heaven-haven; penmaen pool; grandeur; starlight night; 
windhover; binsey poplars; inversnaid; ribblesdale; 
no worst; moonrise; cheery beggar; ash-boughs



longways 4 couples (1s & 3s improper)            32 bar slip jigs

[]   1st couple strip the willow:

     start with right-arm turn twice, then continue with 1½ turns in centre …

[]   .. ending with one turn at bottom.  1st couple then cast to top

[]   1st couple lead down centre and others follow to invert the set; 

      Hold hands in circle of eight and circle left half-way

[]   1s cast to bottom and form arch WHILE others follow and lead up under arch

Binsey Poplars 

longways duple improper (double progression)            32 bar jig

[]   1st couple lead down and turn (california twirl); 

     Lead up and cast one place down (first progression)

[]   2nd couple do the same, starting up (through next 1st couple – second progression)

[]   1st couple half-figure-eight through next 2nd couple;

     2nd couple same through 1st couple

[]   Complete handy-turn with neighbour behind (1s start outside)

     1st couple lead down and cast up WHILE 2nd couple cast and lead

End effects: when neutral (after A1) – at TOP, do not change places; at BOTTOM, change places – rejoin at B1


Cheery Beggar

longways duple improper            48 bar reel

[]   Couples forward and back; Right-hand star

[]   2nd man chase clockwise around other 3 dancers as they do straight hey (1st couple

      passing right shoulders) to end in a diagonal line of three facing 2nd man (in his home

       position). Take “donkey & cart” hold.

[]   2nd man pulls “cart”, then pushes; Then pulls and ladies twist to reverse positions.

[]   1st man pulls “cart”, then pushes; Then pulls and ladies twist to end in home positions.    

      All release left hands

[]   Right-hand turn partner; Take promenade hold and promenade half-way (progression)

[]   Balance and swing, end facing next couple



Donkey & Cart hold:  With 1st man standing between both ladies (all three facing in same direction), he takes their outside hands, i.e. partner’s right hand with his right, and opposite’s left hand with his left.   The two ladies extend their free arms below 1st man’s arms and take hands with the 2nd man.  NB Both men have uncrossed arms. When reversing the hold, the ladies lift the arms they have joined with 1st man as they turn and move across to 2nd man (who pulls and loops his arms over the ladies)



progressive quadrille (double progression)            48 bar march

[]   With opposite couple, circle left, and fall back into original lines of four

[]   Pass through and take hands in lines, thread-the-needle with right-hand anchor to

      end in lines facing across

[]   Couples on right-hand ends of the lines right-and-left halfway (i.e. two changes);

      All right-and-left across (i.e. two changes)

[]   Lines reel of four – 3 changes (start with middle dancers passing right shoulder);

     Gypsy left with partner and face across

[]   In fours, circle left three-quarters, outside men (i.e. those currently at the top and

      bottom ends of the set) break hold and pull the line to the left, then curl left to

      reform the original set (but with couples having changed to the other end of their


[]   Lines progress two places: for first progression, lines facing down the room make


      For second progression, lines facing up make arches (neutrals turn as couples)

Anchored needle:  In lines of four, with right-hand person pivoting on the spot, left-hand person threads the needle to end in line facing across

longways 3 couples 32 bar march
[]   Top man changes with middle lady, giving right hand, then with bottom lady, giving
      left hand; Then bottom (3rd) man changes with middle lady (his partner), giving right
      hand, then with top lady, giving left hand. (Set now alternate man-lady in circle)
[]   Grand chain 3 changes (men anti-clockwise, ladies clockwise) and two-hand turn the
      next person.
[]   Circle 6 to the left (until all opposite own partner, in longways set, with middle couple
      improper); Back-to-back right shoulder with partner
[]   Middle couple cross up as top couple cast down into symmetrical reels of three on
      the sides.
longways duple proper  44 bar jig
[8]   Random call from: Lead up and back OR sidings OR arming OR any other suitable
       figure;  Set and turn single
[8]   Repeat A1
[10]   Inversnaid loop by 1st couple
[10]   Inversnaid loop by 2nd couple

[8]   1st couple cast down WHILE 2nd couple lead up, and set to the next couple;  

        Then face partner for back-to-back right shoulder



Inversnaid loop:  Man loops anti-clockwise around lady above WHILE lady loops anti-clockwise around man below. In 5th bar, they meet giving left hands and clap right hands as they pass by to loop around the next lady or man in the opposite direction (so making a skewed figure-of-eight). In 10th bar, they repeat the clap-and-turn figure with other hands.  When done by the 1st couple, they fall back to place.  When done by 2nd couple, they keep the right-hand hold for the next move



longways 3 couples 32 bar waltz

[]   1st couple cross down to middle places, and continue moving out and down for a reel

      halfway along the lines (ending in middle positions);

       Lines fall back a double, and come forward

[]   Men take lady on right in promenade hold. 1st man (with 3rd lady) leads promenade

      approx. half way to end in longways set facing down; Two-hand turn this person

[]   Top 4 circle left halfway and fall back; Bottom 4 circle right three-quarters. 

      (1st couple now at bottom, 2nd couple at top, 3rd couple in middle improper)

[]   Three-hand stars right (middle man up, middle lady down);

       Middle couple left-hand turn once-and-a-quarter to end proper

       WHILE others turn once with right-hand.


No Worst  

square set             32 bar jig + 32 bar reel

[]   Head couples advance and set right and left;

      Circle left ¾ and pass through (by right shoulder) to face sides

[]   Head couples go between the side couples and cast to head positions;

     Heads left-hand turn current partner, then head ladies pass right shoulders to home


[] []   Side couples the same

[] []   Schiehallion Reel

[]   Balance & Swing partner

[]   Promenade;  Men progress to lady in front and promenade her to men’s home


Schiehallion Reel: Dancers follow track of a clover figure – men start curling in to centre and curve right to next lady’s position, then loop right to her man’s position, and continue in this fashion to home place.  Ladies start by looping right to partner’s place – in effect, then following the track of her partner. All moves are curling or looping to the right.


Penmaen Pool    

sicilian circle            32 bar jig

[]   Back-to-back right shoulder with opposite person 1¼ to ocean wave across;

      Balance, right-hand turn ¼ to tidal wave (around big circles)

[]   Rory O’More to right;

      Left-hand turn neighbour (original opposite) ¾ and release hold

[]   Single file march in direction you face, then cross, giving left hand, with the one you

      meet* to turn and face in original direction;

     March back to place and left-hand turn original opposite person into …

[]   Ladies’ Chain (complete – across the set and back). Face next couple

Rory O’More:

In the wave, balance forward and back and then roll (turning clockwise) as you move one position to the right.  Those anxious to avoid dizziness can slide to the right instead.

*The caller can vary the number of places by designating a different number every time!



double contra (3s & 4s improper)            32 bar reel                                                     

[]   In fours, right-hand star; Ladies dog-leg reel (halfway)

[]   In fours, left-hand star; Men dog-leg reel (halfway)

[]   Back-to-back right shoulder with partner; Middle four circle left once around

      WHILE end couples two-hand turn once around

[]   In fours:  2nd corners cross, 1st corners cross;  Lines go forward and back (with

      slight slide towards next two couples)

Progression is in pairs of couples, and every couple will alternate with their paired couple on every progression

Dog-leg reel (ladies):  Middle two ladies cross, passing left shoulders, then pass right shoulders with end ladies who then pass each other across the middle by left shoulders.  The ladies have thus moved to the other side of the set,  and to the other end.

Dog-leg reel (men):  Same moves, but middle men start by passing right shoulders.


Starlight Night  

longways 4 couples (3s & 4s improper)            40 bar reel

[]  In fours, capstan (right-hand) across

[]   Middle four capstan (left-hand) along, i.e. start with neighbour

[]   In fours, right-hand star;  Middle four left-hand star

[]   With middle dancers as a single unit, tandem reel halfway, starting left shoulder;

      Followed by dolphin reel halfway

     (These reels are along the lines which are therefore going in opposite directions)

[]   In lines, set right and left and go forward a double; Set right and left and fall back

Capstan (right-hand):  Right-hand turn halfway with partner, star right halfway with other couple, complete right-hand turn with partner.

Capstan (left-hand):  Same but all with left-hand and turns with neighbour.



longways 5 couples 32 bar reel

Active couples are 1s & 3s

[]   Active couples cross, giving right hands, and cast to bottom of set, then move up 

     centre, single file (each lady in front of her man).  3rd couple end facing 2nd lady,

      and 1st couple face 4th lady.  (It helps if 2nd and 4th couples move up)

[]   Diagonal dolphin reels, starting right shoulders

[]   Active dancers veer to left for dolphin reels on the other diagonal, starting left 

      shoulders.  Active ladies turn to face partner for …

[]   Active dancers do half-reel of 4 along centre of set, end facing out at ends;

      1st couple cast (man left, lady right) to 3rd place WHILE 3rd couple cast (man left,

      lady right) up to 4th place and cross down to bottom


sibby sausage dance; sibby circle waltz; hayling hornpipe; wedding ring;
roll out the barrel; barleylands; royal wave; billericay banjo; trip to bosmere; eastwood square; vera carpenter's waltz; flares; happy clapper;
heart of hampshire; bursledon trot; sauce hollandaise; hoy ahoy!;
tally-ho titchfield; tralee maggot


longways 3 couples 32 bar waltz

variation on “Come Let’s Be Merry”

[]   1st couple right-hand turn; honour and cast to 2nd place for ..

[]   .. left-hand turn; honour and cast to bottom

[]   All couples sway up, down and turn single out (or two-hand roll); Repeat starting down

[]   Two-hand hold: step together touching right cheeks and back, then left cheeks;

     Two-hand turn partner (or do-si-do)

Billericay Banjo       

big circle            32 bar jig

[]   In to centre and out, twice

[]   Do-di-do partner; Then two-hand turn partner, maintain hold and move into “banjo” position (right shoulder to right shoulder)

[]   BANJO: March anti-clockwise (lady going backwards), turn and continue in same

      direction (man now going backwards); Repeat clockwise to place

[]   Slide right, catching left hands for left-hand turn ¾;

     Leave partner and swing the next person


Bursledon Trot 

longways 4 couples 32 bar polka

[]   End couples cross up and down the centre (passing right shoulders with the other end person of the same sex); Then middle couples do right-hand star once around

[]   Middle couples do left-hand star once around;

     Then end couples cross back to original places (again passing right shoulders)

[]   Top couple separate and cast down the outside of the set, making an arch at the bottom WHILE others follow in single file, and come up under the arch with their partners.

[]   All swing partners


Eastwood Square                 

square set            64 bar reel

mixture of “White Cascade” and “La Russe”

[]   1st couple dance across the set, through opposite couple;

       Then separate and go round the outside to place

[]   1st couple make an arch and dance anti-clockwise around set, going over the other


[]   Everybody do-si-do your corner person; Then your partner.

[]   Grand Chain …

[]   … and cross-handed swing with partner

[]   Head couples cross (1st couple make arch) and Side couples cross in-between 
couple arch);  Repeat (other couples arching)

[]   Circle left

[]   Promenade



square set            48 bar jig

“Bell Bottom Trousers” with a bit added

[]   First couple lead across the set, through opposite couple, separate and cast round outside to place, then move into centre for …

[]   Swing while others circle left (letting first couple drop back into place at the end)

[]   All allemande left with corner; Face partner for grand chain …

[]   … until back in home positions

[]   Do-si-do partner (passing right shoulder to start);

     Then do-si-do corner backwards (passing left shoulder to start)

[]   All promenade once round


Happy Clapper 
circle   32 bar reel
variation on “Julian’s Jolly”
[]   Gallop around circle (to man’s left) and back again
[]   Do-si-do partner – right and left
[]  Clapping with partner: Knees, knees, right, right; Knees, knees, left, left;
     Knees, right, knees, left; In front, Behind, Together
[]   Swing partner
For “mixer” version: Right-hand turn with partner, then left-hand turn person on left diagonal and stay with this person for the gallop
Hayling Hornpipe   
circle 3 couples            32 bar hornpipe
In your circle, you have your partner beside you, your lover on the other side of you, and the one you fancy opposite you across the circle
[]   Ladies stand still while men dance a figure-of-eight – that is, they go clockwise
      around their partner and anti-clockwise around their lover.
[]   Men stand still while ladies dance a figure-of-eight – that is, they go anti-clockwise around their partner and clockwise around their lover
[]   All face partner for a grand chain – seven changes to end facing the one you fancy (your new partner)
[]   Do-si-do with your new partner; Swing using the “ceili” hold


Heart Of Hampshire
square set            32 bar jig
[]  [THE HEART] 1st couple separate and go between nearer Side couple, loop round behind 3rd couple and cross straight through set to place (thus making the shape of the heart)
[]   [CUPID’S ARROWS] Side couples gallop across and back
[]  [THE RING] 3rd couple, with inside hands joined, go anti-clockwise around the set, arching over the other couples (man inside, lady outside)
[]  [THE PARADE}  All promenade round the set
Repeat, each couple leading in turn
Hoy Ahoy! 
longways 5 couples 48 bar polka
[]   Lines advance, clap partner’s hands three times, retire;
      Middle couple do right-hand turn while others do right-hand star in fours.
[]   Same as A1 but with left hands
[]   Middle couples cross giving left hands, and then turn to left to start figure of eight around whole set WHILE others (in fours) circle left and right
[]   Middle couples complete figure and swing in place
       WHILE others Right-and-Left through in fours
[]   Top couple gallop down centre and back
[]   Top couple cast to bottom and form arch WHILE others follow and lead up through arch to progressed places

Roll Out The Barrel          

square set            64 bar american reel

[]   Active couple promenade around the outside of the set (counter-clockwise)

[]   Same couple go round second time, arching over the standing couples

[]   Face partner for a Grand Chain …

[]   … continue until back home; Then swing partner

[]   Holding hands in a circle, all go in to the centre and out; Then circle to the left

[]   Go in and out;  Circle right

[]   Do-si-do your corner;  Then do-si-do your partner

[]   All promenade (counter-clockwise)

Repeat, with every couple leading in turn


Royal Wave   

longways 5 couples 48 bar polka

[]   All face up, holding partner’s hand: set away and together, lead up a double and turn; Repeat facing down

[]   Do-si-do partner; Then gypsy turn

[]   Face up: middle couple link arms while others take coach-and-horses hold:

      double cast to left and up centre to places (middle couples give royal wave)

[]   Double cast to right

[]   Top couple cast and make arch at bottom

       while others follow and come up through the arch

[]   All swing


Sauce Hollandaise 

couple  32 bar mazurka

variation on a Dutch dance

[]   Promenade hold: Lady runs across, finish with pointing-out left foot (heel on floor); then man does the same; Repeat

[]   Promenade hold (still): Starting on outside foot, balance forward (with slight dip of upper body) once, then hop on back foot twice, repeat, then lady runs across;

       All that again (man runs across)

[]   Keeping hands held, turn lady halfway (lady now has back to her man) and place joined hands on lady’s waist, chasse (slide) left; 

      Chasse right, release hold and lady turns to face man.

[]   Take two-hand hold and roll along line-of-dance (one complete turn);

      (Optionally, release leading hands on each half-roll)

       Take ballroom hold and waltz


Sibby Circle Waltz   

big circle            32 bar waltz

[]   All swing right leg across, then left leg, and men pass partner across to their left;

      Repeat with next partner (number 2)

[]   Repeat with next two partners (3 and 4)

[]   With 5th person, take two-hand hold and slide two steps in and two steps out;

      Repeat these sliding steps.

[]  Clap both hands with present partner, slap own knees, and turn for a “boomps-a-

      daisy”;  Swing current partner and end in a big circle


Sibby Sausage Dance 

longways 4 couples 32 bar polka

[]   From top, lines cast out, down to the bottom and up the centre to place. This should be done with high skips (knees well up), while singing the tune cacophonously, and with a final “Oi!” with raised fists.

[]   Sausage: All hold hands (in an oblong). Bottom couple make arch and top couple lead down the centre, twist away from each other (under own arms) and come back to top over the other dancers.  Throughout this figure, nobody lets go hands.

     Optional alternative [chipolata] – same as sausage but top couple let go each other’s     hand after going under the arch, and bring the lines up the outside back to place.

[]   Do-si-do with partner – right then left.
      (Original B1: In fours, star right & left)

[]   Top couple swing down centre to bottom while others clap.


Tally-Ho Titchfield     

longways 4/5/6 couples            32 bar jig

[]   1st lady, followed by men’s line, chases clockwise around set to place

[]   1st man, followed by ladies’ line, chases anti-clockwise around set to place

[]   All take two-hand hold with partner and gallop down the room;

      1st couple crouch and others gallop up going over the top of 1st couple

[]   All swing partner


Tralee Maggot              

couple  32 bar march

[]   With partner, turn (right arm, then left arm)

[]   Promenade around the room; Stamp thrice, slap thigh, claps and “boomps-a-daisy”

[]   Do-si-do right and left

[]   Four high kicks (with exuberance); Swing

To make this a circle mixer, change B1 to: Do-si-do right, slide left to face new partner


Trip to Bosmere    

longways 5 couples 48 bar jig

variation on “Trip To Barbados”

[]   [Thread the Needle] All hold hands in lines, and fifth couple also hold their partner’s hand: First man leads all through arch made by first and second lady, round to the right all the way back to place.

[]   [Thread the Needle] First lady leads

[]   Top couple gallop down below bottom couple (other couples slide up); Join bottom couple in hands 4 and gallop up to the top (while other couples slide down) …

[]   Then join in hands 6 and gallop down (others slide up); And then hands 8 gallop up (others – now just original 3rd couple - slide down)

[]   Original 3rd couple (now at bottom) lead up the centre and cast down the outside to the bottom.

[]   All swing partner


Vera Carpenter’s Waltz  

sicilian circle            32 bar waltz

[]   Couples facing clockwise make arch and other couple duck under (don’t go all the way through) and back – making the noise of a duck laying an egg (i.e. quack-quack-aargh);  Repeat – other couple ducking

[]   Take hands 4 (that’s a circle of four) and circle left with a running step;

      Repeat, circling right

[]   Turn opposite person with right hand; Then turn partner with left hand

[]   Waltz past opposite couple and face next couple around the circle



Wedding Ring    

circle   16 bar jig

[]   Do-si-do current partner (opposite you in the circle); Same couples do a “gypsy” turn

[]   Individually, slide to left, then to right; Kiss your current partner (or shake hands if shy!), and slide left again – this time to face a new partner


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