The Royal Greenwich Observatory

Set:4 couple longways.
Music:The Steamboat.
Trivia:Named after the Royal Greenwich Observatory (it has lots of stars in it) in Cambridge, which was closed down shortly after the dance was written (such is the power of the Molly!)

Original 1,2,7&8 are B's; 3,4,5&6 are A's.
 
Chorus A
A's:
1-8Star right once round, as soon as hands are dropped on 8 facing out and starting to move.
9-12Lead out slowly.
13Quarter turn to face the person you have been leading out with.
14Quarter turn to face in.
15-16Lead in to join ends of set.
While B's:
1-4Turn to face nearest end in no time and slowly lead away from middle: 1&2 lead up while 7&8 lead down.
5Quarter turn to face partner.
6Quarter turn to face B's.
7-8Lead in this direction to meet in the centre, shouting.
9-16Star right once round.
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3 1 2 4
5 7 8 6

Set is now in rotated formation.
 
Figure 1:Single Stars
A's:Finish chorus facing new partner and standing.
1-8Stand still.
While B's:
1-8Star right once round.
All:
9-16Star left in groups of 4.
 
Chorus B(Effectively chorus A with A's and B's reversed)
A's:
1-4Lead out.
5Quarter turn to face the person you have been leading out with.
6Quarter turn to face in.
7-8Lead in to meet in the centre, shouting.
9-16Star right once round.
While B's:
1-8Star right once round, facing nearest end and starting to move as soon as hands are dropped on 8.
9-12Lead up/down slowly away from set.
13Quarter turn to face partner.
14Quarter turn to face A's.
15-16Lead down/up to join ends of set
Set is now in normal formation.
 
Figure 2:Star Promenade
Take waist hold with neighbour (middles with nearest end)
1-8Star promenade right, then turn around as a couple clockwise for:
9-16Star promenade left, dropping hands and returning to places on beat 16.
 
Chorus A
Set is now in rotated formation.
 
Figure 3:Shoulder star
Form circle facing clockwise.
1-12Shoulder star right, but keep going past home place and do not drop the star or salute yet.
13-16Move the star backwards to place, dropping arms on 16 and finishing in set.
 
Chorus B
Set is now in normal formation.
Turn to face up on 16.
 
Figure 4:Cogs and Lead Off
There are no single stepping arm movements in this figure.
1-Lead up and cast off, holding out outside hand to form stars on the sides (arms stuck out on the beat, with 1&2 on beat 1, 3&4 on beat 2 etc.) without saluting – place hands firmly on wrist of next person as for normal stars but don't grab, so that people can get out quickly.
Swap stars in the order 2,1,4,3,6,5,8,7 (nominally – if someone disagrees then don't argue!) and then swap back again in the order 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (i.e. don't leave any gaps).
Take waist hold with partner when you next meet, salute and lead off (starting with 1&2).
Salutes are made on the beat in succession, with 1&2 saluting on beat 1 (beat 17), 3&4 on beat 2 (beat 18) etc.


Pluto: RGO for 16

Set:8 couple Sicillian.
Trivia:First (and so far only) danced at Towersey 2006, days after the IAU decided Pluto wasn't a planet anymore. We'd decided to push the boat out for Towersey; not content with cursing an astronomical installation, we'd targeted a whole planet with the power of Molly!

A's and B's are marked explicitly here (we've run out of digits anyway).
Instead of alternating between the set being oriented across and up & down, the set alternates between a plus (+) and a cross (X). It starts as a plus.
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     2B 1B
     2A 1A
3B 3A     8A 8B
4B 4A     7A 7B
     5A 6A
     5B 6B
 
Chorus A(Plus chorus)
A's:
1-8Right shoulder star once round, as soon as hands are dropped on 8 facing out on the diagonal and starting to move (2 with 3, 4 with 5, 6 with 7 and 8 with 1).
9-12Lead out slowly.
13Quarter turn to face the person you have been leading out with.
14Quarter turn to face in.
15-16Lead in to join ends of a x-shaped set.
While B's:
1-4Turn to face nearest end in no time and slowly lead away from middle
5Quarter turn to face partner.
6Quarter turn to face in.
7-8Lead in this direction to meet in the centre, shouting.
9-16Right shoulder star once round.
Set should now be in cross formation:
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   2A     1A
 3A  2B 1B  8A
   3B     8B
   4B     7B
 4A  5B 6B  7A
   5A     6A
 
Figure 1:Single Stars
1-8Star right once round in groups of 4, turning to face across on 8 (2A to 3A, 2B to 3B etc.)
9-16Star left.
 
Chorus B(Cross chorus)
A's:
1-4Lead out on the diagonal as before.
5Quarter turn to face the person you have been leading out with.
6Quarter turn to face in.
7-8Lead in to meet in the centre, shouting.
9-16Right shoulder star once round.
While B's:
1-8Right shoulder star once round.
9-12Lead up/down/sideways slowly away from set.
13Quarter turn to face partner.
14Quarter turn to face A's.
15-16Lead back to join ends of set
Set should now be in the starting "plus" formation. Except it goes straight into the starting formation for the next figure instead:
 
Figure 2:Star Promenade
Take waist hold with opposite (as if you were facing out of the set) and join up with a further waist hold into lines of four, with the right-hand end pointing the centre:
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           2B
           1B
           2A
           1A
4B 3B 4A 3A  7A 8A 7B 8B
           6A
           5A
           6B
           5B
1-8Star promenade right in these lines, going round as far as is sensible (probably three-quarters).
On 16, when dropping other hands, keep hold of your partner, wheel round halfway with your partner to change places (those in the middles of the line going forwards) and reform the lines facing the other way.
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           1B
           2B
           1A
           2A
3B 4B 3A 4A  8A 7A 8B 7B
           5A
           6A
           5B
           6B
9-16Star promenade left, dropping all hands and returning to places on beat 16.
 
Chorus A(Plus chorus)
Set should finish in a cross formation as before.
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   2A     1A
 3A  2B 1B  8A
   3B     8B
   4B     7B
 4A  5B 6B  7A
   5A     6A
 
Figure 3:Spiral arm galaxy
Form circle facing clockwise.
1-16Bs are currently in the middle – they continue to dance in clockwise direction, twice around the central circle.
A's are currently on the outside – they turn right and dance anti-clockwise around the set once.
 
Chorus B(Cross chorus)
Set should finish in a plus formation as before.
Turn to face nearest end (if in horizontal set, i.e. 3s, 4s, 7s and 8s) or face middle of set (if vertical, i.e. 1s, 2s, 5s and 6s) on 16.
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     2B 1B
     2A 1A
3B 3A     8A 8B
4B 4A     7A 7B
     5A 6A
     5B 6B
 
Figure 4:Cogs and Lead Off
There are no single stepping arm movements in this figure.
1-Lead around and cast off, holding out outside hand to form stars on the corners without saluting – place hands firmly on wrist of next person as for normal stars but don't grab, so that people can get out quickly.
When leaders (3B with 4B, 7B with 8B) meet they swap stars up and down the set, others follow.
There's no particular rule for who goes in front, but don't leave any gaps.
Take star approximately three quarters of the way round, swap with other leader (3B with 8B, 4B with 7B) with others following across the set.
Take waist hold with the person you first swapped with when you next meet, salute and lead off out the side of the set (starting with 3B&4B on one side and 7B&8B on the other).
Salutes are made on the beat in succession, with 1st couple saluting on beat 1 (beat 17), 2nd couple on beat 2 (beat 18) etc.
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7B 7A 6A 6B   5B 5A 4A 4B
8B 8A 1A 1B   2B 2A 3A 3B


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