Anisette


Dance: Anisette c. 1997 Lise M. Dyckman
Tune: "Pernod Waltz" c. 1984 Johnny Cunningham, as published in Bill Matthiesenís Waltz Book II, played (AABB)4

         

Formation - Two-couple Sets, with one couple designated "first" (it matters little which one).

Chorus = B1B2 each time (rather brisk!)

          B1          Pass opposite by the R hand, pass partner by the L hand, pass opposite by the R shoulder (no hands), turn partner halfway with both hands; first couple lead through the other couple and cast back to place.

          B2          Pass opposite by the R hand, pass partner by the L hand, pass opposite by the R shoulder (no hands), turn partner halfway with both hands; second couple lead through the other couple and cast back to place.

I.          A1          With partner, lead forward a double to meet the opposite couple; with opposite lead away a double; facing opposite set and turn single (usual R) to end alongside opposite but facing partner. (so 3/4 turn single for one person, 1 1/4 for the other).

          A2          With opposite, lead forward a double to meet partner; with partner lead away a double; facing partner set and turn single (usual R) to end alongside partner, facing opposite. (so 3/4 turn single for one person, 1 1/4 for the other).

Chorus (B1 & B2)

II.          A1          Gypsy opposite person (R shoulder as usual); facing opposite set and turn single [wide] to end facing partner.

          A2          Gypsy partner (R shoulder as usual); facing partner set and turn single style [wide] to end facing opposite.

Chorus: B1 & B2

III.          A1          Side-by-side siding ["Pat Shaw" siding] R shoulder to opposite; facing opposite set and turn single [wide] to end facing partner.

          A2          Side-by-side siding ["Pat Shaw" siding] L shoulder to partner; facing partner set and turn single [wide] to end facing opposite.

Chorus: B1 & B2

IV.           A1          With opposite, R arm in 18C. allemande style * [or in usual Playford style]; disengage, and facing opposite, set and turn single [wide] to end facing partner.

          A2          With partner, L arm in 18C. allemande style * [or in usual Playford style]; disengage, and facing partner, set and turn single [wide] to end facing opposite.

* 18 C. allemande arming is: aim the requisite shoulder at the person to allemand and place the back of the hand of that requisite arm next to the small of that personís back, waist height and linking arms. Place your other hand behind your back so as to take hands with this person behind your back, and revolve once around.

Chorus: B1 & B2

Notes:

The chorus figure is a much more brisk version of the changes in the B figure of "Fair and Softly". The thematic structure (narrative) for this dance is that you're getting progressively closer to your opposite: first an acknowledgement, then making extended eye contact in a gypsy figure, then coming side to side, and finally linking in a close hold. It would probably be kind to end the dance with another section I for farewell closure. It is tempting to play this tune as a jazzy waltz (especially as it was originally written in French cabaret musette style), but the dancers appreciate a more relaxed, American-style waltz tempo. Besides the obvious pun, the name is also a reference to Bay Area dancer Anise Feldmanís lively setting.

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