laiks of:  west wycombe park; azkaban; danbury; wudan; cuton; dalriada; garmana; geneve; mareotis; nyphemburg; peace; kawaguchi


Laiks Of Azkaban 

longways 3 couples (2s improper)            32 bar reel

[]   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]


Laiks Of Cuton      

longways becket  32 bar american reel

every man above his lady, so opposite same-sex dancer

1st couples are on man’s file

[]   1st corners balance, star-through; and then circle left once round with 1st lady

[]   2nd corners balance, star-through; and then circle left once round with 2nd lady

[]   With partner, fall back and roll-away with half-chassay;

      then pass through across the set (passing opposite by left-shoulder),

      turn to the left and chase up or down the line to progress

[]   With new couple, star left and right


Laiks Of Dalriada             

square set            48 bar jig

[]   All go in to centre and back; set, right-hand turn partner three-quarters

[]   Rotary reel (start right-hand with partner) …

[]   … continue Rotary reel to place

[]   Do-si-do partner;  Allemande left with corner

[]   Grand Chain (half-way);  Promenade home

[]   Swing partner

On alternate turns, turn partner with left-hand in A1 and start rotary reel with left-hand (so reversing the movement).  Do-si-do left shoulder, allemande right with corner and start Grand Chain with left hand.

Rotary reel:

1st turn – men start on outside: pass partner giving right-hands (ladies now on the outside), men star left three-quarters WHILE ladies chase clockwise one-quarter; pass partner giving right-hands (men now on the outside) ladies star left three-quarters WHILE men chase clockwise one-quarter.  Repeat to home places.

2nd turn – ladies start on outside:  passes are left-hand, stars right-hand and chases counter-clockwise.


Laiks Of Danbury  

square set            64 bar reel

[]   Circle left halfway;  All in to centre and back

[] [] []   “Treat ‘Em All Right”

[]   Do-si-do;  Allemande Corner left-hand into ..

[]   Four ladies’ chain (halfway);  Promenade to man’s home position

      (ladies have moved one position clockwise)

[]   Weave (i.e. grand chain without giving hands) all the way

[]   .. and swing

The timings are approximate, not exactly in 8-bar phrases (so final swing may be shortened, lengthened or omitted!)


This is a figure from Appalachian Running Set.

All four men cross over the set (timing is crucial here) and turn the opposite lady right-hand, then corner left-hand, then partner right-hand;

Repeat this with two-hand turns


Laiks Of Garmana    

longways set 4 couples (2s & 4s improper)            music irregular

[]   (12 beats counted in threes) Right-hand star in fours

      (4 beats) Balance in and out

      (3 beats) Turn single

      (2 beats) Clap twice

[]   Left-hand stars;

      Balance in and out, starting on left foot, turn single left, clap twice

[]   (6 beats) Holding hands along lines at shoulder height, elbows bent:

         step-set starting on right foot

      (4 beats) Sborenka set (step to right, cross left foot in front, step to right)

         and stamp on left foot

      (10 beats) Repeat all starting on left foot

[]   In fours, circular hey half-way thus:

     (3 beats) Step forward right, close, pause – now alongside partner

     (3 beats) Step forward left, close, pause – now in opposite place

     (4 beats) Gypsy half-way to pass neighbour

     (10 beats) Middle four circular hey half-way

     WHILE end couples cross & Gypsy half-way back


Laiks Of Geneve          

longways becket  32 bar reel

[]   With partner, take left hands and balance, left-hand turn; Double dog-leg reel

[]   Lines go forward and back; In fours, left-hand-star-balance then rotate ¾

[]   Ladies Chain half-way across; Right-and-Left halfway on the right diagonal

[]   Right & Left halfway across;  See-saw (i.e. do-si-do left shoulder)

Double Dog-Leg Reel:  Middle four star right half-way, change places left-hand with person at end, those persons right hand-star halfway (but try it without giving hands)


Laiks Of Kawaguchi      

longways 5 couples 48 bar reel/jig medley

Active couples are 2s & 4s

[]   Lines go forward & back; Actives go to right for right-hand stars (3-4-3)

[]   Lines go forward & back;    Actives go to left for left-hand stars (3-4-3)

[]   Actives right-hand turn partner ¾, face partner to start reel half-way along centre,

      then right-hand turn ¾ 

[]   Actives lead up to top and cast down, other couples follow when BOTH active couples

       have cast from the top

[]   Left-hand turn partner 1¼, set & petronella to opposite side

[]   Left-hand turn partner 1¼, set & petronella to own side


Laiks Of Mareotis 

longways duple improper            32 bar jig

[]   1st couple half-figure-eight through 2nd couple, then swing into line of four

[]   Line leads down, tag the line;  line lead up and bend to face across

[]   Balance in circle, then balance individually; star right

[]   Double flutter = Ladies’ flutter-wheel followed by men’s reverse flutter


Laiks Of Nyphemburg   

longways 3 couples (2s improper)            48 bar polka

[]   1st man passes neighbour (2nd lady) by the right and turns to right to chase

      clockwise up to place and across to 1st lady’s position WHILE 1st lady passes

      neighbour (2nd man) by the right and follows her partner to his place;

     Then top four star right half-way. 

[]   1st couple (in 2nd place) do similar with 3rd couple, passing left shoulder and chasing

      counter-clockwise; Then bottom four star left half-way

[]   In lines of three, reel (hey) up and down, starting with person at top passing

      neighbour by the right shoulder

[]   Lines go forward & back; set and link for three (ending in lines across)

[]   Lines go forward & back; set and link for three. 

[]   Circle left half-way;  Do-si-do partner. 

Set & Link: 

B2: Lines of three set, then those in middle of the lines cast clockwise to end in centre of dance facing up or down  WHILE others change places with person at other end of the line of three, moving clockwise (person at right-hand end will cast into this move) into lines of three across the room (facing other line)

C1: Lines of three set, then those in middle of the lines cast clockwise to end in 2nd place in longways set WHILE others change places with person at other end of the line of three, moving clockwise (person at right-hand end will cast into this move)


Laiks Of Peace  

longways duple improper            32 bar waltz

[] []   As couples, go forward and back, slide diagonally to the right; Slide diagonally to

         the left just far enough to pass contrary by the left shoulder (going backwards –

         release hands!) with men going between the other couple; then slide diagonally left

         and right and backwards past right shoulder (ladies going between the other

          couple); In circle of four, balance in and out then petronella one place

[]   In circle of four, balance in and out, then petronella one place; border-gypsy right

       with partner (i.e. with right arm around partner’s waist)

[]   Gypsy left with contrary (NOT with border hold);

      with partner, balance forward & back and star through


Laiks Of West Wycombe Park  

longways 3 couples 64 bar polka

[]   Circle left

[]   Middle couple turn contra corners

[]   Chairman Reel …

[]   … end in lines of three across the set

[]   Lines go forward and back;  then set and link for three

[]   Lines go forward and back;  “willie” progression

[]   Morris hey

[]   Do-si-do; two-hand turn (order now 3-1-2)

Turn Contra Corners:  Middle couple right elbow half turn with partner, left elbow turn with 1st corner (man to the lady below, lady to the man above), middle couple right elbow just more than half turn with partner, left elbow turn with 2nd corners, end facing 1st corners for …

Chairman Reel:  This is an interlocking reel of three: Pass 1st corner by right shoulder and dance a figure of eight across the set WHILE supporting dancers dance reels of three on the sides (8 bars); then pass 2nd corner by left shoulder and dance a figure of eight across the set (i.e. at the other end of the set) WHILE supporting dancers dance reels of three on the sides (8 bars).  Middle couple end in centre of lines of three across the set (man between 1st couple, lady between 3rd couple) each line facing the other line of three

Set & Link:  Lines of three set, then those in middle of the lines cast clockwise to end in 2nd place in longways set WHILE others change places with person at other end of the line of three, moving clockwise (person at right-hand end will cast into this move)

Willie:  A progression from the dance “Muirland Willie”:  top couple lead to bottom, cross & cast up to middle place WHILE middle couple set and cross down to third place WHILE bottom couple cast to top and cross over

Morris Hey:  Similar to Grimstock hey, but top couple move down outside to start (no need to cast) WHILE middle couple lead up.


Laiks Of Wudan   

longways set 3 couples (2s & 3s improper)            40 bar reel

[]   Top two couples star right and left

[]   Top two dancers on men’s file go between 3rd couple to start a  “huntsman’s reel”

       WHILE top two dancers on ladies’ file give left hands for balance an turn 1½

[]   Bottom two couples star right and left

[]   Bottom two dancers on ladies’ file go between top couple to start a “huntsman’s reel”

      WHILE bottom two dancers on men’s file give left hands for balance and turn 1½

[]   Top four right-and-left (two changes) WHILE bottom couple right-hand turn;

       Bottom four same WHILE top couple right-hand turn

Huntsman’s Reel:  dancing couples (in tandem) act as single person in reel of three across the set (supporting dancers reel across as in a standard reel); dancing couple end by moving up or down the side-line (so will have changed places with each other)


afternoon in paris; eastbourne grove; elegance; ely-copter dance; engrenages; forestedge; forlana; italian rant; march of the muggles; sorting hat; weasley magic; whomping willow; postman's polka; threepenny bit; tom tolley's hornpipe; toosey threesey footsie dance


Afternoon In Paris

longways becket  32 bar polka

[]   Ladies Chain half-way; “cotacot” counter-clockwise

[]   Long lines advance & retire with rollaway (progression); Repeat (2nd progression)

[]   Star right ¾; Allemande left the next person (on side line)

[]   Balance & swing partner

Cotacot: sideways do-si-do – maintain eye contact with partner at all possible times (across the set) and begin by men sliding right behind contrary while ladies slide lft in front of contrary

Eastbourne Grove  

longways 3 couples 32 bar jig

[]   1st lady passes her partner by the left and chases counter-clockwise down behind

      men and up ladies side to place WHILE 2nd lady waits two bars and then passes 
partner by the left and follows the 1st lady home WHILE 3rd lady waits four 
and then passes her partner by the left and follows the 2nd lady home

[]   Men do likewise, passing partners by the right and chasing clockwise

[]   Grimstock hey

[]   Top couple cross, go down outside one place;  then cross and go down outside to bottom of the set

      [alternative B2:  Top couple lead to bottom; all swing]

Grimstock hey:

Top couple face down, other couples face up.  Do reels of three along the lines (tracking the pattern of a figure eight) started by top couple going between 2nd couple as they move up the outside to the top.

The opening figure comes from “Ellie’s Jig” by M.Briscoe



longways duple proper – double progression            32 bar march
[]   2nd corners right-hand turn 1½ & chase clockwise halfway WHILE 1st corners 
counter-clockwise halfway and left-hand turn 1¼ to diagonal line.

[]   Hey halfway;  two-hand turn partner

[]   Face next couple (on diagonal): set forward, star right ¾; Gypsy

[]   With next couple, Right & Lefts starting right-hand to partner

Ely-Copter Dance     

line of four            32 bar mazurka

variation on “Bitte Mand I Knibe”

Two couples in line of four, men with left arms linked and right arms around partner

[]   Rotate counter-clockwise
[]   Wheel halfway (men backing) so ladies link left arms: rotate counter-clockwise
[]   Ladies arm right halfway and face opposite man: two-hand balance twice and swing
[]   Face partner:  two-hand balance and swing partner, and progress randomly to form a new line with a new couple.



longways duple improper            32 bar reel

[]   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 – double progression                   32 bar american reel

variation on “Forestside” by John Meechan

[]   Long lines advance & retire;  2nd lady half-figure-eight through 1st couple to end in

      centre while 2nd man orbits halfway counter-clockwise to end in centre: 

       all 2s form long wave down centre

[]   2s Rory-O-More to left, then to right

[]   Do-si-do and swing contrary, face across

[]   Pass through and turn away from contrary to take next contrary in promenade hold;       

      Promenade across set and wheel round

Rory O’ More: Balance the wave, slide (or roll) past partner


Forlana (by Irene Wright, written for Sibby)

circle 3 couples (numbered counter-clockwise)                    32 bar jig

Dancers retain original numbers throughout


[]   All skip clockwise single file; turn & skip back, face partner

[]   Interlocking reels of four: pass partner (right), gypsy (left) the next,

      pass partner (right), gypsy left the next; end facing partner

[]   “JUMPING” 

      1st man out; 1st lady in; 2nd man out;  2nd lady in; 3rd man out;  3rd lady in

      All “WIGGLE”


      2 steps forward to meet the next (opposite sex) dancer; hop away and together

      Repeat;             Repeat (all now meeting original Partner)

      Gypsy left ¾ the NEXT dancer (progression) to end in circle


[]   Holding paws, slip left & right.  Ladies put right paw in into..

[]   Star promenade.  Men gate Lady out and around and face for



THIRD FIGURE – “Burrowing”

[]   Men go in & make high arches; Ladies go counter-clockwise under Partner’s right 

      arch, behind Partner & finish on right facing in

[]   Men lower arms, make basket for 6:  rotate left and fall back into circle





Italian Rant       
square set 5 couples (2s & 4s improper)            18 bar “Italian Rant”
[4]   Middle couple (5) & top couple (1) Right & Left halfway
[4]   New middle couple separate for three-handed stars with nearer Side couple
[6]   Reels of three (hey) halfway:  1st man (in centre) with original 3s & 2s AND 1st lady
       with other two couples (these couples dance as single unit in promenade hold; start
        by passing couple in Head position by left shoulder)


[4]   1s & 2s Right & Left halfway
March Of The Muggles 

big circle            32 bar march

[]   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)


Postman’s Polka 
longways 3 couples (1s & 3s improper)            32 bar polka

[]   Top 2 couples star right; 

       then star left half-way, turn single and clap on last two beats

[]   Bottom 2 couples the same

[]   Pousette reel half-way (start at top, men pulling), turn single and stamp on last two beats

[]   Pousette reel half-way (start at bottom, men pulling), turn single and stamp on last two beats


Sorting Hat      

four single lines of equal length   32 bar jig

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.


Threepenny Bit (devised by dancers at Banwood FDC)

longways 3 couples (is improper)    32 bar reel

variation on “Fivepenny Bit”

[]   Top two couples star right;  Bottom two couples star left

[]   In lines of three, hey along the sides

[]   Top two couples set and change places (couple in middle place arch over and turn 

      with California Twirl);  Bottom two couples same

[]   Repeat B1

     (so this can be seen as a Dip & Dive, 4 changes, with setting and California Twirls)


Tom Tolley’s Hornpipe

longways 3 couples 40 bar hornpipe

[8]   1st lady turns partner with left-hand (¾ turn, man dances back to place) then 2nd

        man right-hand (1½ ) then 3rd man left-hand (¾) to end in bottom place WHILE

        other two ladies chase clockwise around the set to end in 2nd and 1st places (on

         lady’s side)

[8]   1st man dances similar pattern, starting right-hand with opposite  lady

        WHILE other men chase counter-clockwise around the set

[12]   Top four star left and right; all do-si-do partner

[12]   Top couple cast to bottom and form arch 

         WHILE others follow and lead up through the arch;  all swing


Toosey Threesey Footsie Dance 

longways 3 couples (2s improper)            32 bar hornpipe

[]   Lines go forward and back;  all cross over with partner

[]   Top four right-hand star once-and-a-half, then bottom four left-hand star halfway

[]   Top four right-hand star once-and-a-half, then bottom four left-hand star halfway

[]   “Toosey Footsie”;  Do-si-do

For alternate turns of the dance, the set starts with new 1st and 3rd couples improper.

Toosey Footsie”: Holding hands in lines of three, step on the spot (any way you like) and gradually raise arms, releasing them at the highest point and clapping once.



Weasley Magic       

longways 5 couples (2s & 4s improper)            48 bar jig

[]   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


Whomping Willow 

square set            48 bar 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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