The Ultimate Molly Dance

Set:4 couple longways.
Orientation:Top should be orientated away from the audience.
Music:Smash the Windows.
Trivia:The figures are loosely based on traditional Feast/Molly dances of the same names (as collected by Cyril Papworth), all of which share a similar form. Some liberty has been taken to make them in keeping with our style of dancing.

Only 1,2,3&4 are on stage to start.
. 5,6,7&8 should be in the audience and can mingle, chat and generally be as unnoticeable as Molly dancers can ever be.
Dancers should be standing when not doing anything else (of course!)
 
Figure 1:Cross Hand Polka
Note that only 1,2,3&4 are on stage to start.
1-41&4 arm turn right once round in 4 steps.
5-81&4 arm turn left once round in 4 steps.
9-162&3 do the same.
 
Lead down:1&2 pick up 5&6
1&2:
1Step in to meet.
2Quarter turn to face down.
3-7Lead down to meet 5&6.
8Quarter turn to face one another.
9Quarter turn again to face up.
5&6 start stepping.
1,2,5&6:
10-14Lead up to positions in longways set.
15Quarter turn to face partner.
16Fall back into place.
 
Polka change
1-161,2,3&4 polka change.
 
Figure 2:6 Hand Reel
1&2 (in middle place):
1-8Cross over through 3&4 (in top place) and cast down to start figures of eight on the sides, finishing in partner's place.
There is no strong rule regarding who goes first -- good old partner interaction is required.
9-16Repeat to get home.
 
Lead down:1&2 pick up 7&8
As before.
Top
3 4
1 2
5 6
7 8
 
Polka change
1-161,2,5&6 polka change.
 
Figure 3:Gypsies in the Wood
1-8Shoulder star right in groups of four at each end.
9-16Shoulder star left.
 
Lead down:3&4 and 1&2 go down
No-one left to pick up, but 3&4 join in doing what 1&2 have been doing all along.
 
Polka change
1-16Polka change in fours at each end.
Top
5 6
3 4
7 8
1 2
 
Figure 4:Birds a Building
1-8Circular hey in the middle (3,4,7&8).
9-16Circular hey in fours at each end.
Finish with a hoy, all facing down.
 
Leading off
1&2 lead the set off as it is.


The Ultimate Molly Dance for 6

Set:3 couple longways.
Orientation:Top should be orientated away from the audience.
Music:Smash the Windows.

As before, only 1,2,3&4 are on stage to start.
5&6 should be in the audience.
 
Figure 1:Cross Hand Polka
As before.
 
Lead down:1&2 pick up 5&6
As before.
 
Polka change
1-161,2,3&4 polka change at the top as before.
 
Figure 2:6 Hand Reel
As before.
 
Lead down:1&2 go down
On their own this time.
 
Polka change
1-161,2,5&6 polka change at the bottom as before.
 
Figure 3:Gypsies in the Wood
1-8Current middle couple (5&6) go right.
Shoulder star right in these groups of three at each end.
9-16Shoulder star left (middles stay at the same end).
 
Lead down:3&4 and 1&2 go down
As before.
 
Polka change
1-163,4,5&6 polka change at the top.
Top
5 6
3 4
1 2
 
Figure 4:Birds a Building
1Cross giving right shoulders to opposite side of the set.
2Middles quarter turn right.
Ends quarter turn to face middle person.
3Those that can, change places giving left shoulders.
Others step on the spot.
4All quarter turn to face across.
5-16Repeat 1-4 three more times.
Finish with a hoy, all facing down.
 
Leading off
As before.


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