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ARDROSSAN (Wink & Shove)          

longways 5 couples

32 bar jig (OGGLE BAND: mooncoin)

[]   Couples march up, turn individually, march back to place

[]   Two-hand gallop up and back

[]   Top couple weave to bottom, start by going between 2nd couple (with a wink),

      behind 3rd (with a shove), between 4th (wink) and behind 5th (shove)

[]   All swing


square set

48 bar jig (COMMITTEE BAND: bal frances)

[]   Head couples turn partners with right hand 1½;

     Head ladies full left-hand turn WHILE Head men chase clockwise halfway

     (Heads are now improper with original opposite) 

[]   Four men dance Rights & Lefts (4 changes – start on diagonal across the set)

[]   Four ladies dance Rights & Lefts

[]   Side couples dance first figure (A1)

[]   Men star left halfway, passing partner to gather next lady for star-promenade

      halfway (Men end in place ¼ way clockwise from where they began the dance and

      ladies end in opposite places)

[]   All to centre and back;  Set keft & right, turn single left



longways becket

32 bar reel (SKYLARK: caribou reel; good for the tongue)

1st couples are on men’s file

[]   Swing; In fours, circle left 1¼ to line of 4 (1s between 2s)

[]   Lead down, 1s twist to face up WHILE 2s join hands behind them (coach & horses);

      Lead up, 2s arch over 1s (clover)

[]   Releasing hold with Contrary, California twirl with Partner, four circle  left halfway; 

      Do-si-do Contrary to ocean wave

[]   Balance, extend (progression); Balance new wave, half right-hand turn, 

      Men pass giving left hands

[Finale]  Extra 4 bars for Swing



horseshoe 5 couples

32 bar jig (FLORIDA: elsie marley)

[]   1st couple advance for three-handed stars (1st Lady right-hand with 2s; 1st Man 

      left-hand with 5s); 1st couple then swing down centre to end between other two 

      couples, facing up WHILE 2nd & 5th couples curl across set to change places

      (curl in the direction flowing from the stars, 2nd couple curling outside*)

[]   Three-handed stars at bottom of set  (1st Lady right-hand with 4s; 1st Man left-

       hand with 3s); 1st couple swing up to top and face up (proper) WHILE 3rd & 4th

       couples curl across set (4th couple curling outside*)

[]   All facing up and taking promenade hold with person beside them (two of these pairs

      will be improper), double cast to left to bottom where 1st couple make arch for

       others to dance through and up

[]   Top pair with each other, and other dancers with neighbour on side line balance &


*In the “curl”, if the leading dancer is a Man, this couple go round the outside of the other couple where the Lady is leading.



lines of four

32 bar waltz (BATH MEDLEY: bath waltz)

Begin in lines Man-Lady-Lady-Man

[]   Reel of four half-way, start by passing partner left shoulder

[] []   Gypsy poussette

[]   Do-si-do;  holding both hands with partner, slide to man’s left into new line of four (now Lady-Man-Lady-Man)

Gypsy Poussette: 

(4 bars)   All dance 1 step to right & ¼ right turn to face up/down,

                 all dance 1 step to left (BtoB with partners) & ¼ right turn               

(4 bars)   All dance 1 step to right (Middle dancers BtoB facing partners) & ¼ right turn to face down/up, all dance 1 step to left (BtoB with ptnrs)     

(4 bars)   All cast to right & dance back to the opposite place

(4 bars)   All ¾ turn partners 2H into a line across (as start but having changed places with partner)  


longways 6 couples

32 bar reel (HOLIDAY FOLK WEEK: christmas reel set)

[]   Top couple lead to bottom;

      End couples (2nd at top & 1st at bottom) cast in one place,

      all right-hand turn halfway

[]   Bottom couple lead to top; 

      End couples cast in one place, all right-hand turn halfway

[]   In fours, star right & left

[]   Chase counter-clockwise halfway;   Set & cross over



longways 3 couples

32 bar jig (MONTVILLE PROJECT: coleraine; irishman's heart to the ladies)

variation on “Bideford Pushover”

[]   In promenade hold, cast to left, and back to place

[]   Top two Men dance up and round to right to weave down Ladies’ line and  up Men’s

      side to 2nd & 3rd places (3rd Man moves up to top)

[]   Bottom two Ladies dance down and round to right to weave up Men’s line and down

      Ladies’ side to 2nd & 1st places (1st Lady moves down to bottom)

       [All now opposite new Partner]

[]   Do-si-do; Swing



square set

48 bar reel (AIRDANCE: ontario swing)

[]   Head Ladies Chain halfway; 

      Same couples Star Through & Circle left halfway and chase to home

[]   Head couples move to Man’s Corner Lady (Man leading) for three-handed star (left);

      then across (Man leading) to Lady’s Corner for three-handed star (right)

[]   Head couples move to Man’s Corner Lady for tandem reel with (both)  Corners,

      starting by passing left shoulder,  end in wave with those Corners (Head Couples 

       holding left hands)

[]   Balance the wave, right-hand turn half-way; 

      Balance the wave, turn Corner right-hand (full turn – this is new Partner)

[]   Face new Partner for Grand Chain half-way;  Do-si-do

[]   Promenade to Men’s Home positions;  Swing

Sequence  Heads lead twice;  Sides lead twice



longways 3 couples

32 bar polka (BAZELEY & RICE: tin gee gee; walter bulwer's no 1)

variation on “Eastbourne Grove”

[]   1st Man passes his partner by the right and chases clockwise down behind Ladies and

      up Men’s side to place WHILE 2nd Man waits two bars and then passes his partner

      by the right and follows the 1st Man home WHILE 3rd Man waits four bars and then

      passes his partner by the right and follows the 2nd Man home

[]   Ladies do likewise, passing partners by the left and chasing counter-clockwise.

[]   Top couple strip-the-willow (start with left-arm turn)

[]   Swing



circle 3 couples

32 bar reel (AIRPLANG: denver belle)

[]   Ladies cast behind Corner and into centre for right-hand star,

       then turn Partner into centre with left-hand half-turn

[]   Men star right, then dance around Corner (counter-clockwise) to place

[]   Ladies Chain twice (progression)

[]   All to centre and back;  Swing



longways 3 couples

48 bar polka (BURSLEDON VILLAGE BAND: hot punch; john of paris)

[]   Lines advance & retire;  Cross over with Partner

[]   Do-si-do;  Set and turn single

[]   Horseshoe Reel

[]   1st Man & 2nd Lady right-hand turn halfway, then their Partners join for right hand star 1¼

[]   1st Lady (in 2nd place) & 3rd Man left-hand turn halfway, 

      then their Partners join for left hand star 1¼

[]   See-saw; Swing

Horseshoe Reel:

Top Man starts with 2nd Man; Top Lady starts with 2nd Lady; 3rd couple start with Partner:  change places (right hand)

Continue as in Grand Chain but dancers at top turn instead of crossing (so forming “horseshoe” shape in this reel).

Finish when all dancers back in their home positions.

See-saw:  Do-si-do but start by passing on the left.



longways 3 couples

40 bar march (DENNIS SHARP: who do you think you are kidding mr hitler)

[]   Lines advance, kiss Partner (just a peck!), pass through, chase clockwise halfway

[]   Do-si-do;  Swing

[]   Dip & Dive

[]   Lines fallback, then middle couple advance & face down for three-handed stars

[]   Middle couple lead down and cast up to top WHILE others follow (coming out from stars), all salute

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