five hand medley; sprezzatura; marilena; great scott; titan; grand moments; 
fritton frenzy; pine tree waltz; wheelies; compass akimbo; st michael waltz; 
beckenham bounce

Five Hand Medley 

variation on 'five hand rant'

5 dancers in cross formation (like pips on a die or playing card)

32 bar medley

progression: random


[]  middle dancer waits WHILE others circle left & right

[]  middle dancer & sides hey across (start right shoulder)

[]  middle dancer & heads hey along (start left shoulder)

[]  all step AND middle dancer changes place with any one of the other four



longways 3 couples

48 bar waltz

progression: from 123 to 231


[]  couples 1 & 2 dance chain progression (active couple now in 2nd place)

[]  active couple hey across (1st man 2ith 2s & 1st lady with 3s)

[]  active couple & 3rd couple dance chain progression

[]  top couple (original 2s) cross giving right hands & cast one place staying outside to form three-handed stars (left-hand on men's file, right-hand on ladies' file) for balance & rotate half-way, then original 2s cross up and others follow to end 231

[]  cast to invert the set; turn single away & cross with partner

[]  circle left halfway; two-hand turn

CHAIN PROGRESSION: couples turn own partner 3/4 to line of 4, the ones in the middle do left-hand turn 1&1/2 WHILE their partners orbit clockwise half-way; right-hand turn partner 3/4 to progressed places.



variation on 'dhoon' by Jessie Hamilton

longways 4 couples

32 bar jig

progression: from 1234 to 2341


[]  lines slide right, then left; do-di-do partner

[]  lines slide left, then right; see-saw partner

[]  top couple cut one, cut two

[]  top couple lead to bottom; all swing

CUT ONE: lead down one place & cast up (around 2s)

CUT TWO: lead down two places & cast up (around & past 3s & 2s)


Great Scott 

for Bob Scott's 90th birthday

square set

48 bar polka

progression: ladies counter-clockwise (to CORNER man)


[]  Circle left & right

[]  Heads move to right Side couple, circle left halfway & pass through; Heads circle left WHILE Sides balance & star through

[]  tag the line (across), face partner & pass through; repeat

[]  Heads pass through, circle left with Side couple & pass through; Heads circle left & fall back to place WHILE Sides balance & pass partner (right shoulder)

[]  Left-hand turn Corner; Grand Chain three placew (progression to original Corner)

[]  Promenade to Man's home place; swing

<sequence> Heads lead twice, then Sides lead twice



for Bob Scott

longways duple improper

36 bar medley

progression: standard duple


[12]  with contrary, right-hand balance forward & back then box the gnat; same do-si-do; left-hand star

[12]  with partner, left-hand balance forward & back then swat the flea; see-saw; right-hand star

[12]  in circle of four, balance & petronella; repeat; step left & honour contrary & pass through


Grand Moments 

longways becket

32 bar american reel

progression: counter-clockwise (double)


[]  right-hand star; left-hand turn shadow

[]  do-si-do partner; face-en-face shadow passing left shoulder to start

[]  ladies chain across & back

[]  on right diagonal, right-and-left (two changes); promenade across to progressed places

SHADOW: person next to you (the other side than your partner) along the line - or across from you if you are at the end of a line

FACE-EN-FACE: can be described as a backwards do-si-do


Fritton Frenzy 

for freda mcintyre's dance

double longways becket (i.e. hands eight)

32 bar jig

progression: standard with couples switching across


[]  ladies chain across (halfway); lines go forward & back

[]  modified grand square

[]  left-hand turn = ends with partner & middles with neighbour; grand chain halfway (begin with neighbours at ends

[]  shifting along to new hands eight, lines go forward & back; ladies chain across (halfway)

MODIFIED GRAND SQUARE: follow general pattern as in a square set except 'Heads' (improper) begin by moving in to meet and 'Sides' (improper & not with partner) fall back towards ends


Pine Tree Waltz 

for Margaret Browning

longways 4 couples

32 bar waltz

progression: from 1234 to 3142


[]  in fours, chain progression

[]  chase clockwise halfway; gypsy partner 1-and-1/2

[]  in fours, right-hand star; balance the star & petronella (in same fours)

[]  in same fours, left-hand star 3/4; ends step-set WHILE middles shuttle to change places

CHAIN PROGRESSION (described for 1st & 2nd couples; 3rd & 4th couples do same): Right-hand turn partner 3/4, 1st man & 2nd lady left-hand turn 1-and-1/2 WHILE their partners orbit (clockwise) halfway to meet partner for right-hand turn 3/4 (couples have changed places - order of set now 2134)

STEP-SET (end couples, i.e. original 3s & 2s): facing partner, step right foot to side, cross left foot in front, rock back on to right foot then left foot to side, cross right foot in front, rock back on the left foot (and then turn single)

SHUTTLE (original 4s & 1s in middle places): stay facing as they are in left-hand star. 4th couple with lady leading dance out towards ladies wall, turn individually and (man leading) dance to 3rd place. At same time, 1st couple with man leading dance out towards men's wall, turn individually and (lady leading) dance to 2nd place.  Order of set now 3142



square set for threesomes (one man with two ladies)

48 bar jig

progression: men counter-clockwise; ladies switch

[]  all in to centre & back twice

[]  in threes, hey (end with man outside & ladies turn to face out)

[]  in threes, star left & right

[]  wheelie-chain

[]  ...continue

[]  in threes, right-hand star; men move counter-clockwise to next pair of ladies WHILE ladies do-si-do

WHEELIE-CHAIN: dance track of full GRAND CHAIN but with three-handed stars.  Man led by left-hand partner moves counter-clockwise WHILE his right-hand partner moves clockwise


Compass Akimbo 

three compasses pub in west hanningfield dates from 1425 (saxon tribal leader HANN cleared forest, thus 'field of hann'

couples scattered about the floor

32 bar jig (with shout at start of every turn for directions!)

progression: none

[]  gallop to compass point designated randomly by caller (HANN calls warriors to do battle); all scatter (to anywhere on floor) with wild whoops (celebrating victory)

[]  do-si-do; gypsy

[]  claps & stamps thus:

clap right-right-left-left

(with arms akimbo) stamp left & tap right foot, stamp right & tap left foot;

and then stamps & claps (as before but stamps before claps)

[]  swing


Beckenham Bounce 

for beckenham folk dance club

longways duple improper

48 bar reel

progression: standard longways duple


[]  swing neighbour & face across; lines forward & back

[]  ladies chain across (halfway); left-hand star

[]  see-saw partner to ocean wave; balance, left-hand turn 1/2

[]  push-hey (start men passing right shoulder - ladies push back on first meeting then men push back when they meet)

[]  balance & swing partner on side line

[]  circle left 3/4; balance the ring & california twirl to face new couple


St Michael Waltz 

for st michael's church, daws heath

square set

32 bar waltz

progression: men home; ladies one place clockwise


[]  grand chain

[]  Heads meet & two-hand turn opposite, fall back; Sides the same

[]  four ladies star chain (and back)

[]  all in to centre, fall back with ladies rollaway (progression); swing new partner


bookends; rudolph; hollied hall; ding dong; le noel premier;
monarchical meanderings; butterfield; christmas tree; now & then; albion jig; applejack; wivenhoe cross


longways set of 4 couples in mini-becket formation – clockwise progression

32 bar jig  © 2016

[]  In fours, circle right & left

[]  Four-couple Rights & Lefts halfway*

[]  In fours, full Ladies’ Chain across

[]  Couples promenade counter-clockwise one place and balance; swing

*Right crosses: with person opposite

Left crosses: Couples on left diagonal cross on that diagonal

                      WHILE others cross with partner along the line.


longways duple improper – standard progression

32 bar reel  © 2016

[]  Ladies’ Chain (half) along; See-saw partner

[]  Left-hand turn partner 1½; Ladies’ Chain (half) across

[]  1s figure-eight through 2s WHILE 2s cross (hole-in-wall) when they can (twice)

[]  Balance & swing


longways set of 4 couples (3s & 4s improper) – progression 1342

32 bar reel  © 2015

variation on ‘lydia’s lilt’ (dorothy bell)

[]  1st top corners set & right-hand turn ½ WHILE 1st bottom corners same;

right-hand stars at both ends

[]  2nd top corners set & left-hand turn ½ WHILE 2nd bottom corners same;

            left-hand stars at both ends

[]  middle four chase clockwise halfway;  all do-si-do

[]  middle couples half-figure-eight through nearer end couple; 

end couples half-figure-eight through nearer middle couple


Square set – progression: to corner

(men finish in opposite place, ladies progress clockwise)

48 bar medley © 2015

For Irene & Keith Wright’s golden wedding 2016

[]  With partner, balance & box the gnat; right-hand turn 1½

[]  Grand Chain halfway; do-si-do

[]  Heads take promenade hold & half-hey across the set with nearest side dancers (start passing right shoulder with that side lady),

heads swap ladies and half-hey across (start passing left shoulder with side lady)

[]  Head ladies’ chain ½; all ladies star chain ¾ (progression)

[]  Pass (new) partner giving left hand, full right-hand turn the next, pass partner left-hand

[]  Right-hand turn (new) corner; swing partner


Head couples lead – waltz tempo

Head couples lead – reel tempo

Side couples lead (heys go along the set) – waltz tempo

Side couples lead – reel tempo

Simpler version © 2016

[]  as above

[]  as above

[]  Heys as above but without swapping

[]  Active couples go forward & lead opposite person through standing couple

and cast away back to where this figure started; all ladies star chain ¾

[]  as above

[]  as above


Longways set of 4 couples – progression: 1432 but with a difference!

32 bar jig  © 2015

There are several dances under this name; this is my contribution.

[]  Top couple weave down the set & back up (start going between 2s)

[]  In fours, star right & left

[]  All 8 circle left & right

[]  Top couple gallop anywhere around the hall to end at the bottom of another set.


circle of 3 couples – progression: to corner

24 bar march  © 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 set of 3 couples – progression 123

32 bar reel  © 2015

[]  Top neighbours set, 1st couple cross down to 2nd place;

bottom neighbours set, 1st couple cross down to 3rd place

[]  1st couple cast up to middle place & set WHILE others set & cross;

lines go forward & back

[]  1st couple dance half-figure eights (1st man up & 1st lady down);  all circle left halfway

[]  Heys across at ends (1st man up & 1st lady down)


Longways duple improper – standard progression

24 bar waltz  © 2015

[]  In circle of four, balance & petronells (one place to the right);  repeat

[]  Do-si-do opposite, then partner

[]  Facing opposite, step-set twice;  open-balance forward & back, california twirl


Line of 3 dancers – progression: middle-right-left

24 bar jig  © 2015

[]  Middle & right-hand person do-si-do & arm right 1½ to change places

[]  New middle & left-hand person see-saw & arm left 1½ to change places (progression)

[]  Hey (started by new middle & right-hand person passing right shoulder)


longways set of 3 couples (1s improper) – normal progression

48 bar polka  © 2016

[]  Top 2 couples double figure eight (2nd couple cross up to start)

[]  Bottom 2 couples same (2nd couple cross down to start)

[]  Chain the Ladies*

[]  (continue)

[]  Top 2 couples Left & Right (2 changes, start with partner);

Bottom 2 couples Left & Right (3 changes, start with partner)

[]  See-saw (left-shoulder do-si-do); swing


square set – no progression

32 bar reel  © 2015

[]  Head couples promenade counter-clockwise

[]  Head couples in promenade hold hey across set with two nearest side dancers

[]  Heads star right;  corners allemande left

[]  Grand Chain halfway & swing

Sequence: Heads – Sides – Sides – Heads

When sides lead, the heys will be along (not across)


foursomes arranged in square, offset to form a cross

(8 couples – 4 on the inside facing out; 4 on the outside facing in)

32 bar polka  © 2016

For Touchstone FDC (they meet in Wivenhoe, Essex)

[]  In fours, circle left & right

[]  In same fours, full Ladies’ chain

[]  In same fours, see-saw opposite person; in open hold with partner, set and pass through (outside couples arch in as inside couples pop under)

[]  Couples now on outside promenade one place to next arm of the cross & swing

WHILE others texas-star right halfway & butterfly-whirl

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