The Big Swing

Set:3 couple longways.
Music:Rochdale Coconut.
Trivia:Popularly known as "Swing Bin".

Partners are 1&2, 3&5 and 4&6.
A's are 1,4&5; B's are 2,3&6.
Note that each figure is twice as long as the figures in most other dances.
 
Figure 1:Pivots
Middles:
1-2Cross over passing right shoulders to join line . facing out on other side of set.
While ends:
1Quarter turn to centre of lines-to-be (1&6 right, 2&5 left).
2Turn a quarter more in the same direction.
There should now be two lines back-to-back (but not too close).
All:
3Put hands on shoulders in lines.
4Ends salute with free hand.
5-7Lines rotate around middle person 180 degrees anticlockwise.
8Drop hands.
Middles:
9-10Step into middle of two people on right and face out in lines back-to-back as before.
While ends:
9Step on the spot.
10Quarter turn to form lines back-to-back (again 1&6 right, 2&5 left).
All:
11-16As 3-8.
17-24As 1-8 (1&6 will end up turning left, 2&5 right).
25-32As 9-16, but middles go left (again 1&6 go left, 2&5 right).
 
A's Chorus
A's:
1-8Star left, but start moving immediately and go round twice (arm movements as normal).
While B's:
1-6Stand still.
7Turn to the left to face clockwise round the circle.
8Step on the spot, preparing to catch partner!.
All:
9-16Partners arm turn right as many times as there is time, ending as appropriate for the next figure.
 
Figure 2:Polka Turn
Finish chorus facing partner in 3-couple star:
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   1
   2
  3 4
5     6
1-8Using polka step, dance four fast polka turns on the spot.
Finish last turn facing clockwise round circle in waist hold.
9-16Using single step, star promenade right.
On beat 16 drop hands, release waist hold, face partner and fall back from your partner a little.
17-24As 1-8, but finish facing anticlockwise (with same person in centre!)
25-32Using single step, star promenade left.
On beat 16 drop hands, release waist hold and return to original longways set.
 
B's Chorus
As A's Chorus, but reversing roles of A's and B's.
 
Figure 3:Chains
Beats 1-28 are done without normal single stepping arm movements.
Stay standing when not needed.
1-43&4 right arm turn just over once and a half (without saluting) until 3 faces 6 and 4 faces 1 (first corner positions).
This is quite fast.
5-83&6 and 4&1 left arm turn once and a half to change places.
9-126&1 right arm turn once and three quarters to face 2 and 5 (second corner positions) respectively.
13-166&2 and 1&5 left arm turn once and a half to change places.
17-202&5 right arm turn once and three quarters to face 4 and 3 (first corner positions) respectively.
21-242&4 and 5&3 left arm turn once and a half to change places.
25-284&3 right arm just over once (don't go too far!) and slot into in the middle of lines of three at the top and bottom of the set:
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 2 4 6

 1 3 5
29-31Lines of three, 6 heading a line at the top and 1 heading a line at the bottom, single step round the outside of the set one quarter, to home positions, odds facing up and evens facing down.
6 and 1 are facing the wrong direction at the start of this – they need to turn over their right shoulder in no time as they start to move.
32Quarter turn to the right to face partners.
A's Chorus
 
Figure 4:Teapots
1-4Middles go right and line up in the centre of the set:
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1   2
  4
  3
5   6
1,2&4 and 3,5&6 star right in 4 steps.
Ends finish facing along sides of square: 1&6 facing in towards centre line of set as normal and 2&5 facing out.
Middles:
5Take stomach hold left.
6-7Salute and turn round three quarters.
8Drop hands.
While ends:
5-6Move round to position for next star, 1&2 facing down and 5&6 facing up (make sure you don't go too far).
7-8Step on the spot.
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5     1
  3 4
6     2
All:
9-32Repeat pattern in 1-8 three more times from new orientations.
Middles may release stomach hold early during the last time in order to return to place.
2&5 do a back turn on beat 32 to return to normal positions.
 
B's Chorus
 
Figure 5:Pivots
Same as figure 1, except
29-32Lines charge into audience.
 


Until about 2008, this dance had a different third figure, which managed to be simultaneously impossible to remember and fairly dull to watch. Here it is for posterity.

Figure 3:Chains
Beats 1-12 and 17-28 are done without normal single stepping arm movements.
Stay standing when not needed.
11&2 step towards one another.
21&2 turn down one quarter and take waist hold.
31&2 step down to meet 3&4.
3&4 start single stepping and turn up one quarter.
41&2 drop waist hold and take stomach hold with 3&4 respectively.
5-61&3 and 2&4 salute and turn on the spot 360 degrees.
7Drop hands.
1&2 retake waist hold.
3&4 return to places and finish standing.
81&2 step down to meet 5&6.
5&6 start stepping and turn up on quarter, coming in on the left foot due to awkward timing.
91&2 drop waist hold and take stomach hold with 5&6 respectively.
10-111&5 and 2&6 salute and turn on the spot 360 degrees.
12Drop hands.
1&2 do not retake waist hold but line up as if they were, resisting the urge to move just yet.
5&6 return to places and finish standing.
13-161&2 step round outside of set on own side back to place using normal arm movements.
17-32Same pattern from the other end with 5&6 leading.
 

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