Bel Fearsed

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Dance details

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Name: Bel Fearsed Type: Reel Times & Bars: 4 X 48
Set: 4 Couple Square Minimum couples required 4
Devised by: Ruth Barnes Year[1] 1986
Published in:
Music: My Aunt Jane (A Belfast Street Song)


Dance instructions

1 - 2 1st Lady leading, 1s dance across to and behind 4s who turn slightly to the left on bar two.
3 - 4 1s & 4s dance ½ 4 hands across with the left hand.
5 - 6 1st Lady leading, 1s dance across to and in front of 3s whilst 4s continue turning left hand to place.
7 - 10 1s & 3s dance 4 hands across with the right hand.
11 - 12 1st Lady leading, 1s dance across to and behind 2s who turn slightly to the left on bar 12.
13 - 14 1s & 2s dance ½ 4 hands across with the left hand.
15 - 16 1s dance to own place taking promenade hold whilst 2s continue turning left hand to finish with promenade hold.
17 - 24 All four couples promenade anticlockwise around the set to original places.
25 - 28 All men travelling to the right, pass the next lady (not partner) by the right shoulder.
29 - 32 They meet in the middle to dance ½ 4 hands across with the left hand, then dance on to the original places.
33 - 36 All ladies repeat to the left, passing next man by the left shoulder.
37 - 40 They meet in the middle to dance ½ 4 hands across with the right hand, then dance on to the original places.
41 - 48 All circle to the left and back.

Repeat three times, with the couple on the right being the dancing couple, i.e., in order 1,4,3,2.

Notes

"Bel Fearsed" is the old name of Belfast, and means "the ford on the River Fearsed".

References

  1. Year denotes the year in which the dance was devised or first published