Dance Hearts of Oak
For eight dancers, each with one cutlass held erect in right hand during all
To the tune of the official march of the UK Royal Navy. Tune by William Boyce (c.1711-1779). Choreographed by Andy King.
FU – DF – JP – DF – IL – DF – BB – DF - SQ – DF – HO – DF.
DF: 6 capers, starting Left (L,R,L,R,L,R) Clash cutlasses on each caper.
1st caper (L) face opposites and clash high; 2nd caper (R) clash with opposites (low). All turn diagonally right except #2 and #7.
3rd caper (L): facing dancer diagonally right and clash high; and on 4th caper (R) clash low.
N.B. #2 and #7 face across the set and caper on the spot with cutlasses still and erect while opposites clash cutlasses diagonally.
All turn to face the dancer up or down the line (#1 faces #3; #2 faces #4; #5 faces #7; #6 faces #8).
5th caper (L) clash high; 6th caper (R) clash low
Turn and face across the set. Hold cutlasses erect with hilt at waist level for 1 beat. Raise cutlasses with forward motion on 2nd beat with hilt to shoulder level, and return to waist level on 3rd beat hockle back (4 steps starting left)
Final time 2 hockle backs step and jump and clash with opposite on final note. Leave cutlasses crossed.
T:Hearts of Oak
B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4 (1796, No. 86, p. 35)
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