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Rose of Sharon

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Published on Jan 12, 2017

Sharon Green’s husband David commissioned Fried Herman to write Rose of Sharon in honor of his wife’s 50th birthday (Dec 11, 1989). The week after country dancer and renowned author Linda Wolfe wrote her article “In Step with Austen,” which drew more than a 100 dancers to the New York dance the week in appeared (NYT, March 7, 1997), a letter was published in the Editorials/Letters section titled “An ‘Emma’ for Best New Country Dance.” The dance in question (not that new, admittedly) was Rose of Sharon!

The dance, from Potters’ Porch, is set to music by Pepusch (1731) for the A section and by Fried herself for the B. It has a distinctive split hey-for-3, namely, a complete hey across for the 2s but ½ heys for the 1s, started by the 1st woman, who then hands off the figure to her partner for the final half. In this video, it is particularly nice how the first man glances back at his partner before completing the hey and how the woman dancing the 2nd man’s part casts in the hey to begin (a move called for in the instructions).

This snippet comes from the 2014 Lenox Assembly, with calling by Robin Hayden and music by Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, and Doug Creighton.—Paul Ross

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