Sorting Hat

Set:5 person X
Music:The Morning Star
Trivia:Originally called Little Yarmouth because it started life in Great Yarmouth. Later renamed after the talking hat in Harry Potter. Later intermittently renamed again (when the Harry Potter references were getting a bit old) in honour of the footpath crossroads in the middle of Parker's Piece in Cambridge, where the University and Town are said to meet. Yup, we're confused too.

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1   4
  2
5   3
Figure 1:Single Heys
Stand when not moving.
1-41,2,3 half hey, 1&2 crossing right shoulder to begin.
5-85,2,4 half hey, 2&5 crossing right shoulder to begin.
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3   5
  2
4   1
9-121,2,3 half hey, 1&2 crossing right shoulder to begin.
13-165,2,4 half hey, 2&5 crossing right shoulder to begin.
1,3 start single stepping again on beat 15 and all turn (1 back turning) on step 16 ready for Chorus 1.
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1   4
  2
5   3
 
Chorus 1
2 faces 1's position. Everyone else faces the same way.
Step on the spot when not moving.
1-21,2,3 step forward one place.
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  2   4
    3
  5
3Step on the spot.
4All quarter turn right (facing direction of 4).
5-64,3,5 step forward one place.
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1       4
  2   3
    5
7Step on the spot.
8All quarter turn right (facing away from direction of 1).
9-105,2,1 step forward one place.
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        4
  1   3
    2
      5
11Step on the spot.
12All quarter turn right (facing away from direction of 4).
13-142,3,4 step forward one place.
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1   4
  3
2   5
15Step on the spot.
161&4 and 2&5 meet taking waist hold and face 3.
3 faces 1&4.
 
Figure 2:Double Heys
Number 3 (new middle):
1-8Full hey, starting passing 1&4 right shoulder.
While everyone else (1&4 and 2&5 starting in waist hold):
1-4Half hey.
1&4 and 2&5 lead out to the right hand side (passing left shoulders) to pass, then dance backwards into the opposite place.
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51&4 and 2&5 meet.
6Drop waist hold.
4,2 quarter turn left and 1,5 quarter turn right to face the nearest side.
7Step out to the side.
8Half turn (turning in) and take waist hold on the sides (1&2 and 5&4).
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5  3  2
4     1
Number 3:
9-16Full hey, starting passing 5&4 left shoulder.
While everyone else (1&2 and 5&4 starting in waist hold):
9-12Half hey.
Lead out to the left hand side (passing right shoulders) to pass as before, then dance backwards into the opposite place.
131&2 and 5&4 meet.
14Drop waist hold.
Face in to the middle.
15Step straight backwards into place (where you started the figure).
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1   4
  3
2   5
16Turn to face 2's position ready for Chorus 2.
 
Chorus 2
As Chorus 1, but starting facing in the direction of number 2, except:
164 (new middle) turn to face down.
Everyone else turn to face the middle.
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1   5
  4
2   3
 
Figure 3:Stars
Stand when not moving
1-44,2,3 star right in 4 steps.
5-84,1,2 star left in 4 steps (4 leads into this).
9-124,5,1 star right in 4 steps (1 leads into this).
13-164,3,5 star left in 4 steps (4 leads into this).
1,2 start single stepping again on step 15 and all turn to face direction of 3 on step 16 ready for Chorus 3.
 
Chorus 3
As Chorus 1, but starting facing in the direction of number 3, except:
161 (new middle) turn to face up.
Everyone else turn to face the middle.
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5   4
  1
2   3
 
Figure 4:Cloverleaf (the Big Crunch)
Number 1 (new middle):
1-4Lead out between 5 and 4, go round the outside of the set to the right one quarter and come back in through the side.
While everyone else:
1Step into the centre (with audible enthusiasm).
2Quarter turn right.
3Step out into the next corner.
4Back turn to face the centre again.
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4   3
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5   2
All:
5-16Repeat 1-4 three more times back to original positions. 1 will go through the middle and round the same person each time. Turn to face direction of 4 on step 16 ready for Chorus 4.
 
Chorus 4
As Chorus 1, but starting facing in the direction of number 4, except:
162 (new/original middle) turn to face up and stop.
Everyone else turn to face the middle.
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1   4
  2
5   3
 
Figure 5:The Magic Circle
2 (middle person) stands still throughout.
Everyone else:
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 around 2.
5-11In this shoulder ring, circle left around 2 twice.
12Drop hands and turn left to face back out to original place.
13-16Step out to place.
It is imperative to try to keep an eye on the other people leading out to maintain the shape of the set.
All (including 2) finish with a hoy.
If 2 has a suitable hat he/she can lift it in the air on the hoy.
No lead off; wait until you get the signal from the musicians and walk straight out into audience in the direction you're facing.
 


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