The Oompa Loompa Dance

Set:4 couple square.
Music:The Oompa Loompa Song, from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory". Note that the music for the figures is 20 steps long, including a 2-step silence on steps 17-18.
Trivia: First danced just as the second film came out in 2006. We have a certain unnatural affinity with the little guys with orange faces from the first film...

Chorus 1:Couple petronella in square
UpbeatTake shoulder hold with your partner, turning your head to face them.
1-4Face forwards again.
Sidestep right and left with partner.
5-8Using single step, wheel round as a couple to the position of the next couple to the right.
Turn three-quarters to get there, odds (on the left) going forwards and evens backing up.
Keep the shoulder hold with your partner straight throughout.
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      8 7
     1   6
     2   5
      3 4
9-16Repeat 1-8.
On step 16, all drop shoulder hold and finish standing, except 1&5 who keep stepping.
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      6 5
     7   4
     8   3
      1 2
 
Figure 1:Through the middle
1-41&5 meet in the centre, and with right stomach hold turn once round as a couple, sliding backwards into right wrist hold with backs to original positions.
5-81&5 Pull by right, dance out through each others' place to the edge of the dance space, loop around to face the centre of the set and start drop stepping when there.
2&6 start same sequence, repeating 1-4.
9-122&6 continue with 5-8.
3&7 start same sequence, repeating 1-4.
13-163&7 continue with 5-8.
4&8 start same sequence, repeating 1-4.
At the end of step 16, 4&8 should be in right wrist hold ready to pull by, while everyone else is around the edge of the dance space, drop stepping.
17-184&8 Pull by right and loop round to the right ready to join others on steps 19-20.
Everyone else continue drop stepping.
19-20Everyone dance forwards into the original square, single stepping.
Take shoulder hold with your partner as you come in (this is quite fast so there is no time to assign a specific beat to it).
Everyone is now back where they started the dance.
 
Chorus 2:Couple petronella in square
As chorus 1. Side couples finish standing.
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      6 5
     7   4
     8   3
      1 2
 
Figure 2:Shoulder rings
Head couples (1,2,5,6):
1-3ASlowly lead into the centre
3B(Second half of the step)
Clap.
4Put hands on the shoulders of the people either side to form a ring of 4 people.
5-7In this shoulder ring, circle left three-quarters.
8Drop shoulder hold, facing other couple.
Everybody:
9-11A1&6 and 2&5 pass right shoulders to side couple.
Others step on the spot.
11B(Second half of the step)
Clap.
12Put hands on the shoulders of the people either side to form a two rings of 4 people.
13-16In this shoulder ring, circle left once around (note that this is one step longer than the first shoulder ring).
17-20Drop shoulder hold with the other couple (not with your partner) and drop step.
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    7 2 5 4
    8 1 6 3
 
Chorus 3:Couple petronella across
1-4 Sidestep right and left with partner.
5-8Using single step, wheel as a couple as in chorus 1 to the vacant position on the side of the set to the right.
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    2 1 4 3
    7 8 5 6
9-16Repeat 1-8.
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    1 8 3 6
    2 7 4 5
 
Figure 3:Sidestep hey
1-2 Sidestep right with partner, moving forwards to just pass the couple in front.
Only move as far to the right as is necessary to get past, as you will have to go twice as far to the left in a moment.
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     8   6
     7   5
     1   3
     2   4
3-41&2, 5&6 (the couples approaching the centre) sidestep left to pass one another in the centre.
3&4, 7&8 sidestep left, wheeling around as a couple (2,6 backing up) to face back into the set.
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       1
    7  2  3
    8  6  4
       5
5-16Repeat 1-4 3 more times.
On steps 15-16, the two couples approaching the centre (1&2, 5&6) meet facing in the centre of the set instead of stepping past one another.
All couples are now facing the centre of the set, still in shoulder hold.
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    1 3 8 6
    2 4 7 5
17-20Drop step.
 
Chorus 4:Couple petronella in tandem
1-4 Sidestep right and left with partner.
5-8Using single step, wheel to the right three-quarters as a couple, as before, but with the pairs of couples at each end moving in tandem to finish as shown, 1&2 and 3&4 facing 7&8 and 5&6 respectively:
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    8 7 6 5
    1 2 3 4
9-16Repeat 1-8. This leaves the pairs of couples having changed places since the beginning of the chorus, facing the other way:
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    7 5 2 4
    8 6 1 3
 
Figure 4:Rotating line
Everybody Drop step until needed.
1-31&5 link right arms, look at one another, and place left fist on hip.
Single step round one another three-quarters.
42&6 step on the spot.
2&6 switch to single step.
2 and 6 link right arms through the left arms of 1 and 5 respectively, look to the centre of the line, and place left fist on hip.
5-7Take the line halfway round to line up with 8&4.
8Those already in the line (2,1,5,6) step on the spot.
7&3 switch to single step.
7 and 3 link right arms through the left arms of 2 and 6 respectively, look to the centre of the line, and place left fist on hip.
9-11Take the line just over halfway round to line up with 8&4.
12Those already in the line (7,2,1,5,6,3) step on the spot.
8&4 switch to single step.
8 and 4 link right arms through the left arms of 3 and 7 respectively, look to the centre of the line, and place left fist on hip.
13-16Take the line just under halfway round to finish aligned to the sides of the room.
Note that you have one more step for this than for the previous turns of the line.
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4 7 2 1 5 6 3 8
17-20Drop arms, turn to face the centre, and drop step.
 
Chorus 5:Petronella in quadracy
1-4 Sidestep right and left individually.
5-8Using single step (with arms), turn to the right three-quarters to face across the set, each line of four moving forward and to the right to finish as shown:
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    5 6 3 8
    4 7 2 1
9-16Repeat 1-8, finishing facing back towards the centre of the line.
All except 8&4 finish standing.
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5 6 3 8 4 7 2 1
 
Figure 4:Pull by
1-28&4 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
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5 6 3 4 8 7 2 1
3-44&8 pull by, then 4&7 and 3&8 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
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5 6 8 3 7 4 2 1
5-67&4 and 8&3 pull by, then 6&3, 4&8 and 7&2 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
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5 3 6 4 8 2 7 1
7-83&6, 4&8 and 2&7 pull by, then 5&6, 3&8, 4&7 and 2&1 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
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6 5 8 3 7 4 1 2
9-106&5, 8&3, 7&4 and 1&2 pull by, then:
6&3, 8&4 and 7&2 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
5 and 1 curve round to the right and start leading the line out into a circle.
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   5
  3 6 4 8 2 7
           1
11-123&6, 4&8 and 2&7 pull by.
3&8 and 4&7 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
6 and 2 follow 5 and 1 respectively.
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       5
     6
    8 3 7 4
         2
       1
13-148&3 and 7&4 pull by.
8&4 half stomach turn to wrist hold.
3 and 7 follow the lines out.
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      6 5
     3   
      4 8
         7
      1 2
15-164&8 pull by and join the lines leading around the set.
All lead around until everyone is opposite or next to their original partner, original heads at the sides and original sides at the heads. This is quite challenging from a timing point of view.
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      8 3
     1   6
     2   5
      7 4
17-20Face the centre in set and Drop step.
On step 20, take shoulder hold with your partner, turning your head to face them.
 
Chorus 6:Couple petronella and lead out
The music for the final chorus is slightly longer than normal.
1-12As in chorus 1.
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      6 5
     3   4
     8   7
      1 2
13-16Still in shoulder hold, lead out through the side to the right, facing the audience.
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      7 4

  6         1
  5         2

      8 3
17Plant.
This is the last note of the music.
18Hoy on the beat (not second half of beat as normal).
Keep shoulder hold with partner, raising just the free hand into a salute.
 
Lead off
Drop arms on the upbeat (beat 8).
Follow the person to the right in a circle, 1 leading off.
Alternatively, walk straight off in the direction you are facing after two notes.


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