up.

Quick Reference


Lead in: Once to self (B music)
Sequence: B 𝄆 AB 𝄇
Song: Drive the Cold Winter Away (in the key of Em)