David Millstone - Ninepin


David Millstone - Ninepin


Northern / Prompt & Patter


David Millstone, caller, with music provided by Jane, Sophie, and Russell Orzechowski (fiddles and piano) and Deanna Stiles, flute. Recorded at Kensington, NH, on May 21, 2004. The tune played is "Olde Tyme Quadrille" by Bob McQuillen.

The basic pattern of this version of Ninepin:

Head couples sashay over and back, passing to the right of the ninepin each time
Sides do the same

Ninepin swings one person from couple #1, while the other goes into the center.
Ninepin swings one person from couples #2, 3, and 4, while the one not swung goes into the center.

After swing the fourth person, the ninepin joins the other four dancers in the center.

The caller does a hash of figures for those five dancers: circle left, circle right, right hand star, left hand star, and so on. At a signal from the caller, the music stops abruptly, dancers in the center scramble to find a partner, and the fun starts all over again.


David Millstone


USA, New Hampshire, Kensington

Spatial Coverage

USA, New Hampshire, Kensington

Temporal Coverage

2000 -

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