Cheltenham Festival
Ceilidh Dance for a 48 bar Polka eg "the Little House of Cardiff" or 48 bar Waltz (click here for tunes) ,  4 couple square sets
Tune(8 bar phrases)Dance moves  Version 1  as discussed in workshop, and as keener ceilidh nuts prefer it.
A1 A2All holding hands.  Balance in, balance out.Men pass women in front (facing each other) from right hand to left hand . Var. women turn under the manís arm.
4 times to place.    Var . men 1 small step to right at each pass .
At end of last pass, men ready with right hand.
B1 B2 Men in right hand star, new women on left holding raised hands (facing same way). Men & women balance in (together to star centre), balance out. Men lift left arm.Turn women under, men move forward to next women. 
4 times to place
C1Polka or waltz round set.
C2 Promenade.  Var. promenade with sideways in & sideways out.
Tune(8 bar phrases)Dance moves   Version 2 a lttle simpler but as the workshop (in compromise) agreed to it
A1 A2 All holding hands.  Balance in, balance out. Men pass women in front (facing each other) from right hand to left hand .Var. women turn under the manís arm.
4 times to place.    Var. men 1 small step to right at each pass .
At end of last pass men drop left hand ready for next move.
B1 B2Men in left hand star, women on right holding hands facing same way. Men & women balance in (to star centre), balance out. Men lift right arm. Turn women under, men move forward to next women.
4 times to place.
C1Polka or waltz round set.
C2 Promenade.  Var. promenade with sideways in & sideways out.

This was written in 2002 at a workshop during the Cheltenham Folk Festival (2nd weekend in Feb) as a project to devise an advertising vehicle for the festival and the Fringe festival in July when we have a free ceilidh on the Promenade in the centre of Cheltenham.  Artistically the elements represent the Regency aspect of Cheltenham and the promenade move was too good an opportunity to decline.  If you like the dance please give it to your favourite callers and spread it far & wide. But make sure itís title is right !!!
Opinions varied on Ver 2ís first outing at the festival.  Everyone agreed it worked, some would have preferred the waltz variation, Dave Hunt advised that not everyone likes (or can) waltz.  Ver 1 was tried but is really for the keener folks and probably better in the slower waltz. (IMHO says Mr Red)
With thanks to Dave Hunt  (daverhunt@aol.com)  and Chris Beaumont (Cheltenham Ceilidh Club 1st Fri St Lukes Church Hall) for their calling expertise and music advice.
"Katherine's Waltz " was the alternative tune. Such was the enthusiasm there IS a new tune written especially for it called "Cheltenham Festival"...... And Chris found the "Duke of Anglesey Waltz".
Other waltzes kindly suggested by Greg Stephens are Copenhagen Waltz and Miss Dillon's Waltz.
And Dave (I think it is Dave the Gnome but he didn't say) suggests The Melbourne waltz and the Bath waltz
Oh & thanks to all the workshoppees for writing it.  Mr Red ran the workshop.