ROBIN DDIOG

Wales

 

Pronunciation:

ROH-bin THEE-ogg

Translation:

Idle or lazy robin

Source:

Robin Ddiog was introduced by Michael and Mary Ann Herman, from instructions sent by the Welsh Folk Dance Society. The dance appears to have been choreographed after 1940.

Recording:

Folkraft 1573

Formation:

Mixed circle of M and W, hands joined and held down in a "V" position. Other instructions say hands should be in a W position.

Rhythm:

4/4

 

Measure

Pattern

1-2

Introduction, 2 meas, no action.

 

Figure 1

1-2

Facing to R, run 7 steps starting R. With 8th step, turn to face center.

 

Note: One researcher suggests the original Welsh instructions say to skip not run, and that there is no step to face the center just 8 skips in LOD. This would make the dance much more energetic.

3

Releasing hand hold, turn individually in place CW with four running steps to end facing ctr.

 

Note: If doing the skipping version, then skip here also.

4

Join hands again. Stamp R taking wt (ct 1); hold (ct &); stamp L taking wt momentarily (ct ah); stamp R taking full wt (ct 2); hold (ct &); stamp L taking wt momentarily (ct ah); stamp R taking full wt (ct 3); hold (ct &); stamp L taking full wt (ct 4); hold (ct &). This creates a syncopated stamping sequence: R--LR--LR--L--

 

Figure 2

5-6

Step R (ct 1); swing L across R (ct 2); step L (ct 3); swing R across L (ct 4). Repeat step-swings.

 

Note: If doing the skipping version, then also hop on the R foot as you swing the L across, and hop on the L foot as you swing the R across.

7

Repeat meas 4 (stamping sequence).

 

Presented at the 2008 Door County Folk Festival (Wisconsin) by Leslie Hyll (Dayton, OH)