A double circle mixer for couples by Ede Butlin, of Toronto,
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Record: LS 3302
Music: Medley "Git Along Little Dogies" and "The Streets of
Formation: Couple facing couple in two circles, an inner circle
facing outward and an outer circle facing inward.
Footwork: Opposite throughout, man begins L foot.
Intro: 4 measures of 3/4 time. Wait 2 measures,
partner, acknowledge opposite.
1-4 BALANCE FWD, , ; BALANCE BACK, , ; STAR
THROUGH, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6
Couples with inside hands joined, as in Spanish Circle,
balance fwd on man's L, and hold 2 counts; balance bwd on
man's R and hold 2 counts; star through in 6 counts: the
lady gives her L hand into the R hand of the opposite man,
and turns R-face under his R arm in 6 steps, so that they
change partners and end facing along the circle instead of
across it, in a position 1/4 from where they started.
5-16 REPEAT MEASURES 1-4 THREE MORE TIMES,
progressing around the small square 1/4 each time, until
couples are back in their original positions.
17-20 CIRCLE LEFT for four measures (12 steps), joining
with the opposite couple.
21-24 STAR LEFT all four L-hand star, for four
to original position.
25-28 HALF PROMENADE (SWEEP WIDE). In skirt
skater's pos, couples exchange places with each other (men
pass L shoulders), sweeping out so as to take up the full
four measures of waltz time to come into pos to face in the
opposite direction from where they started.
29-30 FACE THOSE TWO AND PASS THROUGH. Couples on
the inside (backs to COH) pass between the outside couple,
as each couple goes back to their original circle.
31-32 TURN ALONE AND TAKE A NEW GIRL. As the
couples end the "pass through" each dancer turns
individually, to face either COH or the wall again the
direction they were facing at the beginning of the dance.
Each lady is now on the wrong side the L side of her
partner, so the man on her L becomes her new partner,
ready to repeat the dance. A "cast-off" has taken place. In
the outside circle, the ladies progress CW and the men
CCW. In the inside circle this situation is reversed. NOTE:
In "turn alone" partners turn away from each other.
SEQUENCE: The entire dance is done four times, with a change of
partners each time. It is not necessary to waltz, a running step will
do. Expert dancers may waltz throughout.
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