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based on “Kavajat Schottische”

longways 5 couples

32 bar schottische (COMMITTEE BAND: alessandrian schottische)

[]   Lead up two steps, men step on spot while ladies dance counter-clockwise around partner;

      Ladies slide away from partner and clap and return; two-hand turn partner half-way

[]   Lead down two steps, ladies step on spot while men dance clockwise around partner;

     Men slide away and clap and return; two-hand turn partner half-way

[]   Two-hand hold: slide down, turn individually, slide down, then roll 1½ to face;

      Repeat, moving up

[]   Top couple cross (give right hand), weave down opposite line (giving hands); all swing



longways 4 couples

48 bar waltz (ASSEMBLY PLAYERS: waltz for christian von arnim)

[]   Step-set, turn single; Right-hand turn

[]   Double-figure-eights

     (start 1s crossing down as 2s cast up & 3s crossing down as 4s cast up)

[]   Spurtle …

[]  ---; all two-hand turn 1½

[]   Four-couple Rights & Lefts

[]   ---

Spurtle:  A series of half-heys across, 1s moving down to next couple with right-hand turns. All half-heys start with opposite-sex dancer; 1s end in 4th place improper

Four-couple Rights & Lefts:  Right-hand cross on right diagonal (“neutrals” begin long cast up/down side line); Left-hand cross on sideline IF in 2nd or 3rd place (“neutrals” continue long cast OR cross over set at end).  Repeat thrice. 



longways duple improper

32 bar hornpipe (PHOENIX: champion hornpipe)

[]   1st lady cast down as far as possible followed by her partner;  1st lady returns up the centre to place followed by her partner

[]   2s same casting up to start

[]   1s lead down and up;  2s lead up and down

[]   Right and Lefts ¾;  Do-si-do

vary A1/A2 so lady follows man OR 1s start up & 2s start down – in B1 as well



longwise 3 couples

32 bar strathspey (CRAIGIEVAR: rose of dunure)

[]   1st man & 2nd lady cross right-hands, 1st man & 3rd man cross left-hands;  1st lady similar starting left-hand

[]   Horseshoe reel (8 changes)

[]   Top four right-hands across;  bottom four left-hands across

[]   Lines set, cross right-hands;  Lines set, cross left-hands

Horseshoe reel: pass as in grand chain (without hands) except across 1st place



longways 3 couples

32 bar reel (BOYS OF THE LOUGH: tich's reel; fred's tune)

[]   2nd couple half-figure-eight down;  morris hey ½

[]   Same again

[]   Lines go forward and back;  Two-hand turn partners

[]   1st couple cast one place and lead up and cast again to middle

     WHILE 2nd couple lead up and cast to bottom 
     WHILE 3rd couple wait and lead to top


longways 4 couples

32 bar american reel (DICK FEGY: red haired boy)

[]   1st man weaves down ladies’ line (going outside-inside-inside-outside)

      WHILE 4th man weaves up ladies’ line (going outside-outside-inside-outside)

[]   1st & 4th ladies same along men’s line

[]   Top four star right WHILE bottom four star left; 

      middle neighbours lead to men’s wall and back

[]   Bottom 3 couples hey ½ (start passing right shoulder at bottom); 

      top 3 couples hey ½ (start passing right shoulder at top)



longways 3 couples

32 bar polka (COMMITTEE BAND: will’s way)

[]   Men weave down ladies’ line and cast home

[]   Ladies weave down men’s line, cast home

[]   All lead up 4 steps, all jump back except bottom couple who continue up the outside to top place and then start a snowball grand chain

[]   finish snowball grand chain;  all swing



longways duple proper

32 bar american reel (WILD ASPARAGUS: contney's yard)

[]   1s half-figure-eight down and move to line of four between 2s; 

      lead down, turn as couples with neighbour

[]   Lead up, bend the line;  2s half-figure-eight up

[]   Do-si-do;  two-hand turn 1½

[]   Girandole:

      1s+2s join hands & set, 1st lady & 2nd man ¾ turn right-hand as their partners cast

       up/down; star right ¾ & turn partner (right-hand) to own sides



longways 3 couples

32 bar waltz (MOMENTUM: michael turner’s waltz)

[]   1st couple pass right shoulder to start half-hey with 2nd lady; then same with 2nd man

[]   .. then 3rd lady;  then 3rd man (1s end in 3rd place proper)

[]   1s & 3s (at bottom of set) half Right & Left;  1s & 2s same

[]   1s & 2s ½ poussette (clockwise); 1s & 3s same (counter-clockwise)



longways 4 couples (2s & 4s improper)

48 bar waltz (ASSEMBLY PLAYERS: mid yell voe; pearls before swine & daphne)

[]   Bomb-burst, california twirl;   Lead in, middle couples arch out to end as end couples pop through

[]   New middle couples circle left;  In pairs along lines of four, tag the line and turn single out

[]   Double poussette ½ clockwise, two-hand turn ½

[]   Repeat

[]   Top two couples half-Right-and-Left;  Middle couples same

[]   Lines fall back, come forward;  do-si-do

Bomb-burst: end couples lead up or down as middles lead neighbour out

Tag The Line: pass two people, passing right shoulders

Double Poussette: working in fours, move out, switch partners and move up/down, switch to partner to move in 



longways 4 couples (1s & 3s improper)

32 bar jig (NEW VICTORY BAND: mrs grace bowie; hogmanay)

[]   Quadruple Figure Eight

[]   Top 2 couples lead down and ½ mini-cast up WHILE bottom 2 couples move up outside

      and ½ mini-cast down;  With opposite couple, Ladies’ Chain halfway

[]  On right diagonal, Right-and-Left halfway;  Right-and-Left across halfway

[]   Ladies’ Chain across halfway; 

      set, cross (end couples with california twirl, others with florida twirl)

Quadruple Figure Eight: 1s & 3s dance around 2nd couple positions (1s cross down as 3s cast up) WHILE 2s & 4s do same around 3rd couple positions



longways 3 couples

48 bar reel (CEILIDHOGRAPHY: recovery; galopede)

[]   twinkle, right-hand turn ½; do-si-do

[]   reverse twinkle, left-hand turn ½; seesaw (do-si-do left shoulder)

[]   Cascade (4 moves)

[]   New top couple strip-the-willow

[]   New top couple lead to bottom and form arch WHILE others follow and cast up

[]   New top couple gallop to bottom; all swing

Cascade: Top couple gallop down and others move up (so 1st couple go down twice to end at bottom)

Twinkle: (from “Salty Dog Rag”) Right foot: heel & toe; Left foot: heel & toe; Pigeon toe; stamp right foot

Reverse Twinkle: start Left foot (and stamp left foot)

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