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The Lancers

Sets of 4 couples in a standard square. Ladies on the right. All figures except 5 begin by honouring partner and then corner.

Figure 1

  • 1st lady, 2nd man advance and retire,
  • Advance, swing, return to place.
  • 1st and 2nd couple change places (1st inside)
  • 1st and 2nd couple change places back (2nd inside)
  • All set (balancez) to corner partner and turn corners to place.
  • Repeat, 2nd lady, 1st man
  • Repeat, 3rd lady, 4th man
  • Repeat, 4th lady, 3rd man

Figure 2

  • 1st couple advance and retire
  • 1st couple advance to centre, turn lady to face partner
  • 1st couple set and turn to place
  • Side couples join to form lines of 4
  • Lines advance and retire
  • Lines advance and turn partners back to place.
  • Repeat with 2nd couple
  • Repeat with 3rd couple
  • Repeat with 4th couple

Figure 3

  • 1st lady advances
  • 1st gentleman advances
  • Lady retires and slow curtseys, Gentleman slow bows and retires
  • All ladies advance to centre, right hands to each other and left hand to Gentleman
  • Then left hands to each other and right to Gentleman and back to place (double chain)
  • Repeat with 2nd couple
  • Repeat with 3rd couple
  • Repeat with 4th couple

Figure 4 Visiting

  • 1st couple visits couple to their Right, both bow and curtsey
  • 1st couple continue visit past second to fourth, both bow and curtsey
  • Right Hands around with that couple, then Left Hands around.
  • Back to place
  • Repeat with 2nd couple
  • Repeat with 3rd couple
  • Repeat with 4th couple.

Figure 5 Chain

  • All Grand Chain 1/2 way round, balance and honour partners.
  • Continue grand chain to place and honour partners.
  • 1st couple promenade the set and return to place facing up
  • Side couple to right falls in behind then side couple to left and 2nd couple stay as is
  • There is now a double line facing up. Gents chasse right, Ladies chasse left and back
  • Top couple cast out and rest follow. Lines reform.
  • The two lines advance and retreat holding hands in line
  • The two lines advance and collect partners, swing back to place
  • Grand Chain & Repeat with 2nd couple
  • Grand Chain & Repeat with 3rd couple
  • Grand Chain & Repeat with 4th couple
  • Grand Chain to finish