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longways 4 couples 

opening sequence of 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th symphony


Lead up and fall back (twice)

Reel-of-four Chain three-quarters

---  Right-hand star


In-line sidings

etc (as [1]





Lines go forward and back (twice)


[Final 2 bars]  Step and honour

Reel-of-four Chain three-quarters: 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 (twice) to end in progressed positions



square set


[]   Head couples go forward and back; Then they do-si-do opposites

[] [Star The Route] Head couples star right 3/4 , star left all the way with nearer Side couple, star right halfway in the centre, star left all the way with the other Side couple, star right ¾ in the centre (and stay facing in the direction you are moving)

[]   ---

[]   [Dolphin Swap] Head couples (men leading) go through Side couple on their left to start the “dolphin swap” figure.  Head Ladies have now changed places with the Side ladies who started on their left.

[]   New Side Ladies chain halfway (all now with original Corners); Promenade …

[]   .. to men’s home positions; Swing

Sequence:  Heads lead twice, Sides lead twice.

Dolphin Swap

This is a standard dolphin reel with three differences.

ONE: When the two ladies meet for the first time (this is the third pass in the reel), they quickly do half-turn with right hand and take each other’s place in the reel, pulling by.

TWO: After the fourth pass, the original Side lady, followed by Head man, curls round into Head place.

THREE: Also after the fourth pass, the Side man stays on the right-hand track to turn the original Head lady with the left hand (1½ turns or ½ turn - you choose) and guide her into the next figure 



square set

32 bar american reel (RECKLESS RAMBLERS: fatal bert)

intro, break finale ad lib

[]   Head couples forward and back; Head couples pass the ocean, balance the wave

[]   “Spin a web”

[]   … complete “Spin a web” as couples at Side positions do-si-do;

      All swing current partner

[]   Ladies star chain halfway;

     Men face their home positions and couples right-and-left halfway

Progression:  All men are in home positions with their original Corners

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

Pass the Ocean:

Facing the opposite couple, pass through.  As they pass, the two ladies catch left hands and turn ¼ WHILE the two men pass and turn to join the ends of a wavy line 

Spin a web:

This figure starts with two couples in a wavy line between two supporting couples who are in home positions.  The ends of the wave turn partner halfway (right-hand), then the two men turn ¾ (left-hand); these two men then break away to make right-hand stars with the nearer supporting couple (three-handed stars).  The stars rotate once and an extra third so that the supporting men are now in the centre.  These two men turn each other ¾ (left-hand).  This completes the figure –but note that in the final turn, the couples now in supporting positions do-si-do.  Then all swing the appropriate dancer to end in square formation.



square set

48 bar american reel (RANDOM CEILIDH BAND: nellie bligh; chinese breakdown)

[]   All men start in centre, facing partner. Kentucky promenade (two-hand turn partner halfway, clockwise; two-hand turn corner halfway, clockwise; crossed-hands hold with partner for promenade, twist to change direction at end)

[]   Promenade back (with twist at end); Side couples wheel three-quarters (ladies pivot) WHILE head couples promenade in semi-circle to face in centre then pass right shoulder to face side couple (originally on their left)

[]   Head couple dance figure eight Kentucky style (Half figure-eight; right-hand turn partner; half figure eight; left-hand turn partner)

[]   ---

[]   In same fours, Kentucky do-si-do once only (Left-hand turn with partner halfway, men pass back to back leading with right shoulders, right-hand turn contrary halfway, men pass back to back leading with left shoulders)

[]   Head couples lead through sides and cast out to head positions (men home, ladies opposite); All swing current partner, ending with men in centre

Sequence:  Heads – Sides – Heads - Sides



square set

64 bar hornpipe (BURSLEDON VILLAGE BAND: fells hornpipe; dannish waltz)

[]   Head couples dance (step-hop) around the outside of the set,

      men going clockwise and ladies counter-clockwise (two-hand turn partner when meeting half-way round)

[]   Side couples the same

[]   Head couples star right and left (turn outwards when changing from right to left)

[]   Side couples the same

[]   Heads forward to meet, two-hand turn opposite person and lead out between nearer Side couple and cast to original places

[]   Side couples the same (leading through nearer Head couple)

[]   Grand Chain

[]   Swing



longwise duple improper (double reverse progression) 

32 bar reel (MCQUILLEN: mount cashel's brigade)

[Enter the scanning booth]

1st couple lead between 2nd couple and cast round them back to place;

2nd couple same through 1st couple

[Enter PIN; Retinal scan]

Face partner: clap own hands, partner’s right, own, partner’s left, Repeat with neighbour;

Gypsy with neighbour

[Fingerprints, DNA]

Face partner: with finger-tip hold, balance forward and back, then star through (now facing in opposite direction); Start weave along the lines, passing four people (begin passing right shoulder)

[Photo; cleared to pass]

Complete the weave, acknowledge the next person and snap fingers;

With this facing couple, circle left half-way and pass through

End effects:

B1 – start weave by passing partner across the set

B2 – acknowledge partner, change places



longways duple improper 

32 bar jig (POSH BAND: james higgins; villagers)

[J]   Jamaica figure: Face contrary: join right hands, then left hands, then turn halfway (clockwise) to change places; Repeat with partner

[C]   In fours, circle left and right

[B]   Back-to-back with contrary, then with partner

[]   Swing partner and face next couple



longways 5 couples

32 bar waltz (FLORIDA: judith’s waltz)

Active Couples are 1st and 3rd

[]   Active couples half-figure eight through couple below;

      Then Active couples lead down past two couples and cast up one place

[]   Star Right (3 at top and bottom, 4 in middle – Active dancers join star to their

      right); Active dancers change places for left-hand stars

[]   Active couples reel (hey) along the centre and fall back on own sides

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



longways 5 couples (ALL-ROUND COLLECTION: roddy mccorley)

32 bar reel

[]   Top 2 couples double-figure-eight ¾, Top couple cast down one place

      WHILE 3rd couple lead up AND 2nd couple (at top) cross over

[]   Active couple repeat from middle place with two couples below

[]   Active couple gallop up centre to top WHILE others move down one place, then

      bottom couple (5th) gallop up; Then new bottom couple (original 4th) gallop up, then new bottom couple (original 3rd) gallop up – others always moving down

[]   In lines, fall back and go forward a double; Set and turn single

The double figure-eight figure is ¾ - so top couple cross down and cast up and cross down WHILE other couple cast up and cross down and cast up.  (The other couple will then cross over the set to end proper)

Optional extra:

During A1, bottom two couples star right and left

During A2, top two couples star right and left



longways 4 couples

32 bar jig (METRIC FOOT: good kicking)

[]   Top couple gallop down the centre and back

[]   Top couples lead single casts down the outside and up the centre

[]   All swing partner and end improper (on the other side)

[]   Top man zig-zags to bottom place, changing left-hand with 2nd lady, right-hand 

      with 3rd man, left-hand with 4th lady (and then rests for two bars)

      WHILE top lady waits for two bars and then zig-zags to bottom place, changing

      right-hand with 2nd man, left-hand with 3rd lady, right-hand with 4th man.



longways 4 (unisex) couples

32 bar reel plus 32 bar jig (WHISKY COLLECTION: castleforbes; hamelincourt)

[]   In facing 4s, evens chain (i.e. Ladies Chain led by present “evens”)

[]   Do-si-do person opposite; Odds cast one place counter-clockwise

      WHILE evens star right halfway to end in place diagonally opposite.

[]   Two-hand turn person opposite once-and-a-half; All turn single

[]   Hold hands in lines of 4: centres fall back as end curl in;

      Foursomes circle left, ending in longways set across the room

Repeat all (in jig time) from this new orientation.



circle of square sets

48 bar reel (STOMP: mr gifford's maggot)

[]   In own squares: Circles lead in, fall back; Balance, promenade partner one place

[]   Couples in Head positions face out (to next square) for interlocking reels of 3

      couples (in promenade hold)

[]   Repeat A1

[]   Repeat A2

[]   In own squares: Four ladies right-hand star chain (and back again)

[]   Couples in Head positions half-right-and-left with right-hand Side couple;

    Then (from Side positions) half-right-and-left across WHILE new Heads face 

     out (to next square) for half-right-and-left with facing couple



longways 3 couples (1s improper)

32 bar jig (GABERLUNZIE: saddle the pony; humours of glendart)

variation on Rod Linnell’s “Witch’s Brew”

[]   Top 2 couples star right; Top ladies cross, top 2 couples star left ¾

[]   All six circle right

[]   Bottom neighbours balance and swing

[]   Top 4 two changes of right-and-left WHILE bottom couple right-hand turn;

      Bottom 4 two changes of right-and-left WHILE top couple right-hand turn



longways 4 couples (2s & 4s improper)

32 bar rant (WHAPWEASEL: last banana)

variation on Peggy Hazell’s “Fool’s Progress”

[]   In lines, advance and retire; Then in foursomes (at ends), circle left, opening into lines of 4 across, with original end couples in the centre of the lines

[]   With couple facing, Ladies’ Chain (full)

[]   Do-si-do person opposite; Then men cast one place counter-clockwise

      WHILE ladies star right halfway to end in diagonally opposite position

[]   Lines forward and back, ends curling in to reform lines up and down;

      Two-hand turn person opposite



longways 5 couples

16 bar strathspey (FIDDLERS CONNECTIONS: music of scott skinner: music o' spey)


[]   Lead up and back; 1st couple cast down one place WHILE 3rd couple do same, then bottom couple cast up one place WHILE 4th couple (in middle place) do same.

NB: 2nd couple do NOT move up to top place but others move down when appropriate.

[]   3rd couple (in bottom place) cast up to the top and right-hand turn WHILE others do “capstan” figure in fours.

SECOND FIGURE same but start with sidings (“Sharp” version).

THIRD FIGURE same but start with arm-right.

FOURTH FIGURE same but start with arm-left.

FIFTH FIGURE same but start with two-hand turn.

“Capstan” figure:

Turn partner halfway with right-hand, then join with other couple for right-hand star halfway, then turn partner with right-hand (full turn).



longways 3 couples

16 bar “Sleepers, Wake” (J.S.Bach)

[]   Middle couple, followed by bottom couple, lead up through top couple and cast down

[]   New middle couple, followed by top couple, lead down through bottom couple and cast up

[]   Right-hand turn with partner

[]   Those who can, left-hand turn with dancer on the left diagonal

[]   Those who can, right-hand turn with dancer on the right diagonal

[]   Gypsy with partner, fall back and honour



longways duple improper

32 bar jig (KLOF: come up the back stairs)

[]   Circle left ¾, all set; Pothooks across  

[]   Fall back (with partner), Right & Left ¾ starting with contrary

[]   Left-hand turn with partner; Right-hand turn with neighbour

[]   Left-hand turn partner into Ladies’ Chain half-way; Star through, pass through


Men do-si-do but fall straight back WHILE Ladies do-si-do left shoulder (starting just after the men) and fall straight back inside the men’s track. 

Couples have changed places with their partners



longways 3 couples (2s improper)

48 bar medley (OCCASIONALS: watsons of park stile; robsons of rayheugh)

variation on “Swedish Masquerade”


Lead up four steps, cast down to invert the set;

Lead down four steps, cast up to original places


Cross-hand set-and-chain four places,

start with bottom couple facing partner and others facing neighbour.


Balance and swing the next person (couple at bottom with partner, others with

 neighbour); All circle left and right

Finale (after 3rd time through)

In lines of three, fall back and come forward (twice);

Balance and swing with partner



longways 3 couples (2s improper)

14 bar “verbum caro” (TAVERNERS)


[6]   Grimstock Hey

[4]   Top four star right half-way;  Bottom four star left half-way

[4]   Step and honour right and left;  Two-hand turn


[6]   Grand Chain (bottom couple start right-hand with partner, others start right-hand with neighbour)

[8]   as above


[6]   Three-couple Right & Left

[8]   as above


[6]   Circle left, forward & back, circle right

Three-couple Right & Left:

A variant on the Grand Chain 

When crossing with the right hand, all dancers cross with the dancer opposite.

When crossing with the left-hand, dancers in second long corner positions (original positions of 1st lady and 3rd man) cross on that long diagonal and others cross with their neighbour up or down the set. 

Six changes returns dancers to place.

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