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Pair children in 2s and make a circle around the room 2 behind 2. Beginners do best simply holding hands, but can usually progress to the more usual hold quite quickly (as demonstrated in picture below)


1 – 8 (a) All take 8 ‘one, two, three hop’ steps around the circle (with this age group concentrating on rhythm is usually more effective than precision right, left, right hop e.t.c.) Emphasis needs to be placed mostly on the moves of the dance at first.

9 – 10 (b) All face the centre of the room and take 1 big step (one, two, three hop) to the centre of the circle and clap. Then step 1 ‘one, two, three hop’ step back.

11 – 12 (c) Repeat (b)

13 – 15 (d) Take a cross hand hold with your partner and swing

16 (e) N.B Use the last bar to give children time to join up with their partner and take their place in the circle again i.e. remind children after 3 ‘one, two, three hops’ that they need to find their places in the circle again.

Extra Information

There is a reversing move here which has been removed in this version of Heva and all couples meet in the centre of the room for the clap making this a more social dance and encouraging better attention on the teacher.

Heva was written in 1961 by a class of 9 year olds at Crantock School near Newquay with the help of their teacher Miss Rowlands, and is danced all over Cornwall to this day. ‘Heva’ is the cry used by the fishermen when shoals of pilchards were sighted. This version of the dance is great as an early introduction to steps and to working with a partner.

The Hand Hold for Heva
Music For Heva

Heva now the catch is in,
Let the dancing singing and the Troil begin,
Pilchard, Herring filling up the mauns
Tell the Huers they can put away their horns.

In the sky see the seagulls soar
From the beach hear the breakers roar Clear the streets tonight for everyone
And we’ll make merry till the day is done.

Now's the time to dance away your woes,
So flip off your shoes and ready on your toes,
Mum and dad and gran and uncle Clem,
Come and show the youngsters your as spry as them,

Shout hooray and hooray again,
What’s it matter even if we have some rain,
Girls from Minor, boys from the Whim,
When together don’t mind if they sink or swim.

Fistral Bay, Tolcarne, the Gannel too,
Lusty Glaze and Whipsiderry all for you,
Golden sands and rocks and little pools,
If we’re not content then we’re a bunch of fools.

Active, Hope, and Rose and Unity,
Each name a pride of any company,
Good Intent and Tithy, Fly and Spy,
Pack your seine nets up you know the reason why.