A circle and partner changing dance, lots of chasséing back and forth, some clapping and a nice bit of swing.
Find a partner, find a place in a 'large circle' forming up in the room. The men will be on the inside the of the circle and the ladies will be standing on the outside. Or, to put it another way, if you are standing on the inside of the circle looking out you are dancing the men's role, and if you are on the outside looking in you are dancing the woman's role.
You face your partner and take two hands with them. The dance starts with you together slipping 4 steps anticlockwise round the circle.
In an eCeilidh the music is likely to be a bit lumpy so you are not sliding gracefully, or doing a crabwise walk, there will be a
rhythm with you taking larger steps sideways on the one, two, three etc. The four comes with a little kick of the heel as you are going to be changing direction and going 4 steps back...
As always with these descriptions, don't worry about them too much, when you are there dancing, it's likely to 'just happen'. The good bit about this dance is that you have a chance with a series of different partners (it's a mixer⬀) and can pick it up as you go.
Stop, face each other and...
No reason for the feet to stay rooted to the floor while doing all this; you don't have to stop dancing when you start clapping. Try drawing step back with the right foot and then stepping forward when you clap right, drawing back and stepping forward with the left when you clap left.
If you are doing 'elbow turns' there's a temptation to grab too hard, particularly with your thumb. Avoid this! you'll know exactly why when someone does it to you. Best make the whole movement more relaxed and looser...
If there's a motto for English Ceilidh, Folk Dance, Barn Dance etc it's there's more than one way of doing it... and more than one name for it when you are doing it. In this instance the dance appears in Colin Hume's collection with the men on the outside
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