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THE DASHING WHITE SERGEANT


A progressive dance for sets of three – one lady flanked by two gentlemen or vice- versa.

Team up with another set of three and join hands in a circular set of six.

Skip round to the left for eight counts then skip back to the right for eight counts.

Split back into sets of three. The one in the centre of the set turn and set to the partner on their right for four counts, then link arms and turn for four counts, finishing back in the middle. Repeat with the dancer on their left.


All three perform the reel of three (sometimes called the figure of eight) for sixteen counts.


The section in italics can be replaced by the dancer in the middle linking arms with and turning 1st partner then 2nd partner then 1st partner then 2nd partner. (much easier)


Join hands in line of three and advance towards the other set of three for four counts, then retire for four counts. Advance again for four counts. This time one set lift their arms while the other set duck underneath and progress to the next set of three round the room. Ready to begin again.



STRIP THE WILLOW


A dance for linear sets of four couples. (boys facing the girls).

The first couple in each set is at the end nearest the band.


First couple link arms and turn on the spot for sixteen counts.

First lady progresses down the set followed by her partner. She turns the second gent, then her partner, the third gent, then her partner, the fourth gent, then her partner. Then she and her partner turn at the bottom of the set for sixteen counts.


Progressing back up the set the first gent turns the fourth lady, then his partner, the third lady, then his partner, the second lady, then his partner.

Then he and his partner turn at the top of the set for sixteen counts.


Progressing back down the set they turn the second couple, then each other, the third couple, then each other, the fourth couple, then each other.

First couple finish by turning at the bottom of the set for eight counts.


The dance then repeats until all four couples have had a go.



THE CIRCASSIAN CIRCLE



A set dance for as many couples as possible forming a large circle round the floor.


Couples begin with the lady on the gent's left hand, all holding hands in a big circle.


All advance towards centre of circle and clap hands (four counts). Re-join hands and retire to starting position (four counts).


REPEAT


Ladies only advance to centre of circle and curtsey (four counts). Retire to starting position (four counts).


Gents only advance to centre and bow (four counts). Remain in centre and turn to face your partners (four counts).


We now have a circle of ladies on the outside facing a circle of gents on the inside


All set to your partners for eight counts. Take your partners hands and turn your partners for eight counts.


All turn to face anti-clockwise round the hall, side by side with your partners. Join hands in promenade hold and all walk forward in a big circle for sixteen counts.


On the sixteenth count, fall back into one circle but on the other side of your partner so each gent should have a new partner on his left ready to begin again.



VIRGINIA REEL


This is the 40 bar version which we play as it is the easiest to learn


A dance for linear sets of four couples. (boys facing the girls).

The first couple in each set is at the end nearest the band.


All advance towards partners and clap hands against partners hands. (four counts). All retire to original positions and stamp feet. (four counts)

i.e. Forward, two, three, clap-clap. Back, two, three, stamp-stamp.


REPEAT


All offer right hand to partners and turn for eight counts.

Repeat with left hand.

Repeat with both hands.

Do-si-do (Pass partner by the right shoulder. Without turning pass back to back, then retire passing partner by the left shoulder back to original positions).


First couple join hands and side skip-down the centre of the set for eight counts, then side-skip back up to the top for eight counts.


First couple cast off and walk down the outsides of the set. All gents follow first gent and all ladies follow first lady.


When first couple meet at the bottom of the set they join hands to make an arch for all the other couples to duck under and progress to new positions ready to begin again.



THE FLYING SCOTSMAN


Named after the famous steam train that ran from London to Edinburgh


A dance for linear sets of four couples. (boys facing the girls).

The first couple in each set is at the end nearest the band.


First three ladies join hands and walk round the top of the set (fourth lady stays put), behind the first gent, in front of the second gent and behind the third and fourth gents (watch your backs, lads), behind the fourth lady, back into position (sixteen counts).


This is repeated by the first three gents (sixteen counts).


Next comes the shunt.

First couple join hands and side-skip down the centre of the set and as far down the hall as they can (eight counts). Then side-skip back up for eight counts but only as far as the bottom end of the set. (Represents the engine being shunted to the other end of the train)


All join hands with your partners and side-skip, or rather stampede, down the hall for eight counts then back up the hall for eight counts, ready to begin again.


This dance involves neither dignity nor decorum and loud train noises should be made by the participants whenever it is deemed appropriate or desirable.



ORKADIAN STRIP THE WILLOW


A lively dance ideal for rounding off a great night


As many couples as possible on the floor forming a long line of ladies facing a long line of gents. First couple is at the end nearest the band.


First couple link arms and turn on the spot for eight counts.


First couple progress down the set turning the next couple and then each other alternately until they eventually reach the bottom of the set where they remain and try to recover their breath.


When the first couple have progressed as far as the fourth couple it is time for the second couple to begin and so on so that, as the dance gains momentum, the floor should be filled with birling bodies as far as the eye can see.


Eventually the dance ends but the panting and perspiring usually persists for some time.



THE JEELY PIECE


A little known dance that we sometimes throw in for variety


A dance for linear sets of four couples. (boys facing the girls).

The first couple in each set is at the end nearest the band.


All do-si-do (dance back to back with partners) (eight counts)

All turn partner by the right arm (eight counts)

First couple join hands and side-slip down to the bottom of the set (eight counts), then back up to the top (eight counts)


First couple cast off one place to 2nd position (four counts), then turn by the leading arm (four counts)

At the same time 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples advance towards partners without giving hands (four counts), and retire (four counts)

Repeat to 3rd position.

Repeat to 4th position

All turn partners by the right arm. (eight counts)

Ready to begin again



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