Close Relations

Set:4 couple longways.
Music:Done purely to a drum solo.
Trivia:Meant to represent the fight the molly gangs invariably had when they met in Cambridge at the end of the day's dancing. Ended up with other connotations.
History:Second version -- a lot of the detailed timing has been changed for consistency with other dances.

The dance starts in two lines off the stage behind 1 and 2, as follows:
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8 6 4 2


                1 3 5 7
 
Leading on
1-71&2 lead their lines forward.
8-151&2 quarter turn right and lead into positions in a wide longways set.
3&4 turn likewise on beat 10, 5&6 on 12 and 7&8 on 14.
16All turn right a quarter more and finish standing in set:
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1      8
3      6
5      4
7      2
 
Chorus 1
1-27&2 stamp step towards one another.
3-47&2 and 5&4 stamp step towards one another.
5-67&2, 5&4 and 3&6 stamp step towards one another.
By this point 7&2 should meet in the middle (having carefully judged their steps up to this point :-) )
7-8All stamp step one quarter turn to face up.
Odds will have to do this step on the left foot, but should nevertheless be on the right foot before and after it.
All but 7&2 finish standing.
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1      8
 3    6
  5  4
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9-10Single stepping, 7&2 lead up between 5&4.
11-125,7,2&4 in a line lead up between 3&6.
13-143,5,7,2,4&6 in a line lead up between 1&8.
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15-16Odds two quarter turns right.
evens step on the spot.
 
Figure 1:Big Hugs
This figure is counted in multiples of 6 beats.
1All put right fist on right hip (including those at the ends).
2All link left arm through arm of neighbour.
3-111&8 salute and the whole line goes round (anticlockwise) an entire revolution.
127&2 unlink arms.
2,4,5&7 look right towards the centre of the new lines.
13-187&2 salute with free (left) hand.
Even line rotate clockwise back to places in line, as they were before chorus 1.
Odd line rotate clockwise back to places, but are now inverted.
19-20Look across to other line.
Lines forward to meet, shouting.
21-22Lines retire.
23-24All drop hands and spread out a little from one another.
Finish standing.
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7      8
5      6
3      4
1      2
 
Chorus 2
1-14As chorus 1, but the odd line is now inverted, so 1&2 lead.
15-16Step on the spot (all face forward).
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Figure 2:Little Hugs
1All put right fist on right hip.
21&8 put left fist on left hip.
Rest link left arm through arm of neighbour.
All look to middle of line of four.
3-7Salute at the ends.
Lines go forward around 1&2 (who turn on the spot) back to places, as they were before chorus 2.
8Unlink arms in the middle of each line (3 with 5, 4 with 6).
Turn heads in each pair to face each other.
9-14Salute with free hand.
Turn round in pairs on the spot twice, middles going forwards.
15-16Drop hands, look forwards and spread out a little from one another.
Finish standing.
 
Chorus 3
1-15As chorus 2.
16Quarter turn to face centre of line (odds right, evens left).
 
Figure 3:NFN (Normal for Norfolk)
1-12Zig-zag hey, but starting in the centre, everyone else zig-zag stepping to the side mirroring those in front until the hey reaches them.
All back turns are on odd steps and therefore on the right foot, turning anticlockwise.
13-As each person reaches the end of the line on their side (starting with 1&2) they switch to normal single stepping and curve down to meet at the bottom.
When 1&2 meet again they restart the zig-zag, going straight through without back turns and coming out the other end.
Lines then continue to lead off.
 


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