in dulci jubilo; shuffle along; parfitt polka; scoil rince cualann; www; bursledon burst;
little bit of irish; gentleman's reel; grand; havant a clue; touchstone hornpipe;
it's a long way...; stirling castle gardens; rayleigh roundabout; weymouth coach

Bursledon Burst 

longways 10 couples 48 bar polka

(2 sets of 5 couples on opposite sides of room, with head couples towards the centre)

[]   Partners take two-hand hold:  Sets gallop to centre of room and back;

     Then release hold and lines slip across to other side of room (men’s lines

      outside ladies’ line)

[]   Heads (at the walls) cross and weave to end of their set,

      then cross with opposite heads to other set (pass right shoulder)

[]   Heads strip the willow to end of new set (start right arm with partner for 1½ turns), and make arch (proper – all other couples in this set are improper)

[]   --- (continue strip the willow)

[]   Others cast out from centre to bottom of set, and come up through arch, crossing with partner and standing in first spare place (proper)

[]   All dosido partner (right shoulder); and turn (holding both hands with partner)


Gentleman’s Reel  

longways 3 couples (2s improper)   32 bar reel

variation on Peggy Hazell’s “Gentleman’s Jig”

[]   Hold partner by right-hand, all facing up:  Lead up a double, balance to partner

      (forward and back); Right-hand turn one round and face down

[]   Lead down a double, balance to partner; Top two couples half right-and-left

[]   All six right-hand star once round; Circle left once round

      (Optionally, star half-way and circle half-way)

[]   Do-si-do partner; Set to partner and half-turn with right hand

Progression: Set is now 2-1-3 with 1s proper and others improper

NB:  A2 is done as a duple minor, so second time through the 1st couple (in middle place) work with the 3rd couple



square set            48 bar reel

[]   Grand Square (Heads start moving in)

[]   Reverse Grand Square

[]  Head couples double-figure-eight (1st couple crossing, 3rd couple casting to start) 

[]  Side couples double-figure-eight (2nd couple crossing, 4th couple casting to start)

[]   Full Grand Chain (start right-hand with partner)

[]  Promenade and end progressed one place counter-clockwise from starting position


Havant A Clue  
square set 5 couples 48 bar reel
[]   Promenade hold:  5th couple reel of 3 couples with Heads (start right passing right shoulder with 1st couple: NB – turn with half-twist, moving from proper to improper)
[]   couple reel with Sides (start passing left shoulder with 2nd couple)
[]   5th couple lead through 1st couple, separate and cast round outside to dance in
      through nearer Side couple, then arm right once-and-a-quarter to start ...
[]   Strip the willow clockwise (5th man starts with 1st lady, 5th lady with 3rd man)
[]   Continue strip the willow
[]   Half-promenade progressions (passing right shoulder) by couples in sequence:
          5 and 1; 1 and 2; 2 and 3; 3 and 4


In Dulci Jubilo     
longways 5 couples 32 bar jig
[]   1st couple cross and cast to 2nd place WHILE 3rd couple do same to 4th place;
      These same couples do half-figure-eight up through the couple above
[]   Middle 3 couples Grimstock hey
      (WHILE optionally, end couples do right-and-left through around the outside)
[]   Lines forward and back; All pass partner by the right shoulder, turn to the right and chase single file clockwise…
[]   … halfway until opposite partner and proper; Right-hand turn partner
It’s A Long Way …  
square set             64 bar reel
[]   Allemande left with Corner; Face Partner for Grand Chain ...
[]   ... to home positions
[]   Head couples advance and retire;
      Same dancers do-si-do opposite and face nearer Side couple
[]   In fours, circle left; Heads go between Sides and cast round one to lines of four
[]   Lines advance and retire; Side couples star right
[]   Left-hand turn with Corner once-and-a-half; Heads star right
[]   Balance Corner (new partner); Swing
[]   Promenade to man’s home position
Sequence:  Heads lead; Heads lead; Sides lead; Sides lead

Little Bit Of Irish    

square set (numbered clockwise)            64 bar irish reel

Based on figures from the Clare Plain Set

[]   Crossed-hand hold: all promenade once round, men twirling ladies under arms at end (double step)

[]   First couple dance round inside of set three-quarters, then first lady loops round beside third man into line of three facing first man (in centre). Take hold for ...

[]   Donkey & Cart:  Outside man holds the outside hands of the two ladies; inside man (facing them) holds their other hands BELOW.  Both arms are uncrossed.  First man pulls line in, pushes out, pulls in and all reverse hold.  To reverse hold, single man pulls and lifts arms over while ladies lift hands held with other man to turn and face in opposite direction and move across.

[]   Repeat B1 in reverse direction

[]   Same four basket (all left arms over right arms)

[]   Irish Chain:  Head Ladies cross with right hands (as normal Ladies Chain) and give left hand to opposite man who loops counter-clockwise while turning the lady under. Ladies cross back passing right shoulders (no hands) and give right hand to partner who turns lady under to place.  (Side couples same after 2 bars)

[]  Head couples cross (right shoulder), right-hand twirl, cross back (right shoulder), right-hand twirl.  (Side couples same after 2bars)

[]   All dance partner round in home place


Parfitt Polka   

threesomes circle   32 bar polka

[]   Polka step in line of three: forward 2, back 2, forward 4

[]   Right-hand star once-and-a-half;

      Men move forward for left-hand star with next two ladies (progression)

[]   Reel of three in lines

[]   Cross-handed baskets


Rayleigh Roundabout  

sicilian circle            32 bar reel

[]   Dishrag (either couple can lead!)

[]   Allemande right with Contrary ¾; Men pass left shoulder and swing partner.

      End in promenade hold (men in centre, couples facing in opposite directions)

[]   Promenade the way you face, turn as a couple; Promenade back and face across

[]   Half Ladies’ Chain; Half right-and-left, face new couple


Scoil Rince Cualann     

square set            32 bar reel

[]   Head couples move forward to form line of four, men shoulder to shoulder, couples facing counter-clockwise. Head couples make arches. Side couples form circle that goes under the arches and circle left as the Heads wheel in a line in the opposite direction. End in two “diamonds” (men turn to face original corner)

[]   Balance and swing new partner (original corner) to end in line of eight down centre of room [WMWM-MWMW]

[]   In fours, reel of four

[]   Inside couples (i.e. couples at the inner ends of the lines of four) fall in behind

      outside couples as all promenade around set and end in men’s original places.

Sequence: Heads; Sides; Sides; Heads



Shuffle Along  

doublecontra (3s & 4s improper)            48 bar jig

[]   1st and 4th couples set and cast in to middle places (2nd & 3rd couples moving to end positions); These same couples do half-figure-eight through the nearer end couple

[]   Same couples do two changes (right & left) in the middle;

      Then they do half-figure-eight through the other end couple

[]   New end couples repeat A1 ...

[]   ... and A2

[]   Middle four star right WHILE ends star right with end couple from next minor set; In own minor sets in fours, star left

[]   Lines go forward and back;

     All cross over with partner and slide towards next couples

Progression: Top two couples progress together down the room, but changing positions each time;  Bottom two couples progress similarly up the room.


Stirling Castle Gardens         

longways 4 couples 48 bar polka

a mixture of “Geud Man Of Ballangigh” and “Crockett’s Victory Gardens”

[]   Working as foursomes, top couple lead through 2nd couple and cast back to place; Then two men lead through ladies and cast back to place

[]   Still in foursomes, 2nd couple lead up and cast;

      Then two ladies lead through men and cast back

[]   As a longways set, 1st couple lead down, turn as a couple, lead up and cast to 2nd place, improper

[]   Top four do three changes of right & left (starting with partner),

      and set to neighbour

[]   1st man and 2nd lady do left-hand turn once-and-a-half

      WHILE 1st lady and 2nd man do same with right-hand;

      1st couple continue with next couple (using other hands)

[]   1st couple complete turning figure with last couple (as with 2nd couple);

      Then 1st couple (at bottom of set) cross over

      WHILE others go forward and back in lines.


Touchstone Hornpipe     

longways 3 couples 36 bar hornpipe

variation on “Touchstone” (Thompson, 1780)

[10]   Active (1st) couple cross and complete hey on opposite side (start hey by moving outside 2nd person); all two-hand turn partner half-way

[10]   Active couple cross again, and complete hey on opposite side (this time with same-sex dancers); all two-hand turn partner half-way

[8]   Active couple lead down centre to bottom and cast up to 2nd place;

        All do-si-do partner (right shoulder)

[8]   Active couple lead up centre to top and cast down to bottom place;

        All do-si-do partner (left shoulder)


Weymouth Coach 

longways 4 couples 32 bar jig

[]   Do-si-do partner right and left

[]   Coach & Horses

      (double cast with hands joined behind) to left, and return up centre to place

[]   Cast out (singly) in lines to bottom;  Cast out and come up outside to place

[]   Head couple swing down centre to bottom



square of square sets (16 couples)            224 bar reel

[]   In own squares: Head couples Ladies’ Chain and back again; Inside Heads (those

     backing onto another square set) California twirl to face out

[]   In own squares: Side couples Right-and-Left through

     WHILE inside Heads same with facing couple (in next set)

[]   In columns (down room): Centre 4 dancers “dishrag” twice WHILE others circle left

[] []   As A1/2 with Sides leading

[] []   As B1/2 in rows (across room)

[] []   In columns: Heads dip-and-dive (not progressive – all couples start) WHILE Sides shuffle up or down to change places, shuffle back again,   and shuffle to change again

[] []   In rows:  Sides dip-and-dive WHILE Heads shuffle (x3)

[]   In own squares:

       Heads half-reel of four (ladies pass right shoulder to start); Sides same

[]   Promenade around own squares

Repeat all


spider gravy; high polish; trip from burnham thorpe; eight of hearts;
tax fiddler's jig; forgotten traveller; gone to pot; slytherin; hufflepuff; baker's round; ravenclaw; gryffindor


Baker’s Round (by Irene Wright)

longways four couples (2s & 4s improper)            32 bar jig

[]   Top two couples lead up WHILE bottom two couples lead down,

      all turn individually and lead back to places;

     Middle four circle left WHILE end couples cast away from partner to the ends of lines across

[]   Lead (with person opposite) to the walls (two pairs towards men’s wall, other pairs to    

      ladies’ wall), all turn individually and lead back;

     Middle four circle left ¾ and face partner and pass through to end in square set in

     head positions WHILE end couples gypsy to end in side positions in square set

[]   Head Ladies Chain halfway WHILE sides swing;

     All promenade half-way around square set

[]   Side couples move in to commence half-double figure-eight with nearer Head couple

      ending in longways set in progressed positions;  All swing partner


Eight Of Hearts 

eight dancers            32 bar reel

dancers arranged as the pips on a playing card.


1    2


4    5


7    8

Dancer 3 faces UP, dancer 6 faces DOWN

[]   Three-hand stars (right) - 325  and 674;  Three-hand stars (left)   -  314 and 685

[]   Diagonal reels of three (start right shoulder) - 324  and  675

[]   Diagonal reels of three (start left shoulder)  -  315 and 684

[]   Progression (all passing right shoulder):

     3 with 2    while    6 with 7

     2 with 1    while    7 with 8

     1 with 4    while    8 with 5

     4 with 5 (up and down centre)


Forgotten Traveller 

sicilian circle            32 bar reel

[]   Facing contrary, star through to a circle of four, circle left three-quarters;

       Ladies’ Chain half-way, maintain courtesy-hold (all now in original places)

[]   Slide diagonally forward to the right, then to the left (so passing on to face new 

      couple); With the new couple now facing you, right-hand star

[]   Still facing this new couple, gypsy clockwise the contrary – facing outward;

       Then with original contrary gypsy counter-clockwise – facing inward

[]   Still facing the original contary, set right and left,  then set same to partner; 

     Swing partner and face new couple


Gone To Pot 

longways duple (2s improper)            32 bar jig

[]   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).




longways duple improper            32 bar 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


High Polish      

longways becket  32 bar reel

[]   In long lines, go forward and back, but on falling back men slide to the right while
      ladies roll across to the left (“roll away with a half sashay”).  Partners have now
      changed places with each other.  Pass through (face person opposite and pass by 
       right shoulder, stay facing out).  Take hand of neighbour and california twirl to face 
       in  (neutrals at the ends do this with the person opposite so they change places)
[]   Staying with this neighbour and working with the couple opposite, reel (hey) halfway
      across, started by ladies passing right shoulders. (neutrals wait)  Swing YOUR
      ORIGINAL PARTNER (who is next to you along the line).  All are now back in original
[]   With the couple diagonally on the right, ladies chain halfway (if there is no couple on
      the right diagonal, wait).  With the couple immediately opposite, ladies chain halfway.
[]   Ladies do right-hand turn (each lady with the one diagonally opposite on the left) as
      men cast one place counter-clockwise along the line (and across if the cast takes you
      to the end of the line)  Turn partner with left hand.  All have now progressed to face
      a new couple.
square set            48 bar reel
[] []   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 32 bar reel

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

[]   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. 


SPIDERSpider Gravy

longways duple improper (double progression)            32 bar jig

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


Tax Fiddlers Jig

square set            48 bar jig

[]   First couple (in promenade hold) dance figure-of-eight around Side couples, starting

      clockwise around 2nd couple (on their right)

[]   First & Third couples (Heads) do full Right & Left to places

[]   Full Grand Chain, starting right-hand with corner person

     (so going in the opposite direction to normal)

[]   Swing partner in home position

[] []   First couple gather up second couple for circle (4) left;  then gather third couple for circle (6) left;  then gather fourth couple for circle (8) left, ending in position one place counter-clockwise from start (so original fourth couple are in 1st place for next turn through the dance)


Trip From Burnham Thorpe 

longways 3 couples 32 bar reel

[]   Capstan:  1st man and 3rd man change places by dancing left shoulder 1½ times round

      the standing middle lady WHILE 1st lady and 3rd lady dance right shoulder 1½ times

      round the middle man.  For the last two bars of the phrase, these four dancers turn

       single, in clover-leaf fashion

[]   Top corners cross;  Lines fall back, forward a double

[]   Hamilton Hey:  like a “Grimstock” hey but sailors always go backwards when rowing a

      boat ... so start with top couple facing UP and the other two couples facing DOWN. 

     The top couple will fall back down the centre to middle place, cast away from each

      other to meet at the bottom (facing down), then come up the set together

      (backwards) to middle place and cast away to meet again at the top.  The other

      couples do the same movements from their respective starting positions in the hey

[]   Foot it;  Partners two-hand turn


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