Head couples join hands.
The side couples do the same:
The second part of the dance is a Moving star, something more complicated to describe than do...
If you feel you are drawing lines on the floor rather like a spirograph, you are probably getting it right. Everybody is moving all the time and and you just have to trust that, as you head to your place, your partner will also be magically heading towards it.
For the men, when you are doing the left hand turn with your partner and have made sure they are heading into their right hand star, you are naturally turning for the cast out. It is angular momentum. It just flows. Enjoy it :-)
And then once you've got the figure right, you can start throwing in some variations.
The dance lends itself to variations. It is possible, depending on the music to have deliberately short forward and back in the A1, just go one bar in and one back, then you have time to squeeze in a swing when you get back home. (Quite possible to the Chalktown tune, maybe not for others...)
An alternative is to do a right and left through (in the place of the forward and back)
In the Moving Star, in the left hand turn, instead of the man putting the woman back into the star, turn a little faster, go one-and-a-half times round and swap places. It is then the man who puts his right hand into the star and the woman does the cast round to the left.
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