Criss-Cross

Set:4 couple radial.
Music:The Happy Clown.

Start in 4 couple longways set in normal positions off the stage:
 Top
 1 2
 3 4
 5 6
 7 8
Bottom
Leading on
1-15Take waist hold with partner and salute with free hand.
Dance on in a line, couple behind couple.
When 1 puts out his/her left hand (usually on beat 9) it becomes the centre of a star left which the other odd people join when they reach it (normal wrist hold, outside people still saluting).
Move round in this star until home (the meaning of home to be transmitted telepathically by 1 to the other dancers).
16Drop hands and turn to face partner, finishing standing:
  Top
   2
   1
8 7 3 4
   5
   6
 Bottom
 
Chorus
Finish all figures standing, facing partner.
1-2Clap with partner right, left, both, both.
3-4Outsides single step one place anticlockwise, turning right three quarters in the process and finishing standing.
Insides single step one place clockwise, turning left three quarters in the process and finishing standing.
5-8Repeat 1-4 with new person.
9-16Repeat 1-8, finishing still single stepping for next figure.
 
Figure 1:Little Squares
Finish chorus with heads facing 45 degrees to the right of their partner and sides facing 45 degrees to the left.
Some people have found this figure easier to understand as "Little Diamonds".
(In fact the heads effectively gypsy left and right while the sides gypsy right and left, but we didn't notice the similarity at the time)
1Surge forwards to meet person facing on diagonal or same distance out of set as appropriate.
2Heads quarter turn left, sides quarter turn right.
3-6Repeat 1-2 twice more.
7Repeat 1 again.
8Turn 180 degrees, turning away from centre.
9-15Repeat 1-7, but with heads turning right and sides turning left.
16Turn to face partner, finishing standing.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 2:Polka Round
1-4Still single stepping, fast polka turn, moving 1 place anticlockwise round the set as you go.
Set should now be in a square:
  Top
  4 3
1     6
2     5
  7 8
The movement should be done as quickly as possible, preferably in one beat, stepping on the spot when you get there.
5-16Repeat 1-4 three more times, forming cross, square and cross again.
Finish standing.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 3:Star and Turn
1-2Outsides quarter turn right and step on the spot.
Insides pull right shoulder back and star right half way without saluting or waiting on the spot.
3-4Take saluting stomach hold left with person now standing on left: move round 180 degrees.
5-6Drop saluting and stomach hold.
Insides step on the spot.
Outsides star right half way as before.
7-8Repeat 3-4.
9-12Repeat 5-8 with insides and outsides swapped.
13-16Repeat 5-8, finish standing and facing partner.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 4:Zig-zag
Done to standard single step, with arm movements.
1Step past partner (or person facing in subsequent times) passing left shoulder.
2Insides back turn to new outside place (partner's place the first time).
Outsides move to inside place one place round anticlockwise, facing new person.
Set should now be thus:
  Top
   1
   4
7 2 6 3
   8
   5
3-4As 1-2 with insides and outsides swapped.
5-16Repeat 1-4 three more times.
 
Final Chorus
As before except
15-16Outsides move straight to places, facing out.
Insides as before.
All finish with a hoy.
 
Leading off
1-After 4 bars introduction outsides quarter turn right and dance round in a circle.
Insides follow partners to join circle.
1 leads line off.


Y Knot (or Why Not?): Criss-Cross for 6

Set:3 couple radial (the "Y").
Music:The Happy Clown.
History:This version has been largely abandoned as it's just too difficult to work out the symmetry, both for the dancers and the audience. We tend to do IQ instead when we haven't got enough for 8 (see below).

Start in 3 couple longways set off stage as before.
Leading on
As before.
 
Chorus
This is now progressive.
 
Figure 1:Little Squares
Everyone finish chorus facing 45 degrees to the right of their partner.
Figure as before, but try to form circle every other move.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 2:Polka Round
Form triangle, Y, triangle, Y instead of square, cross, square, cross.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 3:Star and Turn
Move round 2 places (270 deg) each time in the star.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 4:Zig-zag
As before.
 
Final Chorus
As before.
 
Leading off
As before.


IQ: Criss-Cross for 4

Set:2 couple radial (the "I").
Music:Indian Point, usually. Or sometimes the Happy Clown. Or sometimes we'll use Indian Point for the 8-person version. Depends who's playing and how we're feeling.

Start in 2 couple longways set off stage as before.
Leading on
As before.
 
Chorus
This takes you back to place. The set alternates between a horizontal and vertical line.
 
Figure 1:Little Squares
Everyone finish chorus facing 45 degrees to the right of their partner.
Figure as before.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 2:Polka Round
Form square, line, square, line.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 3:Star and Turn
Arm turn right replaces the star right in the centre.
 
Chorus
 
Figure 4:Zig-zag
As before, leaving gaps for the missing people. The set alternates between a horizontal and vertical line.
 
Final Chorus
As before.
 
Leading off
As before, or straight off as appropriate.


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