Two-couple figures danced in a circle of four people.
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CONTENTS: Adam and Eve Basket (Swing Like Thunder) Birdie in the Cage Ballonet Buffalo Loop Chase the Rabbit/Lady Around the Lady Do Si Do (complex) Do Si Do (back-to-back) Double Bow Knot Duck for the Oyster Elbow Swing Figure Eight Four-Leaf Clover Gent Fall Through Hold High the Gate Little Girl Step Through Mountaineer Loop Ocean Wave Pearly Gates Quick Change Four Roll the Barrel Shoot the Owl Star Sweep the Floor Swing at the Wall Swing the One Behind Swing Figures Swing Your Corner Lady Take a Little Peek Two Ladies Change Whirl
Although I don't often indicate in the figure descriptions, little circle figures are usually followed by swinging corner 1-1/2X and then swinging partner 1-1/2X.
SOME WAYS TO FORM UP LITTLE CIRCLES after the big figures are danced
(See the big circle index for some ways to form up the initial big circles.)
Generally, but not always, the little circles organize around the perimeter of the room in what contra dancers would call a Becket improper sicilian formation. That is, one couple (the odds) with backs to the center of the room and the other couple (the evens) with their backs to the walls.
  1. All couples promenade in a large circle. At the caller's prompting ("Odds - or evens - move ahead and circle four"), adjacent couples join in a circle of four people. If odd and even designation was already worked out, as per #3 below, they circle into position. Or, couples can decide on the fly who will be odd and who even, and then remain so for the duration of the dance.
  2. When prompted by the caller, adjacent couples in the big circle form up little circles randomly around the floor and circle left. Couples progress to any other nearby couple and immediately decide which is odd and which even. If the hall is crowded this method uses the floor more effeciently than small circles arranged in a large circle around the hall. [Dunmore, The Introduction; Dalsemer]
  3. Before the dance, the caller goes out and counts off each couple, giving each a consecutive number. Or the couples will do so themselves starting with one of the couples in the circle. (Thanks to Bob Dalsemer that information.)
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