Stamp Strangely

Set:3 couple longways.
Music:Jack Pudding.
Trivia:Based on Step Stately, a 17th century Playford dance.

Start facing up.
 
Introduction:All Up
1Lead up.
2Quarter turn to face partner.
3Cross right shoulders with partner.
4Place hands on shoulders of people to either side to form two lines.
5-8Ends salute with free hand.
Each line rotates three quarters (1&2 moving forwards, 5&6 backwards) to form a single line facing up.
1&2 join shoulders on 8.
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6 4 2 1 3 5
9Lead up.
10Step on the spot.
11Fall back.
12Evens quarter turn right, odds quarter turn left to face centre of line.
13-16Dance straight to original places, lines crossing right shoulder and turning the easy way (odds left and evens right).
1&2 finish facing up for next figure; rest finish facing partner and standing.
 
Figure 1:Tops Up
Stay standing still until needed.
1&2 only:
1Lead up.
2Quarter turn to face partner.
3Quarter turn to face down.
4Lead down to original place.
1,2,3&4 only:
5-7Take hands as for a right hand star and salute at the same time, taking the star round in 3 steps and moving immediately.
8Drop hands and face partner back in set.
All:
9-121,2,3&4 half polka round while 5&6 half polka turn on the spot.
13-163&4 half polka turn on the spot while 1,2,5&6 half polka round.
 
Repeat whole figure twice more from new positions.
 
Figure 2:Cross Cast Cross
1&2:
1Cross right shoulders with partner.
2-3Cast to second place.
4Cross right shoulders with partner again to join line on each side of set, facing out.
While 3&4:
1Step on the spot.
2Quarter turn to face up.
3Lead up into first place.
4Quarter turn to face out.
While 5&6:
1Step on the spot.
2Quarter turn to face down.
3Step on the spot.
4Quarter turn to face out.
All:
5Lead out.
6Quarter turn to face up (history: originally down).
7Quarter turn to face in.
8Step on the spot (history: originally lead in - this has more impact).
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3 4
1 2
5 6
9-16("Ends cross and cast down").
1&2 meet, turn to face up on beat 10 and lead up to first place.
3&4 cross right shoulders in front of 1&2 and cast to second place.
5&6 cross right shoulders, tight loop down and face up.
Everyone should now be facing up.
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1 2
4 3
6 5
("Invert the set and star halfway at the top").
1&2 cast to bottom of set, making it wide to take up all the music.
3&4 follow 1&2 through first place, cast back into second place and star right half way with 5&6.
5&6 follow 3&4 into first place and star right half way with them.
No saluting or waiting on the spot in the star - it's tight enough already!
 
Repeat whole figure twice more from new positions.
 
Finale:All Up
except:
12Step on the spot.
13Lead up.
14Step on the spot.
15-16Break line and charge into audience.


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