Idiot's Delight

Set:4 couple longways.
Music:Weepy Jamie.
Trivia:Named after a card game. This dance intentionally mixes you up!
It nearly gets you home -- in the end we decided the complexity of getting everyone home wasn't worth it.

The dance starts with the two lines well spaced:
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1     2
3     4
5     6
7     8
 
Chorus
Clearly the numbers will change for subsequent choruses as you are in different places!
11,2,7&8 step forwards.
2Same people quarter turn to face up and down to other couple.
3Same people step forwards to meet other couple, shouting.
4Same people quarter turn to face person on side, turning back on partner (3&1, 2&4, 5&7, 8&6 facing each other):
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3 1 2 4
5 7 8 6
5-8Using zig-zag step, pass right shoulder with this person, back turn, pass right shoulders and back turn again.
9Pass right shoulder again.
1,2,7&8 continue to use zig-zag step.
3,4,5&6 start arm movements for normal single stepping.
101,2,7&8 back turn and finish standing.
3,4,5&6 step straight forwards to next person, shouting (3 to 4, 5 to 6):
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1 3 4 2
7 5 6 8
113,4,5&6 quarter turn to face nearest end.
There is a tendency for people to want to do this turn on beat 10 -- resist!
12Same people step forwards.
13Same people quarter turn to face each other.
14Same people take a step backwards into new set:
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3     4
1     2
7     8
5     6
15-16Triple stamp.
 
Figure 1:The Shuffle (Back to Back)
1-4Fast back to back left shoulders, grunting on beat 1.
Come straight back at the end of the move, leaving the two lines offset, ready to go through the same gap again.
3&6:
5Step forward in line with others in the same line.
6Back turn.
7-8Step backwards in line with other line onto other side of set.
While others:
5-8Fast back to back left shoulders, grunting on beat 1.
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1     3
7     4
5     2
6     8
All:
9-15Repeat beats 1-8 from new places, this time 1&8 doing the Back turn to change positions.
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7     1
5     3
6     4
8     2
 
Chorus
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5     3
7     1
8     2
6     4
 
Figure 2:The Riffle (Polka Change)
1-4Face neighbours on the side:
half polka round (5&7 with 3&1, 8&6 with 2&4).
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1     7
3     5
4     6
2     8
5-8Face across the set:
3&5 half polka round with 4&6.
1&7 and 2&8 half polka turn on the spot.
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7     1
6     4
5     3
8     2
9-16Repeat 1-8 from new positions.
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6     4
8     2
7     1
5     3
 
Chorus
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8     2
6     4
5     3
7     1
 
Figure 3:The Fan (Devil's Elbow)
This figure is led by 1 and 8. It's worth identifying these people at the start of the dance, since they are in these positions then as well, although swapped over.
1-4Right hand star in 4 steps at each end just under three quarters (1 and 8 meet).
5-81 and 8 pass left shoulder and lead their lines round until they are in positions of 6 and 3 respectively in the above diagram (they have wound up their respective stars).
9-12Left hand star in 4 steps at each end three quarters (1 and 8 are in each other's starting position).
13-151 and 8 lead their lines straight down the side of the set, still facing up or down.
16All quarter turn to face across the set.
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7     8
5     6
3     4
1     2
 
Chorus
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5     6
7     8
1     2
3     4
 
Figure 4:The Deal (Bow Ties)
Current outsides (3,4,5&6):
1Take a step (shouting) diagonally into the centre of the set.
2Quarter turn right to face new corner (5 looks at 3's starting place, 3 looks at 4's starting place etc.)
3Step out to this place.
4Turn to face person across the set (3 face 5, 4 face 6) and take wrist hold with this person.
5Pull by right with this person.
6Turn to face diagonally into centre of set.
4 and 5 have now swapped places since the start of the figure.
3 and 6 are where they started.
7-12Repeat 1-6 from new places.
All should now be back where they started the figure.
13-15Repeat 1-3 from new places.
16Turn to face person across the set (3 face 5, 4 face 6).
While current insides (1,2,7&8):
1Step on the spot.
2Quarter turn to face neighbour (7 face 1, 8 face 2) and take wrist hold with this person.
3Pull by right with this person.
4Quarter turn to face partner across the set.
5Step towards partner, shouting.
6Step to left, moving past partner as much as possible to allow room for outsides to step in on next beat.
7Step forwards into opposite place.
8-13Repeat 2-7.
14-16Repeat 2-4 and finish standing.
 
Chorus
15-16During final triple stamp, turn up 180 degrees to face out.
Finish with a hoy (on beat 16B as normal).
Everyone should be back home except 3 and 6.
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1     2
6     4
5     3
7     8
 


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