Lloyd Shaw writes:
- All eight balance, all eight swing
A left allemande,
A right hand grand,
Meet your partner
- First couple out to the right
And circle four.
- Leave that gal, go on to the next,
And circle three.
- Take that gal, go on to the next,
And circle four.
- Leave that gal and go home alone
- Forward six and fall back six.
- Forward two and fall back two.
- Forward six and pass right through.
- Forward two and pass right through.Repeat (e) through (h).
- Lone gents go right and circle four
Now Docey-dow with the gents you know, The ladies go si and the gents go do, Now everybody swing.
- Now allemande ho, Right hands up,
And here we go. And promenade.
Repeat 2 and 3 entire for second, third and fourth couples.
Lloyd uses a figure he calls docey-do which is related to but different from the figure Cecil Sharp calls "do-si-do" in his description of the running set (Country Dance Book, Part 5). It is nothing like the figure I know of called do-si-do. Lloyd has many pet names for this figure and I have chosen "Ladies go si and the gents go do" to avoid confusion with the more common meaning.
At the end of a circle the hands break, ladies pass between neighbor and the other lady (ladies passing dos à dos), back to her partner who takes her left hand into his left then she turns round behind him, eventually dropping hands. He remains facing the other gentleman as she circles counter-clockwise around him.
Now each takes his/her neighbor of the opposite sex by the right hand and the ladies circle clockwise around their neighbors (the gents continue to face and drop right hands when they need to).
Then each takes partner left in left ending in a courtesy turn hold. The traveling couple can move on to the next this way.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, lead, rights and lefts, swing (and probably others).
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