Mind the Gap

Set:8 person grid.
Music:The RSB [Andy Cutting].
Trivia:Named in honour of Daisy Black's PhD of the same name which she had just finished.

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Figure 1:Plus sign
Corners turn one eighth to face the middle place on their right.
1Middles step into centre, facing another middle's left shoulder.
Corners step forwards into a middle place (to their original right).
2Everybody quarter turn right to face out.
3Everybody one step out of the set, middles following behind a corner.
4Everybody back turn.
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5Everyone step into centre, middles facing another middle's left shoulder.
6Everybody quarter turn right.
7Everybody one step out of the set, middles besides a corner.
8Middles back turn.
Corners quarter turn left.
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9-16Repeat steps 1-8.
Middles get home, corners have moved halfway round the set. This is the corners' home place for the rest of the dance.
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Chorus:Corners
Corners:
1-4Star right three-quarters in four steps.
5-8Go out through corner position, loop left, go one place around the outside of the set and come back in to face the centre.
9-12Star left three-quarters in four steps.
13-16Go out through corner position, loop right, go one place around the outside of the set and come back in to face the centre.
While middles:
1-14Wait.
15Step on the spot.
16Back turn.
Figure 2:Sausages
1-2Middles (who are facing out) loop right to nearest corner place.
Corners pass left shoulders in the centre to the middle place slightly to the right of the opposite corner as you face it (i.e. go slightly under halfway round the set).
3-4Middles pass right shoulders to the middle place slightly to the left of opposite corner.
Corners (facing out) loop left to nearest corner place.
5-16Repeat steps 1-4 three times.
Everybody should return home.
Chorus:Middles
Middles:
1-16As corners did in corners chorus.
Finish facing the corner to their right.
While corners:
1-14Wait (facing the centre).
15Step on the spot.
16Turn left one eighth to face the middle place to the right.
All bring arms down on 16B ready to switch to zigzag step.
Figure 3:Zigzag
1Take one zigzag step to the right, passing left shoulder with the person you are facing.
2Zigzag left and forwards, middles doing a back turn (corners don't).
All bring right arm up at the beginning of the step.
3Single stepping, everyone step one place forwards.
4Middles back turn.
Corners turn one quarter to the right.
Bring arms up as normal, but drop them sharply on 4B ready to switch back to zigzag step.
5-16Repeat steps 1-4 three times.
On the final time, corners don't need to drop arms as directed as they carry dancing into the next chorus.
Everybody should return home.
Chorus:Corners
Corners:
1-16As in first corners chorus.
Finish facing up and down the set to another corner (3&5 face, 1&7 face).
While head middles:
1-14Wait.
15-16Step on the spot.
While side middles:
1-14Wait.
15Step on the spot.
16Back turn.
Figure 4:Rights and Lefts / Magic Line
Corners:
1Step forwards one step into a line, right shoulders together.
2Step on the spot.
3Step forwards one step into another corner's place.
4Quarter turn to face across the set to another corner.
5Step forwards one step into a line, left shoulders together.
6Step on the spot.
7Step forwards one step into another corner's place.
8Quarter turn to face up and down the set to another corner.
While head middles:
1Step forwards one step into a line, right shoulders together.
2Step on the spot.
3Dance tight another quarter round each other right shoulder and forwards into side middle places.
4Step on the spot (ideally - you might still be catching up from the previous step a bit).
5-8Loop one quarter around the outside of the set to the left to finish in opposite head middle position.
While side middles (facing out):
1-4Loop one quarter around the outside of the set to the right to finish in head middle places.
5Dance forwards giving left shoulders and go tightly round each other a quarter more into a line with the corners.
6Step on the spot.
7Step forwards into opposite side middle position.
8Step on the spot.
Everybody (now opposite where they started):
9-16Repeat 1-8.
Everybody should return home.
Corners finish facing the centre.
Chorus:Middles
Middles:
1-16As corners did in corners chorus.
Finish facing the corner to their right.
While corners:
1-14Wait.
15Step on the spot.
16Turn right one quarter.
Figure 1:Plus sign
This is a repeat of Figure 1, except:
16Face out from the centre (corners diagonally), finishing with a hoy.


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