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Song to the Moon        Song to the Moon: Music in PDF, MIDI and ABC formatPrint this dance

Format: 3 couples longways
Dance: Colin Hume, 2017.     Music: Antonin Dvorák, 1848-1855
The dance is in waltz time.  Each sentence is four measures.

A:Ones right-hand turn and then cast to middle place — the lady doesn't spin round, she just goes — as the twos lead up. Ones left-hand turn 1¼ to face first corner — the first man faces the third lady and the first lady faces the second man.
B:Half diagonal hey for four.  Ones with first corner gipsy right; with partner gipsy left ¾ to face second corner — the first man faces the second lady and the first lady faces the third man.
C:Half dIagonal hey for four.  Ones with second corner gipsy right; with partner gipsy left ¾ to middle place on own side, which leaves the man facing down and the lady facing up.
D:Ones right-hand star with this couple.  All circle left half-way so that the ones are improper in middle place (3 waltz steps), then fall back in lines.
E:Ones go to their left: left-hand star with this couple.  Ones cross and cast to the bottom, threes wait for two measures and then lead up to second place.

Dvorák is one of my favorite composers — I particularly love the New World Symphony and the Cello Concerto.  Rusalka is a fairy-tale opera, and like many fairy-tales and most operas it's tragic, but this beautiful song is sung by the water sprite heroine before things start going badly wrong.  I hope I've written a dance which fits the tune and will perhaps bring it to the ears of dancers who might not otherwise hear it.  Musicians will be pleased to hear that I've transposed it from G flat to G.