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longways 3 couples (2nd couple improper)

32 bar waltz (MONTAGUE PROCESSIONAL: high clouds)

[]   Set, turn single;  begin Figure-Of-Eight-Chain

[]   … complete Figure-Of-Eight-Chain

[]   Balance forward & back, Hole-in-the-wall crossing; 

            begin Double-Chain-Progression

[]   … complete Double-Chain-Progression



longways duple (2s improper)

32 bar jig (3D: jigs for quadrille squares)

[]   Star left and right

[]   Double pothooks:

      Men pass right shoulder and fall straight back WHILE ladies pass left

      shoulder (when possible) and fall back “inside” men’s track (couples have

       changed places);

      Then repeat to place, starting with men passing left shoulder

[]   Taking hands in circle of four, balance in and out and then circle left (slip-step);

       Repeat to right

[]  Three changes of a circular hey (no hands);

      Right-hand turn with neighbour (NOT new neighbour).



contra cross formation

32 bar reel (PATRICK & DEWHURST: contra dance reels)

[]   Allemande left with Corner (Opposite in Duple sets);  Swing partner

[]   Duples Ladies’ Chain WHILE Squares Ladies’ Star Chain

[]   Set to centre of current duple/square, petronella one place; Repeat

[]   Do-si-do partner;  Star-through with partner and pass through



longways duple improper

32 bar jig (RECKLESS RAMBLERS: glen echo jig)

[]   Right-hand star; Men cross right-shoulder, Ladies same

[]   Left-hand star; Men cross left-shoulder (stay facing out), Ladies same

[]   Lead out with Contrary, turn (individually) and lead back; Do-si-do Partner

[]   Progressive Right & Left :  Partners hold right-hands, Balance forward and back, 

     change places, turn Contrary all the way with left-hand, face Partner to start two

     changes of Right-And-Left



square set

48 bar reel (BOB MCQUILLEN: year-end two step)

[] []   Grand Triangle
[]   Heads pass through, then cast to Side places as Sides move forward and square

      through three-quarters

      (all dancers are now facing their original corner person – their new partner)

[]   Gypsy melt, ending in lines of four facing across

[]   Lines go forward and back;

      then forward and cross (passing opposite person by the right shoulder)

[]   Promenade (to men’s home positions)


Heads lead twice, then Sides lead twice

(When Sides lead, the lines will be across the room – although it actually doesn’t matter if they go the other way)

Grand Triangle:

This is a variation on the Grand Square.

Start by facing partner, and fall back to corner position.  Lead the corner person in to the centre (diagonally).  Fall back to place with partner.  Face partner and fall back to corner. [8 bars]

Repeat in reverse – i.e. start by moving forwards to meet partner.


Gypsy melt  Start with a gypsy figure and transform this into a swing.



longways 3 couples (2s improper)

32 bar reel (RODNEY & RANDY MILLER: president garfield's hornpipe)

[]   2nd couple half-figure-of-eight through 3rd couple;  then do this again (so they do

     complete figure-of-eight) but this time they are followed by 1st couple (same-sex

     dancer) to end (2) (1) 3

[]   1st couple (in middle place) half-figure-of-eight through couple at top; then do

      this again, followed by 3rd couple, to end (2) (3) (1)

[]   Four changes of a 3-couple right-and-left (see below)

[]   Circle all the way to the left and then one place more (all proper 1 3 2);

     1st couple cross and cast to 2nd place – all progressed 3 (1) 2

3-couple right-and-left:

When crossing by the right, all cross with person currently opposite;

When crossing by the left, those in second long corner positions cross diagonally while others cross with neighbour on the side lines

[second long corner positions = top place on ladies side and bottom place on men’s side]




32 bar march (PORTLAND SELECTION: father kelly's)

[]   In allemande hold, march counter-clockwise and end with “jimp”

[]   Repeat A1

[]   With cross-hand hold, balance twice;  Do-si-do

[]   Gypsy;  move past current Partner to new Partner and swing.

“JIMP” Without releasing hands, the lady turns under, then the man turns under, then the lady turns under (the direction of these turns becomes obvious – if you end up tangled, it was the wrong way!  Hint: the lady begins by turning counter-clockwise under the man’s right arm)



longways 3 couples

32 bar reel (BOB MC QUILLEN: scotty o'neil)

Active couple is the middle (2nd) couple

[]   Three-handed right-hand stars (middle lady with top couple, middle man with bottom

      couple); Then the middle couple do left-hand turn once-and-a-half

       WHILE the others chase clockwise half-way.

[]   Repeat A1 (middle man up, middle lady down) (end couples now in original places)

[]   Reels of three across the ends

      (middle lady up, middle man down – start by passing left shoulder)

[]   All circle left half-way; Then bottom four circle left half-way

     WHILE couple at top do two-hand turn halfway; all turn single



longways 4 couples (1s & 2s improper)

32 bar reel (PORTLAND SELECTION: hommage a edmond parizeau)

[]   In fours, right-hand star;

      Same fours snake counter-clockwise to other end of set (see below)

[]   In fours, left-hand star Same fours snake clockwise to home positions

[]   Cast & Slither:

     Top two couples cast to bottom (invert) WHILE bottom couples slither (slide) to top

       Repeat Cast & Slither from new positions

[]   Repeat Cast & Slither from new positions

     Face partner:  all hiss and cross, passing right shoulder

Snakes:  These are led by 2nd man and 3rd man.  In single file, the four dancers in each star curl around the other dancers in the direction indicated. 



four single columns of equal length

32 bar jig (ASSEMBLY PLAYERS: da red pants o' muckle ro; sweet maggie stickle)

outside lines face in; Inside lines face out

[]   Reels of four across the room

[]   On the right diagonal, set and pass; Those now on inside lines (facing in) do the same

[]   Long lines forward & back; 

     Do-si-do facing dancer (from facing line) and form lines across the room

[]   Lead up & fall back;  step-and-honour to right, then to left

NB:  On alternate turns, the passes in A2 are on the left diagonal.



longways duple improper (double progression)

32 bar jig (WHAPWEASEL: all in good time)

prompted by Greg McKenzie’s “Honey Run”
[]   Left-hand turn opposite person ¾ to a wavy line across the room, balance; 

     continue this left-hand turn another ¾ to long wavy line, balance.

[]   Ladies Chain halfway (men loop left to receive partner);  promenade across the set

[]   With the couple on the right diagonal, Right-and-Left halfway; Long lines go forward and back

[]   In these new fours, circle left three-quarters and balance;  swing partner



longways 5 couples (2s & 4s improper)

48 bar jig (COMMITTEE BAND: muneira sul sacrato della chiesa)

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

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

[]   Dancers on lady’s file chase clockwise halfway  WHILE others advance & turn to face

      across;  Right-hand turn with opposite person

[]   New dancers on lady’s file chase clockwise halfway WHILE others advance & turn to

      face across; Right-hand turn with partner

[]   Top two couples right & left halfway; Original top couple do same with next couple

[]   Original top couple do same with next couple WHILE new top couple does same with

      couple below;  These two couples continue to do same with the next couple



square set

48 bar reel (SKYLARK: anchor steam reel)

[]   Grand Square (Active couples start by leading in)

[]   Active couples pass-the-ocean, right-hand turn ½,

      (active) ladies turn half-way to form line of four that rotates …

[]   … 1½ times arching over standing couples (and whomp!!!).   

[]   Active couples go to couple on right and do-si-do the facing dancer;

     In same fours circle left,  active man breaks circle to pull into lines of four

[]   Lines advance & retire;  With opposite couple, square through 2

[]   Balance the next one and Grand Chain three places (to original Partner);  Swing

Start each turn from wherever you are, maintaining original “Head” or “Side” status.

Sequence:  Heads lead;  Sides lead;  Heads lead;  Sides lead

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