Wa’ Is Me, What Mun I Do Alane by Carmen Giunta
The ladies’ roles of Wa’ Is Me What Mun I Do can be done nearly unchanged as a solo dance. Just one alteration (where the corners advance and retire) turns the ladies’ track into dance where you are always moving. The instructions below work from either side of the set. Each time through moves you up or down one place and the next time gets you back to where you started. Dancing to the Bare Necessities recording on Mrs. Beveridge’s Triumph was very relaxing. Video Link for the original version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkrUbXWl0Lo
Video Link for Carmen’s version with teaching and demonstrations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8367ZnehtGY
Wa’ Is Me, What Mun I Do Alane? slightly adapted for dancing alone, April 2020
shortways set for one or two dancers: Start at one of the positions of a minor set, and end as the other number on the same line
[music 3/4; Wa’ Is Me, What Mun I Do?]
A1 Set left, then right, circle left once and 3/4 [ending one place right of home]*
A2 Set left, then right, circle left once and 3/4 [ending progressed and proper]*
B Fall back (3 steps) and advance (3).
Two single steps to the left around the ring [ending one place left of where you were]
Lead away (3 steps), turn, and lead back (3).
Cast one place over right shoulder [ending in original place]
Advance and retire on the diagonal; then retire and advance on same diagonal.
Three changes of a circular hey and face back in.
*Circles have 18 steps. Think of a narrow circle 3/4 in 6 steps (in front of a standing dancer) followed by a wider circle all the way in 12 steps (behind the stationary dancer).