College Hornpipe

Set:3 couple longways.
Music:Sportsman's Hornpipe.
Trivia:Inspired by a traditional Molly dance of the same name (but with different music).
History:Used to be for 4 couples and done an extra time, with polka changes on the ends, in the middle and on the ends again. This version needs less energy :-)
There used to be a loose star in the middle of the explodes, but we decided we could get through quicker without it.

If possible, start in the audience, spread out as a significantly larger version of the eventual set.
This isn't possible in all settings; if not, start in set.
 
First time:Explode
If starting in the audience:
1-4Dance on through place in set and keep going, passing left shoulder throught centre of set to opposite place in a set-sized circle.
Shout as you go.
Move fast and step on the spot if you get there early.
Don't go too far!
Otherwise if starting in set:
1-2Step on the spot, spreading into a circle and turning to face opposite in the circle.
3-4Pass left shoulder through centre of set to opposite place in circle.
No shouting.
Then:
5-8Turn right once and a half on the spot.
9-10Step on the spot.
11-12Pass left shoulder through centre of set to opposite place in circle.
Shout as you go (during step 11).
13-16Turn right once and a half on the spot.
17-24As 9-16, but without shouting.
25-32As 9-16, with shouting, but finishing in original places in set, facing up.
 
Casting
1-8Slowly lead up the set, 1&2 doing a back turn on beat 2, 3&4 on 4 and 5&6 on 6.
Slowly lead down once turned, passing left shoulders with the line coming the other way.
9-16As 1-8 but in the other direction, turning to face partner on beat 16.
 
Polka Change
1-16Polka change at top (1&2 with 3&4); 5&6 stand still.
 
Second time:Explode
As first time, from new positions and following instructions for starting in set.
 
Casting
From these positions.
 
Polka Change
1-16Polka change at bottom; 3&4 at top stand still.
 
Last time:Explode (Half length)
1-12As before.
13-16Keep going, charging into audience.


College Hornpipe for 12

Set:Two 3 couple longways sets, side by side.

This one really needs to start in set – exploding on from the audience is too complex.
Start facing across towards the other set (not your partner!).
     Top
 1A 2A 1B 2B
 3A 4A 3B 4B
 5A 6A 5B 6B
 
First time:Explode
For this figure there are effectively two longways sets, one inside the other. Call the set in the middle (2A/4A/6A and 1B/3B/5B) set 1 and the set on the outside (everyone else) set 2.
Set 1:
1-2Pass left shoulder through the centre of the set to opposite place in the inner ring.
3-4Pass right shoulder with someone from set 2 into the outer ring.
5-8Turn right once and a half on the spot.
While set 2:
1-2Two steps on the spot, tops and bottoms moving sideways slightly to spread the set into two concentric rings.
3-4Pass right shoulder with someone from set 1 into the inner ring.
5-6Pass left shoulder through the centre of the set to opposite place in the inner ring.
7-8Turn right halfway to face back into the centre of the ring.
     Top
 5B       6A
    6B 5A
3B 4B   3A 4A
    2B 1A
 1B       2A
Then:
9-16Repeat 1-8, shouting during beat 3, with the roles of set 1 and set 2 reversed (since they start in each other's places).
Finish home but in those two concentric circles.
     Top
 1A       2B
    2A 1B
3A 4A   3B 4B
    6A 5B
 5A       6B
17-32Repeat 1-16, finishing squaring the set again and turning an appropriate amount (once or less for set 1, between once and twice for set 2) to the right to face up to the top of the set.
 
Casting
As in 6-person version, with two sets side by side.
 
Polka Change
As in 6-person version, with two sets side by side.
 
Second time:
As first time, but with the polka change at the bottom as in the 6-person version.
 
Last time:Explode (Half length)
As first time, charging into the audience halfway through as in the 6-person version.


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