Why the River Goes Crunch

Set:3 couple longways, sort of (changes orientation, starting sideways-on)
Music:The Bloody Snood (ABABAB-CDCDCD)
Trivia:The River Cam, which runs through Cambridge, is lined by Colleges down its most famous bit. While these days punting is its greatest use, it was once used for commerce by horse-drawn barges. The Colleges wouldn't allow a towpath down the side, so a gravel track was placed down the middle for horses to wade through the river itself. It's still there, and if you punt down the centre of the river, your punt pole will make a reassuring "crunch" as it hits the path -- as opposed to the less reassuring "pfft" or even "gloop" it's likely to make elsewhere...

Start off the stage / in the audience in two lines, facing the centre:
       Top
642
              135
 
Figure 1:Lead on
1-41&2 step forwards, ending right shoulder to each other.
1&2:
5Take right stomach hold.
6Salute.
7Stomach turn halfway.
8Drop hands and step forwards to end right shoulder to the next person coming towards you (1 with 3, 2 with 4).
while 3&4:
5-8Step forwards, ending right shoulder to 1&2 as above.
6      4 1
       2 3      5
Then 1,2,3&4:
9-12Take stomach hold, salute, turn halfway and drop as before.
while 5&6:
9-12Step forwards, ending right shoulder to the next person (3 with 5, 4 with 6).
      6 2 3
      4 1 5
Then everybody:
13-16Take stomach hold, salute, turn halfway and drop as before, turning right 90 degrees to face across on step 16 (as you drop).
Fall back slightly as you drop so you aren't too close together for the chorus.
      4 1 5
      6 2 3
 
Chorus:Forwards
Lines are facing each other. Each line has a "right" and a "left".
All but the person on the right end of each line start the chorus standing.
1-2Person on right end of each line (3&4) Stamp step, turning 90 degrees to the right.
3-4Person in middle of each line (1&2) do the same.
5-6Person on left end of each line (5&6) do the same.
7-8All stamp turn 90 degrees to the right. Both lines are now facing away from each other.
9-12Everyone Sidestep right and left.
13-16Using single step, turn on the spot once and a half to the right to end facing back into the set.
Everyone finishes where they started the chorus.
 
Figure 2:Polka
Ends:
1-8Polka round to place, around the middles.
While middles:
1-2Wait.
3-8three-quarter polka turn on the spot (don't drop hands as it carries on).
Everybody:
9-16Ends chase three quarters around the outside of the set, always passing right shoulder.
Middles continue to whole polka turn on the spot.
This rotates the set, to finish:
       5 4
       1 2
       3 6
 
Chorus:Forwards
Same as before but on the other orientation.
 
Figure 3:Waters of Holland
1Right end of lines (currently 3&4) step on the spot.
Everyone else change places with the person on the right diagonal (currently 6&1, 2&5).
2Right ends step on the spot again.
Others back turn to face across the set.
3Everyone change places with the person in front of the, passing left shoulder.
4Everyone back turn.
       4 2
       5 6
       1 3
5-16Repeat three more times.
This figure leaves you in pretty random places:
       3 1
       6 5
       2 4
 
Chorus:Forwards
As before from new places
 
Figure 4:Hinge Figure
The music stops for this figure – done to the sound of the stepping only.
Ends:
1Step forwards left shoulder to left shoulder with the person in front.
2Step on the spot.
3Step forward to the next corner of a square.
4Turn one quarter to face the next person around the square.
While middles:
1-4Step past each other, passing left shoulders, out through the other side of the set, then loop to the right round the set one quarter and come in through the side to face the other middle person again.
The set should now be rotated again, but as close to a square as possible:
      1 5 3

      4 6 2
5-16Repeat three more times.
This figure leaves you back where you started:
       3 1
       6 5
       2 4
 
Chorus:Reverse
Now the dance starts going backwards, and the choruses start going (mostly) backwards.
You need to think hard here, but the music changes to the second half of the tune to help.
1-4Using single step, turn on the spot once and a half to the right to end facing away from the centre of the set.
5-8Everyone Sidestep right and left.
All but the person on the right end of each line (see below) finish standing.
9-10Person on right end of each line as viewed from where you are now facing (3&4) Stamp step, turning 90 degrees to the right.
11-12Person in middle of each line (5&6) do the same.
13-14Person on left end of each line (1&2) do the same.
15-16All stamp turn 90 degrees to the right. Both lines are now facing each other.
Everyone finishes where they started the chorus.
 
Figure 5:Waters of Holland
As before from new places
       2 6
       4 3
       5 1
 
Chorus:Reverse
As before from new places
 
Figure 6:Polka
As before from new places
This rotates the set back again, to finish:
      5 3 1
      2 4 6
 
Chorus:Reverse
As before except
15-16All Stamp step, stepping sideways to the right to stand next to your current partner, right shoulder to right shoulder.
Everyone is now facing in two lines, one behind 1, the other behind 2.
 
Figure 7:Lead off
Similar to the lead on, in reverse
1-4Take stomach hold, salute, turn halfway and drop, moving on to the next person.
       2 4 6
     5 3 1
5-85 and 6 lead off.
Others (1 with 4, 2 with 3) repeat previous move.
        3 1     6
5     2 4
9-121 and 2 lead off.
3 and 4 repeat previous move.
         4     16
52     3
13-163 and 4 lead off.
Ends all out of sight.
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523
 


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