Darga's Grandson

Set:4 couple line
Music:Waterloo
Trivia:Inspired by the Playford dance "Dargason".
Ever since its inception, Elizabeth has been trying to give it a shepherd theme by naming the figures after sheep dog calls (shown) with dubious similarities. Just occasionally she gets worryingly close to persuading somebody else to adopt some of them.

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Chorus 1:Arming (The Shepherd's Crook)
Stand when not moving.
1-41&2 sidestep right and left.
On beat 4, the same people turn left one quarter and take arm hold right.
5-71&2 turn halfway to change places, looking at each other.
81&2 drop hands and turn left one quarter to face the next person in the line.
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9-164&1 and 2&3 repeat beats 1-8.
17-246&1, 4&3 and 2&5 repeat beats 1-8.
25-318&1, 6&3, 4&5 and 2&7 repeat beats 1-7.
32All drop hands but do not turn, leaving odds facing up and evens facing down.
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Figure 1:Cross and Chase (Away to Me)
1-8Cross and chase right.
Start by crossing into two lines rather than a circle.
9Cross left shoulders.
10Quarter turn left.
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11-15(After crossing left, instead of chasing left)
The person at the front of each line (7 and 8) leads tightly around to the right so that they meet again in the middle, facing up and down.
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16All turn left 45°.
17Move forward a small step so that 7&8 are in line with one another.
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18Turn right 90°.
19Move forward so that the two lines cross over and 5&8 and 7&6 are left shoulder to left shoulder.
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20-30Continue alternately turning and moving until the lines have passed through one another, finishing turning right.
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31Move forward a small step so that all 8 dancers are in line.
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32Turn right 135° to face the middle of the line.
 
Chorus 2:Arming
Identical to chorus 1, except:
32Turn to face the person you have arm hold with, slipping from arm hold to wrist hold.
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Figure 2:Pull By (Come By)
1-12Pull by into full stomach turn to wrist hold 3 times, moving on one person each time.
When you reach the end of the line, pull by as normal and take 4 steps to loop around to the right slowly, coming back in again for the next swing.
When you come in again you need to be moving in as fast as the person coming towards you otherwise the set spreads out too much.
13-16Another pull by into full stomach turn to wrist hold, but on 16 the end couples (4&6 and 5&3) raise right hands to form an arch, side-by-side, facing the top (4 and 5) or the bottom (6 and 3) and stand.
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17-208 and 7 pull by into stomach turn once and a quarter to wrist hold with each other.
2 and 1 pull by right, go through the arch, dance round the set to the right and come back to the side, ready for 7 and 8.
End couples stand still for 3 steps, then on step 20 turn to face one another and slip into wrist hold.
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21-248 and 7 pull by into full stomach turn to wrist hold with 1 and 2 respectively.
4&6 and 5&3 pull by right and go one quarter round the outside of the set. 4&5 and 6&3 take right wrist hold at the side of the set and turn one quarter. This bit is quite fast!
At this point we have 8 people in a line as in the first half of this figure.
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25-28All pull by, 5 and 6 into a loop round at the end of the line as before and everyone else into a full stomach turn to wrist hold.
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29-32All except 5 and 6 pull by, 5 and 6 joining 8 and 7 respectively for everyone to do a full stomach turn, finishing facing the centre of the new line.
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Chorus 3:Gypsy (Eyeing)
Stand when not moving.
1-41&2 sidestep right and left.
On beat 4, the same people turn left 45° and stare at one another!
5-71&2 slowly dance round one another by the right shoulder halfway to change places, finishing facing one another.
81&2 back turn to face the next person in the line.
9-163&1 and 2&4 repeat beats 1-8.
17-248&1, 3&4 and 2&7 repeat beats 1-8.
25-286&1, 8&4, 3&7 and 2&5 repeat beats 1-4.
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29-321 and 2 pass their current partner by the right shoulder, dance round to the right, and dance one sixth of the way round the circumference of a circle with the current set as its diameter (position 1).
Everyone else repeat beats 5-7, then turn right one quarter and take right arm hold with the person then to the right (originally behind).
6 and 5 need to dance around a ghost during this move.
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Figure 3:The Roundel (The London Underground Sign / Theta / The Shedding Pen)
1-21 and 2 dance another sixth of the way round the circumference of the circle (position 2).
Everybody else change places by turning halfway with the right arm on beat 1, then on beat 2 drop right arm and take left arm hold with the person to the left if present.
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3-41 and 2 continue dancing round the circle, taking right arm hold with 8 and 7 respectively as they reach the ends of the line.
4 and 3 dance to position 1 round the circle.
6&7 and 8&5 left arm turn halfway and take right arm hold with the people to their right.
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5-16Repeat 1-4 three more times from new places.
As 1 and 2 start going round the circle again they must go slower.
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17-24Continue to alternate right and left arm turns in the line, dropping off into a circle as each dancer reaches the end.
The third person at each end (7 and 8) must turn around as they do this since they will be facing in the wrong direction.
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25-27Dance round the circle much faster.
28Quarter turn right to face the centre.
29-32Pass left shoulder through centre of set to opposite place in a larger circle.
Finish with hoy.
 
Lead off
Follow the person to the right in a circle, 1 leading off.


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