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longways 3 couples

48 bar jig (ASSEMBLY PLAYERS: juliana)

[]   Top 2 couples “capstan”

[]   Corners Pass & Turn

[]   Lines fall back, come forward; 

     On right diagonal, cross (passing right), all cross (right shoulder) with person opposite

[]   Cross on right diagonal, then straight across; and again

[]   All cast to the right to invert lines (casts led by 3rd man & 2nd lady);

     Pass through (with partner) and take hands in lines, facing out, dixie twirl (arch at right-hand end of line) and lead in

[]   Three-handed stars right (active man up, active lady down);

      Active couple swing and end proper WHILE others right-hand turn partners

Capstan:  right-hand turn with partners half-way, right-hand star halfway, complete right-hand turn with partners

Pass & Turn:  Active couple loop around 1st corners WHILE those 1st corners turn each other with the right-hand.  Repeat with 2nd corners



longways 4 couples

32 bar reel (a&a polka)

[] []   Reel-of-four Chain

[]       Top man zig-zags to bottom place (improper) changing with relevant dancers

          WHILE top lady waits 2 bars and zig-zags to bottom place (improper)

[]        All do-si-do and swing partner (end proper)

Reel-of-four Chain: 1st man and 2nd lady right-hand turn three-quarters, each ending in neighbour’s position WHILE 1st lady and 2nd man cast one place down/up AND 3rd & 4th couples do similarly;  Then those in the middle places of the lines change giving left-hands WHILE those at the ends of the lines set. 

Repeat from new positions (three times) to end back in home positions.



longways 3 couples

32 bar waltz (+5 bar finale) (BLACKTHORN BAND: tommy bhetty’s waltz)

[]   1st couple cross down to start hey on opposite sides

[]   1st couple cross down to start hey on own sides

[]   Top 2 couples Chain-And-Turn

[]   Bottom 2 couples Chain-And-Turn

Repeat twice

[5]   Set, turn single and honour

Chain-And-Turn: 1st man and 2nd lady turn right-hand three-quarters to a diagonal line between their partners, then half-turn same-sex neighbour with the left hand to put 1st lady and 2nd man in centre (4 bars).

1st lady and 2nd man turn right-hand once-and-a-quarter and fall back to progressed places (4 bars).

In B2, 1st man starts the figure with the 3rd lady.*

*or try the Rachel Bending Variation:  the second Chain-And-Turn is “reverse”, started by 1st lady and 3rd man turning left-hand three-quarters



4 couple becket

48 bar reel (MONTVILLE PROJECT: gaspe reel; reel de montreal; joys of quebec)

[]   Lines go forward and back twice

[]   With opposite couple, Ladies Chain (and back)

[]   Two couples on right diagonal, right-and-left halfway;

     All right-and-left halfway with couple opposite

[]   In fours, star left and right

[]   Interchange reel

[]   Balance and swing partner

Interchange reel: In lines, do a reel of four, starting by passing current partner by the right shoulder.  On the left-shoulder crossing, the two dancers on the inside track pass and turn back to the right to continue on the other side.  At the end of the reel, all dancers will be diagonally opposite to where they started it.

Variation: omit second forward and back and do Ladies Chain across A1/A2 etc (This allows for a more leisurely dancing of the Interchange reel)



longways 4 couples

32 bar march (STOMP: brudmarsch till per och anna)

[]   1st man and 2nd lady step and honour to the right and turn single left, catching right hands on last note of bar WHILE 3rd man and 4th lady do likewise; 

These same dancers cross (i.e. right-hand turn halfway), then 1st man and 4th lady do full left-hand turn

[]   1st lady and 2nd man step and honour to the left and turn single right, catching left hands on last note of bar WHILE 3rd lady and 4th man do likewise;

     These same dancers cross (i.e. left-hand turn halfway), then 1st lady and 4th man do full right-hand turn

[]   At both ends of set, half-double-figure-eight (end couples cast to start)

     Middle couples (original 1s and 4s) three changes of right-and-left WHILE end

      couples two-hand turn

[]   In fours, circle left; All gypsy with partner



square set 5 couples

32 bar reel (PORTLAND SELECTION: cincinnati rag; stone's rag)

[]   5th couple balance and swing

     WHILE others circle left (slip step) and pivot and chase clockwise to place

[]   5th couple with 1st couple: three movements of hey, started by ladies passing left

      shoulder, couple now in middle (original 1st couple) right-hand turn three-quarters;

       Repeat with new middle couple and 4th couple

[]   Repeat A2 with new middle couple and 3rd couple; then new middle couple and 2nd couple

[]   New middle couple gypsy left and right

      WHILE others gypsy left with corners then right with partners



longways duple proper

32 bar reel (ALTAN: trip to cullenstown; ashplant)

[]   1st man does figure-of-eight through 2nd couple, picking up 1st lady halfway (and they dance in promenade hold)

[]   1st couple (in promenade hold) do hey across with 2nd couple (who dance individually), with 1st man dropping out halfway leaving 1st lady to complete the hey

      1st couple are now improper

[]   2nd couple gate couple below up and round to place; Then 2nd couple gate couple above down and round to place

[]   1st couple cross and cast (progression); All two-hand turn partner counter-clockwise (the “wrong” way)



longways 4 couples

32 bar reel (KAREN TWEED: dinkie's; convenience reel)

Active couple = 2nd couple

[]   Top couple gate active couple up and round to place, active couple star through and make circle with 3rd couple; 2nd and 3rd couples circle left, active couple pop through 3rd couple’s arch

[]   Bottom couple gate active couple down and round and active couple star through

      WHILE top two couples right-and-left-halfway, starting with  neighbour;

      1st and 2nd couples (middle couples) circle left, active couple pop through 1st couple’s arch

[]   Do-si-do neighbour along the line; Gypsy with partner

[]   All eight circle left halfway;

      Improper couples dance half-figure-eight through couple below



longways 4 couples

32 bar polka (OLD SWAN BAND: walter bulwer's polkas nos. 1 & 2)

[]   In fours, right-hand star; All right-hand turn with neighbour

[]   Interchange reel

[]   Repeat Interchange reel to original places

[]   Top couple cast to bottom as others move up one place; All swing partner

Interchange reel: See description under “Boreham Interchange”



longways 3 couples

48 bar jig (KEEL BAND: quo jig)

[]   Set and pass through (i.e. pass partner by the right); turn to right and chase halfway

[]   Bottom couple (original 1st) arch up over the other couples and turn to lead down

      under the arches of the other couples (who turn and follow the 1st couple arching up

      and leading down)

[]   Morris hey started by bottom couple (original 1st);

      at end, bottom couple cross and cast up the outside to middle place and...

[]   Man circles right with two ladies WHILE his lady circles left with the two other 

      men; In lines of three, fall back and come forward into circle of six

[]   Men join hands to form circle of three and raise arms to make arches

      WHILE ladies cast out and weave clockwise once around;

[]   Middle couple (original 1st) half-figure-eight through couple at top;

      All do-si-do partner



sicilian circle

32 bar waltz (MARY KAY BRASS: waltzes from jarna)

“Active” couple alternates:

1st time, “Active” couple is the one facing clockwise and “Other” couple is the one facing counter-clockwise

2nd time, “Active” couple is the one facing counter-clockwise and “Other” couple is the one facing clockwise

.. and so on, alternating every time through the dance

[]   (2 bars)  Active couple pass-through (pass opposite person by the right shoulder);

      (4 bars)  Active couple chase clockwise (lady leading) to starting places but on the

      wrong side;

      (2 bars)  All four star right halfway

[]   Other couple do the same (all now in partner’s home position)

[]   Face partner for Ladies Chain across the set, and back again

[]   Face partner and balance forward and back, and star through;

      Circle left half-way, and California twirl to face new couple



progressive quadrille

32 bar reel (RODNEY MILLER: contrazz)

[]   With opposite couple, right-and-left halfway; With same couple, Ladies’ Chain...

[]   ...and back; Left-hand turn partner

[]   Interchange reel along the set (across the room),

      start by passing partner left shoulder

[]   Swing; Face opposite couple and set and pass through

Interchange reel:

See description under “Boreham Interchange” .. but note that this reel is across the room and starts with passing left shoulders, so couples who pass right shoulders in middle places are the ones who cross over to the other line.



longways duple improper

32 bar reel (MONTAGUE PROCESSIONAL: david’s french fiddle)

[]   Balance and swing Contrary to end in line of four facing down

[]   Line leads down, turn as couples (wheel half-way) and take two-hand hold;

      Gallop up to end in line of four, facing Contrary

[]   Ricochet reel, end in home places, all proper

[]   1st couple dance half-figure-eight through 2nd couple;

     Symmetrical do-si-do once-and-a-half (start with 1st couple going through 2nd


Ricochet reel:

1st couple do ordinary reel of four across, starting by passing Contrary by the right-shoulder, but after completing three-quarters of the normal reel, move up to 1st place (proper) and turn single away.

2nd couple start passing in to centre, then two-hand push away from each other to move backwards to their starting position; and do this again. 



progressive quadrille (couples face across room)

32 bar reel (FRANK FERREL: arthur’s seat)

[]   In lines of four, reel across (start by passing neighbour right shoulder)

[]   End couples arch in and balance to centre and star right and then pass through by the right shoulder WHILE middle couples pop under arch to end and swing and face in (having changed places)

[]   Repeat from new positions

[]   Do-si-do neighbour along the line;

      In fours, circle left halfway and then break the circle and couples slide to left to next set



square set

32 bar reel (MONTAGUE PROCESSIONAL: kingsbury reel)

Intro, break and finale ad lib


Circle left half-way

Promenade home

Cast A Shadow

Rory: Waves balance, roll to the right

Ladies star right WHILE men zoom and chase counter-clockwise

Left-hand turn partner 1¼ (partner now in Corner position)

Face new partner for Grand Chain (half-way)

Promenade (to men’s home positions)

Cast A Shadow: Starting from two 2-faced lines (so at the end of the promenade, the leading couples step forward to face out WHILE the other couples pivot ¼ to face in.  We now have two lines, each one with a Head couple and a side couple facing in opposite directions) The ends do ½ Zoom, Arm Turn ¾, and Spread, to become the ends of the resulting formation.  The centres facing out Cloverleaf and step in between the casting dancers.  The centres facing in Extend, Hinge, and Extend to fill the vacant spot.

Zoom:  From a setup where one dancer is following another, the lead dancer walks away from the centre and around in a full circle to the position of the dancer who was behind.  Meanwhile, the trailing dancer steps directly forward into the position vacated by the lead dancer.  (NB:  In “Cast A Shadow” the Ladies Zoom half so are now standing side by side)

Arm Turn:  Two dancers side by side and facing opposite directions will have a forearm grip and each will walk forward as per call (in this case ¾).  The pivot point will be between the dancers and they will be moving in a circular direction.

Spread:  The designated dancers spread away from each other to become ends (stay facing the way you end after the Arm Turn)

Cloverleaf:  Designated dancers move away in a ¾ circle (usually done by four dancers, similar to a cloverleaf-turn-single – but in “Cast A Shadow” only two dancers Cloverleaf, and they will end beside their partners in wave formation)

Extend:  Step forward into the next formation

Hinge:  A Hinge is a half of a Trade.  In a Trade, designated dancers walk forward in a half circle, passing each other to end in each other’s position, both facing the opposite direction.  So in a Hinge, dancers walk forward in a quarter circle



longways 4 couples (3s & 4s improper)

32 bar tango (FOOTLOOSE: tango caliente)

[]   Top 2 couples lead up WHILE bottom two couples lead down, all turn to face partner,

      fall back and dance forward; Gypsy partner once-and-a-half

[]   All lead back to place, turn to face partner, fall back and dance forward;

      Gypsy partner once-and-a-half

[]   End couples cast away and two-hand turn the one you meet (the opposite end 

     person) once-and-a-half WHILE middle four star right and clap twice;

      End couples cast again and two-hand turn partner once-and-a-half

      WHILE middle four star left and clap twice

[]   End couples lead in and circle left half-way WHILE middle couples cast out to 

     ends and turn single away;

     New middle couples right-and-left half-way WHILE ends two-hand turn



square set

48 bar reel (TOKEN WOMEN: godmother; il est bien temps)

[]   In circle, all go in to centre and back; Circle to the left

[]   Forward and back (again); Circle to the right

[]   Teacup Chain

[]   (continue)

[]   Promenade

[]   Swing

Sequence: Head Ladies lead teacup chain 1st time, Head Men 2nd time,

then Side Ladies, then Side Men

Teacup Chain

Head Ladies right-hand turn ¾ and turn Corner left-hand WHILE Side Ladies turn Corner right-hand and turn each other with left-hand 1¼;

All ladies turn original opposite man with right-hand;

Head Ladies left-hand turn 1¼ and turn last man right-hand WHILE Side Ladies left-hand turn last man and turn each other right-hand ¾

All Ladies return to partner (for the promenade)

When the men lead, start with left hand



square set

32 bar american reel (DALSEMER: goin’ down south)

intro, break and finale ad lib


Active couples advance and circle left ¾ and pass through to waves with

     supporting couples.

Spin-chain and exchange the gears.

Men run

Couples Trade

Promenade (to men’s home positions)

Sequence:  Intro – Heads lead twice – Break – Sides lead twice – Finale

Progression: Figure ends with Corner as new partner

Spin-chain and exchange the gears:

From ocean waves: Right-hand turn half-way at ends, middles left-hand turn three-quarters to form new wave WHILE ends U-turn back.  Middles of new wave right-hand turn halfway, at both ends, make left-hand star.  Rotate the star three-quarters, then active ladies lead their stars diagonally past the other line and turn right to move up or down the set.  Active ladies run right to form wave.


The designated dancer moves forward in semi-circle to neighbour’s position WHILE that neighbour slides across.  Couples have changed places and the designated dancer is facing in the opposite direction

Couples Trade:

Couples at both ends of the line exchange places, walking forward in a semi-circle.



longways 4 couples

32 bar reel (FRANK FERREL: arthur finley)

[]   Top couple wide-cast to bottom; Then cross up through bottom couple and up 

       outside to second place, and then cross up to home position.

[]   Top couple lead single casts down,

      Turn away and cast back to home positions (as in “Goddesses”)

[]   Top couple dive through arch made by second couple

      WHILE 3rd couple dive through arch made by 4th couple,

      then original top couple arch over original bottom couple;

      In fours, circle left

[]   All eight circle left half-way; All set and cross over with partner



longways 3 couples

32 bar jig (GREEN GINGER: col upton's merry conceit; duff house; pas doux)

[]   Top 2 couples do the “capstan” figure:  right-hand turn with partners half-way,

       right-hand star halfway, complete right-hand turn with partners. 

[]   Pass & Turn:  Active couple loop right around 1st corners WHILE those 1st corners

      turn each other with the right-hand;  Repeat movement with 2nd corners. 

      Active couple end improper 

[]   Lines fall back, come forward; Pass through and take hands in lines, facing out, dixie

      twirl (arch at right-hand end of line)

[]   Three-handed stars right (active lady up, active man down); 

       active couple swing and end proper WHILE others balance and box the gnat

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