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Becket Formation

Double Longways Set

Double Sicilian Circle

Duple Minor longways

Eight–couple Double square Set

Eight–couple Longways Set

Five–couple Longways Set

Five–couple special Set

Four–couple Longways Set

Four–couple Square Set

Longways Progressive Threesome

Multiple Progressive Square

Multiple three–couple Sets

Quadruple Minor Longways

Round Sets

Set of four trios

Set of three trios

Set of two trios

Sicilian Circle

Sicilian Circle of trios

Sicilian Circle with extra couples

Six–couple Longways Set

Three–couple Set

Triple Minor longways

Two–couple Set

Other


Ah! Belinda

Tune:‘Ach Belinde’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Six couple Longways Set – Reel

4th, 5th + 6th couples improper
First Figure
A11 – 4Top three couples lead partner up and fall back, while bottom three couples lead down and fall back;
 5 – 8Top three couples single cast down, going well out to sides, while the bottom three couples single cast up, going well out; all meet and lead in towards the centre (M1 + W6, M2 + W5, M3 + W4, etc.).
The lines are now across the room.
A21 – 8The new ends followed by nearest two middle couples lead out to the sides and fall back and cast out to meet original partner, and lead back to original place.
B11 – 4Top three couples circle left half way and change places with partner, passing right shoulder, while the bottom three couples do the same;
 5 – 81st couple facing 6th couple, 2nd facing 3rd and 4th couple facing 5th, all three changes of a circular hey for twelve, passing right shoulder, left shoulder and right shoulder.
B21 – 8Repeat B1 to original places, 1st and 6th couples, 3rd and 5th couples and 4th and 2nd couples facing to start the circular hey.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 8Single cast and lead opposites in, as in 1st Figure A1.
A21 – 4New partners side left shoulder;
5 – 8Single cast and lead original partner in, as in 1st Figure A2.
B11 – 4Top three couples half Morris hey from the centre (second couple go down to start), while the bottom three couples do the same, (5th couple come up to start);
 5 – 81st, 3rd, 4th and 6th couples turning outwards away from partner, circle left in fours (1st and 6th couples, 2nd and 3rd couples, 4th and 5th couples).
B21 – 8Continue Morris Hey to original places (2nd couple still following 3rd couple, 5th couple still following 4th couple), then circle left in fours (1st and 2nd couples, 3rd and 4th couples and 5th and 6th couples).

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn (or arm right);
 5 – 8Single cast and lead opposites in, as in 1st Figure A1.
A21 – 4New partners left hand turn (or arm left);
 5 – 8Single cast and lead original partner in, as in 1st Figure A2.
B11 – 4In the middle, neighbours turn by the right hand moving out to the side (M3 + W4, M4 + W3), while 2nd and 5th couples right hand star in the centre and 1st and 6th couples turn partner by the right hand moving in towards the centre;
 5 – 8The first three Men, the first three Women, the bottom three Men and the bottom three Women three–hand left hand stars in the four corners of the set.
B21 – 8The top three Men dance anticlockwise down the outside to the bottom, returning to original places up the middle, while bottom three Men do the same up the outside, returning down the middle. The lines of Men should pass each other right shoulder. At the same time, the top three Women (2nd Woman must cut in in front of 3rd Woman), dance anticlockwise down the middle (passing the other Women right shoulder) and up to original places outside their own line, while the bottom three Women (5th Woman must cut in in front of 4th Woman) do the same up the middle and down the outside. All honour partner.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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The Albert Memorial Square

Tune:The Albert Memorial Square © Pat Shaw, 1971
Recording:All Alive – Two’s Company (tape)
Formation:Four–couple Square Set – Reel

A11 – 8The head couples (1st and 3rd couples) California twirl, lead out, California twirl and lead back, while side couples (2nd and 4th couples) lead in, California twirl, lead back and California twirl.
A21 – 8All four ladies’ chain to the opposite Man and all four ladies’ chain back to partner.
B11 – 8Double star, with Women right hands across, taking their partner with them with inside hands joined. Finish by Men turning Women anticlockwise under joined hands to place.
B21 – 8All back to back right shoulder with partner and swing corner (pivot step) to Man’s original place.

Repeat the whole figure with new partner and then twice more reversing head and side roles in A1.

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All the Young Folk

Tune:‘Al de jonge luijde’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Round set for six couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 6With hands joined, all go forward to the centre and back; set left and right to partner.
A21 – 6As in A1, but set right and left to corner.
B11 – 2Men move to centre and take hands in a circle, while the Women fall back;
3 – 8Men circle left (double step), while the Women set right and left, turn single right and left;
9 – 10Men fall back to original places, while the Women move forward to original places.
B21 – 10Women move to centre and take hands in a circle, circle right and fall back to original places, while the Men fall back, set left and right, turn single left and right and move forward to original places.

Second Figure
A11 – 6Partners side right shoulder and set left and right.
A21 – 6Corners side left shoulder and set right and left.
All finish facing centre.
B11 – 2Odd numbered couples lead partner to the centre and face partner, while even numbered couples fall back;
3 – 10Odd numbered couples passing partner right shoulder, whole circular hey and fall back to original places, while even numbered couples set right and left to partner turn partner with both hands and lead forward to original places.
B21 – 10Odd numbered couples do as the even numbered couples did in A1 and vice versa.

Third Figure
A11 – 6Partners right hand turn (or arm right) and set left and right.
A21 – 6Corners left hand turn (or arm left) and set right and left.
B11 – 4Odd numbered couples with their immediate neighbours take hands to form lines forming a triangle (1st couple with M2 + W6, 3rd couple with M4 + W2, 5th couple with M6 + W4); lines fall back and come forward;
5 – 10All gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) round corner and anticlockwise (left shoulder) round partner.
B21 – 4Even numbered couples with their immediate neighbours make a triangle, fall back and come forward;
 5 – 10All gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round corner and clockwise (right shoulder) round partner. Honour partner.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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The Amazed Geneticist or Ramsay’s Reeling

Tune:The Amazed Geneticist © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby Folk Dance Band
Formation:Four–couple longways set – Reel

3rd and 4th couples improper
A11 – 81st and 2nd couples do a Double Figure of 8 as do 3rd and 4th couples at the same time; end couples, i.e. 1st and 4th, start by crossing and middles i.e. 2nd and 3rd couples, start by casting up or down to the ends. (See B1 of Trumpet Vine for a description of Double Figure 8.)
A21 – 8All continue smoothly into Double Figures of 8 on the two sides of the dance with the end couples again crossing, but crossing and working with the person at the other end of their own line instead of with partner. The middles start by continuing up or down outside the ends and coming round to dance their Figure of 8 with their original neighbour instead of their partner, thus keeping in their own line.
B11 – 21st and 4th couples meet in the middle while 2nd and 3rd couples continue their track outside them into the end places.
 3 – 41st and 4th couples Corners Cross, ladies passing left shoulder and the men immediately after them passing right. This is a quick movement and is similar to the movement in bars 3 and 4 of A1 in The Lindsay Rant.
 5 – 81st and 3rd couples Circle Left once round while 4th and 2nd couples do the same.
B21 – 4The couples in the end positions, keeping inside hands with their neighbours, wheel them round through the end places into a ring of 8. (There is a similar movement in the B music of The Bishop.)
 5 – 8All Circle Left half way round and be ready to start all over again from a new place.

Note:
The A music should be lively, yet controlled, and danced with a skip change of step. The rings should be slipped and the rest walked.

Published in Pat Shaw’s Pinewoods

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The American Husband or Her Man

Tune:The American Husband © Pat Shaw, 1977
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
It’s Easy… – Hold the Mustard
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers (LP)
Barn Dance Fiesta – Ring o’ Bells Band
Formation:Sicilian Circle with an extra couple – Reel

As for a Sicilian Circle, with an extra couple between and at right angles to them, facing the centre of the hall, making a square with the inner side open.
1st couple facing round anticlockwise, 2nd couples have their backs to the walls of the hall, and 3rd couples face round clockwise.

A11 – 6All circle left in a ring of six once round.
 7 – 8All balance right and left to partner.
 9 – 16Giving right hand to partner, all grand–chain all the way round the set to original places.
A21 – 41st and 2nd couples half right–and–left.
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples half right–and–left.
 9 – 121st and 2nd couples half right–and–left again.
 13 – 161st and 3rd couples half right–and–left.
B11 – 12All three ladies chain three times. Each time the women pass one man and chain the next, i.e. their corners.
 13 – 16All three couples promenade their partners out of the final ladies–chain, half–way round the set, so that 1st and 3rd couples change places and 2nd couple is now on the inside of the set. (As they approach new places, each man should put his partner in front of him, 1st man wheeling his partner round so they are ready to go off in the opposite direction. This enables everyone to move smoothly into the next figure.)
B21 – 8Shetland Reel. Each couple, acting as a unit with the woman in the lead followed closely by her partner, Walk a reel of three. 3rd couple start by cutting through the centre, then loop clockwise round their original position. 1st couple cut through the centre immediately after 3rd couple, passing them right shoulder, then loop anticlockwise round their original position. 2nd couple follow 3rd couple, allowing 1st couple to cut in between and passing them left shoulder, and then cut through the centre themselves. Continue this until all are in the places from which they started the reel.
 9 – 12All swing partners with 1st and 3rd couples finishing back–to–back with each other, facing round the set in their original directions and 2nd couple on the inside facing out.
 13 – 161st and 3rd couples promenade past the new couples facing them, men passing left shoulders, to meet the next new couple, while 2nd couple promenade across the set through the gap and wheel round into their original place.

Note:
In each round of the dance, the 1st and 3rd couples progress two places, but dance with every 2nd couple round the circle. 2nd couples end in the same place and have two new couples to visit them.

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Another Nancy’s Fancy or The Lang Staff

Tune:Another Nancy’s Fancy © Pat Shaw
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP)
Modern Treasures – Bare Necessities
Formation:Duple Minor Longways – Triple Time

A11 –5Ist man and 2nd lady Right Hand Turn once round; then casting left out of the turn, they gypsy anticlockwise, 1st man with 2nd man and 2nd lady with 1st lady.
 6 – 101st lady and 2nd man Left Hand Turn once round; then cast to the right into a clockwise gypsy with neighbour as before.
A21 – 51st man and 2nd lady move round clockwise outside the others into each other’s places; then all Circle Left half way round.
 6 – 101st lady and 2nd man, without casting, move anticlockwise round the others into each other’s places; all Circle Right half way round. All should now be improper and in progressed places.
B11 – 4All Back to Back with partner; then 1st couple Half Figure of 8 through the 2nd couple.
 5 – 8Passing right shoulder with partner, all Circular Hey all the way round.
B21 – 42nd couple cross over passing right shoulder and move down outside 1st couple, meet and lead back up the middle. Meanwhile 1st couple wait for one bar, then lead up the middle and cast back to place.
 5 – 8All turn partners once round with both hands, falling back away from partner on the last bar.

Note: The movement in A1 should be continuous for each 5 bars, but in A2 allow 3 bars for moving round and 2 bars for the half–circle, The turn at the end of B2 must be slow and very well controlled. The dance should be played and danced with great breadth and dignity and in no way hurried.

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Anton’s Surprise

Tune:Anton’s Surprise © Pat Shaw, 1964
Recording:Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby Country Dance Band (tape)
Formation:Duple Minor longways (double progression) – Reel

A11 – 41st couple turn with right hands once round and move down (not a cast) outside 2nd couple on their own side, 2nd couple moving up (first progression).
 5 – 81st couple half figure 8 up through 2nd couple.
A21 – 8Ladies’ chain across the set with original couple.
B11 – 4All face new neighbour (1st couples face the 2nd couple below them) and back to back right shoulder up and down the line.
 5 – 8Still facing new neighbour, two changes of rights and lefts (second progression).
B21 – 4All forward and back to partner with hands joined in line.
 5 – 8Swing partner (pivot step) to own side.

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Arrival from Holland

Tune:‘Ik voer laast uijt Hollandt’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Two couples facing each other – Jig

First Figure
A11 – 2Lead partner forward towards opposite couple;
 3 – 4Turn single (Men left, Women right) away from partner;
 5 – 6Lead out opposite.
A21 – 2Change hands and lead opposite forward towards partner;
 3 – 4Turn single (Men right, Women left) away from corner;
 5 – 6Lead out partner.
B11 – 2Facing partner, all three slip steps left and pause, Men ending face to face
 3 – 4Men half right hand turn and make a right hand arch, while Women three–quarters turn single left;
 5 – 8Women passing left shoulder, dance under the Men’s arch and cast right to original place – single step, while Men hold the arch (2 bars), change hands and half left hand turn ending in original place – walking step.
B21 – 4Facing partner, all three slip steps right and pause, Women ending face to face;
 3 – 4Women half left hand turn and make a left hand arch, while Men three–quarters turn single right;
 5 – 8Men passing right shoulders, dance under the Women’s arch and cast left back to original place – single step, while Women hold the arch (2 bars), change hands and half right hand turn ending in original place – walking step.

Second Figure
A11 – 2Partners move forward side by side right shoulder;
 3 – 4Cast left to other side of partner (i.e. end standing left shoulder to left shoulder with partner);
 5 – 6All fall back to place and turn to face opposite.
A21 – 2Opposites move forward side by side left shoulder;
 3 – 4Cast right to other side of opposite (i.e. end right shoulder to right shoulder with opposite);
 5 – 6All fall back to place.
B11 – 4Men, passing each other left shoulder, half hey across the set turning right into each other’s place ready for a right hand star, while Women cast out right, pass opposite right shoulder, pass each other left shoulder and turn quickly left into opposite Woman’s place ready for right hand star – single step;
 5 – 8All right hand star once ending in opposite place – walking step.
B21 – 4Women, passing each other right shoulder (still keeping right hands joined if they wish) half hey across the set turning left into original place, while the Men cast out left, pass opposite left shoulder, pass each other right shoulder and turn quickly right in original place ready for left hand star – single step;
 5 – 8All left hand star once ending in original place – walking step.

Third Figure
A11 – 2Partners half right hand turn;
 3 – 4Turn single left;
 5 – 6Partners half left hand turn to original place.
A21 – 2Opposites half left hand turn;
 3 – 4Turn single right;
 5 – 6Opposites half right hand turn to original place, Men having their backs to their partner.
B11 – 4Men, closely followed by their partner, turn sharply in to their right, pass the opposite Man left shoulder and dance anticlockwise round the other couple, Men ending in original place facing out, Women ending in opposite Woman’s place facing partner’s back – single step;
 5 – 6All 3 slip steps left and pause (passing back to back with corner);
 7 – 8All cast left and move one place anticlockwise round the set, ending in opposite place, Women facing out.
B21 – 4Women, closely followed by their partner, turn sharply to their left, pass opposite Woman right shoulder and dance clockwise round the other couple, Women ending in the opposite Woman’s original place, Men ending in their own original place – single step;
 5 – 6All three slip steps right and pause (passing back to back with corner);
 7 – 8All cast right back to original place. All honour partner.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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As I Roved Out One Morning

Tune:‘Ik gink op eenen morgen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording: Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Round set for three couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All join hands and move forward a double to centre and back.
A21 – 42nd and 3rd couples circle left once round ending in a semi–circle facing 1st couple with hands joined and held high to make arches, while 1st couple lead away from the set, change hands and lead back.
B11 – 31st couple pass left shoulder and dance through the end arches, (M1 between 2nd couple, W1 between 3rd couple), meeting partner behind middle pair (W2 + M3);
 4 – 7Partners facing, all circular hey three changes (with or without hands), starting right hand or right shoulder to meet partner again – single or double step. 1st couple are now in original place, the other two couples have changed places.
(The circular hey brings the set back into its circle formation again).
B21 – 3All back to back left shoulder with partner;
 4 – 71st couple lead across the set, separate and cast to original place – single or double step, while 2nd and 3rd couples pass partner right shoulder, then cross the set to original place passing left shoulder – walking step.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder.
A21 – 42nd couple side left shoulder, while 1st and 3rd couples circle left once round ending in a semi–circle (as in 1st Figure).
B1 & B2As in 1st Figure, with 2nd couple leading the figure.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn (or arm right).
A21 – 43rd couple left hand turn (or arm left), while 1st and 2nd couples circle left once round ending in a semi–circle (as in 1st Figure).
B1 & B2As in 1st Figure, with 3rd couple leading the figure. All honour partner.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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Avoncroft

Tune:Avoncroft © Pat Shaw, 1962
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Formation:Three–couple progressive Longways Set – Jig

A11 – 41st couple cross over, move down outside 2nd couple, and lead through 3rd couple, while 3rd couple cast up (a large turn single – 3rd Man right and 3rd Woman left) and tuck in behind 1st couple (single or double step).
 5 – 81st couple cast up to original places improper, followed by 3rd and 2nd couples (single or double step).
A21 – 41st couple cross over, move down outside 3rd couple (in 2nd place), and lead through 2nd couple (in 3rd place), while 2nd couple cast up (a large turn single – 2nd Man right and 2nd Woman left) and tuck in behind 1st couple (single or double step).
 5 – 81st couple cast up to original places followed by 2nd and 3rd couples (single or double step). All are back in original places.
B1 – 81st couple lead down middle of set (walking step), lead back and cast to middle place (double step), 2nd couple moving up in bars 7 and 8.
 9 – 161st Man half hey with 3rd couple, passing 3rd Woman left shoulder and turning left into middle place improper, and then half hey with 2nd couple, passing 2nd Woman left shoulder and turning left into middle place proper, while 1st Woman half hey with 2nd couple, passing 2nd Man left shoulder and turning left into middle place improper, and then half hey with 3rd couple, passing 3rd Man left shoulder and turning left into middle place proper (double step). 1st couple finish by leading down to bottom place, 3rd couple casting up the outside into middle place.

Repeat dance twice.

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Babylon (First Version)

Tune:‘In Babilone’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Triple minor longways processional – triple progression – Reel

Triple Progression
A11 – 4All lead partner forward four slow steps;
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples continue to lead forward, while 1st couple cast and fall in behind 3rd couple.
A21 – 8As above, 2nd couple casting behind 1st couple, while 3rd and 1st couples continue forward.
B1 – 41st couple slow balance back and forward, while 2nd couple move up inside 1st couple and outside 3rd couple, at the same time 3rd couple move in and lead down the middle to 3rd place;
5 – 81st couple lead down between 3rd couple, separate from partner and go on outside new 2nd couple below (Triple progression); while 2nd couple turn single, Men left, Women right, moving in close to partner and moving up one place; at the same time 3rd couple cast up into 2nd place
A31 – 4All in new places, lead partner forward as at first;
 5 – 8Men wheel partners anticlockwise round themselves.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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Babylon (Second Version)

Tune:Babylon © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Quadruple minor longways processional – quadruple progression – – Reel

Quadruple Progression
A11 – 4All lead partner forward;
 5 – 83rd and 4th couples continue forward, while 1st couple, followed by 2nd couple, cast and fall in, 1st couple behind 4th couple, 2nd couple behind 1st couple.
A21 – 8As above, 3rd and 4th couples casting to original places.
B11 – 81st couple lead through 2nd couple, go outside 3rd couple, lead through 4th couple and go outside next 2nd couple, while 2nd couple move up outside 1st couple, turn partner with both hands and turn single, Man left, Woman right (moving up the set unless at the top); at the same time 3rd couple turn partner with both hands half way, lead up through 1st couple, turn partner with both hands half way and turn single, Man left, Woman right, and 4th couple turn partner with both hands, move up outside 1st couple and turn single, Man left, Woman right. (Quadruple progression).
A31 – 8All move forward, the lines crossing, Women in front of the Men, as in Winster Processional, cross back, Women again in front, and turn single away from partner, Men left, Women right.

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Bare Necessities

Tune:Bare Necessities © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Bare Necessities – Bare Necessities
Formation:Three–couple Round Set – Waltz

A11 – 4Women right hands across once round.
 5 – 8Men left hands across once round.
A21 – 6Three changes of a grand chain half–way round (two waltz steps for each change).
 7 – 8Taking left hands, Men twirl partner clockwise under their joined hands, finishing by taking ballroom hold.
B1 – 2With partner, two chassé steps towards centre.
 3 – 4Facing outwards with Woman’s right hand in Man’s left hand, all balance away from and towards partner.
 5 – 6Taking ballroom hold with partner again, two chassé steps away from centre.
 7 – 8Facing centre with Woman’s left hand in Man’s right hand, all balance away from and towards partner, finishing by joining hands in a circle of 6.
C1 – 4All circle left half way (round to original places).
 5 – 8All face partner and gypsy right shoulder round partner, Women continuing on past own place, and turning right to face original corner (now new partner) in new place. (Note that Women must turn right to take right hands across to start the next round.)

Repeat dance twice.

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Battersea Processional

Tune:no special music was written for this dance
Formation:Duple Minor longways (No progression) – Jigs

A11 – 2Facing in the direction of the procession and taking inside hands with partner, all move four steps forward.
 3 – 41st couple cast one place, while 2nd couple continue moving forward.
 5 – 6Taking inside hands with partner, move four steps forward.
 7 – 82nd couple cast one place, while, 1st couple continue moving forward.
A21 – 2All move four steps forward.
 3 – 41st couple cast one place, while 2nd couple continue moving forward.
 5 – 62nd couple cast one place, while 1st couple continue moving forward.
 7 – 81st couple cast onto the ends of line of four, while 2nd couple change places with each other, 2nd Man moving behind his partner (finishing in order: 1M, 2W, 2M, 1W).
B11 – 2All move four steps forward.
 3 – 41st Man takes inside hand with 2nd Woman and leads her three–quarters round him (hand over his head) while 2nd Man takes inside hand with 1st Woman and leads her once and a quarter round him (hand over his head), so that partners finish facing each other across the set.
 5 – 8Half ladies’ chain across the set.
B21 – 4With right hands joined with partner, Women turn single clockwise four times.
 5 – 8Taking ballroom hold with partner, four pas–de–bas steps into original formation the shortest way.

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Bell of Creation

Tune:Bell of Creation © Sydney Carter
Recording: Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Double Sicilian Circle (two couples side–by–side facing two couples) – Waltz

A1 – 4All set forward right and left towards opposite, pass by the right shoulder into opposite’s place, Men turning a quarter to their right and Women turning a quarter to their left to face partner.
 5 – 8All turn partner with the left hand, Men remaining in the same place while swinging partner three–quarters round them into the Man’s original place. End facing original opposite couple.
 9 – 16Ladies’ chain, North Country style, and back, ending by joining hands in two circles of four.
B1 – 4All one waltz step into the centre and one waltz step back. The Men pass the Woman in their left hand across in front of them and put her on their right into their own place, the Men moving left into her place. End by making a circle of eight.
 5 – 8Repeat bars B 1 – 4 in circle of eight (this puts the original left hand couples in the centre of the set facing partner).
 9 – 12Centre four people (original left hand couples) half North Country ladies’ chain for both Women to rejoin their partner.
 13 – 14All join hands in circle of eight and circle left three places. (There is very little time to complete this movement). All are now opposite their original opposite, but have changed sides with the couple in their own line.
 15 – 16The new left hand couples arch over their opposite couple to change places.

Repeat in new positions.

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The Berkshire Tragedy

Tune:Traditional
Recording:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Jigs

First version, single progression
 1 – 21st and 2nd couples circle left half way round.
 3 – 4Set to centre right and left.
 5 – 8All swing partners with ballroom hold, finishing proper and facing up the room.
 9 – 122nd couple cast a place and lead up back to progressed place, while 1st couple lead up and cast back to progressed place. (Single progression)

Second version, double progression
 1 – 21st and 2nd couples circle left half way round.
 3 – 4Set to centre right and left.
 5 – 8All swing partners with ballroom hold, finishing proper and facing up the room.
 9 – 122nd couple cast a place and lead up back to progressed place, while 1st couple lead up and cast back to progressed place. (first progression)
 13 – 16With new couple above or below, three changes rights and lefts, starting by passing partner right shoulders. (second progression)

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The Betrayed Lover (formerly known as “The Treacherous Lover”)

Tune:‘De verradene Geliefden’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Duple minor longways – Jig

Double Progression
1st couples improper
A1 – 4All lead neighbour out to the side, change hands and lead back;
 5 – 81st and 2nd couples circle left half way and fall back away from partner.
B1 – 41st couple half figure 8 through the 2nd couple above them; (first progression, though 2nd couple are still improper);
 5 – 81st couple lead down through new 2nd couple below and turn single, Men left, Women right, while 2nd couple cast up round the new 1st couple above, and change places with partner passing right shoulder. (Second progression).

Note:
During the last 4 bars the neutral couple at the top of the set should stand still, as they are already on the correct side to start the next round as 1st couples.

If there is an even number of couples in the set, 1st couples on reaching the bottom of the set will turn single, Man left, Woman right, and change places with partner passing right shoulder during the last four bars of B. They will then be ready to start straightaway as 2nd couples in the next round.

If there is an odd number of couples, they will complete the dance in the usual way and change places with partner while they are standing neutral at the beginning of the next round.

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Buzzards Bay

Tune:Buzzards Bay © Pat Shaw, Date unknown
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Progressive 3 couple longways set – 2nd couple improper – Reel

2nd couple improper
A11 – 41st and 2nd couples right–hand star while 3rd couple back–to–back.
 5 – 81st couple back–to–back while 2nd and 3rd couples left–hand star.
A21 – 8Shetland Reel: Each man closely following his partner and each couple acting as a unit, all walk a reel (hey) for three. Start with 1st and 2nd couples passing right shoulders, i.e. 2nd couple coming up on the man’s side and looping clockwise round the top of the set. 1st couple going down on the woman’s side and cutting across the middle to loop anticlockwise round the bottom. 3rd couple come up on the woman’s side and cut through the middle immediately after the 1st couple passing them left shoulder and then loop clockwise round the top of the set. All continue in this way to original places.
B11 – 81st couple face down, others face up and all dip–and–dive going over from the middle and under from the ends. On reaching the ends, couples should turn as a couple, the man turning his partner under his arm if he so desires.
B21 – 81st couple lead down the middle, separate and cast back to place, while 2nd and 3rd couples fall back away from their partners and come forward and circle four to the left once round.
A31 – 41st couple cross over and go down outside into 2nd place, 2nd couple moving up in bars 3 and 4, the man handing his partner across in front of him so that they end proper in the top place.
 5 – 81st couple then cross over again and go down outside to the bottom, while 3rd couple move up to middle place in bars 7 and 8, the man handing his partner across in front of him to finish improper.

Repeat dance twice so that all end in original place.

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Camp House Reel

Tune:Camp House Reel © Pat Shaw, Date unknown
Recording:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Triple minor longways – Reel

Steps: Walk or polka as desired, perhaps polka B2. Walk the casts. Use American–type balance–pivot swing.

A11 – 21st couple cast down into 2nd place, 2nd couple moving up.
 3 – 81st man with 3rd woman and 1st woman with 2nd man balance and swing on 1st couple’s right diagonal, finishing with 1st couple in middle place. (Balance in bars 3 and 4; swing in bars 5 to 8.)
A21 – 21st man cast down into 3rd man’s place; 3rd man moving up into 2nd man’s place, while 1st woman casts back up to her original place; 2nd woman moving down back into her own place.
 3 – 81st man with 2nd woman and 1st woman with 3rd man balance and swing on 1st couple’s left diagonal.
B11 – 41st man goes below 3rd woman, up round behind her, passes inside in front of 2nd woman back to his original place and takes promenade hold with his partner facing up, while 3rd man and 2nd man wait 2 bars, then move down into their original places, 2nd man taking promenade hold with his partner facing up.
 5 – 81st couple, followed by 2nd couple, promenade to their left, men wheeling their partner round into progressed places, both couples finishing proper.
B21 – 41st man half–hey with 3rd couple, passing left shoulder with 3rd woman, while 1st woman half–hey with 2nd couple, passing left shoulder with 2nd man.
1st couple quick right–hand turn half–way round to own side.
 5 – 81st man half–hey with 2nd couple, passing right shoulder with 2nd man, while 1st woman half–hey with 3rd couple, passing right shoulder with 3rd woman.
1st couple quick left–hand turn half–way round into progressed place.

Note:
In B2 the 2nd and 3rd couples do complete straight heys across the set, making large loops at the ends to allow the 1st couple to make half–turns. Be careful to observe the rhythmic differences in the music between bars 1 and 2 and bars 5 and 6.

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The Carillon at Sneek

Tune:‘Het Sneeker Klokspel’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for four couples, progressive – Waltz

A11 – 61st and 3rd couples set forward right and left to partner and set right and left backwards away from partner and cast into 2nd and 4th places, while 2nd and 4th couples turn partner with both hands and lead up into 1st and 3rd places.
A21 – 62nd and 4th couples set forward right and left to partner and set right and left backwards away from partner and cast down one place, while 1st and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands and lead up one place.
B11 – 81st and 2nd couples face down, 3rd and 4th couples face up, all do seven changes of a straight hey for four on each side, 2nd couple passing inside 3rd couple to start and finishing one place before original place in the order 2nd, 1st, 4th, 3rd couples.
B21 – 41st and 4th couples circle left half way and fall back slightly, while 2nd and 3rd couples set forward to partner right and left and change places with partner passing right shoulder and half a turn single left at the same time
 5 – 8All turn partner with both hands half way and fall back away from partner.

Repeat the dance three times.

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Carnival

Tune:‘Vastenavond’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Round set for three couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All circle left (four slip steps) and turn single left.
A21 – 4All circle right (four slip steps) and turn single right.
B11 – 4Passing partner right shoulder, three changes of a circular hey (without hands) and finish facing partner;
 5 – 6Men jump out to the right, turning left to face the centre, then Women jump in to the right, turning left to face out (the jumps should be done as in Nonesuch);
 7 – 10All set forward right and left to partner and turn single right veering to the right back into circle formation, ending facing partner.
All are now half way round the set and are improper.
B21 – 4Again passing partner right shoulder, three changes of a circular hey as before;
 5 – 6Men jump in to the right turning left to face out, then Women jump out turning left to face in;
 7 – 10Set forward right and left and turn single right to finish facing partner in original place

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners move forward side by side right shoulder, turning right to face each other and three–quarters turn single right back to original places.
A21 – 4Partners move forward side by side left shoulder, turning left to face each other and three–quarters turn single left back to original place.
B11 – 4All move four steps right (Men out, Women towards centre) turning right to face corner, move back into circle formation on far side of corner, turning right to face corner;
 5 – 10Men jump out, Women jump in and all set forward right and left to corner and turn single right (as in 1st Figure), but finish facing corner.
B21 – 4All move four steps right (Men in, Women out) and turning right to face partner, move into original partner’s place;
 5 – 10Men jump in, Women jump out and all set forward right and left to partner and turn single right, finishing in original place.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners half right hand turn, then all gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round next dancer (original opposite).
A21 – 4Partners half left hand turn, then all gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) round corner.
B11 – 4Men left hand star in centre, while Women dance clockwise round the outside, catch partner with the right hand and quarter right hand turn into circle formation, Men facing out, Women in;
 5 – 10Men jump out turning left, Women jump in turning left (all are now facing original opposite); all set forward right and left to opposite and turn single right into circle formation (as in 1st Figure).
B21 – 4Women left hand star in centre, while Men dance clockwise round the outside, catch opposite with right hand and quarter right hand turn into circle formation, Women facing out, Men facing in;
 5 – 10Men jump in turning left, Women jump out turning left; partners, who are now facing, set forward right and left and turn single right into original place, where they honour.

Note:
The jumps are always to the right turning left.
Men always jump first, out in B1, in in B2.

The turn single after the setting forward is always veering to the right back into circle formation.

The final set and turn single in each Figure is always with original partner.

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Cecilia

Tune:‘Cecilia’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for four couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double and fall back;
 5 – 8All set left and right to partner and turn single left.
A21 – 4All lead partner down a double and fall back;
 5 – 8All set right and left to partner and turn single right.
B1 – 41st and 4th couples meet in the centre and circle left half way, while 2nd and 3rd couples cast to end places and turn with both hands half way;
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples meet in the centre and circle left half way, while 1st and 4th couples cast to end places and turn with both hands half way;
 9 – 122nd couple, facing 3rd couple and passing neighbour right shoulder, all half straight hey for four on own side to original place (see Note 2);
 13 – 16Partners turn once with both hands;
 17 – 20All set right and left moving backwards (away from partner) and turn single right moving forward towards partner.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 8All set left and right to partner and turn single left.
A21 – 4Partners side left shoulder;
 5 – 8All set right and left to partner and turn single right.
B1 – 41st and 4th couples cross over passing right shoulder with partner and move down or up the outside into middle place, while 2nd Man and 3rd Woman, closely followed by 3rd Man and 2nd Woman, change places passing right shoulders and lead partner into end places;
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples now cross, passing right shoulder with partner, and move up or down the outside into middle place, while 1st Woman and 4th Man, closely followed by 1st Man and 4th Woman, change places passing right shoulder and lead partner into end places;
 9 – 12Half hey with arches (dip and dive) to original place, 2nd couple facing 3rd couple in centre of set, start by going under arch made by 3rd couple, then 3rd couple go under arch made by 1st couple, while 4th couple go under arch made by 2nd couple etc. (see Note 2);
 13 –20Partners turn with both hands, set right and left moving backwards and turn single right moving forward as before.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn (or arm right);
 5 – 8All set left and right to partner and turn single left.
A21 – 4Partners left hand turn (or arm left);
 5 – 8All set right and left to partner and turn single right.
B1 – 21st and 2nd couples right hand star half way, while 3rd and 4th couples do the same,
 3 – 41st and 4th couples left hand star half way, while 2nd and 3rd couples (M2 and W3 turning left) half left hand turn with partner;
 5 – 61st and 3rd couples right hand star half way, while 2nd and 4th couples do the same
 7 – 82nd and 3rd couples left hand star half way, while 1st and 4th couples (M4 and W1 turning left) half left hand turn with partner;
 9 – 121st couple facing 2nd couple, 3rd couple facing 4th couple, passing right shoulder to start, all half straight hey for four on own side to original place (see Note 2);
 13 – 20All turn partner with both hands, set moving backwards and turn single right moving forward as before. All honour partner.

Note 1:
In A1 + A2 the setting should be done forward towards partner and the turn single back to place.

Note 2:
The three heys are different:
in the 1st Figure, the middle couples face and pass right shoulder;
in the 2nd Figure, the middle couples face, the 2nd couple go between the 3rd couple who make an arch over them;
in the 3rd Figure, the middle couples face the end couples and pass right shoulder.

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Chigwell Row

Tune:Adapted by Pat Shaw from a traditional Essex song
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
All Alive – Two’s Company (tape)
Formation:Duple Minor longways. Double progression – Reel

A11 – 41st couple half figure 8 down through 2nd couple.
 5 – 81st Woman and 2nd Man half figure 8 across the set through the 1st Man and 2nd Woman.
A21 – 41st Man and 2nd Woman half figure 8 across the set through 1st Woman and 2nd Man.
 5 – 82nd couple half figure 8 down through 1st couple (all are progressed, but are improper).
B1 – 21st couple facing down, 2nd couple facing up, and facing a new couple, all change places with this new couple, 2nd couple making arch and moving over the 1st couple, who move down underneath.
 3 – 4All change hands and move back again, 1st couple arching over 2nd couple, who pass under.
 5 – 8All circle four to the left once round with original couple.
C1 – 21st couple pass under arch made by their original 2nd couple (with whom they have just circled) who move down over the top at the same time.
 3 – 4All change hands and move back again, 1st couple arching over and 2nd couple passing under.
 5 – 8All, moving on to a new couple, circle left half way round and fall back away from partner. (Second progression)

N.B. (a) At the end of B music, any neutral couple should turn partner with both hands once round (while the others circle left).
(b) At the end of C music, any neutral couple that is improper should turn partner half way round with both hands and fall back away from partner (while the others circle half way round and fall back away from partner).

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Clarance House

Tune:Clarance House (Jig) and Whit Monday (Reel) © Pat Shaw, 1953
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Four–couple Square Set – Jig and Reel (twice) plus Jig

Jig
A11 – 8All taking inside hands with partner, head couples forward and back twice, with side couples (starting on bar 3) forward, back and forward, finishing in centre facing corner in two straight lines (double step).
A21 – 8Two complete straight heys for four, finishing in same two straight lines facing corner (double step).
B1 – 4All turn corner with right hands three–quarters round into lines across head positions. Set right and left on the spot in line, making arches.
 5 – 8Men left hand turn a quarter into line down set and immediately 2nd and 4th Men half right hand turn. Men set right and left on the spot in line, making arches, facing partner.
 9 – 12Women go through nearer outside arch in opposite directions passing right shoulders and left around partner to places (double step).
 13 – 16All left hand turn with partner to places (double step).

Reel
A11 – 81st and 3rd couples balance* right and left to partner and balance right and left to opposite. Taking inside hands with partner, head couples forward and back (double step).
A21 – 81st and 3rd couples forward again into a back to back with opposite and lead out with opposite through nearer side couple, separate and return to places (double step).
B1 – 41st and 3rd Men right hand turn once round, and left hand turn with partner once round (double step).
 5 – 81st Man with 4th couple and 3rd Man with 2nd couple right hands across for three on sides, while 1st and 3rd Women left hand turn once in centre (double step).
 9 – 161st and 3rd Men fall in behind their partner for left hands across once round to places and then continue turning their partner with the left hand, while 2nd and 4th couples right hand turn with partner to end of phrase of music (double step).
Jig and ReelRepeat with 2nd and 4th couples leading. (In repeating Jig B 1 – 4 lines will be up and down the room for side couples).
Jig
A1 All turn corner with left hand once round, turn partner with right hand once and a half, Men turn right hand Woman with left hand once round and turn partner with right hand half way and face partner for:
A2 Grand chain all the way back to places (double step).
B1 – 8All four ladies’ chain to opposite Man with open left hand turn and chain back to partner with open left hand turn (double step).
 9 – 16Promenade with partner once round (double step).

* Step on right foot and press ball of left foot in front of right and return all weight to right foot, step on left foot and press ball of right foot in front of left and return all weight to left foot.

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Clevedon Sicilian or Doreen’s Delight

Tune:Clevedon Sicilian and As Luck will have it © Pat Shaw, 1965
Recordings:All Alive – Two’s Company (tape)
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A1 – 4With inside hands joined, forward and back to opposite couple.
 5 – 6Facing partner, set right and left.
 7 – 8Still facing partner, four galop steps to the right to next person of the opposite sex.
 9 – 12Back to back right shoulder with that person.
 13 – 16Swing the same person (ballroom hold with pivot step).
B1 – 4Facing in original direction but with a different partner, half ladies’ chain round the circle.
 5 – 8Two changes of rights and lefts. End facing the person with whom you have passed left hand (your original opposite), standing next to your partner, Woman on Man’s right.
 9 – 12Half ladies’ chain across the set.
 13 – 16Facing partner, two changes of rights and lefts.

N.B. The back to back and swing are with the same person.

Change partners version

A1 – 4Face partner, set right and left and move to the left to a new partner.
 5 – 8Swing new partner ending on own side.
 9 – 12Set right and left to new partner and move back to the right to original partner.
 13 – 16Swing partner.
B1 – 4Facing in original direction, half ladies’ chain round the circle.
 5 – 8Two changes of rights and lefts. End facing the person with whom you have passed left hand (your original opposite), standing next to your partner, Woman on Man’s left.
 9 – 12Half ladies’ chain across the set.
 13 – 16Facing partners, two changes of rights and lefts.

N.B. (a) Each Woman dances the half ladies’ chain with the same Woman throughout.
(b) The person swung in A 5 – 8 will be your partner for the next round.

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Clog Dance

Tune:‘Klompe Dans’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Round for as many as will – progressive – Reel

Men having their partner on their right

First Figure
A11 – 2All with hands on shoulders circle left – double step
 3 – 4Facing centre dance in position – back step and three stamps (R hop L hop | R L R – |).
A21 – 4Repeat the above, but circle right and reverse the footing.
B11 – 2Men with right arm round partner’s waist, Women with left hand on partner’s shoulder, all dance towards the centre – double step;
 3 – 4Men wheel partner round anticlockwise single step;
5 – 6All dance backwards to original places – double step;
 7 – 8All turn partner with both hands – single step and 3 stamps.
B21 – 2All facing partner two changes of a grand chain, right hand and left hand – double step;
 3 – 4Right hand turn the next once and a half – single step;
 5 – 6Pass the next two, left hand and right hand – double step;
 7 – 8Left hand turn with the next – single step and three stamps.

Second Figure
A11 – 2All side right shoulders with new partner – one double step forward (starting with right foot) and one backwards;
 3 – 4Dance facing new partner in position – back step and three stamps.
A21 – 4All side left shoulder with the same new partner and dance in position (starting with left foot).
B11 – 4All back to back right shoulder with same new partner (double step and single step as before);
 5 – 8All back to back left shoulder with new corner, ending facing the centre (double step, single step and three stamps).
B21 – 2Men move backward and forward, moving slightly to the left, while Women move forward and backward, moving slightly to the right into corner’s place (double step, starting with left foot);
 3 – 4All turn same corner with both hands (Men with Women now to their right with whom they have just changed places) (single step);
 5 – 6Men move backward and forward, moving left again, while Women move forward and backward, moving right as before, changing places with new corner (double step);
 7 – 8All face next new corner (Men face left, Women face right) and turn with both hands half way anticlockwise with this corner, who becomes the new partner for the next figure (single step and three stamps).

Third Figure
A11 – 4Arm right with new partner and dance in position (double step, single step and three stamps starting with right foot).
A21 – 4Arm left with new partner and dance in position (starting with left foot).
B11 – 4All gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) round partner (double step and single step starting right foot);
 5 – 8Gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round corner, finishing facing corner (double step, single step and three stamps).
B21 – 2All chassé left and right, changing places with corner (double step starting with left foot);
 3 – 4Pass the next two left shoulder and right shoulder, without giving hands (single step);
 5 – 6Repeat the chassé left and right, changing places with the next, turning left about during the chassé right to face the same person again (double step);
 7 – 8Pass two right shoulder and left shoulder, without giving hands as before (single step and three stamps). All should now be in original place.

This dance should be extremely vigorous in performance. Use plenty of weight in all turns and attack every movement strongly.

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Colterom

Tune:‘Colterom’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording: Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Triple minor longways – Waltz

Triple Progression
A11 – 4All start holding inside hands with partner, facing up.
1st couple wheel out left and move down Men’s side into 2nd and 3rd Men’s places, while 2nd couple wheel out right and move down Women’s side into 2nd and 3rd Women’s places and 3rd couple move up to the top, 3rd Man handing his partner across in front of him to face down in 1st couple’s place;
 5 – 8All circle left, finishing with 1st couple in 3rd place proper, 3rd couple on the Men’s side and 2nd couple on the Women’s side.
A21 – 43rd couple turn left hand once and a quarter, while 2nd couple turn right hand once and a quarter, manoeuvring into original places as they do so at the same time 1st couple, following 3rd Woman and 2nd Man to begin with, lead up to the top and turn single, Man left, Woman right;
 5 – 8Then 1st couple, followed by 2nd and 3rd couples, cast to the bottom and lead up the middle into 2nd place, 2nd couple continuing outside down into 3rd place and 3rd couple turn single, Man left, Woman right, in 1st place. (First progression, although 2nd and 3rd couples are not in their right places).
B11 – 41st Man and 2nd Woman turn right hand, while 3rd Man and 1st Woman do the same;
 5 – 81st couple passing each other right shoulders, 1st Man and 3rd Woman turn left hand, while 2nd Man and 1st Woman do the same, then 1st couple (proper) lead down to 3rd place, 2nd couple moving up. (Second progression)
B21 – 22nd and 3rd couples circle left half way, while 1st couple balance back away from partner and move forward;
 3 – 4All turn partners with both hands half way;
 5 – 81st couple, pass partner right shoulder and move down outside the new 2nd couple into new place, where they turn single, Man right, Woman left, 2nd couple moving up on the last 2 bars (except at the top of the set). (Third progression)

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Country Dance

Tune:‘Contredans’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation: Set for four men and six women in two lines – Reel

Top
 W5M3W3M1W1 
 W6M4W4M2W2 

First Figure
A11 – 4Joining hands in lines, all forward and back;
 5 – 8All set forward left and right facing diagonally to the left and turn single left back to original place.
A21 – 4All forward and back in lines again;
 5 – 8All set forward right and left facing diagonally to the right and turn single right back to original place.
B11 – 41st and 4th Men with middle Women (M1 + M4 and W3 + W4) circle left once round;
 5 – 8Holding the circle, they raise their hands to make arches and the other two Men followed by the end Women (M2, followed by W2 + W1, and M3, followed by W5 + W6), dance clockwise through the nearest arch into the circle in front of the Men, and out through next arch continuing round to original place;
9 – 16Then 1st and 4th Men with both neighbouring Women and the end couple opposite (M1 + M2 with W1, W2 + W3, and M3 + M4 with W4, W5 + W6) circle five left and right (slip step) – finishing in original place.
B21 – 82nd and 3rd Men with middle Women (M2 + M3 and W3 + W4) circle right once round; and make arches as before, the other two Men followed by the end Women (M1, followed by W1 + W2, and M4, followed by W6 + W5), dance through the nearest arch into the circle and round anticlockwise in front of the Men, and out through the next arch to their original place;
 9 – 16Then 2nd and 3rd Men with both neighbouring Women and the end couple opposite (M1 + M2 with W1, W2 + W4, and M3 + M4 with W3, W5 + W6) circle five right and left (slip step) – finishing in original place.

Second Figure
A11 – 41st and 4th Men face their right hand neighbour (M1 faces W3, M4 faces W4), side right shoulder to right shoulder forming a line of four across the set; while the other two Men move between the end Women, who also move towards them to form lines of three (M3 between W5 + W6, M2 between W1 + W2) and all fall back;
 5 – 8All set forward left and right to the same people and turn single left back to place.
A21 – 42nd and 3rd Men face their left hand neighbour (M3 faces W3, M2 faces W4), side left, who also move towards them to form lines of three (M1 between W1 + W2, M4 between W5 + W6) and all fall back;
 5 – 8All set forward right and left to the same people and turn single right back to place.
B11 – 81st and 4th Men whole figure 8 between middle Women passing each other right shoulder and then left (M1 round W4 + W3, M4 round W3 + W4); while the other two Men whole figure 8 between end Women (M2 round W1 + W2, M3 round W6 + W5);
 9 – 16All circle left and right (M1 with W1 + W2, M4 with W5 + W6, M2 + M3 with W3 + W4). (All this should be done with a double step).
B21 – 82nd and 3rd men whole figure 8 between middle Women passing each other left shoulder and then right (M3 round W4 + W3, M2 round W3 + W4); while the other two Men whole figure 8 between end Women (M1 round W2 + W1, M4 round W5 + W6);
 9 – 16All circle right and left (M3 with W5 + W6, M2 with W1 + W2, M1 + M4 with W3 + W4). (Double step).

Third Figure
A11 – 41st and 4th Men with middle Women right hand star (M1 + M4, W3 + W4), while the other two Men with the end Women right hand star for three (M2 + W1 + W2 and M3 + W5 + W6);
 5 – 8All set forward left and right towards centre of stars and turn single left back to original place.
A21 – 42nd and 3rd Men with middle Women left hand star (M2 + M3, W3 + W4), while the other two Men with the end Women left hand star for three (M1 + W1+ W2 and M4 + W5 + W6);
 5 – 8All set forward right and left and turn single right back to original place as before.
B11 – 81st and 4th Men hey for three with the two neighbouring Women passing the middle Woman right shoulders (M1 + W1 + W3, M4 + W4 + W6), while the other "couples" gypsy anticlockwise then clockwise (left then right shoulders);
 9 – 16Men circle right and left in the centre, while the Women circle left and right outside them.
B21 – 82nd and 3rd Men hey for three with the two neighbouring Women passing the middle Woman left shoulders (M3 + W3 + W5, M2 + W4 + W2), while the other "couples" gypsy clockwise then anticlockwise (right then left shoulders);
 9 – 16Men circle left and right in the centre, while the Women circle right and left outside them.

Coda
A11 – 8Joining hands in lines as in 1st Figure A1, all forward and back; all step right and honour opposite, step left and honour opposite.

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The Dancing Dutch

Tune:The Dancing Dutch © Pat Shaw, 1973
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Reel

First couples improper
A11 – 31st and 2nd Women right hand turn once round.
 4 – 6All left hand turn with partner, finishing with Women standing back to back and facing partner.
 7 – 8All set to partner in diagonal line across the set.
A21 – 8Passing partner right shoulder, all complete hey for four.
B11 – 41st couple promenade a short way down the room, wheel round anticlockwise as a couple, while 2nd couple do the same up the room, then straight into:
 5 – 8Half ladies’ chain across the set with opposite couple.
B21 – 4All back to back with partner.
 5 – 8All swing partner or turn partner once round with both hands.

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Dancing the Baby

Tune:Traditional
Formation:Four couple Longways Set – Hornpipe Step

1st and 2nd couples proper, 3rd and 4th couples improper
A1 – 41st and 4th couples set to partner and three–quarter right hand turn with partner (2nd couple moving up slightly and 3rd couple moving down slightly to form 2 diamonds).
 5 – 8All set to partner and 1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple left hand across half way round.
B11 – 8Two straight heys (seven changes) across the set, started by passing right shoulder, 1st Man with 2nd Woman, 1st Woman with 2nd Man, 4th Man with 3rd Woman and 4th Woman with 3rd Man. All finish improper to original places. 1st and 4th couples take ballroom hold with partner to face down and up the set respectively.
C1 – 21st and 4th couples chassé towards each other and back.
 3 – 41st and 4th couples 4 step–hop swing, ballroom hold, once and a quarter, moving in towards each other and finishing with Men back to back in centre of set, while 2nd and 3rd couples 4 step–hops diagonally forward to meet partner in end places and take ballroom hold.
 5 – 61st and 4th couples chassé to Men’s left and back to right, changing places with each other, while 2nd and 3rd couples chassé towards each other and back.
 7 – 81st and 4th couples four step–hop swing halfway round to finish with 4th couple proper in 2nd couple’s place and 1st couple improper in 3rd couple’s place, while 2nd and 3rd couples four step–hop swing round into 1st couple’s place proper and 4th couple’s place improper respectively.
B21 – 41st and 3rd couples half double figure 8 (1st couple start by crossing and 3rd couple by casting), while 4th and 2nd couples half double figure 8 (4th couple start by crossing and 2nd couple by casting). 1st and 4th couples change ends, Women crossing in front of the Men.
 5 – 81st and 2nd couples half double figure 8 (1st couple start by crossing and 2nd couple by casting), while 4th and 3rd couples half double figure 8 (4th couple start by crossing and 3rd couple by casting). 1st and 4th couples change places with neighbour (1st Woman with 4th Man and 1st Man with 4th Woman).
(Double figure 8 at each end of the set). (In B2 1 – 8 2nd and 3rd couples in end places dancing whole double figure 8, 1st and 4th couples dancing half a double figure 8 at each end).
Dance repeated three times + A.
A1 – 21st couple, followed by 2nd couple, cast down individually to the bottom of the set, while 4th couple, followed by 3rd couple, cast up individually to the top of the set, Women going on the inside. (2 x 1–2–3 hop–steps).
 3 – 4All change places with partner. (four step–hops).
 5 – 8All circle left half way to places, (two 1–2–3 hop–steps) and right hop, left hop, right together, and honour partner.
Progression 1–3–4–2–1.

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Dear Papa and Dear Mama (First Version)

Tune:‘Vader lief kreeg Moeder lief’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Round for as many as will – Waltz & Reel

Men having their partner on their right

A11 – 3All right hand turn with partner;
 4 – 7All gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) with corner and pass partner right shoulder.
A21 – 3All right hand turn with new partner;
 4 – 7All gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) with original partner and pass new partner right shoulder.
B1 – 2All pass new partner right shoulder with half turn single left at the same time;
 3 – 4Pass the same partner again right shoulder, without turning, and then the next, left shoulder;
 5 – 6All pass the next (original partner) right shoulder with half turn single left at the same time;
7 – 8Pass original partner again right shoulder, without turning, and then the next left shoulder;
 9 – 12(Change of rhythm) All turn the next with both hands half way, face the centre and balance right and left in circle formation.

To make this clearer, here is the description for 2nd man:
A11 – 3Right hand turn with 2nd Woman;
 4 – 7gypsy anticlockwise round 1st Woman and pass 2nd Woman right shoulder.
A21 – 3Right hand turn with 3rd Woman;
 4 – 7gypsy anticlockwise round 2nd Woman and pass 3rd Woman right shoulder.
B1 – 2Pass 4th Woman right shoulder with half turn single left at the same time,
 3 – 4Pass 4th Woman right shoulder and 3rd Woman left shoulder;
 5 – 6Pass 2nd Woman right shoulder with half turn single left at the same time,
 7 – 8Pass 2nd Woman right shoulder and 3rd Woman left shoulder;
 9 – 12Turn 4th Woman with both hands half way into a circle and balance. (2nd man startsagain with 5th Woman)

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Dear Papa and Dear Mama (Second Version)

Tune:‘Vader lief kreeg Moeder lief’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Round for as many as will – Waltz & Reel

Men having their partner on their right

A11 – 7All circle left with five waltz steps and turn single left.
A21 – 7All circle right with five waltz steps and turn single right.
B1 – 4All right hand turn with partner and pass corner left shoulder;
 5 – 8All left hand turn with next person beyond corner and pass corner right shoulder;
 9 – 12(Change of rhythm) All set right and left to partner and pass right shoulder to next (new partner).

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The Delight of the Men of Llay (Difyrrwch Gwŷr Llay)

Tune:Any 32 bar jig such as “Cainc y Datgeiniaid”
Formation:Sicillian Circle

A1Couples change places and back, 2nd couples making an arch and going over, changing hands and coming under, 1st couples doing the reverse; repeat all this with the couple originally behind you.
A2With original opposite galop four steps out to the side and lead back; partners swing in place.
B1Basket with the other couple.
B2Half–pousette past the other couple (men pushing first); and swing partners in new places ending facing a new couple.

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The Donkey Brays

Tune:‘Het Eesel schreit’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Round for as many as will – Jig

Men having their partner on their right

A11 – 4All set forward right and left to partner and turn single right back to place.
A21 – 4All half right hand turn with partner and box the gnat back to original place.
B11 – 4Pass partner right shoulder and left hand turn with the next, finishing facing original partner improper.
B21 – 4Set forward right and left to original partner and passing partner right shoulder, half turn single left at the same time and immediately pass partner again right shoulder (without a turn single). A quick movement but not difficult

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Donnie’s Farewell to London

Tune:Donnie’s Farewell to London © Pat Shaw, 1959
Formation:Three–couple Longways Set – Reel

A11 – 8Grimstock hey 1st couple changing sides down and up the set.
A21 – 41st couple cross over, move down outside the 2nd couple.
 5 – 81st couple half figure 8 up through 2nd couple who move up.
B1 – 81st Man turns 3rd Woman with right hand, while 1st Woman turns 2nd Man with right hand (1st corners). 1st couple turn with the left hand. 1st Man turns 2nd Woman with right hand, while 1st Woman turns 3rd Man with right hand (2nd corners). 1st couple turn with left hand, finishing in middle place on own side.
 9 – 12All set right and left to partner and change places with them passing right shoulder.
 13 – 16All circle left half way round. (double step)

Repeat dance twice.

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Down in the Nettles

Tune:‘’k lagh in de Neetelen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Longways set for four couples – Jig

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double, change hands, and fall back, still moving up the room.
A21 – 4All lead partner down a double, change hands, and fall back to original places.
B111st Man and 4th Woman fall back a step,
22nd Man and 3rd Woman fall back a step,
3 – 41st and 2nd couples slip down into 3rd and 4th places (1M + 2M outside), while 3rd and 4th couples slip up into 1st and 2nd places (3W + 4W outside);
5 – 81st and 4th couples circle left, while 2nd and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands;
9 – 10All turn partner with both hands half way (the end couple should make the turns continuous, i.e. once and a half altogether).
B213rd Man and 2nd Woman fall back a step,
 24th Man and 1st Woman fall back a step,
 3 – 41st and 2nd couples slip up 1W + 2W outside), while 3rd and 4th couples slip down to original places, but improper (3M + 4M outside);
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples circle left, while 1st and 4th couples turn partner with both hands;
 9 – 10All turn partner with both hands half way.

Second Figure
A11 – 2All move forward to stand right shoulder to right shoulder with partner,
 3 – 4All half turn single left, falling back into partner’s place.
A21 – 2All move forward to stand left shoulder to left shoulder with partner,
 3 – 4All half turn single right, falling back to original place.
B111st Man and 4th Woman step forward, turning a quarter right to face each other,
24th Man and 1st Woman step forward similarly to face partner,
3 – 101st and 4th couples, joining hands with partner, push or pull towards the centre to form a line and go straight into half hey for four passing partner right shoulder, then turn partner with both hands three–quarters, finishing improper, 1st couple in 3rd place, 4th couple in 2nd place. At the same time, while 1st and 4th couples move to the centre, 2nd and 3rd couples cast to 1st and 4th places, turn partners by the right hand in the end places, and move up or down outside the set on their own side, passing the other Man or Woman left shoulder, and turn partner with both hands half way at the other end finishing improper.
B212nd Man and 3rd Woman step forward, turning a quarter right to face each other,
 23rd Man and 2nd Woman do likewise to face partner,
 3 – 102nd and 3rd couples, joining hands, push or pull towards the centre straight into half a hey for four passing partner right shoulder, then turn partner with both hands three–quarters to finish in original places. At the same time, while 2nd and 3rd couples move to the centre, 1st and 4th couples cast into the end places and turn partner by the right hand in the end places and move up or down outside the set on their wrong side, passing the other Man or Woman left shoulder, to original place improper, then turn partner with both hands half way.

Third Figure
A11 – 4All half right hand turn with partner and turn single left.
A21 – 4All half left hand turn with partner and turn single right.
B111st Man and 3rd Woman step forward, while 2nd Man and 4th Woman step back,
23rd Man and 1st Woman step forward, while 4th Man and 2nd Woman step back,
3 – 41st and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands half way moving down into 2nd and 4th places improper, while 2nd and 4th couples slip up to 1st and 3rd places;
5 – 81st and 3rd couples cast up and lead back, while 2nd and 4th couples half figure 8 through them;
9 – 101st and 4th Men turn with both hands half way, 1st and 4th Women do the same at the same time, while 2nd couple lead down the middle to the bottom and 3rd couple cast up to the top.
(This figure should be very continuous, the timings given being approximate only.)
B214th Man and 2nd Woman step forward, while 3rd Man and 1st Woman step back,
 22nd Man and 4th Woman step forward, while 1st Man and 3rd Woman step back,
 3 – 42nd and 4th couples turn partner with both hands half way up into 3rd and 1st place proper, while 1st and 3rd couples slip down to 4th and 2nd places;
 5 – 82nd and 4th couples cast down and lead back up, while 1st and 3rd couples half figure 8 through them;
 9 – 102nd and 3rd Men turn with both hands half way, 2nd and 3rd Women do the same at the same time, while 1st couple lead up the middle to the top and 4th couple cast down the outside to the bottom. (This should also be continuous as in B1 above.) All honour partner in original place.

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The "Duchess" Saraband

Tune:‘Sarabande op de Duchesse’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:‘Becket’ set with another ‘Becket’ set outside – Reel

1st couples facing each other in the centre, 2nd couples also facing inward, each man having his partner on his right, thus:

 M2M1W1W2 
 aabb 
 W2W1M1M2 
 M2M1W1W2 
 aabb 
 W2W1M1M2 
 ........ 

A11 – 41st couples “a” and “b” right hand star;
 5 – 81st Women “a” and “b” right hand turn with each other in the centre, while 1st Men “a” and “b” 3 hand left hand star with 2nd couples “a” and “b”.
A21 – 81st couples “a” and “b” whole straight hey for four, passing partner left shoulder to begin, and finishing in partner’s original place facing 2nd couples.(Men still have partner on their right)
B11 – 41st couples and 2nd couples circle left half way and change places with partner, turning right to face the centre;
 5 – 82nd Men lead the opposite 2nd Women up or down a little, separate from them and cast back to their original places, at the same time 1st couples move forward to the centre and back to back right shoulder with opposite in the centre.
B21 – 41st couples circle left with the other 1st couples, while the 2nd couples turn partners with both hands;
 5 – 81st couples fall back (Men away from opposite Men, Women from opposite Women on a line diagonal to the set) and move forward again, while the 2nd couples half figure 8 through 1st couples.
C1 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 6All turn partner with both hands half way and face centre;
 7 – 81st couples take two chassé steps down the room, while 2nd couples do the same up the room. Progression.

Note:
While neutral, couples should form a line of 4 with the opposite couple and face up or down the set.

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The Emperor

Tune:‘De Keiser’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Longways set for four couples – Triple Time

Minuet step throughout, one minuet step takes two bars of music.

3rd & 4th couples improper
A11 – 8In fours at each end of the set, circle left. End couples cast into middle places, while middle couples lead into end places and three–quarters turn single away from partner (Men left, Women right).
A21 – 8New end couples pass partner right shoulder, but do not turn, move backwards on a small anticlockwise arc into partner’s place to face partner again; and repeat to places. At the same time middle couples do the same movement with neighbours beside them
B11 – 4Middle couples circle left half way, while end couples turn partner with both hands;
5 – 7Middle couples fall back with neighbour to side (head*) places, while end couples lead partner to middle; All honour opposite in lines across the room (longways lines*).
8 – 15The end dancers in each line cast to the top or bottom (ends*) of the original set and lead back to the middle, at the same time middle couples circle left in the middle, then cast to the nearest end. (End couples take 3 minuet steps for casting and meeting and one minuet step to lead in, while middle couples take three minuet steps to circle left and one minuet step for casting to the ends.)
B21 – 7New middle couples right hand star one place, and left hand turn neighbours at the ends of the set; All honour those they have just turned.
8 – 15Middle couples make a back ring and circle right three–quarters (clockwise) and turn single right to face partner and honour, while end couples cast to the side places (end places*) (Men cast left, Women right), where they meet opposites; left hand turn with opposite and honour opposite.
The set is now in lines across the room.


Top
 M2M4W4W2 
 W3W1M1M3 

Repeat the dance with new partner in this formation; the set will then be upside down.
Repeat the dance twice more and all will be home.

* Differences between 2nd and 4th times through and 1st and 3rd times are shown in italics.

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An English Air

Tune:‘Een engels Voijsje’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Set of two trios – Reel

One Man with two partners facing each other
First Figure
A11 – 4All move forward and fall back without giving hands.
A21 – 4All move forward and fall back again without giving hands.
B11 – 4Each Man goes back to back right shoulder with opposite Woman diagonally right (M1 + W2L, M2 + W1L);
 5 – 8Each Man, with both Women to his left, circles three once round to left (M1 + W1L + W2R, M2 + W2L + W1R).
B21 – 4Each Man goes back to back left shoulder with opposite Woman diagonally left (M1 + W2R, M2 + W1R);
 5 – 8Each Man, with both Women to his right, circles three once round to right (M1+ W1R + W2L, M2 + W2R + W1L), finishing with Men in home place facing the Women with whom he has just circled.

Second Figure
A11 – 4All move forward to make lines of three, each Man coming shoulder to shoulder with both Women to his right (a type of siding for three), all fall back turning so that the women face the other Man and each Man faces the other two Women;
A21 – 4All move forward to make lines of three, each Man with both Women to his left, all fall back to place.
B11 – 4Men right hand turn with left hand partner (M1 + W1L, M2 + W2L), while right hand Women half right hand turn to change places and turn single left;
 5 – 8Men left hand turn with Woman now on his right (M1 + W2R, M2 + W1R), while left hand Women half left hand turn to change places and turn single right. Women are now with opposite Man.
B21 – 4Men right hand turn with Woman now on his left (M1 + W2L, M2 + W1L), while right hand Women half right hand turn to change places and turn single left;
 5 – 8Men left hand turn with right hand partner (M1 + W1R, M2 + W2R), while left hand Women half left hand turn to change places and turn single right.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Men go right for right hand star for three (M1 + W1R + W2L, M2 + W2R + W1L), ending in original place.
A21 – 4Men go left for left hand star for three (M1 + W1L + W2R, M2 + W2L + W1R), ending in original place.
B11 – 6Men hey for three with both Women on his right passing left hand opposite Woman (M1 + W2L, M2 + W1L) by the left, the two right hand Women (W1R + W2R) start by casting right out of the preceding star;
 7 – 8Women cross right shoulder with co–partner on their own side of the set (W1R + W1L, W2R + W2L), while the Men pass each other right shoulder continuing round on a clockwise track into B2 (almost a three–quarter gypsy).
B21 – 6Men, passing own original left hand partner right shoulder, hey with her and the other opposite Woman;
 7 – 8Women cross left shoulder to original place, while Men cross left shoulder to original place.

Fourth Figure
A11 – 4All join hands with partners and move forward and fall back.
A21 – 4All move forward and fall back again.
B11 – 4Releasing hands with left partner, each Man leads both Women on his right out, (M1 + W1R + W2L, M2 + W2R + W1L), Men turn left while Women turn inwards and all lead back;
 5 – 8Releasing left hands, each Man again leads both Women on his right out, (M1 + W2L + W2R, M2 + W1L + W1R), Men turn left while Women turn inwards and all lead back;
B21 – 8Continue this movement round the set anticlockwise until the Men are in their original place. At the end each man brings both partners slightly in front of him to honour them.

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Errol on the Green

Tune:A traditional, B © Pat Shaw, 1972
Recording:Dutch Callers’ Choice – Triple Time
The next dance is… – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Three–couple progressive Longways Set – Reel

Double step should be used throughout
A11 – 8All dance a complete Morris hey plus one extra change, ending with 1st couple in middle place, 2nd and 3rd couples turning outwards in end places to continue into:
A21 – 8Two straight heys across the set, 1st Man passing the 3rd Woman by the left shoulder to hey with the 3rd couple and 1st Woman passing the 2nd Man by the left shoulder to hey with the 2nd couple.
B1 – 41st couple set right and left to 1st corners (1st Man to 3rd Woman and 1st Woman to 2nd Man) and turn them with right hand once round.
 5 – 81st couple turn each other with left hand to own sides, where they turn single right (like a small cast) to face 2nd corners.
 9 – 121st couple set right and left to 2nd corners (1st Man to 2nd Woman and 1st Woman to 3rd Man) and turn them with left hand once round.
 13 – 161st couple turn each other with right hand to own sides and lead down to the bottom place, 3rd couple casting up to 2nd place.

Repeat dance twice.

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The Farmer

Tune:‘De Boer’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double and fall back.
A21 – 4All fall back away from partner and move forward.
B11 – 4Men face up, Women face down, all move forward a double and cast left individually back to original place (double step);
 5 – 8All half right hand turn with partner and turn single left (walking step).
B21 – 4Men face up, Women face down, all move forward a double and cast right to place (double step);
 5 – 8All half left hand turn with partner and turn single right.

Second Figure
A1 1 – 4 Partners side right shoulder.
A2 1 – 4 All fall back away from partner and move forward.
B1 1 – 4 Top two Men, joining inside hands and making an arch, bottom two Women doing likewise, they dance (double step) clockwise half way round the set passing over 1st Woman and 3rd Man who dance (double step) anticlockwise half way round under the arches;
  5 – 8 1st couple with 2nd Man circle left, while 3rd couple with 2nd Woman do likewise.
B2 1 – 4 Bottom two Women, joining inside hands and making an arch, top two Men doing likewise, they dance (double step) anticlockwise half way round passing over 1st Man and 3rd Woman who dance (double step) half way round under the arches;
  5 – 8 1st couple with 2nd Woman circle left, while 3rd couple with 2nd Man do likewise. All are now in original place.

Third Figure
A1 1 – 4 Partners right hand turn.
A2 1 – 4 All fall back away from partner and move forward.
B1 1 – 4 1st couple, facing partner, and 2nd couple facing 3rd couple, passing right shoulder to start, all 3 changes of circular hey (double step);
  5 – 8 1st couple, followed by 2nd couple (who turn out: M2 turn right, W2 turn left) and 3rd couple, lead up the middle to original place improper (walking step).
B2 1 – 4 3rd couple facing partner, 1st couple facing 2nd couple, and passing right shoulder to start, all 3 changes of circular hey (double step);
  5 – 8 3rd couple, followed by 2nd couple (who turn out as before) and 1st couple, lead down the middle to original place (walking step).
All honour partner.

Note:
The first 4 bars of every B music should be danced with a double step, the rest of the dance with a walking step.

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Farmers’ Dance

Tune:‘Dans voor Boeren en Boerinnen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:As many square sets as will – Gavotte

Couples 1 & 3 are head couples
Couples 2 & 4 are side couples
A11 – 8“Grand Square”. Head couples meet in centre (2 bars); fall back to side places with opposites (2 bars): separate from opposites (2 bars); and forward to meet partners, while side couples separate from partners (2 bars); meet opposites in head places (2 bars); meet partners in centre (2 bars); and fall back with partners (2 bars).
A21 – 8Reverse the above, side couples meeting first and head couples separating.
B11 – 2Head couples meet in centre, while side couples wheel round anticlockwise to face side couples behind;
 3 – 10All circle left and right with facing couple
(Footing: | R L R – | L R L – | R L R – | L – R – | L R L – | R L R – | L R L – | R – L – | )
 11 – 14All pass opposite right shoulder, turning back to partner (Men turn left, Women turn right), move backwards past partner passing right shoulder;
 15 – 18All back to back right shoulder with opposite, head couples falling back to original pposite couples’ places, side couples wheeling round anticlockwise on the last bar into places in new sets.
B21 – 18Repeat B1, head couples and side couples reversing roles.

Note:
In B1 and B2 the “neutral” couple set to partner right and left, turn partner with both hands clockwise and anticlockwise with footing as given above, then back to back right shoulder and left shoulder with partner.
Apart from the “Stepping” in B1 + B2, this should be done with a walking step. As the tune is a gavotte, the first step will be taken on the right foot on the up beat.

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The Flowers of Chirk (Blodau’r Waun)

Tune:Any 64 bar reel, e.g. Machynlleth, or 2 x 32 bar reels.
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Formation:Square sets of four couples – Reel

A11 – 8Circle of eight left; all to the centre and back.
A21 – 8Circle of eight right; all to the centre and back.
B11 – 8Couples 1 and 2 (also Couples 3 and 4) gallop across and back.
B21 – 8Couples 1 and 4 (also Couples 3 and 2) gallop across and back.
C11 – 8Men 1 and 3 link left arms and, taking partner’s inside hand, dance once round (anticlockwise) arching over the others.
C21 – 8Men 1 and 3 link right arms and, taking inside hands with their corner ladies on their left, repeat the arching clockwise.
D11 – 8Grand chain all the way round.
D21 – 8All swing partners.

This should be danced four times through:

First time: as given above.
Second time: the side Men (2 and 4) lead in C1 and C2 (and, if you wish, reverse the order of B1 and B2 – though this is not really necessary).
Third time: as the first time but, if you like, substitute baskets of four for thegalloping in B1 and B2.
Fourth time: as for the second time, but with baskets again.

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Four Winds

Tune:Four Winds © Pat Shaw, 1972
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Three couple Longways Set – 3/2 and Jig

A11 – 41st couple turn with right hands once around and cast a place (walking step) (2nd couple move up)
 5 – 81st and 3rd couples circle left half way round and change places with partner (or turn partner with both hands half way).
A21 – 41st couple turn with left hands once around and cast up a place (walking step) (3rd couple move down)
 5 – 81st and 2nd couples circle left half way round and change places with partner (or turn partner with both hands half way).
B11 – 21st couple, taking inside hands, lead down into 2nd place and 1st Man wheels his partner round clockwise, so that they are facing up improper, while 2nd couple move up and turn in to face down.
 3 – 41st Man with 2nd Woman, 1st Woman with 2nd Man and 3rd couple with each other, back to back right shoulder.
 5 – 6Turn the same person with both hands once round increasing speed slightly into…
 7 – 8Circle six to the left half way round.
B21 – 41st couple lead up to top of set through 3rd couple and cast to the bottom. On bar 2, 2nd couple move up one place and (on bars 3 and 4) circle with 3rd couple half way round.
 5 – 81st couple, now at bottom of set, cross over right shoulder with each other and move up outside 3rd couple, who move down, cross again right shoulder in the middle place and move up outside 2nd couple, who move down, to top place.
Straight into change of rhythm (double step)
C11 – 81st couple right hand turn once round, cast, lead through the 3rd couple and cast back to top place, followed by 3rd and 2nd couples.
C21 – 81st couple lead down between 3rd couple (now in 2nd place), go outside 2nd couple (now in 3rd place), meet and lead up the middle to top place, followed by 2nd and 3rd couples. 1st couple cast into 2nd place, 2nd couple continuing up to top place.
D11 – 81st couple stand still in centre. “Four Winds” – double figure 8 round 1st couple; 2nd couple start by casting, 3rd couple start by crossing up centre between 1st couple.
D21 – 42nd couple continue straight into a cast into the middle place (or cast to the bottom of the set below 3rd couple and move up into middle place), while 1st couple lead up into top place and cast to bottom of set, while 3rd couple lead up to the top place and turn out (walking step).
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples circle left half way round and turn partner with both hands half way round (or cross over with partner), while 1st couple turn partner with both hands once round (walking step).

Repeat dance twice.

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Freda’s Fancy

Tunes:Freda’s Farewell to Cecil Sharp House © Pat Shaw, 1949
Hope for South Africa © Pat Shaw, 1949
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Jig or Reel

A11 – 4Partners, taking inside hands, lead forward to opposite couple and back (walking step).
 5 – 8All take one side step diagonally forward to the right and then promenade round the opposite couple to original place (improper) but facing in the opposite direction, (double step).
A21 – 8Repeat A1, but leading forward and back to the couple originally behind, finishing in own places facing in the original direction.
B1 – 8All reel of 3 (hey) with the persons directly in front and behind, looping to the right round the person in front and left round the person behind (double step).
 9 – 12Taking inside hands with partner, all forward to opposite couple and back (walking step).
 13 – 16Crossed hands swing with partner on to next couple, (double step).

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The Gay Gaddabout

Tune:The Gay Gaddabout © Pat Shaw, 1972
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby Folk Dance Band (tape)
Formation:Three couple longways set – Jig

A11 – 4Joining right hands, 1st couple lead down the middle below 2nd and 3rd couples, while 2nd and 3rd couples fall back and move forward again.
 5 – 8With a pull of the right hand, 1st couple cross over with partner and skip back outside the set into partner’s place, while 2nd and 3rd couples Circle Left once round with a slipping step.
A21 – 81st couple facing partner, 2nd couple facing down, 3rd couple facing up, all dance a Circular Hey (i.e. without hands) or a Grand Chain (i.e. giving hands in passing), all the way round with a skipping or skip change of step.
B1 – 41st couple move down the middle and dance a Half Figure 8 through 3rd couple, finishing proper in 2nd place, 2nd couple moving up on bars 3 and 4.
 5 – 8All Right Hand Star, 1st man with 3rd couple, 1st lady with 2nd couple.
 9 – 12All Left Hand Star, 1st man with 2nd couple, 1st lady with 3rd couple, finishing with 1st couple in the middle place, all proper. (1st couple should pass left shoulder with partner to change from one star into the other.)
 13 – 16All Set Right and Left forward towards partner, then 1st couple move down into the bottom place and turn outwards, (man right, lady left) while 3rd couple cast up into the middle place and 2nd couple Turn Single, man to the left, lady to the right, in the top place.

REPEAT the dance twice more when all should be home.

Note:
This should be brisk and lively and should have gay abandon (or should we say Gay’s abandon?) The A music should be danced with the steps as indicated and the whole of the B music with a skipping or skip change of step, except for the last 4 bars which should be walked.

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Gladys’s Galop

Tune:Gladys’s Galop © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Reel

1st couples improper, if preferred
A11 – 21st couple galop down between 2nd couple, who galop up on the outside at the same time.
 3 – 42nd couple galop back to place down between 1st couple, who galop up on the outside to place.
 5 – 81st and 2nd couples circle left once round (walking step).
A21 – 4Repeat A1 1 – 4, but beginning with 2nd couple galoping up between 1st couple.
 5 – 81st and 2nd couples circle right once round (walking step).
B1 – 2Taking inside hands with neighbour, all fall back away from partner (walking step).
 3 – 4Turn neighbour with both hands half way round (walking step).
 5 – 8All move forward into back to back with partner (walking step). All are now in progressed places.
C1 – 8Double figure 8, 2nd couple casting down crossing up the middle, casting and crossing again to progressed places, while 1st couple cross up the middle, cast down, cross and cast again to progressed places, (single step or double step).
Ideally, whoever is crossing from the right (from the Women’s side) should pass in front of partner.

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The Greeting

Tune:‘Ick ben gegroet van’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:Not Quite Dutch – West Kirby Folk Dance Band (tape)
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double and fall back;
 5 – 8All lead up again and cast individually away from partner (Men left, Women right) to original place;
 9 – 10Turn partner with both hands half way.
A21 – 4All lead partner down a double and fall back;
 5 – 8All lead down again and cast individually away from partner (Men left, Women right) to place;
 9 – 10Turn partner with both hands half way.
B11 – 21st couple three–quarters right hand turn,
 3 – 43rd couple do the same;
 5 – 62nd couple do the same,
 7 – 8All turn single right moving into partner’s place;
 9 – 12All balance back and change places with partner passing right shoulder.
B21 – 23rd couple three–quarters left hand turn,
 3 – 41st couple do the same;
 5 – 62nd couple do the same,
 7 – 8All turn single left into partner’s place;
 9 – 12All balance and cross over as before.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 8Partners back to back right shoulder;
 9 – 10Turn partner with both hands half way.
A21 – 4Partners side left shoulder;
 5 – 8Partners back to back left shoulder;
 9 – 10Turn partner with both hands half way.
B11 – 21st Man and 2nd Woman right hand turn half way and keep hands joined and raised,
 3 – 42nd Man and 3rd Woman do the same;
 5 – 61st Woman and 3rd Man change places, crossing right shoulder under the arches,
 7 – 8All left hand turn half way with new partner (M1 + W3, M2 + W1, M3 + W2);
 9 – 12The bottom two couples fall back towards the wall and move forward again, while the top couple (M3 + W2) lead down the middle to bottom place.
B21 – 23rd Man and 1st Woman left hand turn half way and keep hands joined and raised,
 3 – 42nd Man and 3rd Woman do the same;
 5 – 61st Man and 2nd Woman change places, crossing left shoulder under the arches,
 7 – 8All right hand turn half way with original partner;
 9 – 122nd couple and 3rd couple fall back to the wall and move forward, while 1st couple lead up the middle to the top. All are now in original place.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn;
 5 – 8Men face up, Women face down, all move forward a double and cast left individually back to original place;
 9 – 10Turn partner with both hands half way.
A21 – 4Partners left hand turn;
 5 – 8Men face up, Women face down, all move forward a double and cast right individually;
 9 – 10Turn partner with both hands half way. (The moving up and down and casting back is similar to that in B1 + B2 1st Figure of The Farmer)
B11 – 22nd couple turn partner with both hands half way,
 3 – 4All turn partner with both hands half way; (2nd couple have in fact done a whole turn with 1st and 3rd couples joining in on the second half);
 5 – 8All circle left half way;
 9 – 12All balance back and move forward and 2nd couple turn with both hands half way, while 1st couple and 3rd couple turn single (M1 + W3 right, M3 + W1 left).
B21 – 21st and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands half way,
 3 – 4All turn partner with both hands half way; (1st and 3rd couples have turned once);
 5 – 8All circle left half way;
 9 – 12All balance back and move forward and 1st and 3rd couples turn with both hands half way, while 2nd couple turn single right. All honour partner.

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Halsway Sicilian

Tune:As Luck will have it © Pat Shaw, c. 1970
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
More from Dan’s Hall – The Dancehall Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A1 – 4Taking inside hands with partner, all lead forward to opposite couple and back.
 5 – 8All circle left half way round and cross right shoulder with opposite (do not turn round, but face new couple).
 9 – 12Taking inside hands with partner, all lead forward to this opposite couple and back.
 13 – 16All circle left half way round and cross right shoulder with opposite (do not turn round, but face original opposite couple).
B1 – 4All back to back with original opposite.
 5 – 8All back to back with partner.
 9 – 12All half pousette with partner (Men pushing to begin with) to change places with original opposite couple.
 13 – 16Taking ballroom hold, all swing partner.

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Hamburger Special

Tune:McDonald’s Reel, traditional
Recording:Barn Dance Fiesta – Ring o’ Bells Band
Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Duple minor longways – Reel

A1 – 21st couple turn three–quarters with both hands into a diagonal line of three with 2nd woman, 1st man between the two women.
 3 – 4They all face 2nd man, make a double arch and balance.
 5 – 8Arches move forward and back, while 2nd man goes back–to–back right shoulder with 1st man, under the arches.
B1 – 4All circle once round to the left, finishing with 1st couple improper in the top place and 2nd couple in original place.
 5 – 81st couple half figure–eight through 2nd couple and lead down centre into progressed place, 2nd couple casting up.

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Hard Times

Tune:‘O ongelukkige Tijt’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording: Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Three couples in line, partners facing – Waltz

Minuet step throughout
A11 – 4Facing partner, all one minuet step to right moving slightly forward, one minuet step to left moving forward and arriving back to back with partner;
 5 – 81st Man and 2nd Woman right hand turn, while 2nd Man and 3rd Woman do the same, and 1st Woman and 3rd Man on the ends take one minuet step forward turning right and another forward to meet partner.
 9 – 16Repeat the above, (M2 + W1 and M3 + W2 doing the right hand turn, while M1 + W3 turn about on the ends).
A21 – 4All take two minuet steps forward diagonally to the left, at the same time turning single three–quarters left, to face partner again.
 5 – 8All right hand turn three–quarters with partner to original place;
 9 – 12All take two minuet steps diagonally forward to right, at the same time turning single three–quarters right, to face partner;
 13 – 16All left hand turn three–quarters with partner to original place.
B11 – 81st and 3rd couples lead partner out to Man’s left (up the room) two minuet steps, change hands and lead back, while 2nd couple do the same to the Man’s right (down the room);
 9 – 162nd Man and 1st Woman gypsy once and a half anticlockwise (left shoulder) with four minuet steps, while 3rd Man and 2nd Woman gypsy once and a half clockwise (right shoulder); at the same time 1st Man and 3rd Woman continue forward to meet each other in the middle, cross (W3 in front) between the other couples and move into each other’s place (like half a big figure 8).
B21 – 8New partners (M1 + W2, M3 + W1, M2 + W3) lead out the way they are facing (middle couple up, outer couples down), change hands and lead back;
 9 – 16Same partners turn with both hands, ending in a straight line.

Repeat the dance twice.

Note:
In all turns in this dance, let go hands in plenty of time to prepare for the next movement.

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Harlequin

Tune:‘Harlequin’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Duple minor longways – Jig

A11 – 41st corners change places passing right shoulders and turning right; 2nd corners the same passing left shoulders and turning left;
 5 – 81st couple slip up the middle, while 2nd couple cast down; 2nd couple slip up the middle, while 1st couple cast down.
A21 – 4Original 2nd corners change places passing left shoulders and turning left; 1st corners the same passing right shoulders and turning right;
5 – 81st couple slip down and cast up, while 2nd couple cast up and slip down.
B11 – 81st couple turn partner with both hands half way; then 2nd couple turn partner with both hands half way; all circle left half way and back – slip step;
 9 – 16Original 1st corners half left hand turn; 2nd corners half right hand turn; Partners turn once with both hands.
B21 – 8The two Men turn with both hands halfway then the two Women turn with both hands halfway: all circle left half way and back as before;
 9 – 12Original 2nd corners change places passing left shoulders and turning left, change back left shoulders and turning left, while, immediately after (almost simultaneously) interweaving with the others, 1st corners change places passing right shoulder and turning right, change back right shoulder and turning right;
 13 – 16All, giving right hand to partner to start three changes of a circular hey, passing partner with right hand, neighbour left hand, and partner right hand again into progressed places.

The last 8 bars should be danced with single or double step.

Note:
All corners from M1 to W2 places cross right shoulders and all corners from M2 to W1 places cross left shoulders throughout the dance.

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Heidenröslein

Tune:Heidenöslein – Heinrich Werner, 1800–1833
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Nightcap – Bare Necessities
Formation:Four–couple Square Set – Waltz

A1 – 4All turn partner with right hand once round.
 5 – 8All turn corner with left hand once round.
 9 – 12Men right hands across three–quarters round.
 13 – 16Women left hands across three–quarters round and fall back into new place. (Head couples in side places – all opposite partner).
B1 – 4Men two chassé steps to the right behind Women, who take two chassé steps to the left, and then step and honour that person. (Turn individually to face in opposite direction).
 5 – 8Men facing anticlockwise and Women facing clockwise, two changes of a grand chain, starting right hand and passing original partner by the left hand.
 9 – 12Taking ballroom hold, Men waltz the next Woman to his original place.

Repeat dance three times.

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Helen’s Fancy (Hoffedd Helen)

Tune:Any slow hornpipe such as “Waltzing Matilda” or “Twll Bach y Clo” – Hornpipe
Formation:Couples facing couple round the room

1 – 2Tap the left toe behind, the left heel in front, the left toe to the right of the right foot and the left heel in front again. (This is similar to a well–known clog step but done much slower).
3 – 4Walk forwards starting with the left foot, (with apologies to Victor Sylvester) SLOW, SLOW, QUICK, QUICK, SLOW.
5 – 6As in 1 – 2 but with right foot.
7 – 8As in 3 – 4 starting with the right foot.
9 – 10Chassé forward and to the left, step, close, step and the same thing to the right.
11 – 12Turn out away from partners with four slow walking steps.
13 – 14Sidestep to the left (step, close, step) and back to the right.
15 – 16Turn partners with the left hand, the men going forward to the new lady in front, the ladies going to the new man originally behind them.

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Helwiggery

Tune:Helwiggery © Pat Shaw, 1975
Formation:Four–couple longways Set – Jig

3rd and 4th couple improper
First Figure
A11 – 4All forward and back to partner.
 5 All set once (men to right, women to left).
 6 – 7All turn single (men to left, women to right).
A21 – 81st and 2nd couples lead up with inside hands joined, while 3rd and 4th couples lead down with inside hands joined. All turn, change hands and lead back.
 5All set to partner (men to left, women to right).
 6 – 7All turn single (men to right, women to left).
B11 – 42nd and 3rd couples (middle couples) circle left half–way and cross with partner right shoulder to face same couple, while 1st and 4th couples fall back away from partner and come forward and
clap5turn to face centre of set, while 2nd and 3rd couples pass neighbour left shoulder.
 6 – 91st and 2nd couples and 3rd and 4th couples circle left half–way and all cross right shoulder with partner.
B21 – 41st and 4th couples (middle couples) circle left half–way and cross with partner right shoulder to face same couple, while 2nd and 3rd couples fall back away from partner and come forward and
clap5turn to face centre of set, while 1st and 4th couples pass neighbour left shoulder.
 6 – 91st and 2nd couples and 3rd and 4th couples circle left half–way and all cross right shoulder with partner to original places.

Second Figure
A11 – 7All forward side–by–side right shoulder to right shoulder with partner and fall back to place, set right and turn single left.
A21 – 7All forward side–by–side left shoulder to left shoulder with partner and fall back to place, set left and turn single right.
B11 – 42nd and 3rd couples half straight–hey (four changes), started by 2nd woman and 3rd woman passing right shoulder and 2nd man and 3rd man moving slightly to their right. On last change of hey 2nd man with 3rd woman and 3rd man with 2nd woman make a complete loop to their left round each other, while 1st couple and 4th couple back–to–back right shoulder with partner, finishing:
Top
1M     1W
2W     2M
3M     3W
4W     4M
clap5 – 91st and 2nd couples and 3rd and 4th couples three–quarter double–figure–eight, starting by 1st and 4th couples casting and 2nd and 3rd couples crossing, finishing in neighbour’s place (in diagonal position from original place, 1st and 2nd couples now improper, 3rd and 4th couples proper).
2W     2M
1W     1M
4M     4W
3M     3W
B21 – 41st and 4th couples half straight–hey (four changes) started by 1st man and 4th man passing right shoulder and 1st woman and 4th woman moving slightly to their right. On last change of hey, 1st man with 4th woman and 4th man with 1st woman make a complete loop to their left round each other, while 2nd and 3rd couples back–to–back right shoulder with partner, finishing:
2W     2M
1M     1W
4W     4M
3M     3W
clap5 – 91st and 2nd couples and 3rd and 4th couples three–quarter double–figure–eight, starting by 2nd and 3rd couples casting and 1st and 4th couples crossing, finishing in original places.

Third Figure
A11 – 7All right–hand turn with partner, set right and turn single left.
A21 – 7All left–hand turn with partner, set left and turn single right.
B11 – 42nd and 3rd couples right–hand star once round, while 1st and 4th couples turn partner once round with right hands.
clap5 – 81st and 2nd couples, and 3rd and 4th couples left–hand star once round.
 91st and 2nd couples change places, each with neighbour passing left shoulder, while 3rd and 4th couples the same.
B21 – 41st and 4th couples (now in middle position) right–hand star once round, while 2nd and 3rd couples turn partner once round with right hand.
clap5 – 81st and 2nd couples, and 3rd and 4th couples left–hand star once round.
 9All change place with neighbour, passing left shoulder, to original place.

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Heswall and West Kirby Jubilee

Tune:Heswall and West Kirby Jubilee © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Not Quite Playford – West Kirby FDB
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Four couple Longways Set – Reel

Two couples side by side facing two couples, Men with partner on their right.
A11 – 4All back to back with opposite (walking step).
 5 – 8Taking ballroom hold, all swing partner (pivot step).
A21 – 8Men, with right arm round partner’s waist, join left hands in the centre to make a double star, which goes once round (star promenade – walking step).
B1 – 4All four ladies’ chain half way (walking step).
 5 – 8Ladies’ chain half way with opposite couple across the set (1st Man and new partner face 4th Man and new partner; 2nd Man and new partner face 3rd Man with new partner).
C1 – 4All circle 4 with opposite couple (the same couple with whom you did the ladies’ chain).
 5 – 8Men, taking ballroom hold, swing the Woman on their right, who becomes their partner for the next round (finish facing up and down the hall with lines across at right angles to the way you started).

Dance repeated three times: second and fourth round of dance facing up and down the hall, third, as first, in longways formation.
N.B. The back to back in A1 1 – 4 is with your partner of the previous round of the dance.

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I Have a Song to Sing

Tune:‘Nu wil ik een liedeke zingen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple minor longways – Jig

Double Progression
Introduction
A11 – 6All lead partner up a double and fall back and turn partner with both hands half way.
A21 – 6All fall back away from partner, set right and left moving forward and change places with partner, passing left shoulder and turning single half way to the right at the same time.

Progressive Figure
A11 – 6Circle left half way and fall back away from partner, come forward and change places with partner, passing right shoulder, but turning left straight into the next movement. (First progression)
A21 – 6Moving on to the next couple, left hand star half way, turn single right and turn partner with both hands half way. (Second progression)
(The neutral couple may join in doing half left hand turn with partner instead of half left hand star).

Repeat the above progressive figure as often as desired, and then finish with the introduction.

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Jan Ulrich Christian

Tune:‘Jan Ulrich Christiaen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Longways set for 8 couples – Gavotte

Double step throughout, starting (as the tune is a Gavotte) on the up–beat with right left – the right hop coming on the down beat of the next bar
A11 – 8Double cast to bottom, odd numbered couples to the left, even numbered couples to the right, and come back up the middle in fours (1st + 2nd couples together, 3rd + 4th couples, 5th + 6th couples and 7th + 8th couples).
A21 – 8Facing partner and passing right shoulder to begin, each four half straight hey for four (four changes); then all swing partner with crossed hands, finishing facing the nearest line of four (couples 1, 2, 5 + 6 facing down, couples 3, 4, 7 + 8 facing up).
B11 – 8Opposite couples circle left half way (1st + 3rd couples, 2nd + 4th couples, 5th + 7th couples, 6th + 8th couples) and pass opposite right shoulder moving on to face as follows: 1st + 2nd couples face, 3rd + 5th couples face, 4th + 6th couples face and 7th + 8th couples face. In this position all left hand star in fours;
9 – 16With the same couple all circle right half way and pass opposite left shoulder, moving on to face as before, 1st + 3rd couples face, 2nd + 4th, 5th + 7th and 6th + 8th. In this position all right hand star in fours.
B21 – 8With these same groups of two couples, all half Ladies Chain (Scottish style) as follows:
Women pass giving right hands and then give left hands to the opposite Man, who has turned out to his left, all left hand turn with opposite, manoeuvring so that 3rd, 4th, 5th + 6th Men have their backs to the centre and the other Men are in the four corners, the set forming a big X, Women let go hands and pass each other right shoulders just before the end of the quarter phrase; All passing left shoulders with partner to start, half straight hey for four;
9 – 161st, 2nd, 7th + 8th Women, following their partners into a circle, circle left half way in the centre, while the other Women, following their partners, dance anticlockwise half way round the outside; All swing partner with crossed hands into longways formation in the following order: couples 6, 5, 8, 7, 2, 1 ,4, 3 (6th couple now being at the top).

Repeat the dance from these positions to bring all to original places.

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The Jim Morris–On

Tune:The Jim Morris–On © Pat Shaw, 1976
Formation:Any numbers of pairs of men facing up in a column – Reel

As in a country dance, the pairs should number off into 1s and 2s. As usual in a Morris dance, the left file are the odd numbers and the right file the evens.
A11 – 2The 1st pairs, odds starting to the left, evens to the right, do an open sidestep away from the centre and another back in towards the centre, moving forward scarcely at all, while the 2nd pairs dance forward for two bars of 4/3 step between the 1sts. The arm movements for this should be Longborough or Headington circles with the leading hand for the side–step and with both hands for the 4/3 step. If preferred, use a Headington up and down swing for the latter.
 3 – 4Repeat the above with the 2nd pairs doing the side–step and the 1st pairs advancing between the 2nds.
A21 – 4Exactly as in A1.
B1 – 4Each group of four, i.e. each two pairs, follow each other half way round a clockwise circle (like a small Half Rounds), ending by turning left to face the wall; then all move backwards on to own sides passing “partners” left shoulder. For this, use either the usual Headington step sequence and arm movements or the Longborough one bar of step, feet together jump, and shuffle–back steps ending with a jump into new positions.
 5 – 8Repeat the above movement, each pair dancing with the new pair above or below them and doing the half circle anticlockwise, turning right to face the wall and passing “partners” right shoulder into yet another new place. End facing up in column ready to start again.

Repeat the whole of the above as often as desired. In the B music, any neutral pair should do half of a Whole Gyp in the appropriate direction to match the circles, turning left or right like the other dancers to face the wall and return to place in exactly the same way as the others.

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John Raymond

Tune:John Raymond © Pat Shaw, date unknown
Formation:Three trios circle – Reel

One man with two partners
First Figure – “Rings”
A11 – 4Facing centre, all take hands and Circle Left (slipping step).
 5 – 8Each trio on its own, Circle Left once round (walking step).
A21 – 8As in A1 reversing the direction of the circles. End with ladies facing out, men facing in.
B11 – 4Men, passing under arches made by their partners, meet in the centre and turn to the right to make a back ring. Meanwhile ladies, raising inside hands, arch over their partners and turn out away from each other.
 5 – 8The men’s Back Ring circles round once clockwise, while ladies turn their co–partners with both hands once round.
B21 – 4Ladies facing in keep inside hands joined and arch over the men who come under the arches away from the centre; all Turn Single, men to the right, ladies away from each other.
 5 – 8Each trio makes a Back Ring which circles once round clockwise. At the end all turn to the right to face partners, men facing in, ladies facing out.

Second Figure – “All On Your Own”
A31 – 4All move forward into line with partners and fall back again.
 5 – 8All move forward again past partners and with a clap on the fifth beat (optional) turn about, men to the right, ladies in towards each other.
A41 – 8As in A3 back to places, i.e. men on the outside facing in, ladies on the inside facing out.
B31 – 4Men dance round to their right, i.e. anticlockwise, in front of their right–hand partner, round behind the next lady and in front of the third lady ending half way round the set on the outside facing in (polka step).
 5 – 8Ladies turning their backs on their co–partners, dance three changes of a Circular Hey (without hands) or Grand Chain (with hands) passing their neighbour by the right to begin (polka step).
B41 – 4Men dance round to their left, i.e. clockwise, in front of their left–hand partner, behind the next lady and in front of the third to their original places.
 5 – 8Ladies facing their co–partners whom they pass by the left, dance three changes of a Circular Hey or Grand Chain back to places. On the last two bars, the men move forward to the centre, turning to the right to face outwards.

Third Figure – “Stars”
A51 – 8Each trio Right Hand Star once round; then men Left Hand Star in the centre once round, while ladies Right Hand Turn with co–partner once round.
A61 – 8Trios Left Hand Star once round; then Men Right Hand Star in the centre once round while ladies Left Hand Turn with co–partner once round.
B51 – 4All keeping hands joined as they are, men join left hands with their partners while ladies give right hands to their neighbours, thus forming a wheel with the left hand ladies facing outwards. The wheel moves round clockwise (polka step).
 5 – 8With hands still joined, all Set Right and Left with a very small sideways movement, then, letting go hands, Turn Single half way round to the right and join hands again. This time the men will have left hands joined in the centre and right hands with partners and the right–hand ladies will be facing out.
B61 – 4The wheel now moves round anticlockwise so that all return to places.
 5 – 8All Set Right and Left as before and Turn Single to the right, men once and a quarter to face out, right–hand ladies who are facing out turn once and a half to face in and the left–hand ladies turn once only. All honour partners.

Note:
When the right or left–hand lady is referred to, this means the man’s right or left–hand partner. In B5 and B6 the men on the inside of the wheel must not travel too far or too fast. Throughout this dance pay careful attention to formation. The tune should be fairly lively but should still retain a feeling of respect.

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John Tallis’s Canon

Tune:John Tallis’s Canon © Pat Shaw, 1965
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
Favorites of the Boston Centre – Bare Necessities
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Duple Minor longways, in canon – Reel

First corners start, second corners start two bars later
A11 – 2Meet each other.
 3 – 4Fall back.
 5 – 6Cross over passing right shoulder.
 7 – 8Loop left.
A21 – 2Meet each other.
 3 – 4Fall back.
 5 – 6Cross over passing right shoulder.
 7 – 8Loop left.
B11 – 2Right hand turn half way round.
 3 – 4Right hands across half way round.
 5 – 6Set right and left.
 7 – 8Turn single right.
B21 – 2Left hand turn half way round.
 3 – 4Left hands across half way round.
 5 – 6Fall straight back.
 7 – 8Move forward diagonally to the right to the line of the dance only, into progressed place.*
A11 – 2Meet new corner.
 3 – 4Fall back (etc; etc.)

* First corners passing in front of second corners.

At the end of the last round of the dance, while the second corners are moving forward diagonally to their new places, the first corners turn single right in their new places. Two extra bars of music are provided for this; finishing with a chord for honours. This applies only to the last round of the dance to provide a satisfactory finish.

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Johnny’s Quadrille

Tune:The Snoring Mrs Gobeil
Formation:Four–couple Square Set – Reel

A11 – 2Head couples forward.
 3 – 4Head couples back and side couples forward.
A21 – 2Head couples forward and side couples back.
 3 – 4Head couples back and side couples forward.
B11 – 4Side couples fall back (bars 1 – 2), head couples pas–de–bas step across set to change places (ballroom hold).
 5 – 8Side couples pas–de–bas step across set to change places.
B21 – 4Head couples sashay across set to original places.
 5 – 8Without a break, head couples change places with side couple on their right (2–step).
C11 – 4Head couples (now in side places) half ladies’ chain across the set.
 5 – 8Head couples (Men with new partner) half promenade OR two changes of rights and lefts across the set.
C21 – 4Head couples half ladies’ chain with side couple on their right.
 5 – 8Same couples half promenade OR two changes of rights and lefts.

Head couples lead the figure twice followed by side couples leading twice.

At the end of the first round of dance, Men are back in their places, but the Women have a new partner. (e.g. 1st Man with 4th Woman)

Repeat dance three times.

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Joseph’s Jig or Jovial Joe

Tune:Joseph’s Jig © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Still Not Quite Playford – West Kirby FDB (tape)
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Jig

A11 – 41st Man and 2nd Woman set forward to each other and turn single right back to place, while 2nd Man and 1st Woman fall back away from each other and come forward (walking step).
 5 – 81st Man and 2nd Woman continue round the outside clockwise half way into each other’s place (single or double step), while 2nd Man and 1st Woman half left hand turn and turn single right into each other’s place (walking step). (They should allow the 1st Man and 2nd Woman to pass them before their turn single right).
A21 – 42nd Man and 1st Woman set forward and turn single left back to place, while 1st Man and 2nd Woman fall back from each other and come forward (walking step).
 5 – 82nd Man and 1st Woman continue round the outside anticlockwise to their original places (single or double step), while 1st Man and 2nd Woman half right hand turn and turn single left into their original places (walking step). (They should allow 2nd Man and 1st Woman to pass them before their turn single left).
B11 – 4All circle left half way round and fall back away from partner (walking step).
 5 – 8All cross over with partner giving right hands in passing and immediately start a left hand turn with neighbour (single or double step).
B21 – 4All complete left hand turn with neighbour, then right hand turn with partner (single or double step).
 5 – 8All back to back right shoulder with partner (walking step).

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K & E

Tune:K & E © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Hold the Mustard – Hold the Mustard
Formation:Double longways; Man having their partners on their right, 1st couple in centre with their backs to one another, facing 2nd couples. – Reel

 

Top

 
  M2 W1 M1 2W  
  | | | |  
  W2 M1 W1 2M  

A11 – 41st couples lead through 2nd couples and cast back to centre.
5 – 81st couples right–hand star once round in the centre.
A21 – 42nd couples lead through 1st couples and cast back to places.
5 – 82nd couples left–hand star once round with 1st couples.
B11 – 41st couples (straight from star) half ladies–chain with one and one–half turn at end to face 2nd couples.
 5 – 81st couples half ladies–chain with 2nd couples.
B21 – 41st and 2nd couples circle four three–quarters round to left. 1st couples change hands and face centre.
 5 – 81st couples circle four three–quarters round to left, moving down set to progressed places (single progression), while 2nd couples swing (or turn partner once and a half with both hands) moving up to progressed places (single progression). All turn to face new couple, facing as at first.

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Katie the Nuisance

Tune:‘Trijntje Lollepot’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

A11 – 41st couple, passing right shoulder, cross and move down outside 2nd couple (who move up) into the 2nd place;
5 – 81st couple turn with both hands ending improper in 2nd place.
A21 – 8All circle left and right – slip step.
B11 – 21st and 3rd Men change places, while 1st and 2nd Women change places (at the same time), all passing right shoulder and turning right,
3 – 42nd and 3rd couples, making arches, cross to the other side of the set and face partner, while 1st couple go under the arches turning left to face partner;
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples turn with both hands once and three–quarters into end places proper, while 1st couple left hand turn in the middle ending in 2nd place improper – single or double step.
B21 – 21st and 2nd Men change places, while 1st and 3rd Women change places (at the same time), all passing left shoulder and turning left,
 3 – 42nd and 3rd couples, making arches, cross to the other side of the set and face partner, 1st couple passing under the arches and turning right to face partner;
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands once and a quarter into end places proper, while 1st couple right hand turn in the middle ending in 2nd place improper– single or double step.
C11 – 81st Man, passing 3rd Man right shoulder, hey for 3 with 3rd couple, while 1st Woman, passing 2nd Woman right shoulder, hey for 3 with 2nd couple – single or double step.
C21 – 6All hey for 3 on own sides – single or double step; (1st couple pass partner left shoulder in centre and 1st Man casts left round his original place, while 1st Woman casts left round 3rd Woman’s original place. At the same time, 2nd and 3rd Men pass right shoulder and 2nd and 3rd Women pass right shoulder).
 7 – 81st couple lead down into 3rd place, while 3rd couple continue up outside to 2nd place.

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The Kennedys’ Rant

Tune:The Kennedys’ Rant and The Deck House Reel © Pat Shaw, 1964
Recordings:The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers (LP and tape)
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Reel

A11 – 2Right hands across half way round (rant step).
 3 – 41st Woman and 2nd Man (2nd corners) dance on the spot (rant step), while 1st Man and 2nd Woman (1st corners) continue with half right hand turn (rant step).
 5 – 6Left hands across half way round (rant step).
 7 – 81st Man and 2nd Woman (1st corners) dance on the spot (rant step), while 1st Woman and 2nd Man (2nd corners) continue with half left hand turn (rant step).
A21 – 4Two changes of rights and lefts, right hand/shoulder with partner and left hand/shoulder with neighbour to original places (rant step).
 5 – 8All swing partner (ballroom hold with pivot or rant step), finishing facing down the set, Men having Women on their right with right arm round partner’s waist and Women having their left hand on partner’s right shoulder (improper).
B11 – 4Promenade down, each couple wheels round anticlockwise to face up (proper) (walking step).
 5 – 8Promenade back (rant step). 1st couple cast a place, while 2nd couple promenade on into 1st couple’s place, finishing in a single straight line with Men standing back to back (2nd Man facing up and 1st Man facing down) and taking ballroom hold with partner.
B21 – 8Couples dance once round each other anticlockwise to progressed places (rant step).

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The Kindly Shepherd

Tune:‘De goedwillige Harder’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Set of two couples facing each other – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 2Lead partner forward towards opposite couple;
 3 – 4Fall back with opposite away from partner.
A21 – 2Lead opposite forward towards partner;
 3 – 4Fall back with partner to original place.
B11 – 41st couple lead through 2nd couple and cast back, while 2nd couple move forward outside 1st couple, meet and lead back;
 5 – 81st couple half figure 8 through 2nd couple, while 2nd couple cast out round 1st couple and cross going back through the middle all ending improper in partner’s place.
B21 – 42nd couple, turning in towards each other, lead through 1st couple and cast back, while 1st couple cast out outside 2nd couple meet and lead back;
 5 – 82nd couple half figure 8 through 1st couple, while 1st couple cast again round 2nd couple and cross going back through the middle, all ending in original place.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners forward side by side right shoulder and without pausing all cast left back to place, Men casting round each other (partners may glance or nod at each other as they pass).
A21 – 4Opposites forward side by side left shoulder and without pausing all cast right back to place, Men casting round each other (opposites may glance or nod at each other as they pass).
B11 – 4All back to back right shoulder with opposite;
 5 – 8Half double figure 8, 1st Man and 2nd Woman start by casting and 2nd Man and 1st Woman start by crossing.
B21 – 4All back to back left shoulder with opposite;
 5 – 8Half double figure 8, 1st Man and 2nd Woman start by crossing and 2nd Man and 1st Woman start by casting.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners half right hand turn, drop hands and continue to place, Women passing right shoulder round each other.
A21 – 4Opposites half left hand turn, drop hands and continue to place, Women passing left shoulder round each other.
B11 – 4All right hand star three–quarters;
 5 – 8Opposites gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round each other, Women casting left to begin.
B21 – 4All left hand star three–quarters;
 5 – 8Opposites gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) round each other, Men casting right to begin. All honour partner.

Note:
Throughout the dance the A music and the first half of each B music should be done with a walking step, breaking into a single or double step for the last half of each B music.

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Kitty Alone

Tune:Kitty Alone © Pat Shaw, 1976
Recording:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Formation:Two–couple set – Jig

First Figure
A11 – 8All forward to meet the other couple, Set Right and Left and Turn Single to the right back to place, continuing forward to change places with contrary.
 9 – 16All Circle Left once round with a slipping step; then Set Right and Left to partner and change places with partner, passing right shoulder.
A21 – 8The two men Right Hand Turn half way round, and followed by their contrary, cast to the left into their partner’s original place; the men then Left Hand Turn half way round, and followed by their own partner, cast to their right, finishing where they were at the beginning of A2.
 9 – 16All turn contrary once and a half times with both hands; Set Right and Left to partner, and change places with partner passing right shoulder.

Second Figure
A31 – 8All pass partner left shoulder, and turning left to face (like the half–siding in Nonsuch), Set Right and Left to partner; then all gypsy clockwise round contrary, finishing in partner’s original place.
 9 – 16Facing partner, all do three changes of a Circular Hey without giving hands (skipping step), turning right at the end to face the centre of the set; all Set Right and Left moving forward towards the centre and Turn Single to the right, remaining fairly close in to the centre.
A41 – 8All fall back from the centre and come forward again into a Right Hand Star half way round, then all Turn Single to the left into original places.
 9 – 16All Left Hand Star once round (skipping step); Set Right and Left towards the centre and Turn Single to the right back to places.

Third Figure
A51 – 8All Right Hand Turn with partner half way round and Set Right and Left to partner; all Left Hand Turn with contrary once and a half, finishing with the ladies facing the wall and the men facing their partner’s back.
 9 – 16Passing back to back with contrary, all take four slips to the left and four back again passing face to face; all Set Right and Left to contrary and Turn Single to the right.
A61 – 8Giving both hands to contrary, all Half Poussette, the men pushing to start; all Circle Left once round.
 9 – 16Giving both hands to partner, all Half Poussette again with the men pushing first; all Set Right and Left to partner and Turn Single to the right. All honour partners.

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The Koepoort Galliard

Tune:‘Gaillarde Koepoort’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:Not Quite Dutch – West Kirby FDB (tape)
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Square set for four couples – Triple Time

1st and 3rd couples are head couples
2nd and 4th couples are side couples
A11 – 2Head couples meet in the centre and turn outward (Men left, Women right) to face sides,
 3 – 4Head couples half figure 8 through the side couples ending in opposite’s place;
 5 – 6Head couples pass partner right shoulder and three–quarters turn single to face centre (Men left, Women right),
 7 – 8Head couples change places with opposite, passing right shoulder and turning outward away from partner (Men left, Women right), fall back into original places, passing right shoulder with partner.
A21 – 8Side couples lead figure as in A1.
B11 – 2All left hand turn with corner,
 3 – 4Head couples right hand star half way, while side couples right hand turn with partner;
 5 – 6All left hand turn with new corner,
 7 – 8Side couples right hand star half way, while head couples right hand turn with partner.
B21 – 2All gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round corner,
 3 – 4All back to back right shoulder with partner;
 5 – 8Women right hand star in centre, pass partner, pick up next man with the inside hand (Women take Men’s right hand in their left) and all double star on to Man’s original place, finishing by Men wheeling new partner round anticlockwise into square formation.

Repeat the dance with new partner as above.
Then twice more (with side couples leading in A1 + B1 and head couples in A2, if desired.)

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The Leiberts’ Wedding A Matrimonial Maggot

Tune:Various
Recording:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Formation:Three–couple longways set – Jig

A11 – 21st man sets right and left moving forward towards 1st woman.
 3 – 41st man falls back, while 1st woman turns single half–way, looks over her shoulder and beckons her partner to follow.
 5 – 81st couple, woman in the lead, dance round outside the 2nd woman into 2nd place improper, 2nd couple moving up.
A21 – 21st woman sets right and left moving forward towards 1st man.
 3 – 41st woman falls back, while 1st man turns single half–way, looks over his shoulder and beckons his partner to follow.
 5 – 81st couple, man in the lead, dance round outside 3rd woman into 3rd place proper, 3rd couple moving up.
B11 – 21st couple lead up between 3rd couple, who move down into their original place.
 3 – 62nd couple take 1st couple by inside hands and wheel them round through the top and back into middle place (as in “The Bishop“ B music, bars 1–4).
 7 – 103rd couple in the same way, wheel the 1st couple through the bottom back to middle place.
 11 – 121st couple lead up to the top place, 2nd couple moving down.
B21 – 4All three couples promenade round to the left half–way, inverting set.
 5 – 6Continue promenade hold, the men wheel their partners round so that all are proper and set is upside down. (i.e. 3rd couple at the top, 2nd couple in the middle, 1st couple at the bottom.)
 7 – 10All go back–to–back with partners.
 11 – 121st couple lead up to the middle place, 2nd couple cast down to the bottom, while 3rd couple, at the top, turn single, man to left and woman to right.

Repeat the whole dance twice more, each couple leading in turn.

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Levi Jackson Rag

Tune:Levi Jackson Rag © Pat Shaw, 1975
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers LP
Heatin’ up the Hall – Yankee Ingenuity
Houghton Band Collection – Houghton Band
Eight More Bars Please – The Tenpenny Bit
Formation:Progressive 5 couple set – Reel

   W – MW – M 
  M   
 TOP|   
  W   
   M – WM – W 

A1 – 8Side couples right–and–left–through and back with the opposite side couples while, on bars 3 and 4 the head couple moves half–way down the centre and, on bars 7 and 8, continues down to the bottom of the set.
 9 – 12Side couples circle left once round with opposite couple in two rings of four, while head couple separates and casts back to home place.
 13 – 16All back–to–back with partners.
B1 – 4All five ladies chain, i.e. all five women right–hand star past partner and past next man to the third man, who chains them round with the left hand in the usual manner. (Head man should chain his woman round fairly fast, so that she may get back easily into the star that follows.)
 5 – 8All five ladies chain on two more places as above, where they should meet their new partners, i.e. their original corners.
 9 – 12All promenade new partner to next place anticlockwise round the set, where they balance right and left once.
 13 – 16All swing new partners in new places, finishing ready to start again.

Repeat the whole dance four times more, when all should be home.

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The Lindsay Rant or Marney’s Blarney

Tune:The Lindsay Rant © Pat Shaw, date unknown
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A11 – 4All rant on the spot for 2 bars, then ladies cross left shoulder turning left and as nearly simultaneously as possible, men cross right shoulder turning right into opposite places.
A21 – 4Repeat A1 to places.
B1 – 4All four Right Hand Star half way round; then turning left out of the star, dance past the next couple passing left shoulder.
 5 – 8Left Hand Star half way round with the next new couple; then turning right out of the star, dance past the next couple passing right shoulder.

Note:
This should be danced throughout with a light, quiet, economical rant step. The tune should be played fast, at a real North Country rant tempo, not the soggy speed so often found elsewhere. Notice that one moves on 4 places each round of the dance.

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Little Agnes

Tune:‘Angenietje’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Double square set for eight couples – Jig

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W2M2
M1W1
 M4W3  M7W8 
 W4M3  W7M8 
W5M5
M6W6
Note:
Odd numbers are inner couples and are improper.
M1 + W1 or M2 + W2 are partners;
M1 + W3 or M2 + W8 are neighbours;
M1 + W2 or M2 + W1 are corners;
M1 + W5 or M2 + W6 are opposites;
M1 + M2 or W1 + W2 are diagonals;
M1 + M5 or W2 + W6 are opposite diagonals

First Figure
A11 – 4All facing centre, lead forward a double and fall back;
 5 – 6Inner couples cast, outer couples lead forward into inner places.
A21 – 4All lead forward to centre a double and fall back;
 5 – 6Inner couples cast, outer couples lead forward into inner places.
B11 – 3Women cross with diagonals (W1 with W2, etc.), giving right hands in passing, while inner (odd) Men right hand star one–quarter and outer (even) Men cast left; all left hand turn with new Man or Woman facing (M1 with W8, M2 with W1, etc.);
 4 – 7Women cross back, giving right hands with same diagonal as before, while inner (odd) Men right hand star one–quarter on to the next place and outer (even) Men dance clockwise on to neighbour, all left hand turn this new Man or Woman (M1 with W5, M2 with W8, etc.).
B21 – 7Women repeat the above figure, while inner (odd) Men continue quarter right hand star and left hand turn twice more to original places, and outer (even) Men, continuing swiftly on anticlockwise track, then left hand turn with neighbour’s diagonal (i.e, M2 with W7, M8 with W5, M6 with W3, M4 with W1), outer (even) Men continue swiftly anticlockwise round the outside to meet partner, left hand turn with partner, finishing in original places.

Second Figure
A11 – 6Partners side right shoulder; all slip, Men left, Women right in front of Men, to change places with corner.
A21 – 6Corners side left shoulder; all slip, Women in front, as before to change places with partner.
B11 – 7New inner (even) couples lead through the outer (odd) couples, cast back and all eight circle left half way in the centre, while the new outer (odd) couples separate (not cast) and dance forward outside the inner couples, meet partner, lead back through them, separate and turn neighbour with both hands.
B21 – 7Working now on the diagonal (St. Andrew’s Cross), inner (even) couples turn (Men right, Women left) towards neighbour, lead neighbour through the outside, cast back and all eight circle left half way to original places in a similar way to B1, while the outer (odd) couples separate from neighbours, move towards centre outside inner couples, meet neighbour and lead back, separate and turn partner with both hands. Odd couples are still outside, even couples inside (the leading and casting should take 3 bars, the half circle left and turn with both hands four bars).

Third Figure
A11 – 6Partners right hand turn once and a half (or arm right); set left and right with partner.
A21 – 6Corners left hand turn once and a half (or arm left); set right and left with corner.
B11 – 32nd and 6th couples turn partners by the left hand, while 1st and 5th Men turn their opposites (W5 + W1) by the left hand in the centre and at the same time the other couples (3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th couples) pass corners right shoulder and move backwards right shoulder past partner;
 4 – 73rd and 7th couples turn partners by the left hand, while 4th and 8th Men turn their opposites (W8 + W4) by the left hand in the centre and at the same time the other couples (1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th couples) pass corners right shoulder and move backwards right shoulder past partner.
B21 – 7Repeat the above figure from new places to original places. All honour partner.

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Little Hunsdon

Tune:Little Hunsdon © Pat Shaw, 1977
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:2 couple set – Jig

First Figure
A11 – 4All pass opposite by right shoulder, then move backwards passing partner right shoulder.
A21 – 4 All pass opposite by right shoulder again, then move backwards passing partner right shoulder.
B11 – 8Men meet, turn single right back to place, cross passing right shoulder and turn left into opposite man’s place, while women wait two bars, meet, turn single right back to place, cross passing right shoulder and turn right to face each other.
B21 – 8Women meet, turn single left back to place, cross passing left shoulder and turn right into original place, while men wait two bars, meet, turn single left back to place, cross passing left shoulder and turn left in to original place.

Second Figure
A11 – 4As in 1st figure.
A21 – 4As in 1st figure.
B11 – 2All cross right shoulder with opposite and make back ring.
 3 – 4Circle right (clockwise) half–way round.
 5 – 8All lead out opposite up or down the hall, wheel round clockwise as a couple and lead back
B21 – 2All cross left shoulder with partner and make back ring.
 3 – 4Circle left (anticlockwise) half–way round.
 5 – 8All lead out partner to wall, wheel round anticlockwise as a couple and lead back. (Both times, man hands woman round him when they turn.)

Third Figure
A11 – 4As in 1st figure.
A21 – 4As in 1st figure.
B11 – 4Face partner, set right and honour, pass partner left shoulder.
 5 – 8Turn opposite once–and–a–half with left hand.
B21 – 4Face opposite, set right and honour, pass opposite left shoulder.
 5 – 8Turn partner once–and–a–half with right hand.

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Little Nightingale

Tune:‘Nachtegaaltje kleijne’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple minor longways – Reel

Double progression
A11 – 4Right hand star;
 5 – 61st Man and 2nd Woman, keeping right hands joined, half right hand turn, while 2nd Man and 1st Woman turn single left.
A21 – 4 Left hand star;
 5 – 62nd Man and 1st Woman, keeping left hands joined, half left hand turn, while 1st Man and 2nd Woman turn single right.
B11 – 21st couple turn with both hands half way;
 3 – 6Circle left;
 7 – 10Neighbours back to back right shoulder. (First progression, though the 2nd couples arestill improper)
B21 – 21st couple turn with both hands half way;
 3 – 6Circle left with new couple;
 7 – 10All pass neighbours right shoulder and move backwards across the set passing partner right shoulder to new progressed places. (Second progression).

Note:
During B1 and B2, the neutral couple must change places with partner, preferably turning with both hands half way on the first two bars. This applies in B1 to the couple who start the round neutral at the bottom, if any, and in B2 to the 2nd couple who have just reached the top. It does not apply to the 1st couple who have just reached the bottom at the end of B1 and who are on their correct side.

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Long Live London

Tune:Long Live London © Pat Shaw, 1971
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Favorites of the Boston Centre – Bare Necessities
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers (LP)
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A11 – 4All pass opposite by the right shoulder; Men turning left, Women right, all move backwards passing partner by the right shoulder.
 5 – 8All pass opposite by the right shoulder; Men turning left, Women right, all move backwards passing partner by the right shoulder.
A21 – 4Women cross over with each other passing left shoulder and turn left. Immediately after the Women have crossed, the Men cross over with each other passing right shoulder and turn right.
Repeat this to places. (This is a very quick movement)
 5 – 8All turn opposite with both hands or swing (ballroom hold) once and a half, finishing with Woman on Man’s right and facing partner across the set.
B1 – 4Ladies’ chain half way.
 5 – 8Right hands across with same couple, Men joining in behind their partner.
 9 – 12Women, followed by their partner, turn left into left hands across with the next couple.
 13 – 16All set forward right and left to partner and turn single right back to place.

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Long Pond

Tune:Long Pond © Pat Shaw, 1976
Recording:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers (LP)
Popular ECD – (LP)
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Reel

A1 – 4All change places wth partner giving right hands and change back again giving left hands.
 5 – 8All Back to Back, 1st man with 2nd lady, 1st lady with 2nd man of the couple above (i.e. with the person diagonally to the right).
 9 – 121st and 2nd couples Circle Left all the way round.
 13 – 161st couple Half Figure 8, while 2nd couple move straight up outside the 1st couple (do not cast up), move towards the centre and fall back side by side down the middle to their original place.
B1 – 81st and 2nd couple Ladies’ Chain, facing each other up and down the set.
 9 – 12All promendade partner out of the Ladies’ Chain half way round the other couple finishing in progressed places with 2nd couple improper.
 13 – 16All swing partner to own side of the set.

Note:
The tempo of this dance should be relaxed and leisurely, about that of a contra as danced in New England. It must in no way be “driven” or rushed. A suitable alternative tune would be “Dixon Country Blues.”

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The Lover’s Farewell

Tune:‘Ick gae mijn soeten Engel’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Waltz

A11 – 41st Man and 3rd Woman right hand turn once round;
 5 – 81st Man and 3rd Woman continue clockwise round outside the set into each other’s place, while 1st Woman and 3rd Man left hand turn once round.
A21 – 4The three Men left hand star slightly more than once round, while the three Women do the same;
 5 – 81st Man and 3rd Woman, passing each other back to back and crossing into the other star, 1st Man, 1st and 2nd Women right hand star to original place, 3rd Woman, 2nd and 3rd Men doing the same.
B11 – 8All circle left.
B21 – 8All hey for three on own side of set, 1st and 2nd Men passing right shoulder and 2nd and 3rd Women passing right shoulder.
C11 – 41st couple, passing right shoulder, cross over and move down outside 2nd couple, who move up;
 5 – 81st couple half figure 8 through 3rd couple;
9 – 161st and 2nd couples facing up, 3rd couple facing down, all Morris Hey.
C21 – 83rd couple cast up, 1st couple moving down to 3rd place, then 3rd couple cross over, passing right shoulder with partner, and continuing up outside the 2nd couple, return down the middle into 2nd place, crossing to own side (Women in front) as they do so;
 9 – 16All Double Hey, 1st couple passing inside 3rd couple to start.

Repeat the dance twice.

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Margaret’s Waltz

Tune:Margaret’s Waltz and Farewell to Devon © Pat Shaw, 1959
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Take Two – John Patrick and Chris Dewhurst
Community Dances Manual – Orange and Blue
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Waltz

A11 – 4Taking inside hands with partner, all two waltz steps forward to opposite couple and two waltz steps back.
 5 – 8All right hand turn with opposite once round.
A21 – 4Men go straight into left hand turn once round with partner.
 5 – 8Ladies’ chain half way.
B1 – 4Keeping same hold, all two chassé steps with opposite diagonally forward to the right and then two chassé steps diagonally forward to the left, couples finishing back to back.
 5 – 8All turn individually to the right into a right hands across (with the couple behind) back to original place.
 9 – 12All back to back with opposite.
 13 – 16All take ballroom hold with partner and waltz on to meet new couple.

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The Martial Baron

Tune:The Martial Baron © Pat Shaw, 1975
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby Folk Dance Band (tape)
Formation:Triple minor longways

A11 – 21st man, facing up, takes his partner’s left hand in his own right and leads her round himself to face down and then on into the 2nd couple’s place; 1st man Left Hand Turn with 3rd lady, while 1st lady Right Hand Turn with 3rd man. At the same time, 2nd couple fall back two steps, move up three steps and cross over passing right shoulder, turning in to face each other.
 3 – 41st and 2nd couples Circle Left half way round; then 1st couple cast while 2nd lead up.
A21 – 4As in A1, 1st and 2nd couples reversing roles.
B11 – 21st couple cast into the 2nd place, while 2nd couple move up and turn out and 3rd couple Turn Single, 3rd man to the right, 3rd lady to the left.
 3 – 81st man, passing 3rd lady left shoulder, heys with 3rd couple, while 1st lady, passing 2nd man left shoulder, heys with 2nd couple. 1st couple should end these heys in the middle place facing up.
B21 – 8All do a Morris Hey. 2nd and 3rd couples should use the last turn out of the previous heys as the beginning of the Morris Hey; 1st couple should start by going up the middle through 2nd couple.

Note:
The A music with 5 beats to the bar should be steady and dignified. For the B music the tempo should quicken appreciably and be very vigorous and bright. Try for as much contrast as possible in style and mood between the two parts of the dance.

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Master Jacob

Tune:‘Meester Jacob’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Six couple ‘Becket’ set – Waltz

Three couples in line facing three couples in line

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 M1aW1b 
 W1aM1b 
 M2aW2b 
 W2aM2b 
 M3aW3b 
 W3aM3b 

Progression: After the first round, couples la and 1b will have moved to the bottom and will have changed sides, the others will have moved up one place. If the dance is done three times, all will be home, but on the opposite side. If it is done six times, all will be in original places.

A11 – 8All Ladies’ Chain (Scottish style with open left hand turns) with opposite couple and back, finishing with Men back to back in centre. Let go hands.
A21 – 8Making two circles one on each side of the set (i.e. three Men in line joining with three Women in line), all circle left half way; partners turn with both hands once and a quarter into original set formation.
B11 – 2Couples 1a and 1b meet each other in the centre;
 3 – 6Couples la and 1b lead opposite up the middle;
 7– 14Couples 1a and 1b cast outside 2nd and 3rd couples to the bottom of the set where they circle left half way; while 2nd and 3rd couples (a and b) change places with opposites, passing right shoulder and turning right into a circle of eight, circle left half way, ending with couple 2a facing couple 3a, couple 2b facing couple 3b (2nd couples face down, 3rd couples face up, Woman is on Man’s left in each case):

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 M2aW2aM2bW2b 
 |||| 
 W3aM3aW3bM3b 
 W1bM1a 
 M1bW1a 

B21 – 6In this position, all change places with opposites, passing right shoulder, move backwards passing partner right shoulder and forward passing opposite again right shoulder and turn right into right hand star (the three stars are in a triangle);
 7 – 10Right hand stars and all turn single left;
 11 – 14Left hand star and all turn single right, manoeuvring into lines as at first, but in progressed places.

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May in the Hague

Tune:‘De Haaghse Meij’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Trios (Man with two partners) – Jig

Facing alternately down and up the room longways – double progression
A11 – 4All six circle left half way;
 5 – 6Men pass left hand partner under arch made with right hand partner, so that the trio is facing in the same direction as at first and is facing a new trio. (First progression)
A21 – 4With the new trio, circle right half way, while the trios at the ends make circles of three and circle right all the way round;.
 5 – 6Men pass right hand partner under arch made with left hand partner to face another new trio. (Second progression)
B11 – 8Trio 2 raise hands to make arches, while Trio 1 let go hands and passing opposite right shoulder dance down under the arches past two trios and turning right round the second person they pass, dance back again turning tight into places.
B21 – 8All three–quarters right hand turn with opposite (same sex), left hand turn with corner (M1 with W2L, M2 with W1L), half right hand turn with opposite, then left hand turn with the other corner (M1 with W2R M2 with W1R).
A31 – 6All hey for three with own partners, Men start by passing right hand partner right shoulder.

Note:
In B2 during the left hand turn, the inactive Women should turn single left.

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Men of Law or Solicitors and Barristers

Tune:‘Procureuren en Advocaten’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Triple minor longways – Triple Time

Triple Progression
A11All fall back away from partner;
2 – 41st couple, followed by 2nd and 3rd couples who start moving up the sides, lead down the middle to 3rd place;
 5 – 81st couple turning out at the bottom, 3rd couple meeting and turning out at the top, all half–a Morris hey, the 2nd couple following the 1st couple and making a big cast at the bottom, 1st and 3rd couples turning out again in their original places to make a ring of six.
(This should all be done as a smooth flowing figure)
A21 – 4All circle left half way, opening out into lines at the end;
 5 – 82nd couple cast up, while 3rd couple move down and turn out, then 2nd and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands half way; at the same time 1st couple turn partner with both hands once and a half and fall back from each other. All are now proper. (First and second progressions).
B11 – 21st and 2nd couples balance back and forward, while 3rd couple balance forward and back to partner;
 3 – 81st couple facing up, 2nd and 3rd couples down, all “Double Cross Hey”: couples change sides with partner whenever they meet at either end of the set, Women always crossing in front of partner. Order of crossing is as follows:– 1st couple from the bottom, 2nd couple from the top, 3rd couple from the bottom, 1st couple from the top, 2nd couple from the bottom and 3rd couple from the top.
B21 – 41st couple, with new 2nd couple below, three changes of a circular hey, without giving hands, thus, pass partner right shoulder, new neighbour left shoulder and partner right shoulder; while 3rd couple and the couples at the top and the bottom of the set change places with partner, passing right shoulder but not turning, then move backwards on a small anticlockwise arc to face partner again and repeat to own side.
5 – 81st couple and new 2nd couple right hand star, while 3rd couple and top and bottom couples two–hand turn partner with both hands. (Third progression)

Note:
In B2, the movements for 3rd couple and top and bottom couple are optional. If preferred, these couples may stand still throughout B2.

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Merrilly We Dance and Sing or The Fillip

Tune:Merrilly We Dance and Sing © Pat Shaw, date unknown
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A11 – 4Right–hand turn once round with opposite.
 5 – 8Back–to–back right shoulder with opposite.
A21 – 4Left–hand turn once round with partner.
 5 – 8Back–to–back left shoulder with partner.
B11 – 8All four circle left and right.
B21 – 4Continue holding inside hands with partner, forward to the opposite couple and fall back.
 5 – 8Pass right shoulder with opposite and progress to next couple.

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The Merry Moment

Tune:‘Malle Kits’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

A11 – 21st and 2nd couples right hand star half way (double step);
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples left hand star half way (double step).
A21 – 22nd and 3rd couples right hand star half way (double step);
 3 – 41st and 2nd couples left hand star half way (double step).
B11 – 21st and 2nd couples, passing left shoulder, change places with partner,
 3 – 43rd couple lead to bottom and change hands, while 1st and 2nd couples move up on the outside (walking step);
 5 – 10All circle left once round to original place (double step).
B21 – 21st Man and 2nd Woman right hand turn three–quarters passing 2nd Man and 1st Woman respectively left shoulder into their places, as 2nd Man and 1st Woman move into their left hand turn;
 3 – 42nd Man and 1st Woman left hand turn three–quarters into 1st Man’s and 2nd Woman’s place respectively, while 1st Man and 2nd Woman turn single left;
 5 – 61st Man and 3rd Woman change places, passing right shoulder, then 3rd Man and 1st Woman change places, passing right shoulder,
 7 – 101st and 3rd couples circle left half way, 1st couple cast to bottom, while 3rd couple lead up to middle place (double step).

Repeat the dance twice.

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Miss Anderson’s Allemande

Tune:Miss Anderson’s Allemande © Pat Shaw, 1962
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Jig

First couples improper if preferred
A11 – 41st couple half right hand turn (or half turn with both hands) and lead down into 2nd couple’s place, 2nd couple moving up (not a cast) (walking step).
 5 – 8Circle left half way round (slipping step) and 1st couple cast down a place, 2nd couple moving up (walking step).
A21 – 42nd couple half right hand turn (or half turn with both hands) and lead down into original places, 1st couple moving up (not a cast) (walking step).
 5 – 8Circle left half way round (slipping step) and 2nd couple cast down a place, 1st couple moving up (walking step). All finish improper.
B11 – 4All set forward to partner and turn single away (or set forward to centre and turn single right).
 5 – 8Right hands across half way round and turn single left to progressed places.
B21 – 8Whole double figure 8 (2nd couple casting at first, 1st couple crossing).

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Miss Avril’s Delight

Tune:Miss Avril’s Delight © Pat Shaw, 1971
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby FDB (tape)
Formation:Five couple Longways Set – Irregular time

A11 – 51st couple, followed by 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th couples, lead up a short way (Bar 1), then cast to the bottom of the set, 2nd and 4th couples changing sides with their partner as they reach the top of the set (Women passing in front of their partner) before casting improper. (Three walking steps, starting right foot, three double steps and three walking steps, starting right foot).
 6All change places with partner passing right shoulder and turning right into circle of ten. (Three walking steps, starting left foot).
 7 – 10All circle left half way, finishing in original places but with 2nd couple and 4th couple still improper, and with 3rd couple well away from partner still in circle formation. (Three double steps and three walking steps, starting left foot).
A21Men move forward to centre, while Women fall back. (Three walking steps, starting right foot).
 2 – 4Men right hands across once round (three double steps), while Women set left and right and quickly turn single left.
 5Men fall back from centre, while Women move forward, into same circle formation as before. (Three walking steps, starting right foot).
 6Women move forward to centre, while Men fall back. (Three walking steps, starting left foot).
 7 – 9Women left hands across once round (three double steps), while Men set right and left and quickly turn single right.
 10Women fall back from centre, while Men move forward into same circle formation again. (Three walking steps, starting left foot).
B1 – 41st couple lead down the middle, followed by the others (2nd and 4th couples still improper) who move along the circumference of the circle before leading down. Each couple should take inside hands and start leading down exactly on the first beat of successive bars, i.e. 1st couple on 1st bar, 2nd couple on 2nd bar, etc. (walking step).
 5 – 8On the first beat of the 5th bar, as 5th couple take hands and start to lead down, 1st couple change hands, form an arch and start leading back, followed by 2nd couple, 3rd couple and 4th couple who also change hands and form an arch on the first beat of successive bars, as in B 1 – 4. At the end of the phrase, 5th couple reach original place and remain there, while 1st couple and 3rd couple change hands and face 2nd couple and 4th couple respectively (walking step).
 9 – 101st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple circle left half way and turn single left (walking step).
 11 – 121st couple with 4th couple and 3rd couple with 5th couple circle right half way and turn single right (walking step).
 13 – 142nd, 1st and 3rd couples balance back and forward, while 4th and 5th couples (now in 2nd and 4th places) change places with partner passing right shoulder, simultaneously turning right to face partner and falling back (like the corners cross movement in ‘The Hole in the Wall’) or a half turn with both hands with partner and fall back (walking step).
 15 – 16All turn single upwards and outwards (Men left and Women right). This should be a wide movement (walking step) more like a cast outwards.

Repeat dance four times.

  1. The style of this dance should be majestic and stately, with plenty of movement and flow.
  2. Use plenty of push off the back foot throughout, especially in the cross over in A1 bar 6, the hands across in A2 bars 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 and in circles and turn singles in B bars 9 – 12.
  3. In A1 be sure to return to exact circle formation at the end of bars 5 and 10.
  4. In B at the end of bar 14 make sure the lines are straight before the final turn single.

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Miss Bedlington’s Fancy

Tune:Miss Bedlington’s Fancy © Pat Shaw, 1971
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby FDB (tape)
Formation:Set dance for four trios – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4Men make a back ring and circle left half way round (walking step), while Women join hands outside them and circle left half way round (walking step) at the same time.
 5 – 8All set forward left and right to partners and turn single left back to place.
A21 – 4Men make a back ring and circle right half way round back to original places (walking step), while Women join hands outside them and circle right half way round back to original places (walking step).
 5 – 8All set forward right and left to partners and turn single right back to place.
B1 – 2Each Man with his two partners circles left half way round (walking step).
 3 – 4The two Women raise their joined hands in an arch and the Man pops through (walking step).
 5 – 8The Men circle left once round in the middle (slipping step, letting go hands and breaking into walking step about half way through the phrase), while the Women turn away from their co–partner and turn their new neighbour once round with both hands (walking step).
 9 – 10Each Man with his two partners circles right half way round (walking step).
 11 – 12The two Women raise their joined hands in an arch and the Man pops through (walking step).
 13 – 16The Men circle right once round in the middle (as before), while the Women turn away from their co–partner and turn their original neighbour once round with both hands (walking step).
All finish in original place.

Second Figure
A11 – 2All move forward into lines of three with partners, Men between the Women (walking step).
 3 – 4All fall back to place (walking step).
 5 – 8All set forward left and right to partners and turn single left back to original place.
A21 – 2All move forward into lines of three with partners, Men between the Women (walking step).
 3 – 4All fall back to place (walking step).
 5 – 8All set forward right and left to partners and turn single right back to original place.
B1 – 4Men back to back right shoulder with right ‘a’ partner (diagonally right) (walking step).
 5 – 8Men back to back left shoulder with left ‘b’ partner (diagonally left) (walking step).
 9 – 16Men passing right shoulder with right ‘a’ partner, hey for three with both partners (double step) breaking into walking step to finish.
All finish in original place.
Third Figure
A11 – 4Men right hands across with both partners once round (walking step).
 5 – 8All set forward left and right to partners and turn single left back to original place.
A21 – 4Men left hands across with both partners once round (walking step).
 5 – 8All set forward right and left to partners and turn single right back to original place.
B1Men right hands across a quarter way round in the centre, while Women left hand turn with co–partner half way round (double step).
 2 – 4Men left hands across once round with new Women (double step).
 5 – 16Repeat above (B 1 – 4) three times more, Men moving on one place each time and finishing with own partners. All finish in original place and honour.

Note:
The style of this dance should be bright and gay. The phrasing of the various figures, with the exception of the last, should be very precise. In the B music of the Third Figure, the timing given is approximate. The figure should be smooth and flowing with plenty of movement.

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Miss de Jersey’s Memorial

Tune:Miss de Jersey’s Memorial © Pat Shaw, 1971
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Take a Dance – Bare Necessities
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
Not Quite Playford – West Kirby FDB
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Waltz

A11 – 41st couple right hand turn once and a half moving down slightly to finish standing back to back in between 2nd couple who move up slightly.
 5 – 81st Man passing 2nd Woman left shoulder and 1st Woman passing 2nd Man left shoulder, all do five changes of a straight hey for four (slightly more than half a straight hey), with 2nd couple finishing improper in the middle facing each other.
A21 – 42nd couple left hand turn once and a half in between 1st couple.
 5 – 82nd Man passing 1st Man right shoulder and 2nd Woman passing 1st Woman right shoulder, all do four changes of a straight hey for four, continuing forward to finish improper diagonally opposite partner as follows:
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    W1    M2
    W2    M1
(M1 in W2’s place, W1 in M1’s place)
(M2 in W1’s place, W2 in M2’s place)
(Women in partner’s place)
B11 – 4All circle left three–quarters round, finishing with Men in 1st couple’s place (facing down) and Women in 2nd couple’s place (facing up).
 5 – 8Men half a figure 8 through the Women, 2nd Man passing in front of 1st Man.
 9 – 12All back to back with partner, 1st couple right shoulder and 2nd couple left shoulder, Men start by passing between the Women. The Men may take inside hands moving forward in the back to back and Women should take inside hands when moving backwards in the back to back.
 13 – 16All circle right three–quarters, finishing in original places but improper.
B21 – 21st couple, with inside hands joined, lead down the middle, while 2nd couple fall back away from partner.
 3 – 41st couple, changing hands, fall back, still moving down the middle of the set, while 2nd couple slide up sideways with two chassé steps.
 5 – 61st couple lead forward up the middle to their 2nd couple’s original place where they let go hands, while 2nd couple move forward towards partner.
 7 – 81st couple then separate and move up outside 2nd couple, while 2nd couple lead down the middle. All are in original places but still improper.
 9 – 12All turn partner once round with both hands, falling back away from partner in last bar.
 13 – 14All change places with partner, passing right shoulder, turning to finish with back to neighbour, (1st couple facing up, 2nd couple facing down).
 15 – 16All move backwards into progressed place, passing neighbour right shoulder and turning to finish facing partner.

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Miss Fennessy Smiles

Tune:Miss Fennessy Smiles © Pat Shaw
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Hornpipe

Men start right foot. Women start left foot.
A11Facing opposite couple, all change places with partner with two chassé steps, Men passing behind partner.
 2 – 4All turn opposite with right hands once round (slow flat double step) into all holding hands in two large circles round the whole set (Men facing inwards and Women facing outwards in the outer circle and Men facing outwards and Women facing inwards in the inner circle) so that Men finish standing behind their partner.
(All in each ring moving in the same direction.)
 5 – 8Men: two chassé steps to right, one to left and one to right) and back
Women: two chassé steps to left, one to right and one to left, and back
OR (as originally intended) (Men to right and Women to left) Step to side, in front, to side, hop, hop back, hop back and repeat in opposite direction.
A21 – 4Right hands across with original opposite couple (slow flat double step).
 5 – 8Left hands across with oiriginal couple behind (slow flat double step).
B11 – 4Women continue turning with left hands once and a half round, while Men turn original opposite Man with right hands once and a half round (slow flat double step).
 5 – 8All turn original opposite once round with both hands (outer ring moving slightly anticlockwise and inner ring moving slightly clockwise) to finish facing partner in original place (slow flat double step).
B21 – 4Step as in A1 5–8, but not holding hands, going in same direction as partner (with Men to right behind Woman neighbour and Women to left in front of neighbour) and back.
 5 – 8Turn partner with both hands once or twice round progressing one place OR swing partner with ballroom hold to face next couple (slow flat double step).

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Monica’s Delight

Tune:Piccadilly–O © Gordon Hitchcock
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Formation:Two couple Longways Set – Jig

First figure
A11 – 4With inside hands joined, partners lead up a double and fall back.
A21 – 4That again.
B1 – 41st Man and 2nd Woman (1st corners) cross right shoulder and turn right. Directly these have crossed 1st Woman and 2nd Man (2nd corners) cross right shoulders and turn right. Directly these have crossed, all pass neighbour right shoulder up or down the set and turn right.
 5 – 82nd Man and 1st Woman (new 1st corners) cross right shoulder and turn right. Directly these have crossed, 1st Man and 2nd Woman (new 2nd corners) cross right shoulder and turn right. Directly these have crossed, all pass neighbour right shoulder up or down the set and turn right into original place.

Second figure
A11 – 4All move forward into line right shoulder to right shoulder with partner and fall back.
A21 – 4All move forward into line left shoulder to left shoulder with partner and fall back.
B1 – 4“Pot hooks” 1st Man and 2nd Woman (1st corners) cross passing right shoulders (going well across) and fall back outside 2nd corners into neighbour’s place (2nd Man’s place and 1st Woman’s place respectively), while, as soon as 1st corners have crossed, 1st Woman and 2nd Man (2nd corners) cross passing left shoulder and fall back inside the 1st corners into neighbour’s place (2nd Woman’s place and 1st Man’s place respectively).
 5 – 8Partners facing, three changes of rights and lefts, giving hands right, left and right to original places.
Third figure
A11 – 4Partners arm right.
A21 – 4Partners arm left.
B1 – 4Taking inside hands with partner the two couples change places, 1st couple passing under an arch made by the 2nd couple, and then change back, 2nd couple passing under an arch made by the 1st couple.
 5 – 8Circular hey (partners facing without hands) three changes for 1st couple, two changes and cast on to end of line for 2nd couple.
All honour the Presence in line
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2W 1M 1W 2M

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Morecambe Bay

Tune:Morecambe Bay – Pat Shaw, 1972
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A11 – 4Right hands across with opposite couple. On the fifth beat, all clap and turn out to their left.
 5 – 8Left hands across, all clap and turn out to their right.
A21 – 8All back to back with opposite and swing opposite, ending with Woman on the Man’s right, facing across the set (facing original partner).
B11 – 8Ladies  chain, North Country style, across the set and back again.
B21 – 8Circle left in fours once all the way round and swing partner to face next couple.

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Mr Ganiford’s Maggot

Tune:Mr Ganiford’s Maggot © Pat Shaw, 1971
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Triple Minor longways – Jig

A11 – 81st couple back to back right shoulder, then make a big cast into 2nd place, keeping well away from partner (walking step).
 (3 – 8)2nd couple, starting in bar 3, back to back right shoulder and lead up, giving inside hands, to 1st place where they change hands and face down (walking step).
 (5 – 8)3rd couple, starting in bar 5, back to back right shoulder, then face up and join inside hands (walking step).
A21 – 8All circle left and right (slipping step), finishing in longways formation.
B1 – 81st couple (in 2nd place) half right hand turn with partner, then left hand turn with first corner (1st Man with 3rd Woman and 1st Woman with 2nd Man) (walking step); then 1st Man dances (double step) clockwise round 3rd Man’s place, back to 2nd place on his own side, while 1st Woman dances clockwise round 2nd Woman’s place back to 2nd place on her own side. On bars 5 – 8 2nd Woman and 3rd Man turn with the left hand once round in the centre (walking step or double step), returning to place to finish.
 9 – 161st couple half left hand turn with partner, then right hand turn with 2nd corner (1st Man with 2nd Woman and 1st Woman with 3rd Man) (walking step); then 1st Man dances (double step) anticlockwise round 2nd Man’s place, while 1st Woman dances (double step) anticlockwise round 3rd Woman’s place, both finishing in 2nd place on their own side. On bars 13 – 16 2nd Man and 3rd Woman turn with the right hand once round in the centre (walking or double step) returning to place to finish.

Notes:

  1. This dance should be lively and gay, though always in control.
  2. In A1 the phrasing should be very exact.
  3. In B all should be smooth, flowing and continuous. The two corners, who turn each other in the middle must not anticipate the half phrase.

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Mr Shaw’s Apologies

Tune:Mr Shaw’s Apologies © Pat Shaw, 1970
Recordings:The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Four couple Square Set – Waltz

First Figure
A11 – 2All lead partner to centre, starting with right foot.
 3 – 4Step right and honour, still facing centre, ending thus:
     W–M   W
               |
     M       M
     |
     W   M–W
 5 – 6Men left hands across half way round, while Women cast right back to places.
 7 – 8All step right and honour opposite.
A21 – 2All lead opposite to centre, starting with left foot.
 3 – 4Step left and honour, still facing centre.
 5 – 6Women right hands across half way round, while Men cast left back to places (half way round set).
 7 – 8All step left and honour partner. (All are in opposite places).
B11 – 4Head couples lead partner to centre of set and lead out with opposite into side places, while side couples, facing partners, fall back away from them and move forward to meet opposite in head places.
 5 – 8All turn opposite with both hands once and a half.
B21 – 4Side couples (in head places) lead opposite to centre of set and lead out with partner into side places, while head couples, facing opposite, fall back away from them and move forward to meet partner in head places.
 5 – 8All turn partner with both hands once and a half, finishing facing partner in original places.

Second Figure
A11 – 2Starting with right foot, move forward into line with partner right shoulder to right shoulder, turn to face partner (Women facing centre – Men with backs to centre).
 3 – 4Step right and honour partner.
 5 – 8Turn corner with right hand once round, finishing in own places, but facing corner with set diamond–shaped.
A21 – 2Move forward into line with corner left shoulder to left shoulder, turn to face corner (Women facing centre – Men with backs to centre).
 3 – 4Step left and honour corner.
 5 – 8Turn partner with left hand once round to original places. (Side couples continue to hold left hands).
B11 – 4Head couples half straight hey to opposite places, Women starting by passing right shoulder in the centre, while side couples left hand turn with partner once round.
 5 – 8Side couples half straight hey to opposite places, Women starting by passing right shoulder in the centre (side Men loop left), while head couples left hand turn with partner once round.
B21 – 4Head couples right hand turn with partner once round, while side couples half straight hey to original places, Men (who have just passed each other right shoulder at end of previous half hey) start by passing each other left shoulder in the centre.
 5 – 8Side couples right hand turn with partner once round to places (and continue to hold right hands for next Figure), while head couples half straight hey to original places, Men starting by passing left shoulder in the centre.
Third Figure
A11 – 3Starting with right foot, all three–quarter right hand turn with partner.
 4All face partner and fall back (one small waltz step) into this position:
       M
       |
       W
M–W   W–M
       W
       |
       M
(Men facing centre – Women with backs to centre)
 5 – 6Step right and honour partner.
 7 – 8All one waltz step directly forwards towards partner, a slight turn on the spot left (anticlockwise) and one large waltz step backwards (Men passing right hand Woman by the left shoulder, Men on the inside of the set), finishing beyond and facing right hand Woman (improper) with set diamond–shaped.
A21 – 3Starting with left foot, all three–quarter left hand turn with new partner.
 4All face and fall back (one small waltz step) (Men facing centre – Women with backs to centre).
 5 – 6Step left and honour same person.
 7 – 8All one waltz step directly forwards towards same person, a slight turn on the spot right (clockwise), and one large waltz step backwards, passing partner right shoulder (Men on the inside of the set), finishing facing partner in original places.
B11 – 3Men left hands across three–quarters round set, while Women move forward one place clockwise round set.
 4All right hand turn with partner half way round.
 5 – 7Women left hands across three–quarters round set, while Men move forward one place clockwise.
 8All right hand turn with partner half way round.
B21 – 8Repeat B1 1 – 8, Men finishing in the middle facing their partner (Men with backs to centre – Women facing centre).
Coda
 1 – 2Still holding right hands with partner, Men turn partner anticlockwise under her right arm, each moving slightly to the left.
 3 – 4Step right and honour partner into cross formation (Men with backs to centre, Women facing centre).

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Mr Shaw’s Canon

Tune:Christchurch Bells (traditional)
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Three couple Longways Set – Reel

1st couple start, the 2nd couple join in after eight bars and the 3rd couple join in after sixteen bars
A1 – 2Taking inside hands with partner lead forward (under an arch if there is one).
 3 – 4Set right and left to partner.
 5 – 8Turn partner with right hand once round.
B1 – 4Cast down to middle place (as next couple lead up)
 5 – 8Turn partner with left hand once round.
C1 – 2Make arch and slip down to bottom place (as next couple lead up)
 3 – 8Cross, move outside to top place, cross again and move outside back to bottom place (single step).

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Muschamp’s Maggot

Tune:Muschamp’s Maggot © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Formation:Four couple longways – Rant

A11 – 81st Man turns 2nd Woman with both hands once round, while 3rd Man turns 4th Woman with both hands once round. Then 1st Man keeping 2nd Woman’s right hand in his left to make an arch and staying in the centre, leads 2nd Woman right round, arching over 2nd Man and 1st Woman back to her original place, while 3rd Man does the same, staying in the centre and leading 4th Woman right round, arching over 4th Man and 3rd Woman.
A21 – 82nd Man turns 1st Woman with both hands once round, while 4th Man turn 3rd Woman with both hands once round. Then 2nd Man keeping 1st Woman’s right hand in his left to make an arch and staying in the centre, leads 1st Woman right round, arching over 2nd Woman and 1st Man back to her original place, while 4th Man does the same, staying in the centre and leading 3rd Woman right round, arching over 4th Woman and 3rd Man.
B1 – 41st couple, followed by 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples who move up on the outside, lead down to the bottom of the set, 1st couple and 3rd couple turning to face up at the end of the 4th bar (walking step).
 5 – 8All three changes of a dip and dive, 1st and 3rd couples going under first (2nd and 3rd couples finishing in each other’s place) (rant step). All finish taking ballroom hold with partner and standing with 1st and 3rd Men back to back and 2nd and 4th Men back to back.
C1 – 61st and 3rd couples, 2nd and 4th couples dance round each other once and a half to new place.
 7 – 8Then swing once round quickly on the spot and fall back away from partner into lines. Progression 1–2–4–3–1.

Repeat dance three times.

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My Mother’s Geese

Tune:‘Mijn moeder heeft Gansen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Triple minor longways – Waltz

A11 – 21st and 2nd couples right hand star half way;
 31st Man and 2nd Woman step back;
 42nd Man and 1st Woman step back;
 5 – 61st and 2nd couples turn single right.
A21 – 21st and 3rd couples left hand star half way;
 31st Woman and 3rd Woman step back;
 41st Man and 3rd Man step back;
 5 – 61st and 3rd couples turn single left.
B11 – 41st couple turn with both hands, at the same time 2nd and 3rd couples circle left half way, 3rd couple cast into 2nd place, 2nd couple lead up and turn outwards;
 5 – 61st couple cast up to 1st place, while 3rd couple move down on the 5th bar, 2nd couple move down on the 6th bar;
 7 – 81st couple lead down to 2nd place, while 2nd couple cast up and 3rd couple turn single, Man right, Woman left. (This should be made a flowing movement and the timing here given is only a rough guide.)
B21 – 42nd couple back to back right shoulder with partner, while 1st and 3rd Men back to back right shoulder and 1st and 3rd Women back to back left shoulder;
 5Facing partner, Men take a step back;
 6Women take a step back;
 7 – 8All turn single right moving forward.

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Nan’s Waltz

Tune:Nan’s Waltz © Pat Shaw, 1946
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Waltz

A1 – 4All right hand turn with partner once round.
 5 – 8All back to back right shoulder with person diagonally to the left as you face your partner, Man with Man, Woman with Woman.
 9 – 12All left hand turn with partner once round.
 13 – 16All back to back left shoulder with person diagonally to the right. End facing opposite couple (the couple you faced when the set was originally made up).
B1 – 2With this couple circle left half way round.
 3 – 4Fall back individually through the couple now behind you, passing right shoulder (Men outside, Women inside).
 5 – 8With this new couple now facing you, two changes of rights and lefts.
 9 – 16Ladies’ chain there and back with the same couple.
 17 – 24All take ballroom hold with partner and waltz all the way round this same couple, ending with each Man turning his partner clockwise under her arm on the last two bars and then taking right hands with her ready for the next round of the dance.

Notes

  1. Remember in which direction you were originally facing.
  2. The circle at the beginning of the B music is always with the same couple as the ladies’ chain in the previous round.

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Nibs Goes West

Tune:Nibs Goes West and Jean’s on the Fiddle © Pat Shaw, 1964
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Callers’ Choice – The Ranchers (LP)
Formation:Double Sicilian Circle – Hornpipe/Reel

A1 – 4Lines of four go forward and back (walking step).
 5 – 8The centre four people right hands across once round, while the left hand Man and the right hand Woman in each line cast out, and back to back right shoulder with each other, finishing close together. The right hands across should move round fairly fast and let go hands so that the Men move on outside the people doing the back to back and the Women cast left round them (walking step).
 9 – 12Those who have just gone back to back move into the centre and right hands across, while the others back to back behind them (walking step).
 13 – 16All swing partner (pivot step) ending in original places.
B1 – 4Right hand couples half ladies’ chain.
 3 – 6Left hand couples half ladies’ chain, dovetailing with the right hand couples.
 5 – 8Right hand couples half ladies’ chain back again.
 7 – 10Left hand couples half ladies’ chain back again.
 9 – 12Right hand couples promenade diagonally across and wheel round.
 11 – 12Left hand couples promenade across but do not wheel round.
 13 – 16All swing partner to face new line of four.

Note:
In each round couples in the same line change places.
In A the back to backs are always with the same person in the same line as yourself (not with your opposite).

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Nightingale

Tune:‘Nachtegaal’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Round set for four couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4With hands joined, all to the centre and back;
 5 – 8Men join hands behind Women’s backs to make a basket, Women place hands on Men’s shoulders, circle left with pivot step;
 9 – 10Men wheel corner once round clockwise (Men still with left arm round corner’s waist, move backwards, Women forward),
 11 – 12All turn single away from corner (Men right, Women left).
A21 – 4With hands joined, all to the centre and back;
 5 – 8All make a basket as before and circle right with pivot step;
 9 – 12Men wheel partner round anticlockwise and all turn single away from partner (Men left, Women right).
B111st and 3rd Men step forward,
 21st and 3rd Women step forward,
 3 – 41st and 2nd Women half right hand turn, while 2nd and 3rd Men move anticlockwise half round them. At the same time 3rd and 4th Women half right hand turn, while 1st and 4th Men move anticlockwise half round them;
 5 – 6Men add their right hand to the Women they have been going round (behind original corner) and all right hand star half way,
 7 – 8All cast left out of the star, casting round partner into partner’s place.
B212nd and 4th Men step forward,
 22nd and 4th Women step forward,
 3 – 41st and 2nd Women half left hand turn, while 1st and 4th Men move clockwise half round them. At the same time 3rd and 4th Women half left hand turn, while 2nd and 3rd Men move clockwise half round them;
 5 – 6Men add their left hands to the Women they have been going round (behind original right hand Woman) and all left hand star half way,
 7 – 8All cast right out of the star round partner to finish in original place.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 12All basket clockwise, wheel corner round clockwise and turn single away, as in A1 1st Figure.
A21 – 4Corners side left shoulder;
 5 – 12All basket counter clockwise, wheel partner round counter clockwise and turn single away, as in A2 1st Figure.
B111st and 3rd Men step forward,
 21st and 3rd Women step forward,
 3 – 41st and 3rd Men slip right into 2nd and 4th Men’s places, passing behind partner, while 1st and 3rd Women slip left into 4th and 2nd Women’s places, passing in front of partner and, at the same time, 2nd and 4th couples lead partner forward to centre;
 5 – 81st Man and 3rd Women half figure 8 through 2nd couple, then cross again with each other and move across the set to their own partner’s place, while 2nd couple cast back and half a figure of 8 into partner’s place, at the same time 3rd Man and 1st Woman do the same with 4th couple.
B212nd and 4th Men step forward,
 22nd and 4th Women do the same,
 3 – 42nd and 4th Men slip left behind partner into 1st and 3rd Women’s original place, while 2nd and 4th Women slip right in front of partner into 3rd and 1st Men’s original places, while 1st and 3rd couples lead partner forward;
 5 – 82nd Man and 4th Woman half figure 8 through the 1st couple, cross again and move across the set to original place, while 1st couple cast back and half figure 8 finishing in original place, at the same time 4th Man and 2nd Woman do the same with the 3rd couple.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn (or arm right);
 5 – 12All basket clockwise, wheel corner round and turn single as in A1 1st Figure.
A21 – 4Corners left hand turn (or arm left);
 5 – 12All basket anticlockwise, wheel partner round and turn single as in A2 1st Figure.
B111st and 3rd Men step forward and give right hands,
 21st and 3rd Women do the same,
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples right hand star half way;
 5 – 61st and 3rd Men turn single left out of the star, while 2nd and 4th Men take their places (M2 behind W3, M4 behind W1) and 2nd and 4th Men with 1st and 3rd Women right hand star half way;
 7 – 8All left hand turn with original opposite finishing improper. (Women with original opposites are in original places but improper).
B212nd and 4th Men step forward and give left hands,
 22nd and 4th Women do the same,
 3 – 42nd and 4th couples left hand star half way;
 5 – 62nd and 4th Men turn single right out of the star, while 1st and 3rd Men take their places (M1 behind W2 and M3 behind W4) and 1st and 3rd Men with 2nd and 4th Women left hand star half way;
 7 – 8All right hand turn with partner into original places and honour partner.

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Old Wives’ Tales

Tune:‘Ouwe wijven’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording: Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Set of two trios – Jig

One Man with two partners facing each other
First Figure
A1 1 – 4With hands joined, all lead forward and fall back;
  5 – 8Each trio circle left.
A2 1 – 4All fall back away from the other trio and lead forward;
  5 – 8Each trio circles right.
B1 1 – 4Women fall back from opposite Woman and come forward, while the Men gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) once and a quarter round each other;
  5 – 8Men lead out both Women originally to their left (M1 with W1L + W2R, M2 with W2L + W1R), all turn right and lead back.
B2 1 – 4Women fall back from co–partner and forward again, while Men gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) one and a half times round each other;
  5 – 8Men lead out both Women originally to their right (M1 with W1R + W2L, M2 with W2R + W1L), all turn right and lead back, Men remaining in this place.

Second Figure
A1
A2
}1 – 8In these new positions repeat 1st Figure A1 + A2
B1 1 – 4Women right hand star, while Men, casting left, dance half way anticlockwise round the outside;
  5 – 8Men, breaking into the star, left hand turn, while the Women continue on clockwise track and dance halfway round the outside.
B2 1 – 4Women left hand star, while Men casting right, dance half way clockwise round the outside;
  5 – 8Men, breaking into the star, three–quarters right hand turn, while Women continue anticlockwise round the outside to original place.
All four Women are now in original place, Men in opposite place.

Third Figure
A1
A2
}1 – 8In these new positions repeat 1st Figure A1 + A2
B1 1 – 8Men, passing each other right shoulder, dance anticlockwise round their original right hand partner, then passing each other left shoulder, clockwise round their new right hand partner (M1 round W1R then W2R, M2 round W2R then W1R). Meanwhile the other Women (W1L + W2L) immediately after the Men have crossed, back to back with each other twice, first right shoulder then left shoulder. They should fall well back after the first back to back to allow the Men to cross again.
B2 1 – 8Men, passing each other left shoulder, dance clockwise round their original left hand partner, then passing right shoulder anticlockwise round their new left hand partner (M1 round W1L then W2L, M2 round W2L then W1L). Meanwhile the other Women (W1R + W2R) immediately after the Men have crossed, back to back with each other twice, first left shoulder then right shoulder, falling well back between the two movements to allow the Men to cross again.
At the end each Man moves outside his new right hand partner to come between her and his original left hand partner ready for 4th Figure (M1 round W2R and between W2R + W1L, M2 round W1R and between W1R + W2L).

Fourth Figure
A1
A2
}1 – 8In these new positions repeat 1st Figure A1 + A2
B1 1 – 8Men hey for three with original opposites passing opposite Woman diagonally left by the right shoulder.
B2 1 – 8Men, passing each other left shoulder, hey for three with original partners, passing own original right hand partner by the left shoulder. Men finish with gypsy round each other clockwise (right shoulder) and end back to back with each other in the centre facing partners, while Women, taking hands with co–partner, turn to face Men to honour.

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Pengwern Valley Galop (Carlam Nant Pengwern) or “Welsh Galop”

Tune:24 bar jig such as “Helen’s Sgwarnog” with B music repeated
Formation:Sicilian Circle – men facing anticlockwise, women facing clockwise

A11st Man and 2nd Woman four slipping steps away from set & 4 slipping steps back, while 2nd Man and 1st woman 4 slipping steps into centre of set (between others) and 4 slipping steps back.
A2All turning out, 4 slipping steps in same direction and back with dancer originally behind.
Stay facing in the same direction.
B11st couples arm left and right, while 2nd couples arm right and left (arm with nearest arm to partner first).
B2All back to back with first “slipping” opposite. All clap together, right, together, left – and pass on (right shoulder) in the direction one is facing i.e. Everyone loses their partner.

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The Penniless Soldiers

Tune:‘De soldaten hebben geen gelt’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Square set for four couples – Reel & Waltz

First Figure
A11 – 21st and 3rd couples meet,
 3 – 42nd and 4th couples meet, while 1st and 3rd couples fall back.
A21 – 21st and 3rd couples meet, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back,
 3 – 42nd and 4th couples meet and turn their back on partner to face corner, while 1st and 3rd couples fall back.
B11 – 4All right hand turn with corner.
B21 – 42nd and 4th couples circle left in the centre, while 1st and 3rd couples left hand turn with partner.
A31 – 21st and 3rd couples meet in the centre, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back to place,
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples fall back, while 2nd and 4th couples meet.
A41 – 21st and 3rd couples fall back away from partner, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back to place,
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples go forward to meet partner, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back away from partner.
The set is now in two lines along the top and bottom.

Second Figure
C11 – 3All right hand turn with corner;
 4 – 6All back to back left shoulder with partner.
C21 – 3All left hand turn with corner;
 4 – 6All back to back right shoulder with partner.
D11 – 4All 4 changes of a circular hey, starting by passing partner right shoulder;
5 – 7All gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) round partner.
D21 – 4All 4 changes of a circular hey starting by passing corner left shoulder;
 5 – 7All gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round corner, finishing in two lines along the sides of the set.

Third Figure
A11 – 21st and 3rd couples come forward to meet partner, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back away from partner,
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples meet in the centre, while 2nd and 4th couples come forward to meet partner.
A21 – 21st and 3rd couples fall back to place, while 2nd and 4th couples meet in the centre,
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples meet in the centre, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back to place.
B11 – 41st and 3rd couples circle left in the centre, while 2nd and 4th couples left hand turn with partner.
B21 – 4All right hand turn with corner.
A31 – 21st and 3rd couples fall back to places, while 2nd and 4th couples meet in the centre,
 3 – 41st and 3rd couples meet, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back.
A41 – 21st and 3rd couples fall back, while 2nd and 4th couples meet,
 3 – 42nd and 4th couples fall back. All honour partner.

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Philida of Utrecht

Tune:‘Philida van Utreght’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Square set for four couples – Minuet

Minuet step throughout, one minuet step takes two bars of music
A11 – 2Holding inside hands with partner, all take first step forward, then Women continuing forward to left and Men moving backward to right to complete the minuet step, all make a double star facing clockwise with Women in centre with right hand;
 3 – 8All move round one place clockwise, where Men wheel Women round anticlockwise out of the star into square formation with three minuet steps;
 9 – 16Repeat the above reversing direction, i.e. Men in the centre with left hand for double star anticlockwise and Men wheeling partner round backward clockwise to finish in original place.
A21 – 8All pass corner giving left hand and right hand turn once round with opposite;
 9 – 16Pass corner again giving left hand and right hand turn with partner.
B11 – 4Men take one minuet step forward towards centre, turning right at the end and fall back one minuet step into next Man’s place to the left;
 5 – 8All left hand turn with original corner;
 9 – 12Women take one minuet step forward, turning left and fall back into next Woman’s place to the right;
 13 – 16All right hand turn with original opposite;
 17 – 20Joining left hands as well as right hands in allemande hold (as in the Gay Gordons), Men lead original opposite round to Man’s original place.
B21 – 4Women right hand star three–quarters;
 5 – 8Women left hand turn with original left hand Man;
 9 – 12Women again right hand star three–quarters;
 13 – 16Women left hand turn with original partner;
 17 – 20Women right hand star half way, falling back beside original opposite.

Repeat the dance once to get partner back.

If it is wished to lengthen the dance, perform the last four bars as follows:

B217 – 20Women right hand star half way, falling back beside original opposite.

Then repeat the dance three times. (This will be found rather too long for most people’s taste.)

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The Phoenix Rejuvenated

Tune:The Phoenix Rejuvenated © Pat Shaw, 1975
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Four–couple Longways Set – Reel

A11 – 4Facing up and taking inside hands with partner, all lead forward and back a double.
 5 – 81st Man moves clockwise half way round the line of Women, followed by the other Men.
A21 – 4Facing down and taking inside hands with new partner (who will be the same person in each round of the dance) all lead forward and back a double.
 5 – 84th Woman moves anticlockwise half way round the line of Men, followed by the other Women.
B11 – 4Facing up and taking inside hands with partner (not promenade hold), all promenade round to the left (4th couple leading) into original places but improper.
 5 – 6All set right and left to partner.
 7 – 81st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple circle left half way round.
B21 – 41st couple cast up and lead down again to meet the 4th couple who cast down and lead up again, while 2nd couple lead down to the middle and cast up again and the 3rd couple lead up to the middle and cast down again.
 5 – 81st and 4th couples circle left half way round and then turn partner with both hands half way round to own sides, while 2nd and 3rd couples turn partner with both hands once round.

Repeat dance three times.

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Pine Cones

Tune:Pine Cones © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Three–couple longways – Reel

A11 – 4Taking hands in lines, forward and back to partner (walking step).
 5 – 82nd man half–hey with 3rd couple, passing 3rd woman left shoulder and turning left into middle place improper, while 2nd woman half–hey with 1st couple, passing 1st man left shoulder and turning left into middle place improper (double–step or polka, all are now improper).
A21 – 4Taking hands in lines, forward and back to partner (walking step).
 5 – 82nd man half–hey with 1st couple, while 2nd woman half–hey with 3rd couple (double–step or polka, all are now in original places).
B11 – 8All circle left and right (slipping step).
B21 – 41st couple lead down set. 2nd and 3rd couples moving up on outside of set to follow 1st couple (walking step).
 5 – 81st couple make an arch at bottom of set. 2nd and 3rd couples lead through arch, separate and cast up to new places (walking step. 2nd couple finishes in top place, 3rd couple in middle place).

Repeat the whole dance twice more so that all end in original places.

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Pine Needles

Tune:Pine Needles © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Not Quite Shaw – West Kirby Folk Dance Band (tape)
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

A11 – 4All four right–hand star once round.
 5 – 8Men continue clock–wise round outside their contrary woman into each other’s place, half–way round the set.
A21 – 4All four left–hand star once round.
 5 – 8Women continue anticlockwise round outside their partner into each other’s place, half–way round the set.
B11 – 8Ladies’ chain.
B21 – 8Promenade anticlockwise all the way round the other couple and end facing new couple. Swing partner.

Possible additions to the above:

A15 – 8while women back–to–back passing right shoulder.
A25 – 8while men back–to–back passing left shoulder.

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Pinewoods Square Eight

Tune:Pinewoods Square Eight © Pat Shaw, 1974
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Formation:Four–couple square set– Jig

First Figure
A11 – 4Heads meet, Sides divide; Heads lead opposites out to side places, while Sides meet opposites in head places.
 5 – 8All swing new partners, i.e. original opposites, finishing with lady on man’s right.
A21 – 4New Heads meet and lead original partners out to the sides, while New Sides divide and meet original partners in head places.
 5 – 8All swing partners finishing with lady on the man’s right. All should now be in places opposite to where they started.
B11 – 4Holding inside hands with partners, men join left hands in the centre to make a Double (Texas) Star which goes round half way.
 5 – 8All Four Ladies Chain half way.
B21 – 8Repeat B1 to get partners back. All should again be in original opposite couple’s place.

Second Figure
A31 – 4All Do–si–Do (Back–to–Back) partner and turn to face corner.
 5 – 8All swing corners finishing with lady on man’s right and the set in a diamond shape. (During the swing, men must change places with their corner ending in her place and not swing their corner into their partner’s places.)
A41 – 8Repeat A3 with new partner and new corner swinging into 2 lines up and down the set facing each other, thus:

Top
 M4W1 
 ++ 
 W2M3 
 M1W4 
 ++ 
 W3M2 

B31 – 4All Half Right and Left through (New England Style) with the couple opposite.
 5 – 8With the same couple Circle Left half way round; then the head men releasing their left hands, pull the circles out into two straight lines again up and down the set facing each other thus
Top

 M1W2 
 ++ 
 W3M4 
 M2W1 
 ++ 
 W4M3 
B41 – 4With new couple opposite, all Half Right and Left through.
 5 – 8Circle Left with the same couple, this time the side men releasing left hands and pulling the circles out into square formation again, thus:
Top
  W4+M2  
 M3   W3 
 +   + 
 W1   M1 
  M4+W2  

Third Figure
A51 – 4All Allemande Right (Right Hand Turn) with present partner, i.e. original opposite, and pass her by, passing right shoulder.
 5 – 8All swing the next, finishing with the lady on the man’s right, as usual.
A61 – 4With this new partner all Allemande Left (Left Hand Turn) and pass her by, passing left shoulder.
 5 – 8All swing the next. All should now be with original partners in original positions.
B51 – 4All Circle Left in a ring of 8 half way round.
 5 – 8Holding inside hands with partners, men wheel them round half way, counterclockwise, the men moving backwards, so that all are facing outwards; then still with inside hands joined, all change places with partners, ladies turning in towards their partners under joined hands.
B61 – 8Facing partners, all Grand Right and Left (Grand Chain) half way round to original places and all swing partners. Honour partners to finish.

Note:
The movement in B3 and B4 of the circle being drawn out into a line is similar to, but not identical with that occurring in the last figure of “Oranges and Lemons.” In the second part of the 3rd figure above, if preferred, a repeat of the movement of B5 may be substituted for B6, or the movement of B5 may be omitted and that of B6 danced twice. The whole dance should be done with an American Square Dance walking step, New England rather than Western in tempo and style.

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Planting the May

Tune:‘Meiplanting’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recording:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double and fall back.
A21 – 4All lead partner down a double and fall back.
B11 – 8Double Hey. 1st couple facing down, 2nd and 3rd couples facing up, all hey on own side passing inside from the ends and outside from the middle (as in 1st Figure of Grimstock, i.e. M1 + M2 passing right shoulder, W1 + W2 passing left shoulder to start).
B21 – 8Double Cross Hey. All continue the hey, but changing sides with partner whenever they meet at either end of the set, Women always crossing in front of partner. Order of crossing will be: 1st couple from the top, 3rd couple from the bottom, 2nd couple from the top, 1st couple from the bottom, 3rd couple from the top and finally 2nd couple from the bottom. (The crossing should be done as in a figure 8, i.e. towards the centre of the set, not across the ends).

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder.
A21 – 4Partners side left shoulder.
B11 – 8Morris Hey. 1st couple facing up, 2nd and 3rd couples facing down. (This is the reverse of “Double Hey” in 1st Figure B1, i.e. turn out at the ends and pass inside from the middle. 2nd couple start by following 3rd couple, but 1st couple cut in between 2nd and 3rd couples)
B21 – 8Double Cross Morris Hey. All continue the hey, but changing sides with partner whenever they meet in middle place, Women always crossing in front of partner. Order of crossing will be: 2nd couple down, 3rd couple up, 1st couple down, 2nd couple up, 3rd couple down, 1st couple up. (The crossing should be done moving down or up the set, not straight across the middle).

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partner right hand turn.
A21 – 4Partner left hand turn.
B11 – 8Hey on the Sides. 2nd Man facing 3rd Man, 1st Woman facing 2nd Woman, passing right shoulder to start, all hey for three on own side.
B21 – 8Hey Top and Bottom. 2nd Man passes 3rd Woman left shoulder to start a hey with the 3rd couple, while 2nd Woman passes 1st Man left shoulder to start a hey with 1st couple.

Fourth Figure
A11 – 4Men joining hands and Women likewise, lead forward a double towards partner and fall back.
A21 – 4All turning right about, lead a double out to walls and fall back.
B11 – 8Semi–circular Heys. 1st couple, turning right about, face partner, while 2nd couple face 3rd couple. All pass one person right shoulder, then gypsy anticlockwise (left shoulder) round the next (M1 + W3, M2 + W2, M3 + W1), then pass the first person again right shoulder to original place.
B21 – 8Without stopping or turning 1st couple face 2nd couple, 3rd couple face partner, all pass left shoulder and gypsy clockwise (right shoulder) round next (same person as before), then pass left shoulder again to finish in original place. All honour partner.

Note:
In all four figures B1 and B2 should be danced with a single step or double step and should be made as continuous as possible.

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The Pride of Newcastle

Tune:The Pride of Newcastle © Pat Shaw, 1963
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Three–couple Round Set (numbered clockwise) – Slip Jig

A11 – 4All circle left and right (six slipping steps each way).
A21 – 41st couple lead across the set to opposite side between the other two couples and change places with each other, the Woman turning under arms to face back into the set proper and remain facing centre of set in opposite position (walking step). 2nd and 3rd couples two changes of rights and lefts across the set to change places (walking step).
B11 – 41st couple cross over with each other moving to centre of set (Woman crossing in front); 1st Woman dances between 2nd couple, round 2nd Man, crosses back between 3rd couple, round 3rd Man to place, while 1st Man dances between 3rd couple, round 3rd Woman, crosses back between 2nd couple round 2nd Woman to place (single step).
 5 – 8All (starting with right hand to partner) three changes of a grand chain and turn partner with left hand once round (single step) and Men hand partner to centre for:
B21 – 4Ladies’ chain to next Man twice (walking step). (All now have original corner as partner).
 5 – 7With new partner, double star, Women right hands joined in centre with Men holding Woman’s left hand in their right, once round (nine single steps).
 8Women break in centre, Men keeping hold of inside hands, hand new partner round in front of them anticlockwise back into ring ready for start of next round, which is led by the 2nd Man with the 3rd Woman as his partner.

Repeat dance twice.

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The Prince Consort’s Rant

Tune:The Albert Memorial Square and The Prince Consort’s Rant © Pat Shaw, 1971
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Reel

Before the dance begins all couples turn to face centre, making a large single circle.
A11 – 8All join hands and circle left and right (rant step).
A21 – 8All left hand turn once round with corner, pass partner right shoulder, right hand turn once round with the next person and back to partner for a left hand turn (rant step). All finish in Sicilian circle formation facing original direction.
B11 – 8Ladies’ chain, North Country style, across the set and back again (rant step). All finish in a large single circle facing centre with hands on neighbours’ shoulders if possible.
B21 – 3All rant on the spot.
 4 – 8Take ballroom hold with partner and dance on to the next place past the couple with whom the ladies’ chained, ending with a swing on the spot into the large single circle (rant step).

Repeat dance twice.

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Princess Royal

Tune:Traditional Abingdon Morris Tune
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers (LP)
Formation:Three couple Longways Set – Reel

First figure
A11 – 2Taking inside hands with partner, all lead up a double.
 3 – 4Facing partner, set right and left.
 5 – 6All cast back to places (Men left, Women right).
 7 – 8All turn single downwards (Men right, Women left).
A21 – 2Taking inside hands with partner, all lead down a double.
 3 – 4Facing partner, set right and left.
 5 – 6All cast out back to place (Men right, Women left).
 7 – 8All turn single up (Men left, Women right).
B11 – 41st Woman crosses moving down the middle in front of her partner to circle left with 2nd and 3rd Men once round, while 1st Man crosses moving down the middle behind his partner to circle right with 2nd and 3rd Women once round. 1st couple finish in centre of set with their backs to each other.
 5 – 61st Man sets right and left to 3rd Woman (right diagonal), while 1st Woman sets right and left to 2nd Man (right diagonal).
 7 – 81st Man sets right and left to 2nd Woman (left diagonal), while 1st Woman sets right and left to 3rd Man (left diagonal).
 9 – 122nd and 3rd couples two changes of rights and lefts (Men facing and Women facing to start), while 1st couple separate, moving to their right through the end couples (1st Man down between 3rd couple, 1st Woman up between 2nd couple), turn right, go round the outside into middle place on their own side and turn with both hands half way round. The order of the couples is now 3-1-2, all improper.
B21 – 4(2nd couple in bottom place) 2nd Woman crosses moving up the middle in front of her partner to circle left with 1st and 3rd Men once round, while 2nd Man crosses moving up the middle behind his partner to circle right with 1st and 3rd Women once round. 2nd couple finish in centre of set with their backs to each other.
 5 – 62nd Man sets right and left to 3rd Woman, while 2nd Woman sets right and left to 1st Man.
 7 – 82nd Man sets right and left to 1st Woman, while 2nd Woman sets right and left to 3rd Man.
 9 – 121st and 3rd couples two changes of rights and lefts (Men facing and Women facing to start), while 2nd couple separate, moving to their right through the end couples (2nd Man up between 3rd couple, 2nd Woman down between 1st couple), turn right, go round the outside into middle place improper and turn with both hands half way round. All finish in original places.

Second figure
A11 – 2All cross right shoulder with partner and turn right to face them.
 3 – 4All set right and left to partner.
 5 – 6All cast left (anticlockwise) back to places.
 7 – 8All turn single right (clockwise).
A21 – 2All cross left shoulder with partner and turn left to face them.
 3 – 4All set right and left to partner.
 5 – 6All cast right (clockwise) back to places.
 7 – 8All turn single left (anticlockwise).
B11 – 41st and 2nd couples set right and left to partner and cross over passing right shoulder with them; still facing out, Men join inside hands, Women do the same and move round (Men clockwise, Women anticlockwise) so that all four end in a straight line facing down, 2nd couple in the middle; while 3rd couple turn partner with both hands once round and end facing up.
 5 – 81st and 2nd Women circle right with the 3rd Man once round, while 1st and 2nd Men circle left with the 3rd Woman once round (3rd couple come up the middle of the set to begin and 1st couple continue in the direction in which they were moving previously).
 9 – 123rd Man goes up under arch made by 1st and 2nd Women, while 3rd Woman goes up under arch made by 1st and 2nd Men. Then 3rd couple cross with each other at the top of the set and move down the outside to middle place, while 2nd couple turn in towards each other and lead up to top place. 1st couple lead down into bottom place and turn single downwards (Man left, Woman right). The order of the couples is now 2-3-1, all improper.
B21 – 41st and 3rd couples (bottom two couples) set right and left to partner and cross over passing right shoulder with them; still facing out Men join inside hands, Women do the same and then move round (Men clockwise and Women anticlockwise) so that all four end in a straight line facing up, 3rd couple in the middle; while 2nd couple turn partner with both hands once round and end facing down.
 5 – 81st and 3rd Women circle right with 2nd Man once round, while 1st and 3rd Men circle left with the 2nd Woman once round (2nd couple come down the middle of the set to begin and 1st couple continue in the direction in which they were moving previously).
 9 – 122nd Man goes down under arch made by 1st and 3rd Women, while 2nd Woman goes down under arch made by 1st and 3rd Men. Then 2nd couple cross with each other at the bottom of the set and move up the outside to middle place, while 3rd couple turn in towards each other and lead down to bottom place, while 1st couple lead up to top place and turn single upwards (Man left – Woman right). All finish in original places.
Third figure
A11 – 2Arm right with partner half way round.
 3 – 4All set right and left to partner.
 5 – 6All cast right (clockwise) to places (continuing in same direction).
 7 – 8All turn single left (anticlockwise).
A21 – 2Arm left with partner half way round.
 3 – 4All set right and left to partner.
 5 – 6All cast left (anticlockwise) to places (continuing in same direction).
 7 – 8All turn single right (clockwise).
B11 – 21st Woman, 2nd couple, and 3rd Man right hands across half way round, finishing with 1st Woman and 3rd Man in each other’s place, and with 2nd couple standing back to back in the middle of a diagonal line of four with 1st Man and 3rd Woman (2nd Man facing 3rd Woman and 2nd Woman facing 1st Man).
 3 – 42nd Man and 3rd Woman set right and left, while 2nd Woman and 1st Man set right and left.
 5 – 81st Man, 2nd Woman, 2nd Man and 3rd Woman (the same four) straight hey half way, starting by passing right shoulder. On last change, 2nd couple start a left hand turn.
 9 – 122nd couple continue turning with the left hand, while 1st and 3rd couples turn partner with right hand once round. The set is in reverse order and all are now improper.
B21 – 21st Man, 2nd couple and 3rd Woman left hands across half way round, finishing with 1st Man and 3rd Woman in their original places, and 2nd couple standing back to back in the middle of a diagonal line of four with 1st Woman and 3rd Man (2nd Man facing 1st Woman and 2nd Woman facing 3rd Man).
 3 – 42nd Man and 1st Woman set right and left, while 2nd Woman and 3rd Man set right and left.
 5 – 8The same four straight hey half way starting by passing left shoulder. On last change 2nd couple start a right hand turn.
 9 – 122nd couple continue turning with the right hand, while 1st and 3rd couples turn partner with left hand once round. All finish in original place.

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Quite Carr–ied Away or Joan Transported

Tune:Quite Carr–ied Away © Pat Shaw, 1975
Recording:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Still Not Quite Playford – West Kirby Folk Dance Band (tape)
Favourites of the Boston Centre – Bare Necessities
Formation:Triple minor longways – Waltz

A11 – 41st and 2nd couples Circle Left half way round; then change places with partner passing right shoulder.
 5 – 81st and 2nd men Back to Back while 1st and 3rd ladies do the same.
A21 – 41st man and 3rd couple Circle Left once round, while 1st lady and 2nd couple do the same.
 5 – 8All Back to Back with partner.
B11 – 41st couple, now in middle place, Right Hand Turn once round with partner.
 5 – 81st man does half a straight hey with 2nd couple, while 1st lady does the same with 3rd couple. (Start by passing 2nd lady and 3rd man right shoulder.)
 9 – 121st man Left Hand Turn with 2nd lady once round while 1st lady does the same with 3rd man, all falling back into progressed places, improper.
B21 – 12As in B1 but with 1st man working with 3rd couple and 1st lady with 2nd for the hey and Left Hand Turn. All should finish proper.

Note:
Although this need not be taken too slowly, it should have more of the character of the Minuet than of the Waltz. Musicians should take care to make the third beat of the bar really lead into the next in order to give the necessary flow to carry the dancers along. Each movement of the A music should be exactly phrased, whereas the movements of the B music should flow into each other much more; though, of course, at the end of B1 there should be a brief instant of rest when everyone is on the wrong side of the set. The 1st couples after their left hand turn at the end of B1 should not go straight into their right hand turn the shortest way, but should fall back into their progressed places, improper, on the last bar of B1.

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Rant Gone Wrong

Tune:Rant Gone Wrong © Pat Shaw, 1965
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Formation:Three couple Longways Set – Reel

A11 – 41st couple cast to bottom of set, while 2nd and 3rd couples right hand across once round, moving up into top two places (rant step).
 5 – 82nd couple cast to bottom of set, while 1st and 3rd couples left hands across once round, moving up into top two places (rant step).
A21 – 83rd couple (in top place) make an arch and move down the set over the 1st and 2nd couples into original place, while 1st and 2nd couples lead up through the 3rd couple’s arch, cast away, meet above the 3rd couple, lead down through the 3rd couple’s arch (now in bottom place) and cast up into original places (rant step).
B11 – 41st couple taking inside hands, lead down into middle place, while 2nd couple move up the outside into the top place (rant step or walking step).
 5 – 82nd couple make an arch and move down, arching over the other couples into bottom place, while 1st and 3rd couples lead up under the 2nd couple’s arch (rant step).
B21 – 41st couple face 3rd couple and 2nd couple face partner. Grand chain half way round set (one rant step for each change and one to steady up in).
 5 – 8All swing partner (ballroom hold with pivot or rant step) to own side in progressed places.

Repeat dance twice.

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Rayleigh Reel

Tune:No specific music was written for this dance
Formation:A number of three couple Longways Sets – Reel

Sets radiate from centre like spokes of a wheel with 1st couples on the outside, with new partner in new set for each repeat of the dance.
A11 – 8Grimstock hey.
A21 – 2All step to partner.
 3 – 41st and 2nd couples right hands across half way round, while 3rd couple right hand turn with partner half way round.
 5 – 6All step to partner.
 7 – 81st and 3rd couples left hands across half way round, while 2nd couple left hand turn with partner half way round.
B11 – 81st couple (now in bottom place) lead up the centre of the set and cast down the outside followed by the 3rd and 2nd couples who start by moving down the outside to the bottom of the set.
B21 – 4All join hands in lines and go forward to partner and back.
 5 – 6Clap own hands together on 1st and 3rd beats of bar 5 and on 1st, 2nd and 3rd beats of bar 6 (assuming four beats to the bar).
 7 – 8All cross right shoulder with partner to face new partner.

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The Real Princess

Tune:The Real Princess © Pat Shaw, 1964
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers (LP)
Formation:Four couple Longways Set – Jig

1st and 3rd couples improper
A11 – 4All join hands in lines and go forward to partner and back (walking step).
 5 – 8Swing partner (ballroom hold with pivot step).
A21 – 8Ladies’ chain up and down the set, 1st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple.
B11 – 4End couples meet and two changes of rights and lefts, while middle couples move (not a cast) up or down to end places on outside and turn partner with both hands half way round (walking step).
 5 – 8New end couples meet and two changes of rights and lefts, while new middle couples cast up or down to end places and turn partner with both hands half way round (walking step). The set is now upside down.
B21 – 81st couple lead up to the top of the set (double step) separate, and followed by the other couples, cast to the bottom of the set (double step) and all turn partner with both hands half way round (or alternatively, cross over).

Repeat dance three times.

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Red House of Cardiff (Tŷ Coch Caerdydd)

Tune:Tŷ Coch Caerdydd
Recording:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways three–couple set – Reel

1

A11 – 4All lead up and back.
5 – 8 Couple 1, others following, cast to the bottom, with Couple 3 turning out at the top of the set.
A21 – 4All lead up and back.
5 – 8Couple 3 cast to the bottom, others following, with Couple 1 turning out at the top.
B11 – 8Man 1 with Woman 2, also Man 2 with Woman 3, dance forward and back and back–to–back.
B21 – 8Woman 1 with Man 2, also Woman 2 with Man 3, do the same.
C11 – 8Diagonal hey for four and back (Man 3 and Woman 1 idle), Man 1 and Man 2 passing right (also Woman 2 and Woman 3) then Man 1 and Woman 3 pass left in the middle of the set and so on. Couple 2 finish by casting left into the next hey.
C21 – 8Hey for four on the other diagonal (Man 1 and Woman 3 idle), Woman 1 and Woman 2 passing left (also Man 2 and Man 3), then Woman 1 and Man 3 pass right in the middle, and so on. Continue the hey until all are in original places.

2

A11 – 4Partners side, moving forward to the left (right shoulder to right shoulder) and fall back to places.
5 – 8Woman 1 and Man 3 (the others following), cast to their right to the other end of the set, with Man 1 and Woman 3 turning out to their new places.
A21 – 4Partners side, moving forward to the right (left shoulder to left shoulder) and fall back to places.
 5 – 8Woman 1 and Man 3 (the others following) cast out to their left to original places, with Man 1 and Woman 3 turning out as before.
B11 – 8Woman 1 and Woman 2 joining inside hands dance across the set over Man 1 who dances under their arch, all turn and dance back the same way. At the same time Man 2 and Man 3 do the same with Woman 3.
B21 – 8Man 1 and Man 2 arch over Woman 1, and return while Woman 2 and Woman 3 arch over Man 3 at the same time. (Note: The solo dancer after going under the arch always turns towards the centre of the set. Of the dancers making the arch, the one nearest the centre always turns under the arch while the other comes round on the outside).
C11 – 4Woman 1 and Man 3 left–hand turn once round.
 5 – 8Couple 1 with Man 2 and Couple 3 with Woman 2 right–hand star once round.
C21 – 4Man 1 and Woman 3 right–hand turn once round.
 5 – 8Couple 1 with Woman 2 and Couple 3 with Man 2 left–hand star once round. All finish in original places.

3

A11 – 4Partners right–hand turn once round.
 5 – 8Man 1 and Woman 3 (the others following) cast to the left to the other end of the set, Woman 1 and Man 3 turning out to their new places.
A21 – 4Partners left–hand turn once round.
 5 – 8Man 1 and Woman 3 (the others following), cast to the right back to original places, Woman 1 and Man 3 turning out as before.
B11 – 8Man 2 arm right with Woman 3, left with Woman 1 and all that again, while Woman 2 does the same with Man 1 and Man 3. Couple 2 end by crossing back to their own sides.
B21 – 8The three men circle of three left and back while the ladies do the same (Man 2 gives right hand to Man 1, Woman 2 gives left–hand to Woman 1). Couple 2 end back to back in the middle.
C11 – 8Cross Heys: Couple 1, moving down the middle, cross and dance a hey on the wrong side, cross again when they reach the top and dance a hey on their own side. Couple 2 at the same time move up outside Couple 1, cross at the top of the set and follow the track of Couple 1; Couple 3 at the same time move up inside Couple 1, outside Couple 2, cross at the top and continue as the others (cross only at the top of the set). All end in their original places with a quick two–hand turn with partners and honour partners.
C21 – 8As above.
  

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La Ronde de l’Amour

Tune:La Ronde de l’Amour © Oscar Strauss
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Formation:Four–couple Square Set – Waltz

A1 – 4Women right hands across three–quarters round, while Men move one place anticlockwise.
 5 – 8All turn partner with left hands once round.
 9 – 16Repeat A 1 – 8, all finishing in opposite places.
B1 – 4Head couples forward and back.
 5 – 8Head couples two changes of rights and lefts, starting right hands with opposite.
 9 – 16Head couples lead in, lead opposite out between side couples and cast back to original places, while Side couples (on bar 13) lead in and circle left half way round to original places.
A1 – 10All facing partner and starting with right hands, five changes of a grand chain (two waltz steps per change), Men turning Women under their arm at each change.
 11 – 12Honour new partner.
 13 – 16Men waltz (ballroom hold) new partner to his original place.

Repeat dance for Head couples and twice for Side couples.

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The Rose of Tankerton

Tune:The Rose of Tankerton © Pat Shaw, 1969
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Five–couple Longways Set – Jig

First Figure
A11 – 8All lead up giving inside hand to partner. Still facing up, all set right and left (or away from and towards partner), fall back and turn single away from partner (Men anticlockwise, Women clockwise).
A21 – 8All lead down giving inside hands. Still facing down all set right and left (or away from and towards partner), fall back and turn single away from partner.
B11 – 41st Man with 3rd Woman, 2nd Man with 4th Woman, 3rd Man with 5th Woman all back to back (walking step).
 5 – 8The same six people circle left once round (slipping step).
 9 – 12All cross right shoulder with partner, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men making arches, also 3rd, 4th and 5th Women; all turn right after crossing (double step).
 13 – 16All cross home passing right shoulder, 3rd, 4th and 5th Men and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Women making arches; all again turn right after crossing (double step).
B21 – 41st Woman with 3rd Man, 2nd Woman with 4th Man, 3rd Woman with 5th Man all back to back left shoulder (walking step).
 5 – 8The same six people circle right once round (slipping step).
 9 – 12All cross left shoulder with partner, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Women and 3rd, 4th and 5th Men making arches, all turn left after crossing (double step).
 13 – 16All cross home again passing left and turning left, 3rd, 4th and 5th Women and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men making arches (double step).

Second Figure
A11 – 8All move forward into line with partner, right to right shoulder and turn a quarter right to face partner, (all are in one line, Men facing down, Women up). All set right and left, all fall back to places and turn single to the left.
A21 – 8All move forward into line with partner left shoulders and turn a quarter left to face partner, set right and left, fall back to places and turn single right.
B11 – 81st, 2nd and 3rd Women and 3rd, 4th and 5th Men hey for three on the sides (3rd couple start by passing right with 2nd Woman and 4th Man) (double step), while 1st and 2nd Men with 4th and 5th Women four changes of rights and lefts (diagonally across the set) (walking step).
 9 – 16All circle left and right with same people with whom they did the hey (slipping step).
B21 – 81st, 2nd and 3rd Men and 3rd, 4th and 5th Women hey for three on the sides (3rd couple pass right shoulder with 2nd Man and 4th Woman) (double step), while 1st and 2nd Women with 4th and 5th Men four changes of rights and lefts diagonally across the set (walking step).
 9 – 16All circle left and right with same people with whom they did the hey (slipping step).
Third Figure
A11 – 8All turn partner with the right hand half way round (do not let go), all set right and left towards partner and away, continue turning to place and turn single to the left.
A21 – 8All turn partner with left hands half way (do not let go), set right and left away from and towards partner, continue turning to place and turn single right.
B11 – 42nd and 4th couples circle left half way round (slipping step) and fall back into the end places, while 1st, 3rd and 5th couples fall back away from partner and come forwards towards the centre of the set (walking step).
 5 – 81st, 3rd and 5th couples circle left half way round (slipping step) 1st and 5th couples fall back to end places, 3rd couple fall back away from each other in the middle place, while 2nd and 4th couples fall back away from partner and come forward diagonally to bring them into 4th and 2nd places (walking step). The set is now upside down and improper.
 9 – 16All ten circle left and right (slipping step).
B21 – 16Repeat B1 from new places which brings everyone home.

All the introductory figures (A music) should be quiet and gentle. The B music should be fairly vigorous. In the First Figure B1 and B2 music, the circles should be attacked strongly with plenty of drive. Let go in time to get smoothly into the ‘crossing with arches’ figure which must be well phrased. In the Second Figure it may be necessary to alter the direction of a turn at the end of the heys to get smoothly into the circles. Ensure that the alignment on the diagonal is correct in the circles – this figure should appear really ‘abandoned’. In the Third Figure, the people falling back must be definite to fall back away from partner and angle the ‘come forward’ towards the centre (except, of course, 3rd couple) so that the circle of four gives way smoothly to the circle of six and then to the circle of ten. Each time, at the end of the large circle regain the longways formation of the set.

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Round Pond

Tune:Round Pond © Pat Shaw, date unknown
Recording:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Ferry
Hold the Mustard – Hold the Mustard
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Three–couples round set – Jig

First Figure
A11 – 4All Circle Left with a slipping step.
 5 – 8All face partners and Set and Turn Single.
A21 – 8All Circle Right with a slipping step and Set and Turn Single as before.
B11 – 41st Couple Right Hand Turn once round.
 5 – 82nd Couple Right Hand Turn once round while 1st couple Left Hand Turn once round.
 9 – 123rd Couple Right Hand Turn while 2nd couple Left Hand Turn; at the same time 1st couple, slightly anticipating the phrase if it helps and with a skipping or skip change of step, lead across the set between the two turning couples, separate and cast back to places round the outside of the set.
 13 – 161st couple Right Hand Turn, 3rd couple Left Hand Turn while 2nd couple lead across the set and cast back, as described for the 1st couple above.
 17 – 202nd couple Right Hand Turn, 1st couple Left Hand Turn while 3rd couple lead across the set and cast back.

Second Figure
A31 – 8All side with partners (see note below) and Set and Turn Single.
A41 – 8Repeat A3.
B21 – 20As in B1, except that the 2nd couple starts the sequence, followed by the 3rd, then the 1st.

Third Figure
A51 – 8All Arm Right with partners and Set and Turn Single.
A61 – 8All Arm Left with partners and Set and Turn Single.
B31 – 20As in B1, but with 3rd couple starting, followed in turn by 1st and then 2nd. All honour partners to finish.

Note:
In the second figure, the siding should be done the “old” way, as described by Cecil Sharp in the Country Dance Book. The B music of this dance is a “round” both musically and dancewise. The movements always occur in the same order viz, Right Hand Turn, Left Hand Turn and Lead Across and Cast Back to Place. In the 1st Figure it is the 1st Couple who start, in the 2nd, it is the couple on their left, i.e. 2nd couple, who begin and 3rd couple start in the 3rd Figure.

Published in Pat Shaw’s Pinewoods

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Sally from Poland

Tune:‘Poolsche Sara’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple minor longways – Waltz

Double Progression
A11 – 4Right hand star half way and all turn single left.
A21 – 4Left hand star half way and all turn single right.
B11 – 81st corners right hand turn, while 2nd corners go round outside them anticlockwise into each other’s place; right hand star half way and all turn single left.
B21 – 82nd corners left hand turn, while 1st corners go round outside clockwise into each other’s place; left hand star half way and all turn single right.
C11 – 4Circle left half way, 1st couple cast while 2nd couple lead up. (First progression).
C21 – 4With next couple, circle left half way, 2nd couple cast while 1st couple lead up. (Neutral couples turn with both hands once and a half at the same time).
D11 – 6Facing original couple (1st couple face up, 2nd couple face down), all pass neighbour right shoulder, move backwards across the set passing partner right shoulder, and pass neighbour again right shoulder moving forward.
All finish facing partner. (Neutral couple, if any, turn with both hands once and a half at the same time.)
D21 – 6Now working with new couple, all pass partner right shoulder, move backwards up or down the set passing new neighbour right shoulder, and forward across passing partner right shoulder again. (Second progression).

Note:
During D2 neutrals stand still or turn with both hands half way, turn single away from the set and turn with both hands half way.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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Sawdl Y Fuwch

Tune:Sawdl Y Fuwch from Musical Relics of the Welsh Bards by Edward Jones 1794, arranged by Pat Shaw
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways three couple set – Reel

1. THE LEADING
A11 – 8Holding inside hands, partners lead up and back and turn two–hand turn partners once and a half.
A2 1-8 Lead down and back and two-hand turn partners once and a half.
B11 – 8Man 1 and Woman 3 set forward to each other and fall back to places; Man 1 right–hand turn Woman 2 while Woman 3 right–hand turn Man 2, then all turn partners with the left.
 9 – 16Man 1 passes Woman 2 right shoulder (Figure 1) and heys with her and Woman 1, while Woman 3 passes Man 2 right shoulder and heys with him and Man 3.
  
B21 – 8Double Hey Proper: Women follow their partners (Figure 2):
Man 1, returning from the hey in the previous figure, continues down his own side of the set, crosses over in the middle place and does a clockwise loop around the bottom of the set. He then crosses over in the middle again and loops anticlockwise around the top and back to his place.
Man 3 starts by coming up on his own side of the set, crossing in the middle place after Couple 1, looping anticlockwise around the top, crossing again in the middle and looping clockwise around the bottom to his own place.
Man 2 starts by crossing over, his partner coming slightly across the set below him and turning to her right to follow him. He then loops anticlockwise around the top, crosses over in the middle and loops clockwise around the bottom, returning to the middle place on the wrong side.
9 – 16Couple 1 and Woman 2 circle of three to the left twice or three times while Couple 3 and Man 2 do the same (Figure 3). Partners two–hand turn, ending in original places.

2. THE TRACING
A11 – 4Side with partner, passing right shoulders, then
5 – 8back–to–back with partner passing right shoulder.
A21 – 4Side with partner, passing left shoulders, then
5 – 8back–to–back passing left shoulder.
B11 – 4Woman 1 and Man 3 set forward to each other and fall back to places.
5 – 8Woman 1 left–hand turn Man 2 while Man 3 left–hand turn Woman 2, then all right–hand turn partners.
 9 – 16Woman 1 passes Man 2 left shoulder and heys with him and Man 1 while Man 3 passes Woman 2 left shoulder and heys with her and Woman 3 (Figure 4).
  
B21 – 8Double Hey Improper: Men follow their partners (Figure 5).
Woman 1 continues down her own side of the set, and crosses over in the middle place.
Woman 3 starts up her own side of the set, crossing in the middle after Couple 1.
Woman 2 crosses over and loops clockwise around the top, her partner coming slightly across the set below her and turning left to follow her.
In this figure, all will loop clockwise around the top and anticlockwise around the bottom.
Couple 2 again finish improper momentarily.
9 – 16Couple 1 and Man 2 circle of three to the left twice or three times while Couple 3 and Woman 2 do the same (Figure 6). Partners two–hand turn, ending in original places.

3. THE TURNING
A11 – 8Partners right–hand turn once round, cross over passing right shoulder, and turn single to the left.
A21 – 8Partners left–hand turn once round, cross over passing left shoulder, and turn single to the right.
B11 – 4Couple 2 set forward to each other and fall back to places.
5 – 8Man 2 right–hand turn Woman 3 then left–hand turn Woman 1 while Woman 2 right–hand turn Man 1 then left–hand turn Man 3.
 9 – 16Man 2 passes Woman 3 right shoulder and heys with her and Woman 1, while Woman 2 passes Man 1 right shoulder and heys with him and Man 3 (Figure 7). Couple 2 remain improper at the end of the hey.
  
B21 – 8Couple 1 facing down, Couples 2 and 3 facing up (Figure 8), all dance a complete ‘Under and Over’ (taking inside hands with partner, going over from the middle and under from the ends and changing hands at the ends).
9 – 16With Couple 2 still on the wrong side, circle of six to the left once round (Figure 9), then all turn partner – Couples 1 and 3 once, Couple 2 only half. All honour partners in original places.

Published in Something Old, Something New (Hen a Newydd)

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Shropshire Galop (The Salop Galop)

Tune:Shropshire Galop © Pat Shaw, 1960
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
All Alive – Two’s Company (tape)
Formation:Five couple Longways set – Jig

A11 – 4All circle left half way round (slipping step).
 5 – 81st Man, followed by the rest of the Men, and 5th Woman, followed by the rest of the Women, cast to their left (single step), all ending in their partner’s place.
A21 – 4All circle right half way round (slipping step).
 5 – 81st Man, followed by the rest of the Men, and 5th Woman, followed by the rest of the Women, cast to their right back to their original place (single step).
B11 – 81st couple with 2nd couple and 3rd couple with 4th couple right hands across once round and left hand across once round (walking step), while 5th couple cross over with each other, move up outside the set cross between the two stars (as they are changing hands) and move up outside to top of set.
B21 – 85th couple (now in top place) giving both hands, galop down centre to bottom of set, followed by the others (1st couple, etc.) who initially slip up the outside to top place; still with both hands joined, 5th couple galop back up to top of the set, followed by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples, making arches over the couples coming down the set (4th couple finish in bottom place).

Repeat dance four times.

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The Shy Mer–Chant or Jack’s Serenade to Genny

Tune:The Shy Mer–Chant © Pat Shaw, 1976
Recording:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:4 Couple Set – Jig

Two couples side by side facing two couples side by side
First Figure – “The Leadings”
A11 – 4All lead partner by the inside hand towards the opposite couple and cast back to places away from partner, men to the left, ladies to the right.
 5 – 8All Circle Left half way round with the opposite couple and fall back into opposite places.
A21 – 8As in A1, but Circle Right instead of Left and fall back into original places.
B11 – 8All Turn Partners once round with both hands; then all eight Circle Left in one big ring half way round.
 9 – 16All Turn Corners once round anticlockwise with both hands; then all 8 Circle Right half way round back to original places.

Second Figure – “The Tracings”
A31 – 8All Side–by–Side right shoulder to right shoulder with partner and cast to the left back to places; all change places with partner passing left shoulder, then men doing a quarter turn to the right, ladies the same to the left, all move backwards across the set passing opposite left shoulder.
A41 – 8All Side–by–Side left shoulder to left shoulder with opposite and cast to the right back to places: all change places with opposite passing right shoulder, then men doing a quarter turn to the left, ladies the same to the right, all move backwards up or down the set into original places passing partners right shoulder.
B21 – 8All Straight Hey with the opposite couple across the ends of the set, the men starting the hey by passing each other left shoulder in the middle before passing the opposite lady right shoulder, bringing them into the hey. It will help if, while the men are crossing in the middle, the ladies move a little to their left.
 9 – 16Continue smoothly into Straight Heys up and down the sides of the dance, passing partner right shoulder to begin with. All finish in original places facing partner. (The last change of the first hey will be passing partner right shoulder. By making this a three–quarter gypsy with partner, the second hey up and down the set at right angles to the first will be started automatically.)

Third Figure – “The Turnings”
A51 – 8All Right Hand Turn half way round with partner, Turn Single to the left into a Right Hand Star with opposite couple which goes half way round; releasing hands, the men move on one place going outside the ladies who, turning to their right and passing their partners right shoulder, go back one place up or down the middle of the set.
A61 – 8All Left Hand Turn half way round with opposite, Turn Single to the Right into a Left Hand Star with the opposite couple going half way round; release hands and, as before, the men move on one place on the outside while the ladies, turning to their left, go back one place across the set passing their opposites left shoulder. All should now be in original places.
B31 – 8All four ladies Right Hand Star once round; immediately after, all four men Left Hand Star once round, keeping left hands joined at the end.
 9 – 16Taking inside hands with partner, make a Double (Texas) Star and go round anticlockwise once. Finish by honouring partners in X formation.

Note:
This dance should be very lyrical in character and not too fast.

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Silver for the Matthews

Tune:Silver for the Matthews © Pat Shaw, 1975
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Formation:Three–couple Longways Set – Reel

A11 – 41st couple turn with both hands once round, while 2nd and 3rd couples circle left once round (walking step).
 5 – 8All swing partner (ballroom hold with pivot step), finishing with 1st couple at the top facing down, 2nd couple on the Women’s side facing up and 3rd couple on the Men’s side facing up.
A21 – 4All promenade, Men with right arm round partner’s waist, 1st couple down between 2nd and 3rd couples, who promenade up the set on either side of the 1st couple. All turn about as couples and spread out taking inside hands.
 5 – 82nd and 3rd couples, making arches with partner, move down the set, while 1st couple separate, move up under the nearer arch and then join inside hands again. Men end by moving backwards, wheeling their partner round them into:
B11 – 4Three ladies’ chain, the three Women right hands across to the next Man in front, who wheels them round.
 5 – 8Repeat B1 1– 4, finishing facing this new partner in circular formation.
B21 – 4All grand chain half way round (three changes).
 5 – 8All swing new partner finishing with 2nd Man (with 3rd Woman) at the top, 3rd Man (with 1st Woman) in the middle and 1st Man (with 2nd Woman) at the bottom.

Repeat dance twice.

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The Sleepless Swain

Tune:‘Noch dagh noch nacht is mijne rust’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen (this ia the same as ‘Menuett’ by Johann Kriegers (1651–1735) in Sechs Musicalische Partien 1697)
Recordings:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Set of two couples facing each other – Waltz

First Figure
A11 – 4Partners lead forward to opposite couple and fall back;
 5 – 8Men passing left shoulder, half hey to opposite place, Women moving left into partner’s place before passing opposite right shoulder.
A21 – 4Partners lead forward to opposite couple and fall back;
 5 – 8Women passing right shoulder, half hey home, Men moving right into partner’s place before passing opposite left shoulder.
B11 – 2All move one place anticlockwise round the circle, without giving hands,
 3 – 4Women, turning in sharp left, return home, passing each other right shoulder, while Men continue round the outside one more place anticlockwise turning in left;
 5 – 8All lead partner out, change hands and lead back.
B21 – 2All move one place clockwise round the circle, without giving hands,
 3 – 4Men, turning in sharp right, return to opposite Man’s original place, passing each other left shoulder, while Women continue round the outside one more place clockwise turning in right;
 5 – 8All lead opposite out, change hands and lead back.
All are now in opposite place.
A31 – 8All circle left half way, fall back with partner to original place; Partners turn with both hands.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 8All half straight hey as in 1st Figure A1.
A21 – 4Partners side left shoulder;
 5 – 8All half straight hey as in 1st Figure A2.
B11 – 4Women back to back left shoulder;
 5 – 8All turn opposite right hand once and a half.
B21 – 4Men back to back right shoulder;
 5 – 8All turn partner left hand once and a half.
A31 – 8As in 1st Figure A3.

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn;
 5 – 8All half straight hey as in 1st Figure A1.
A21 – 4Partners left hand turn;
 5 – 8All half straight hey as in 1st Figure A2, end with Men having their backs to opposite.
B11 – 2All 2 slow walking steps forward, Women not going past each other,
 3 – 4All 2 chassés left, Women passing face to face, all passing back to back with partner;
 5 – 8Women right hand turn with each other, ending in partner’s place, while Men go anticlockwise round the Women into their opposite’s place, end with Women having their backs to partner.
B21 – 2All 2 slow walking steps forward, Men not going past each other;
 3 – 4All 2 chassés left, Men passing face to face, all passing back to back with opposite;
 5 – 8Men right hand turn with each other, while Women go anticlockwise round Men all ending in opposite place facing centre.
A31 – 8As in 1st Figure A3.
All honour partner.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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The Slof Galliard

Tune:‘Gaillarde Slof’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Shades of Shaw, Dunant’s Favourites – Dutch Comfort
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Longways set for four couples – Reel

A11 – 81st couple, followed by 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples, lead partner with the right hand down the middle, the Men handing partner across in front of them at the bottom, and cast back to places improper. (2nd, 3rd and 4th couples start by moving up on the outside before they lead down in their turn).
A21 – 22nd and 3rd couples right hand star half way, while 1st and 4th couples half right hand turn with partner,
 3 – 4All turn single left;
 5 – 8All back to back right shoulder with partner.
B11 – 81st and 3rd couples circle left half way, fall back, set forward right and left and turn partner with both hands half way, while 2nd and 4th couples do the same at the same time;
 9 – 121st couple lead through 3rd couple and cast back, while 3rd couple cast to 2nd place and lead up to the top; at the same time 4th couple lead through 2nd couple and cast back, while 2nd couple cast into 3rd place and lead back down to the bottom. All finish in a circle of eight.
B21 – 4All circle left half way;
 5 – 8All set forward right and left and turn partner with both hands half way;
 9 – 123rd couple (in bottom place) cast up to the top, followed by 1st, 4th and 2nd couples, who start by leading partner down the middle before turning out at the bottom.

Repeat the dance three times.

Note:
In B1 small circles and small casts, in B2 big circle and big cast.

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The Spanish Farmers’ Dance

Tune:‘De Spaensche Boerendans’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:Dutch Callers’ Choice – Triple Time
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

Second couple improper
First Figure
A11 – 4All lead up a double and fall back;
 5 – 8All circle left half way.
A21 – 4All lead down a double and fall back;
 5 – 8All circle right half way to original places.
B11 – 6The three Men circle left half way and turning right about out of the circle give both hands to Women (M1 to W3, M2 to W2 and M3 to W1) and push them out a short way towards the wall (parallel with the ends of the room not on a diagonal track) and pull them back into longways set formation;
 7 – 10All set right and left to this partner and change places with them passing right shoulder with half turn single left at the same time.
B21 – 6The three Women circle right half way and turning left about out of the circle give both hands to original partner and push them out and pull them back into longways formation as before;
 7 – 10With original partner all set right and left and change places passing right shoulder with half turn single left at the same time, as before. (1st couple are now at the bottom, 3rd couple at the top).

Second Figure
A11 – 4Partners side right shoulder;
 5 – 8All circle left half way.
A21 – 4Partners side left shoulder;
 5 – 8All circle right half way.
B11 – 6The three Men whole hey for three in the middle of the set, 2nd and 3rd Men passing each other right shoulder to start – double step;
 7 – 10All set and half turn single left crossing over right shoulder with partner (as in 1st Figure).
B21 – 6The three Women whole hey for three in the middle of the set, 1st and 2nd Women passing left shoulder to start;
 7 – 10All set and half turn single crossing over right shoulder with partner (as before).

Third Figure
A11 – 4Partners right hand turn;
 5 – 8All circle left half way.
A21 – 4Partners left hand turn;
 5 – 8All circle right half way.
B11 – 6The three Men right hand star half way and left hand turn with same Woman as in Figure 1 B1, manoeuvring into longways formation;
 7 – 10All set and half turn single left crossing over right shoulder (as in 1st Figure).
B21 – 6The three Women left hand star half way and right hand turn with partner, manoeuvring into original places improper;
 7 – 10All set and half turn single left crossing–over right shoulder to original place. All honour partner.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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Staffordshire Hornpipe

Tune:Traditional
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple Minor longways – Hornpipe

A11 – 21st couple turn with right hands half way round (walking step).
 3 – 41st Man turns 2nd Woman with left hand once and a quarter round, while 1st Woman turns 2nd Man with left hand three–quarters round, finishing with 1st couple in the middle of a line of 4, Men facing down and Women up (walking step).
 5 – 6All two rant steps on the spot in line holding hands.
 7 – 81st couple right hand turn half way round to original place, 2nd couple moving back to places (rant step).
A21 – 8‘Stafford Knot’. 1st couple half figure 8 down through 2nd couple, cross over with each other move down outside 2nd couple and cross moving up between them, ending in original places but improper (rant step).
B11 – 62nd couple lead up with inside hands joined into 1st place (four walking steps), two rant steps on the spot facing partner and lead down to original place, while 1st couple cast down outside 2nd couple, cross over with each other and move up outside 2nd couple to original place (rant or walking step).
 7 – 8All two rant steps on the spot facing partner.
B21 – 8All take ballroom hold with partner and dance once and a half round other couple into progressed place (rant step).

Notes:

  • A2  1st couple are the leading couple.
  • B1  2nd couple are the leading couple.

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Streets of Laredo

Tune:Streets of Laredo
Recording:The Ranchers (EP)
Formation:Singing Square

Introduction1 – 8All to the centre and back to your places
Ladies give right hand and star on your own
Back with the left hand and turn to your corner
Left Allemande and then right to your own
Chorus1 – 8Right to your own and then left to the next one
And grand right and left just go half way round
Waltz your true lover, you waltz home together
Back to your home in Laredo’s fair town
Figure*1 – 16The first (2nd etc.) couple waltz down the streets of Laredo
Divide down the sides and you couple up three
Up to the centre and back to your places
Left allemand on the corner lady

Repeat chorus, then call the figure and chorus for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples.

End with introduction and chorus if desired.

* Figure: Leading couple waltz across the set, through the opposite couple, cast to middle of side lines. Lines of three advance, and all fall back to original places. All face corners, allemande left and straight into chorus.

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The Students’ March

Tune:‘Marche van de Studenten’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Longways set for eight couples – Reel

Couples 1, 2, 3 and 4 improper
A11 – 44th couple, followed by 3rd, 2nd + 1st couples who move down the outside, lead up the middle to the top while 5th couple, followed by 6th, 7th + 8th couples who move up the outside, lead down the middle to the bottom;
 5 – 8All set forward right and left to partner and turn single right away.
 9 – 16Repeat the above with 1st + 8th couples leading up or down the middle. End facing partner.
A21 – 4Men turn left, Women turn right to face up and down set, all move forward in files of four, Women inside, Men outside, until the 4th couple is level with the 8th couple, where all three–quarters turn single left to face new partner;

TOP
 M5W1 W5M1 
 M6W2 W6– M2 
 M7– W3 W7– M3 
 M8W4 W8– M4 

 5 – 8Passing right shoulder with new partner, all four changes (half) straight hey for four double step;
 9 – 12Men turning right, Women left out of the hey, all move forward again into two files in original places, but improper, ending with a balance back away from partner;
 13 – 16All turn partner with both hands once and a half. All are now in original places.
B11 – 4Middle couples (4th + 5th) facing each other, pass opposite right shoulder and move backwards right shoulder past partner;
 5 – 8With the next couple (4th + 6th couples and 5th + 3rd couples) circle left half way and change places with partner passing right shoulder;
 9 – 15With the next couple (4th + 7th couples and 5th + 2nd couples) balance back away from partner and change places with partner passing right shoulder and turning right and then circle left half way and fall back, 4th + 5th couples into the end places, 2nd + 7th couples away from partner, while current middle couples (3rd + 6th couples) facing each other, pass opposite right shoulder and move backwards right shoulder past partner and then turn partner with both hands. Meanwhile the end couples (1st + 8th couples) wait 4 bars and then cast into 2nd + 7th places.
B21 – 4The current end couples, followed by the next three couples (4th couple, followed by couples 8, 7 + 3; 5th couple, followed by couples 1, 2 + 6) cast out to meet each other well out to the sides;
 5 – 8They lead their opposites (M4 + W5, M8 + W1, M7 + W2, M3 + W6 and vice versa) in towards the centre, thus forming lines across the room;
 9 – 15Those same end couples followed by the same couples (5th couple, followed by couples 1, 2 + 6; 4th couple, followed by couples 8, 7 + 3) in turn meet partner and lead up/down the middle to new places; all big turn single away from partner, Men right, Women left.

Repeat the dance three times to get back to original places.

The order of progression is as follows:– 1, 2, 3, 5, 1 or 4, 8, 7, 6, 4.

Published in New Wine in Old Bottles

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Sweet Rosie Red

Tune:‘Soet roosie root’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Duple minor Longways – Reel

A11 – 4 1st corners set forward right and left to each other and turn single right back to places.
A21 – 4 2nd corners do the same.
B11 – 2 1st corners change places, passing right shoulder and turning single half way to the left at the same time.
B21 – 2 2nd corners do the same.
C11 – 4}All circle left and right.
C21 – 4
B31 – 2 Partners change places right shoulder turning single half way to the left as in B1.
C31 – 4 All turn partner with both hands.

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Sybil’s au Revoir

Tune:Sybil’s au Revoir © Pat Shaw, 1962
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Formation:Three couple Longways Set – Reel

A11 – 81st couple, followed by 2nd and 3rd couples, lead down the middle and cast up the outside of the set to place (2nd and 3rd couples move up into the top place to follow 1st couple – they do not wait until 1st couple passes them) (walking step).
A21 – 8Grand chain (double step) started by the first couple, 2nd and 3rd couples facing up and waiting for 1st couple to come to them, while 2nd and 3rd couples finish their chain, on last two bars 1st couple cross over with each other and move down on the outside of the set into the middle place on their wrong side.
B11 – 8Lines of 3 forward and back and circle 3 to the left on each side once round (walking step).
B21 – 41st couple pop under arches, cross with each other, go through the other arch and move down to the bottom place, while 2nd and 3rd Men, having made arch over 1st Woman, lead out to the Men’s wall, turn and lead back making an arch over the 1st Man, and while 2nd and 3rd Women having made an arch over the 1st Man, lead out to the Women’s wall, turn and lead back making an arch over the 1st Woman.
 5 – 81st couple turn with both hands (or swing) once round, while 2nd and 3rd couples circle left once round.

Repeat dance twice.

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Thames Valley Diamond

Tune:Thames Valley Diamond © Pat Shaw, 1971
Formation:Four–couple set – Reel

Two couples side by side facing two couples side by side having two 1st couples and two 2nd couples, Men with partner on their right
Introduction
 1 – 41st couples taking inside hands with partner, promenade a quarter of the way round each other and fall back up or down the set, 2nd couples moving up. (Four couples now form a diamond).
A1 – 4With ballroom hold and pas–de–bas step, partners swing into the next place to the right (anticlockwise) round the diamond, where they face centre and balance.
 5 – 8Repeat A 1 – 4.
 9 – 12Repeat A 1 – 4.
 13 – 16Partners swing into the next place anticlockwise as before, then while 2nd couples balance moving down slightly into their original places, 1st couples continue swinging into each other’s original places.
B1 – 41st couples ladies’ chain half way, while 2nd couples also ladies’ chain half way.
 5 – 8All four ladies’ chain half way.
 9 – 121st couples ladies’ chain half way, while 2nd couples also ladies’ chain half way.
 13 – 16All four ladies’ chain half way (Men should now have original partner).
C1 – 41st couples only, two changes of rights and lefts, ending facing down (2nd couples wheel round to face up).
 5 – 8All two changes of rights and lefts with original neighbouring couple (progression) finishing facing anticlockwise round their group of four couples.
 9 – 16All promenade round to these same new places with left hands joined and Man’s right arm round his partner’s waist, ending with the Woman turning clockwise under their joined left hands, Men changing hands to inside hand and with couples facing across the set.

Repeat dance three times. Do not forget the ‘Introduction’ which occurs each time.

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Thora’s Surprise

Tune:Thora’s Surprise © Pat Shaw, Date unknown
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Five couple Longways Set – Jig

A11 – 81st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance a Grimstock hey, while 4th and 5th couples dance a double figure 8, 5th couple crossing to begin and 4th couple casting out (5th couple hold back a little at the end).
A21 – 83rd, 4th and 5th couples dance a Grimstock hey, 3rd couple passing between 4th couple to start, while 1st and 2nd couples dance a double figure 8, 1st couple crossing down through the middle to begin and 2nd couple moving up the outside. 1st couple, having crossed the second time, instead of casting up continue down outside their own side of the set to the bottom.
B1 – 81st couple arm in arm, lead up the middle of the set to the top, wheel round and lead back to the middle of the set.
 9 – 141st couple swing, while the rest circle left once round them.
 15 – 161st couple back into bottom place, while the others move into progressed places in longways set.

Repeat dance four times.

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The Three Sea Captains

Tune:The Three Sea Captains © Pat Shaw, Date unknown
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Community Dances Manual – The Ranchers
Callers’ Choice – The Ranchers (LP)
Formation:Double Sicilian Circle – Jig

A1 – 16All circle left and right.
B1 – 8Centre four dancers basket, while end Men swing opposite Woman.
 9 – 12Taking hands in lines of four, all forward and back.
 13 – 20Each left hand couple make an arch, all dip and dive, rather compactly round the set of four couples (left hand couples moving clockwise and right hand couples moving anticlockwise), plus one more change to progress.

This dance is easier though less exciting if B 9 – 12 forward and back is omitted and all B 9 – 20 is used for the dip and dive.

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A Trip to Orpington

Tune:A Trip to Orpington © Pat Shaw, 1959
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
The Dances of Pat Shaw – Kenton Ramblers
Kentish Hops – Ring o’ Bells Band
Formation:Three–couple Longways Set – Reel

2nd couple improper
A11 – 42nd couple half figure 8 through the 1st couple (double step).
 5 – 82nd couple half figure 8 through the 3rd couple (double step).
A21 – 42nd Man up for right hands across with 1st couple, while 2nd Woman down for right hands across with 3rd couple (walking step).
 5 – 82nd couple pass each other back to back (left shoulders) and 2nd Man left hands across with 3rd couple, while 2nd Woman left hands across with 1st couple (walking step).
B11 – 82nd couple crossing right shoulder with each other, hey on the other side of the set (2nd Man with 1st Man and 3rd Man, and 2nd Woman with 3rd Woman and 1st Woman) passing right shoulder to begin. At the end of the heys, 2nd couple three–quarters right hand turn to original places improper (do not let go right hands) (double step).
B21 – 41st and 2nd couples two changes of rights and lefts, starting right hand with partner, while 3rd couple turn with the right hand once round (walking step).
 5 – 81st and 3rd couples two changes of rights and lefts, starting right hand with partner, while 2nd couple turn with the right hand once round (walking step).

Repeat dance twice.

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The Troubled Suitor

Tune:‘Ag Hemel wat sal ik’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Formation:Round set for five couples, numbered anticlockwise – Waltz

First Figure
A11 – 8With hands joined, all go forward to the centre and back; all set left and right to partner and turn single left.
A21 – 8Again all go forward to the centre and back; all set right and left to partner and turn single right.
B11 – 81st couple lead across the centre of the set, while 2nd and 3rd couples circle left and 4th and 5th couples do the same; 1st couple change hands and lead back to the centre of the set, while the other couples circle right in their fours;
 9 – 161st couple turn by the left hand and then by the right hand in the centre, while the other couples circle eight round them to left and back.
B21 – 81st couple pass each other right shoulder and cut between the others (M1 between 2nd and 3rd couples, W1 between 4th and 5th couples) continue round the outside to original places, passing right shoulder again. Meanwhile the rest turn partner with both hands, box the gnat with the inside hand and pass partner right shoulder.
All are now facing corner;
 9 – 16Giving right hand to corner, all four changes of a grand chain, then all turn original partner by the right hand and finish facing original right hand Woman or left hand Man, who is the new partner.

Second Figure
A11 – 8Partners side right shoulders, set left and right and turn single left.
A21 – 8Partners side left shoulders, set right and left and turn single right.
B11 – 16New 2nd couple (M2 + W3) lead across the centre of the set and lead back, while 3rd and 4th couples right and left hand stars, and 5th and 1st couples do the same, followed by a circle eight round new 2nd couple (M2 + W3), who turn left hand and then right hand in the centre, as before.
B21 – 16The same couple pass right shoulder and cut between the others, return to places and pass right again, while the others turn partner, box the gnat and pass partner to face corner as before.

Third Figure
A11 – 8Partners back to back right shoulder, set left and right and turn single left.
A21 – 8Partners back to back left shoulder, set right and left and turn single right.
B11 – 16New 3rd couple (M3 + W5) lead across the centre of the set and lead back, while 4th and 5th couples Ladies Chain (with open left hand turns), and 1st and 2nd couples do the same, followed by circle eight round new 3rd couple (M3 + W5) who turn left hand and then right hand in the centre, as before.
B21 – 16The same couple pass right shoulder and cut between the others, return to places and pass right again, while the others turn partner, box the gnat and pass partner to face corner as before.

Fourth Figure
A11 – 8Partners turn by the right hand, set left and right and turn single left.
A21 – 8Partners turn by the left hand, set right and left and turn single right.
B11 – 16New 4th couple (M4 + W2) lead across the centre of the set and lead back, while 5th and 1st couples four changes of square hey giving hands, and 2nd and 3rd couples do the same, followed by circle eight round new 4th couple (M4 + W2) who turn left hand and then right hand in the centre, as before.
B21 – 16The same couple pass right shoulder and cut between the others, return to places and pass right again, while the others turn partner, box the gnat and pass partner to face corner as before.

Fifth Figure
A11 – 8Partners arm right, set left and right and turn single left.
A21 – 8Partners arm left, set right and left and turn single right.
B11 – 16New 5th couple (M5 + W4) lead across the centre of the set and lead back, while 1st and 2nd couples straight hey for four, passing partner right shoulder, and 3rd and 4th couples do the same, followed by circle eight round new 5th couple (M5 + W4) who turn left hand and then right hand in the centre, as before.
B21 – 16The same couple pass right shoulder and cut between the others, return to places and pass right again, while the others turn partner, box the gnat and pass present partner to face original partner. All honour partner.

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Trumpet Vine or Joe Brown’s Hornpipe

Tune:Trumpet Vine
Recording: Pat Shaw and More – Triple Time
Formation:Six couples longways set – Reel

4th, 5th and 6th improper
A11 – 81st and 6th couples cross over with their partners passing right shoulders, go round 2nd and 5th couples who move into the end places, and then cross again and go round the 3rd and 4th couples who also move up or down. 1st and 6th couples should now be in the middle places.
A21 – 41st and 6th couples Circle Left once round in the centre, while all the others turn their partners with both hands once round.
 5 – 81st and 6th couples Basket in the centre ending in exchanged places, (probably 2½ times round), while the others swing their partners ending with 2nd and 3rd couples facing up, 4th and 5th couples facing down.
B11 – 82nd and 3rd couples do a Double Figure of Eight (see B2 of Gladys’s Galop in Muschamp’s Mushrooms), i.e. 3rd couple do an ordinary Figure of 8 round 2nd couple, who simultaneously cast and then start a Figure of 8 round 3rd couple ending when they get back to their own places. At the same time at the other end of the set, 4th and 5th couples do the same thing with the 4th couple crossing straight into the Figure of 8 and the 5th couple casting. Meanwhile 1st and 6th couples in the middle places do a straight hey for four across the set, the two men starting by passing each other left shoulder in the centre before passing partner right.
B21 – 82nd and 5th couples, now in the end places, make a fairly wide cast down or up the set towards the centre to meet opposites, lead them into the centre, meet partners and lead up or down the middle back to places. 3rd and 6th couples follow the 2nd couple, 4th and 1st follow the 5th. All are now in progressed places ready to start again.

REPEAT the dance five times more and all will be in original places. The dance may well be shortened by dancing it only three times in all, ending in halfway places.

Note:
This is a lively dance and should be done mostly with a polka step. Ideally, only A2 1–4 should be walked.

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Twelve Reel

Tune:Jackson’s Escape from the Trows
Recordings:Community Dances Manual – David White Band
Callers’ Choice – The Ranchers (LP)
Formation:Four trio Square Set – Reel

A11 – 8Head Men link arms with both partners, forward to opposite trio and back, forward again and the Women cross over passing right shoulder, change partner and head trios fall back.
A21 – 8The side trios do the same.
B1 – 4Men right elbow swing with right hand partner and left elbow swing with left hand partner,
 5 – 8That again.
 9 – 16Reel of three, Men passing right hand partner by the right shoulder to begin. At the end of the reel Men pass their right hand partner by the right shoulder and move on anticlockwise to the next two Women passing left shoulder behind their new left hand partner.

Repeat dance three times.

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Twickenham Ferry

Tune:Twickenham Ferry © Theo. Marzials, Date unknown
Recordings:Twickenham Ferry – The Assembly Players
Formation:Four–couple Square Set – Waltz

Introduction
A1 – 16All four ladies’ chain to next Man four times.
B1 – 4Left hand turn with corner.
 5 – 8Pass partner by right shoulder and left hand turn three–quarters round with next person, finishing still holding left hands.
 9 – 12Double Star: Men with right hands across in centre moving backwards, Women moving forwards (this star does not move round very far).
 13 – 16Men turn Women with left hand once round again and put them into their original position.
 17 – 20Men right hands across back to original places.
Figure
A1 – 4Head couples ladies’ chain half way with side couple on their right.
 5 – 8All four ladies’ chain half way to opposite.
 9 – 12Head couples ladies’ chain half way with side couple on their right.
 13 – 16All four ladies’ chain half way (to partner).
  All should be back in original places.
B1 – 4Head couples forward and back.
 5 – 8Head couples two changes of rights and lefts.
 9 – 12Head couples two changes of rights and lefts with side couple on their right.
 13 – 16All left hand turn with corner.
 17 – 20All take ballroom hold with partner and waltz moving forwards to original places.

The dance consists of the Introduction and Figure led by the head couples (as described above), followed by the Introduction and Figure led by the side couples, finishing with the Introduction again.

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Up on a Lofty Mountain

Tune:‘Ik stond op hogen bergen’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
A New English Ball – Bare Necessities
Formation:Square set for four couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner to centre and fall back with corner on the diagonal.
A21 – 4All lead corner to centre and fall back with partner.
B11 – 4Men right hand star.
B21 – 4Women left hand star.

Second Figure
A11 – 4Corners side right shoulder.
A21 – 4Partners side left shoulder.
B11 – 41st and 3rd Women change places, passing left shoulder and turn left; immediately after (almost simultaneously) 1st and 3rd Men change places, passing right shoulder and turn right, 1st and 3rd couples repeat this to original places.
B21 – 42nd and 4th couples do as 1st and 3rd couples did in B1.

Third Figure
A11 – 4All right hand turn with corner.
A21 – 4All left hand turn with partner.
B11 – 4Men dance half way round the outside anticlockwise, while the Women walk forward diagonally towards the left hand couple’s place and turning left fall backwards into opposite Woman’s place.
B21 – 4Women dance half way round outside clockwise, while Men walk forward diagonally towards the right hand couple’s place and turning right fall backwards into original place. All honour partner.

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Walpole Cottage

Tune:Walpole Cottage © Pat Shaw, 1963
Wardpark © Joan Gilbert, Date unknown
Recordings:Walpole Cottage – The Assembly Players
Hold the Mustard – Hold the Mustard
ECD Party – Ring o’ Bells Band
Community Dances Manual – The Falconers
Formation:Sicilian Circle of Trios – Reel

Introduction (each time)
 1 – 4Forward and back in lines of three.
 
A1 – 4The two Men turn each other with right hands just over half way and then turn opposite Man’s left hand partner with the left (elbow swing or short arm hold).
 5 – 8Men turn each other again with right hands and then turn the opposite Man’s right hand partner with the left (elbow swing or short arm hold).
 9 – 12Men turn each other again with right hands and then turn their own left hand partner with the left (elbow swing or short arm hold).
 13 – 16Men turn each other again with right hands and then turn their own right hand partner with the left (elbow swing or short arm hold).
B1 – 4All four Women right hands across.
 5 – 8All four Women left hands across back to place.
 9 – 16All dance reels of three, the Men starting by passing right shoulder with their right hand partner, who turns to the right out of the left hands across (their left hand partner should move straight into the reel).
Alternatively, this movement may be made into a Morris hey by having both Men start the reels of three passing whichever partner is nearer the outside of the room. The Man whose left hand partner this is should pass left shoulder with her, so that the two Men start by going between the two outside Women.
C1 – 4Forward and back.
 5 – 8Circle six to the left half way round.
 9 – 12Forward and back.
 13 – 16Baskets of three, two and a half or three and a half times round in order to face the next trio (pivot step).

Notes:
Remember the Introduction each time.

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Waterfall Waltz

Tune:Caerdroea (Welsh Traditional)
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Mrs Beveridge’s Triumph – Bare Necessities
Popular ECD – (LP)
Formation:Sicilian Circle – Waltz

A11 – 4The two Men turn with right hands once round.
 5 – 8All back to back right shoulder with opposite.
A21 – 4The two Women turn with right hands once round.
 5 – 8All back to back right shoulder with partner (finish facing partner).
B1 – 2All chassé two steps sideways (Men to their left behind Women: Women to their right in front of the Men.
 3 – 4Turn partner with both hands half way round.
 5 – 6All chassé two steps sideways, Men to their left behind Women, Women to their right in front of Men.
 7 – 8Turn partner with both hands half way round.
C1 – 4Circle 4 to the left half way round, with slight acknowledgement to the other couple at the end.
 5 – 8Turn partner with crossed hands once and a half (on the spot).

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The Waters of Holland (First Version)

Tune:‘O Nederland, let op U saeck’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Bare Necessities – Bare Necessities
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers LP
Formation:Longways set for three couples – Reel

First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double and cast out, Men left, Women right, well away from partner.
A21 – 4All move forward towards partner and turn single down, Men right, Women left.
B1 – 4Top two Men set forward to bottom two Women right and left and change places passing right shoulder;
5 – 81st Woman and 3rd Man pivot swing once and a half with crossed hands.

Second Figure
A11 – 4All lead new partner down a double and cast out, Men left, Women right, well away from partner.
A21 – 4All move forward towards (new) partner and turn single up, Men right, Women left.
B1 – 4Top two Men (M3 + M1) set forward to bottom two Women (W3 + W1) and change places passing right shoulders;
5 – 82nd couple pivot swing once and a half with crossed hands.

Third Figure
A11 – 4As in 1st Figure; but with a different partner.
A21 – 4As in 1st Figure, but with a different partner.
B1 – 4As in 1st Figure, top two Men (M2 + M3) setting and changing places with bottom two Women (W1 + W2);
5 – 81st Man and 3rd Woman pivot swing once and a half with crossed hands.

Fourth Figure
A11 – 4As in 2nd Figure, but with original partner.
A21 – 4As in 2nd Figure, but with original partner.
B1 – 8As in 2nd Figure.

Fifth Figure
A11 – 4As in 1st Figure, but with a different partner.
A21 – 4As in 1st Figure, but with a different partner.
B1 – 8As in 1st Figure.

Sixth Figure
A11 – 4As in 2nd Figure, but with a different partner.
A21 – 4As in 2nd Figure, but with a different partner.
B1 – 8As in 2nd Figure.

Seventh Figure
A11 – 4As in 1st Figure.
A21 – 4As in 1st Figure.
B1 – 4All set forward to partner right and left and change places, passing right shoulder;
5 – 8All pivot swing with partner once and a half with crossed hands. All honour partner.

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The Waters of Holland (Second Version)

Tune:‘O Nederland, let op U saeck’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:Levi Jackson – The Assembly Players
Bare Necessities – Bare Necessities
Shaw to Shaw – The Ranchers LP
Formation:Longways set for Three couples – Reel

Second couple improper
First Figure
A11 – 4All lead partner up a double and fall back.
A21 – 4Changing hands, all lead partner down and fall back.
B11 – 41st and 2nd Men set forward right and left, change places passing right shoulder, while 2nd and 3rd Women do the same;
5 – 8All turn new partner with both hands once and a half.
B21 – 41st and 3rd Women set and change places as above, while 1st and 3rd Men do the same;
5 – 8All turn new partner with both hands once and a half.
(New 2nd couple is improper, the others are proper)

Second Figure
A11 – 4New partners side right shoulder.
A21 – 4New partners side left shoulder.
B11 – 4On the right diagonal (M2 + M3, W1 + W2) set forward right and left and change places passing right shoulder;
5 – 8All turn new (original) partner with both hands once and a half.
B21 – 4On the right diagonal (M2 + M1, W3 + W2) set forward right and left and change places passing right shoulder;
5 – 8All turn new partner with both hands once and a half.
(New 2nd couple is improper, the others are proper)

Third Figure
A11 – 4New partners arm right.
A21 – 4New partners arm left.
B11 – 4On the right diagonal (M3 + M1, W3 + W1) set forward right and left and change places passing right shoulder;
5 – 8All turn new partner with both hands once and a half.
B21 – 4On the right diagonal (M3 + M2, W2 + W1) set forward right and left and change places passing right shoulder;
5 – 8All turn original partner with both hands once and a half.

Note:
In the original, the first figure of the dance was repeated three times but Pat Shaw suggested that siding and arming could be substituted in A1 and A2 the 2nd and 3rd times through respectively. This is current practice and that is the version given here. Also in the original, a pivot swing was specified for B1 bars 5 – 8 and B2 bars 5 – 8 but this has been dropped for a walking step in modern usage.

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The Whirligigs’ Last Bow or Whirligigs’ Maggot

Tune:The Whirligigs’ Last Bow © Pat Shaw, 1973
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
Formation:Triple Minor longways – Reel

2nd couples improper
A11 – 82nd couple right hand turn with partner two–thirds round and then hey with end couples, 2nd Man with 1st couple passing 1st Woman (neighbour) right shoulder to begin and 2nd Woman with 3rd couple, passing 3rd Man (neighbour) right shoulder to begin.
A21 – 82nd couple hey with the other end couple, 2nd Man passing 3rd Woman left shoulder and 2nd Woman passing 1st Man left shoulder, then half right hand turn to original place (improper). (If desired, and if it can be fitted in, 2nd couple may do a full left hand turn with each other between the two heys).
B1 – 8All circle left and right.
 9 – 121st and 2nd couples cross right shoulder with partner and, moving backwards, cross right shoulder with neighbour (as in the end of Miss de Jersey’s Memorial), while 3rd couple turn partner with both hands once round.
 13 – 162nd couple, now in top place, turn partner with both hands once round, while 1st and 3rd couples half double figure 8, 3rd couple start by crossing up between 1st couple, who cast and cross coming up the middle. (This should leave 3rd couple improper ready to start next round as 2nd couple and 2nd couple proper ready to start the next round as 3rd couple).

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The Winsor Knot (of Ruby hue)

Tune:The Winsor Knot © Pat Shaw, 1975
Recordings:Long Live London – The Assembly Players
All Alive – Two’s Company (tape)
Formation:Three–couple Longways Set – Slip Jig

A11 – 21st Woman right hands across with 2nd and 3rd Men once round.
 3 – 41st Woman left hand turn with partner once round.
A21 – 21st Man right hands across with 2nd and 3rd Women once round.
 3 – 41st Man left hand turn with partner once round.
B1 – 21st couple cast down the outside to the bottom of the set, while 2nd and 3rd couples back to back right shoulder with partner.
 3 – 41st couple lead back up the middle to places under arches made by the other two couples.
C1 – 4Double Cross Morris Hey. 1st couple cast out to start, 3rd couple cast up and the 2nd couple start by moving up the middle, crossing as they go. Whenever each couple reaches the middle place they change sides, the Woman passing in front of the Man.
D1 – 21st couple cast to the bottom, while 2nd and 3rd couples move up a place.
 3 – 41st couple swing (ballroom hold, pivot step) or turn with both hands, while 2nd and 3rd couples circle left once round.

Repeat dance twice.

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The Woeful Lover

Tune:‘Ick hebbe mijne klachten’ from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlietjes en Contredansen
Recordings:New Wine in Old Bottles – The Assembly Players
Formation:Longways set for five couples – Triple Time

A11 – 42nd and 4th couples half figure 8 through the nearest end couple, while the 3rd couple turn partner by right hand once round;
 5 – 82nd, 3rd and 4th couples circle left half way.
A21 – 4End couples half figure 8 through the nearest couple, while the 3rd couple turn partner by left hand once round;
 5 – 8Middle couple go individually to the right and circle five to the left, 1st, 3rd and 5th couples finishing improper (2nd and 4th are proper but not home).
B11 – 4End couples lead through nearest couple and cast back, while 2nd and 4th couples cast to the nearest end and lead back down or up the middle; while 3rd couple turn partner with both hands and fall back;
 5 – 82nd and 4th couples circle left half way in the centre and fall back to original place improper, while 1st and 5th couples turn partner with both hands and 3rd couple fall well back and move forward a little, all ending in a big circle on last bar;
 9 – 123rd couple fall back, while end couples (1st and 5th couples) meet each other (pulling the ring out sideways); 1st and 5th couples fall back, while 3rd couple meet in the centre (pulling ring into longways formation);
 13 – 16All change places with partner passing right shoulder but not turning then move backwards on a small anticlockwise arc to face partner again and repeat to place. All now in original place improper.
B21 – 4Top three couples meet partner and lead down the middle, while 4th couple cast up to 1st place and 5th couple cast up to 2nd place;
5 – 83rd couple turn partner with both hands in bottom place, while 1st couple cast back to 1st place, 2nd couple following them back to 2nd place and 4th and 5th couples lead down the middle to 3rd and 4th places;
 9 – 123rd couple lead up the middle under arches made by the other four couples, who turn in at the bottom and follow up the middle;
 13 – 163rd couple, followed by the other four couples, cast back to the bottom, 1st couple turning out at top to finish. All are still improper.

Repeat the dance with the bottom as the top (as in “Lord of Carnarvon’s Jig”);

The order of the couples (from the bottom) is: 3 – 5 – 4 – 2 – 1.
Then 3 times more, alternating towards the top and the bottom; the order of the couples after the 2nd, 3rd and 4th times is:
start of 3rd time (from the top): 4 – 1 – 2 – 5 – 3,
start of 4th time (from the bottom): 2 – 3 – 5 – 1 – 4,
start of 5th time (from the top): 5 – 4 – 1 – 2 – 3.
All will be in original order though “upside down”.
Order of positions is: 1 – 5 – 2 – 4 – 3 – 1, etc.

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