PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE  


By Don Armstrong

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Music: “Paddy on the Turnpike,” played by The Heartlanders. 

Track 5, LS CD-1001 (instrumental) and Track 5, LS CD-1002 (prompted by Don Armstrong) 

Formation: Proper duple contra 

This dance description designates the active couples as #1's and the inactive couples as #2's. 

16 1's balance and swing – end facing down W on M's right

16 1's down, full figure of eight (*)

8 Actives center, go down in fours (4), centers wheel, ends turn alone (4)

8 Come back to place (4) and cast off (4)

16 Turn contra corners. 

(*) A “double” full figure of eight may be used here: 

16 With each lady leading through each time, 1's start down, crossing between the   dancing 2's, around them, and up (lady around the lady, gent around the gent) – then cross down between the dancing 2's again (lady around the gent, gent around the lady) to starting positions and face down. 

Meanwhile, the 2's start out and up around the dancing 1's (lady around the lady, gent around the gent) – then cross down between the dancing 1's and up around them (this time the lady around the gent, gent around the lady) and return to place by crossing between the 1's once more to end also facing down the set. The 1's start with the “first quarter” of the pattern (crossing down through) while, at the same time, the 2's start with the “second quarter” of the pattern (out, up and around) all starting and finishing together.


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