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longways duple improper

32 bar waltz (CANTIGA: la volta)

[]  1st man & 2nd lady right-hand turn, then half-figure-eight across

[]  1st lady & 2nd man same

[]  balance the ring, petronella; repeat

[]  men cross by the left, two-hand turn partner counter-clockwise, 

     ladies pass by the left as men turn to face next couple    



square set

48 bar jig (CUNNINGHAM: airdrie lasses; benvie house; bessie & lawrie kemp)

[]   Circle left, pivot turn  chase anti-clockwise, stay facing that way

[]   Slide in & clap,  slide out & turn to face in to form circle

[]   1st couple wring out the dishrag

[]   Right-hand turn,  Corner Left-hand turn

[]   Grand Chain

[]   ---  Swing


Longways set – many couples

32 bar polka (BURSLEDON VILLAGE BAND: nipper; old favourite)

[]   lead up marching;  fall back (no turning round)

[]   gallop up & back

[]   right-hand turn; left-hand turn

[]   top couple go down centre to bottom under arches made by other couples


variation on Holmfirth Square (Eileen Keys)

to tune of “Last of the Summer Wine” (Ronnie Hazelhurst)

circle 3 couples

24 bar waltz

[]   In circle, all balance forward & back twice;

      1st couple arch over others, going anti-clockwise around the set

[]   1st couple separate & go to nearer “side” couple for hey,

       start by going between that couple;

       all turn partner right-hand, corner left-hand

[]   Grand Chain to home and two-hand turn

Sequence: couples lead in turn, but are not numbered 1st 2nd & 3rd:

   they are Foggy & Edie; Clegg & Marina; Compo & Nora


Longways set for four couples (3s & 4s improper)

4x40 bar american reel (PATRICK & DEWHURST: bully of the town)

[12]   Middle neighbours dance swan-hey with end couples (begin moving to left to pass end lady by the right shoulder);  Lines go forward & back

[12]    Middles dance half-figure eight through nearer end (NB: middles are now dancing with own partners); In fours at both ends, Ladies’ Chain across & back

[8]   Middle couples poussette half-way (clockwise);

        In fours at both ends, poussette half-way (counter-clockwise)

[8]   Middle couples lead through nearer end and cast back in;
       Middles twohandturn neighbour WHILE ends two-hand turn partner


This is similar to a dolphin hey, but the dancing couples stay side by side.  Thus the man begins with lady on his right, they turn individually after passing the end lady and continue hey with lady now on man’s left, then turn again after passing end lady second time to end where they started on the side lines.  The end couple dance as in an ordinary hey for three.



Circle – 3 couples

24 bar march (CANTIGA: branle de l'official)

[]   Holding right hands with partner, balance forward & back; then man crosses in front of partner (without turning round) to begin ‘turkish towel’

[]   Rang-Tang

[]   With Corner, promenade (6 bars); ladies spin counter-clockwise



longways 3 couples

32 bar waltz (CELIA SHEEN: midsomer murders)

[]   Top two ladies do assisted figure eights, i.e. left-hand turn man below their partner then right-hand turn parner to place.

[]   Bottom two men do same, starting with lady above their partner

[]   All who can cross on left diagonal; all who can cross on right diagonal; all pass opposite by left shoulder; all who can cross on right diagonal

[]   Top couple cast to second place; all cross as in hole-in-the-wall

Simplified version: begin with unassisted figure-eights then

[]  top couple cross (right hands), cast to middle, cross (left hands), cast to bottom

[]  do-si-do partner; two-hand turn



longways set 4 couples

32 bar jig (CLIMAX CEILIDH BAND: jig of slurs)

[]   1st couple cast to bottom & lead up WHILE bottom couple lead up & cast to bottom

[]   Middle couples lead through nearer end and cast back and star right

[]   At both ends, star left and shuttle to change places

[]   Middle couple shuttle;  all swing



longways 3 couples (2s improper)

32 bar jig (SPAELIMENNINIR: bellman's jig)

[]   Top 2 couples chase clockwise to change places, bottom 2 couples do the same ccw

[]   Star right at the top, then star left at the bottom

[]   Repeat first figure from new places

[]   hey along start tops passing neighbour by the right



square set – 5 couples

32 bar polka (CANTIGA: harlequin hornpipe)

[]   5th couple separate to nearer side couple for 3-hand star right, then left-hand turn 11/4

[]   Stars with heads, then left-hand turn to promenade hold facing 2nd couple

[]   Promenade progressions (start 5s & 2s, men passing by left shoulder)

[]   See-saw;  reverse-border-swing



4 couple becket

40 bar jig (BUSHWACKERS: flying pieman)

[]   Ladies begin passing right shoulder to hey (for four) halfway and then loop to left and continue hey (for three) in next line OR chase clockwise halfway  WHILE men do full hey back to place and veer to right for …

[]   Gypsymeltdown the one you meet into square set

[]   Sides full Ladies Chain WHILE Heads half-Ladies Chain between

[]   Heads go to Side couple on their right, circle half-way to lines along; Forward & Back

[]   On right diagonal, half right & left; same across



longways 3 couples

32 bar reel (ANNE DUDLEY: jeeves & wooster)

Active couple are 2s

[]   Top 2 couples: half-double-figure-eight (2s cross up as 1s cast down);

      Bottom 2 couples same (2s cross down as 1s cast up)

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

[]   On left diagonal, right-and-left halfway; On right diagonal same

[]   2s set & cast to bottom of set; all left-hand turn

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