- Hop on the back foot and extend your front foot heel Hop on the back foot and point your front foot to the ground by your back foot. Repeat.
- Gallop 4 steps forward round the circle in an anticlockwise direction.
- Hop on the back foot and extend your front foot heel Hop on the front foot and point your back foot to the ground by your front foot. Repeat.
- Gallop 4 steps backwards round the circle in a clockwise direction.
- Face Partner : Clap partner’s right hand 3 times, Clap partner’s left hand 3 times, Clap partner’s both hands 3 times, Slap your thighs 3 times.
- Link right arms with your partner, do a complete turn in a clockwise direction and move on to the next partner to your left
- Start the dance again.
Kolomeyka – there are loads of clips on Youtube. The dance starts with everyone in a circle, then in to the middle and out twice, followed by everyone doing their own thing in turn and showing of to the extreme!
La Marianne – Many thanks to Rob for suggesting this 3-time bouree by Frederic Paris (Melodeon player and Clarinettist from La Chavanee, Central France, also known for his playing with hurdy-gurdy player Gilles Chabernat).
Cajun in A – Really nice tune that I learned from Fiddle player, Carolyn Francis. Some Cajun one-step dancing here.
Keel Row – You could dance just about anything to this hornpipe, but with a hop-step, hop-step. Often sung. Lyrics to follow.
Gay Gordons Set – This is a very common dance at a variety of Scottish ceilidh events. Along with the strip the willow it is a must and is rarely called by the caller as it’s so common that ‘everyone’ knows it.
An Dro A Minor Dorian – This is a tune and dance from Brittany, France. It’s a very simple and hypnotic dance. Often the tune is played as a call and response, between a bombarde (stupidly loud shawm i.e. a bagpipe, without the bag) and the rest of the band.
Drops of Brandy is a good example of a slip-jig (three beats per bar, but all did-dl-y i.e. 9/8). There’s a bit of argument as to whether it’s Scottish or Irish, but either way it works extremely well for the Scottish dance – Strip the Willow, which is danced all over the world as a finishing dance for many ceilidhs. There are lots of versions of the Strip the Willow but the basic ‘strip’ figure is always the same – right to your partner and left to the sides.