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longways 3 couples (1s & 3s improper)

36 bar american reel (BOOTS RANDOLPH: yakety sax)

[8]   Top two couples face: Back-to-back right shoulder 1¼ into ocean wave;

        Balance right and left, then right-hand turn halfway and reform wave

[8]   Balance right and left, then men left-hand turn halfway;

       All swing partner. 1st and 2nd couples end facing across, 3rd couple end facing up

[8]   1st and 2nd couples: Ladies’ chain halfway; Same couples right-and-left halfway (i.e. two changes)

[8]   In lines, reels of three (hey) started by 3rd couple moving up and passing middle person by right shoulder

[4]   All 6 circle left halfway



circle of 3 couples – progression: to corner

24 bar march (CANTIGA: branle de l’officiel)

© 2015

[]  With partner, balance & box the gnat;  repeat

[]  Rang-tang (end with corner – progression)

[]  Promenade to man’s home place, swing 


Partner right-hand turn; Corner left-hand turn;

Partner right-hand turn; Corner left-hand turn to promenade hold


longways 3 couples

48 bar jig (CONTRABAND: pipe jig; dingle's regatta)

[]  Middle coiuple set & cross down WHILE bottom couple cross with right hand & cast to middle; These couples do half-double-figure eight

[]  Top couple set |& cross down WHILE middle couple cross with right hand & cast to top; These couples do half-double-figure-eight

[]  Grand Chain (top couple start with partner, others with neighbour)

[]  Circle left half-way, pivot & chase back, counter-clockwise

[]  Middle couple go to right for heys across the ends

[]  Lines fall back, come forward; swing partner



big circle

32 bar waltz (DENNIS SHARP: she was one of the early birds)

[]  In open hold, sway in & out, turn single away; clap thrice, reverse turn single

[]  Take right hands & balance forward & back, box the gnat; repeat

[]  Slide in & out; roll past to new partner

[]  With that partner, right-hand turn; with previous partner, left-hand turn



longways duple improper

32 bar reel (LATTER DAY LIZARDS: miss thornton's; mason's apron)

[]   Circle Left & Right

[]   1st couple Figure-Eight halfway through 2nd couple; 2nd couple same through 1st couple

[]   Spiral

[]   Do-si-do neighbour on the side; Swing partner


Ladies turn right hand ¾ to wave, balance, men turn around to reform as line of four to rotate ¼, 

men chase clockwise ¼ WHILE ladies turn right hand ½ (end in progressed places)



longways duple improper

32 bar american reel (AIRDANCE: gypsy stomp; in walked bud)

[]  In circle, balance in & out, petronella one place; repeat

[]  Hole-in-wall crossing, whirl out (turning left); star right

[]  Star left; Ones half-figure eight through twos

[]  Twos half-figure-eight through ones; with partner, balance & star through 



line dance

64 step reel (RAY PARKER JR: ghostbusters)

1-4               Step forward on left foot, lock right foot behind left, step back on right

foot, close left foot to right

5-8              Slide to left, twice

9-12       Vine to the right (step right to side, left foot behind, step right to side, close)

13-16      Shimmy (shake body, moving down and up … or raise arms and “whoo”)

17-32     Repeat 1-16

33-36     Step forward on left foot, brush right foot and step forward and..

37-40     Cross left foot in front of right, pivot turn half-way

41-48         Repeat 33-40 but starting on the right foot

49-52           Jazz Box (Step forward on left foot, cross right foot in front, step 

   back on left foot, and step to side on right)

53-56         Repeat Jazz Box

57-60           Clap four times

61-64          Spin round counter-clockwise ¾ to end facing ladies’ wall



longways duple improper

32 bar polka (WHAPWEASEL: ht polka)

[]  Neighbour right-hand turn once-and-a-half to tidal wave; balance, box-circulate

[]  Balance, box-circulate; and again

[]  Gypsy melt-down

[]  Ladies' Chain (half); star left



sicilian circle

32 bar march (DENNIS SHARP: good-bye-ee)

[]  1st couple (facing counter-clockwise) lead through 2s, then lead back to place

[]  2s lead through 1s & back

[]  Honour opposites, honour partners; do-si-do opposites

[]  Do-si-do partners, clap (own hands, right, own hands, left), pass through 



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


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 4 couples

48 bar jig (DENNIS SHARP: belgium put the kibosh on the kaiser)

[]  Lead up (open hold); fall back

[]  Gallop up & back

[]  In fours, star right; middle four star left

[]  Middle four star right; end fours star left

[]  Cascade x4

[]  Top couple cast to bottom WHILE others follow down & lead up through arch

Cascade: Top couple gallop to bottom WHILE others move up



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 6 couples

32 bar reel (JIMMIE & THE NIGHT HOPPERS: night hoppers)

[]  Balance; box the gnat; do-si-do

[]  Balance; swat the flea; see-saw

[]  Top couple cast to bottom & make arch WHILE others follow & come up through arch

[]  Swing



longways 5 couples

48 bar jig (DENNIS SHARP: oh! it’s a lovely war)

[]  Lines go forward & back; right-arm turn one-and-a-half

[]  Lines go forward & back; left-arm turn one-and--half

[]  Cascade 4

[]  Do-si-do; see-saw

[]  Cascade 4

[]  Stamp twice, clap twice, turn single; swing

Cascade: top couple gallop to bottom WHILE others move up



lines of 4 across the room, facing the front

48 bar jig (PEEPING TOM: james riddell's jig; stanley steamer)

[]  March forward 8 steps; balance & turn to face down the room

[]  Same to places

[]  Take two-hand hold & change places with other couple (couple on left-hand end of line go behind other couple as they pass); two-hand turn

[]  Same to places

[]  Couples in first line through arches made by other lines to bottom of room

[]  All swing



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 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



circle 9 dancers

32 bar reel (LEAHY: alabama)

Dancers are numbered 1-9 and retain their numbers throughout the dance

[]   Slip circle left and right

[]   All forward to centre and shout “bank”, then fall back;

     Set and turn single – lowest numbered dancer ends facing counter-clockwise and

      others face clockwise.

[]  Progressive reel, started by lowest numbered dancer passing the facing dancer by the right shoulder

[] Continue the reel to whatever final position is reached by the end of the music,

      which will stop.

One dancer is eliminated at random (“Number x, you are the weakest link; goodbye”) and leaves the floor

For the final time, when there are two dancers left, the sequence is:

2-hand turns; balances, set and turn single; do-si-do and gypsy right; do-si-do and gypsy left.

After the final elimination, the “winner” skips a lap of honour to the extra 8 bars



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



longways duple improper

32 bar reel (AIRPLANG: leather breeches)

[]  Neighbour do-si-do; swing-thru, partner swing

[]  Same (across the set)

[]  Ladies' Chain (up & down)

[]  Star left; star right halfway, pass thru

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