Square dances written by

Geof Owen  
Folk Dance Caller and Choreographer

 
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  Name
All Star Cast
© Geof Owen 2003
  Date written 2003
Format Square set
Note 1st & 3rd times through
A1 1-4 Head men lead to side couple on their left for a three hand left hand star.
5-8 Head men give right hands and pull by, go through other side couple (the one they did not dance the star with) and cast left into each other’s places.
A2 1-4 Side men lead to head couple on their left for a three hand left hand star.
5-8 Side men give right hands and pull by, go through other head couple (the one they did not dance the star with) and cast left into each other’s places.
B1 1-4 All four ladies half a right hand star as men cast one place to their left (clockwise) and turn new partner left hand.
5-8 Do-si-do new partner one and a half.
B2  1-4 Meet original partner and swing.
5-8 Promenade home to original place.
Notes first published in a Lead a Merry dance
  Suggested Tunes Twenty-five Years for Cook on “Cumbriana Jones” by Cumbrian Gap
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  Name
Byzantium
© Geof Owen 1996
  Date written 1996
Format Square set
Note start with ladies in the middle facing partners
A1 1-4 All set right and left to partner and right hand turn all the way
5-8 All four ladies left hand star
A2 1-4 All do-si-do partner 1 ½ (need to hurry this)
5-8 All promenade half way
B1 1-4 All four ladies chain across and finish in the square facing partner
5-8 Everyone look to their left to the next couple and give right hand to person of opposite sex, pull by and turn partner to leave lady in the square.
B2  1-4 Head couples poussette round each other, back to place
5-8 Side couples poussette round each other back to place
Notes each couple should have moved one place anti-clockwise round the set
Originally published in Saddlers’ Salad
  Suggested Tunes The Skate on “On Keilder Side” CD by Kathryn Tickell (4 x 32 bars)
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  Name
Cartwheel Square
© Geof Owen 2007
   
  Date written 2007
Format Square set
Sequance Chorus, Figure led by heads x 2, Chorus, Figure led by sides x 2, Chorus
Chorus  
A1 Grand Diamond (A1 & A2)
1-8
Face corner and cross right shoulder. Lead in the one you meet. Hands eight, circle left half way and fall back..
A2 1-8 Face corner (men face right, ladies face left) and cross right shoulder. Lead in the one you meet (your original partner). Hands eight, circle left half way and fall back to place
B1 1-8 All four ladies chain
B2  1-8 Promenade the square
Figure  
A1 1-4

Head couples forward to meet, circle left half way and fall back.
5-8 Side couples forward to meet, circle left half way and fall back.
A2 1-4 All face partner and make two changes of grand chain starting with left hand.
5-8 Men star left ¾.
B1 1-4 Head couples forward to meet and retire.
5-8 Head couples right and left through (2 changes).
B2 1-4 Side couples forward to meet and retire.
5-8 Side couples right and left through (2 changes).
Notes  
  Suggested Tunes Thyme on my hands on “Face the Music” CD or tape by Two’s Company (7 x 32 bars)
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  Name
Corn Circles
© Geof Owen 1998
  Date written 1998
Format Square set
A1 1-4 First couple divide, go outside set and finish either side of third couple forming line of four facing up
5-8 Line of four leads up to first place, dancers turn single to face down
B1 1-4 First man and third lady go to fourth couple whilst third man and first lady go to second couple, in fours circle left half way
5-8 Fourth and second couples lead to middle to meet. Fourth man and second lady lead up to first place whilst second man and fourth lady lead down to third place (inside couples lead to middle and take new partner to nearest head place)
C 1-4 All to the middle and back
5-8 Circle eight half way
1-4 All four ladies chain across
5-8 Head couples cross and two hand turn half way
Notes first published in "A Final Helping of Sadler‘s salad"
  Suggested Tunes Huckleberry Hornpipe:Arden Folk
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  Name
Diamond Mine
© Geof Owen 2017
   
  Date written 2017
Format Square - 5 couples; diamond formation for outer 4 couples
A1 1-4 Middle couple do handy-hand stars with top two couples (man left, lady right).
5-8 Middle couple half a figure of eight through the top two couples, starting by going between the two couples and round each couple.
A2 1-4 Middle couple do handy-hand stars with bottom two couples (man left, lady right).
5-8 Middle couple half a figure of eight through the bottom two couples (as in A1 5-8).
B1 1-4 All do-si-do partner.
5-8 All set and turn single.
B2  1-8 Promenade progression with middle couple starting by changing with top right couple. Each couple change with next couple clockwise round the diamond passing left shoulders to start.
Notes first published on this web site 2017
  Suggested Tunes Kitchen Girl: Best of Irish Fiddle Tunes-Florie Brown
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  Name
Diamonds for Weoley Hill
© Geof Owen 2007
  In early 2007, I was asked to write a dance to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Weoley Hill FDC (Birmingham) and came up with Diamonds for Weoley Hill.
  Date written 2007
Format Square set
Sequance Sequence – Chorus, Figure led by heads x 2, Chorus, Figure led by sides x 2, Chorus
Chorus Grand Diamond (A1 & A2)
A1 1-2
All face corner, pass right shoulder to change places
3-4 Lead in with person you meet.
5-6 Hands eight, circle left half way.
7-8 Men fall back with left hand lady
A2 Repeat A1.

In bars 7-8 fall back with partner. All back home.

(In bars 1-2 dancers are improper so men will go to their right while ladies go to their left to meet their corner)
B1 All four ladies chain.
B2  All promenade the square.
Figure  
A1 1-4

Heads/Sides separate and join nearest side/head couple, star right.
5-8 Hands four, circle right opening out into line facing across/up and down with side/head couples in the middle.
A2 1-2 Lines go forward to meet. .
3-4 In fours, circle left half way.
5-8 Hands eight, circle left half way and reform square
B1 1-4 Starting with current partner, two changes of a grand chain to meet partner.
5-8 Side/head couples right and left through.
B2 1-3 Men right hand star ¾.
4-8 All promenade to man’s place.
Notes Ladies progress one place clockwise in each turn of the dance
  Suggested Tunes Thyme on my hands on “Face the Music” CD or tape by Two’s Company (7 x 32 bars)
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Name
Fleeting Visit
© Geof Owen 1998
  Date written 1998
Format Square set
A1 1-4 First couple swing to second couple
5-8 First and second couples circle left all the way
A2 1-4 First man swings second lady to third place, first lady joins second man
5-8 First man and partner circle left with third couple
B1 1-4 First man swings third lady to fourth couple, second lady joins third man
5-8 First man and partner circle left with fourth couple
B2  1-4 First man swings fourth lady to first place, third lady joins fourth man
5-8 All set to new partner and turn single
1-4 Head couples face right, side couples face left, two changes of circular hey and stay facing
5-8 In fours, two chasse steps to centre and middle couples right and left through starting with opposite
1-4 Swing partners (lady on left or opposite), finish with lady on the right
5-8 Circle left (hurry) to progressed places, second couple now in first place
Notes first published in "A Final Helping of Sadler‘s salad"
  Suggested Tunes 48 Bar reel
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  Name
Groombridge Gardens
© Geof Owen 1997
  Date written 1997
Format Square set
A1 1-4 Allemande left your corner
5-8 Do-si-do partner
A2 1-4 Partners face, grand chain half way to meet partner
5-8 All four ladies chain across
B1 1-4 Complete the grand chain (men are back to place)
5-8 All four ladies chain across
B2  1-4 Promenade one place anti-clockwise, set right and left
5-8 All right hand turn partner
Notes first published in "A Second Helping of Sadler‘s"
  Suggested Tunes Fanny Sulyard’s Delight on “Blackburne Tunes” by Stowfolk
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  Name
The Fingerpost
© Geof Owen 2008
   
  Date written 2008
Format Square
A1 1-4 All lead in a double and fall back.
5-8 Men turn left hand lady by the left hand.
A2 1-2 Head couples lead in to meet.
3-4 Head couples right hand star half way.
5-6 With nearest side couple (1m+3l with 2nd couple; 1l+3m with 4th couple) star left half way
7-8 Original side dancers fall back to nearest head places (4m+2l to 1st place and 4l+2m to 3rd place)
B1 1-4 All lead in a double and fall back.
5-8 Men turn left hand lady by the left hand.
B2 1-2 Current side couples lead in to meet.
3-4 Current side couples right hand star half way.
5-6 With nearest head couples (4m+2l with 3rd couple; 4l+2m with 1st couple) star left half way.
7-8 Head couples fall back to nearest head places (3rd couple to 1st place and 1st couple to third places.
C1 1-4 Ladies star left ¾.
5-8 All set to new partner and turn single.
C2 1-4 All cross hand turn partner.
5-8 All promenade to man’s place.
Notes  
  Suggested Tunes Arlington Assembly on “Red Star Line” CD by A Joyful Noise (4 x 48 bars)
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  Name
The Persian Carpet
© Geof Owen 2008
   
  Date written 2008
Format Square set + one in the middle
A1 1-4
First couple lead to singleton (4 steps). They set to each other as remaining couples set to partner.
5-8 First couple and singleton right hand star while other couples right hand turn. First couple fall back to place.
A2 1-4 Second couple lead to singleton (4 steps). They set to each other as remaining couples set to partner.
5-8 Second couple and singleton left hand star while other couples left hand turn. Second couple fall back to place.
B1 1-4 Third couple lead to singleton (4 steps). They set to each other as remaining couples set to partner.
5-8 Third couple and singleton circle left while other couples two hand turn. Third couple fall back to place.
B2 1-4 Fourth couple lead to singleton (4 steps). They set to each other as remaining couples set to partner.
5-8 Fourth couple and singleton circle right while other couples reverse two hand turn. Fourth couple fall back to place.
C11-4 Singleton right hand star with first couple. As star turns, first lady (man) goes to second couple.
5-8 First lady (man) right hand star with second couple. As star turns, second lady (man) goes to third couple.
C2 1-4 Second lady (man) right hand star with third couple. As star turns, third lady (man) goes to fourth couple.
5-8 Third lady (man) right hand star with fourth couple. As star turns, fourth lady (man) goes to centre of square.
Notes Dance is written assuming singleton is a lady. If it is a man then in C1 & C2 the man from each couple moves to next couple.
  Suggested Tunes Tinner's Way on "Hilary's Humours Vol 2" by Keeping Time (5 x 48 bars)
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  Name
Pretty Bricks
© Geof Owen 2015
  Date written 2015
Format Square set
A1 1-4 Head men go to your right hand lady (side lady) and swing. Finish in lines of three facing into the square with the head men in the middle.
5-8 Lines of three lead in and turn single right.
A2 1-8 End people on lines of three go to their nearest head lady and circle left finishing in lines of three facing into the square with head lady in the middle while two men (1st & 3rd) lead in, set, two hand turn half way and fall back.
B1 1-4 Hands eight and circle left half way.
5-8 Men swing your nearest lady.
B2  1-8 All promenade, ladies cast back to partner behind. All finish one place further anticlockwise round the square. (1st couple will be in 2nd couple's place and so on.)
Dance 4 times through, head men leading each time.
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  Name
Quadrangle Meeting
© Geof Owen 2003
  Date written 2003
Format Square set
A1 1-4 All set to partner, right and left and swing.
5-8 All set to corner, right and left and swing. Finish with lady on the right and on the corners of the square.
A2 1-4 Ladies chain across
5-8 All set to corner and swing. Finish progressed one place clockwise.
B1 1-4 Head couples (original second and fourth couples) left hand star half way.
5-8 Side couples (original first and third couples) right hand star half way.
B2 1-4 All do-si-do partner.
5-8 Face partner and grand chain until you meet partner.
Notes first published in a Lead a Merry dance
  Suggested Tunes Musical Pairs on “Cumbriana Jones” by Cumbrian Gap
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  Name
Rush Hall Manor
© Geof Owen 1996
  Date written 1996
Format Square set
Note start with ladies in the middle facing partners
A1 1-4 Head couples to centre, meet and turn to face side couples (backs to partner)
5-8 Lead out to side couples
9-12 In fours, circle left half way
A2 1-4 Side couples (inside couples) turn singly and lead to centre
5-8 Side couples circle left half way
9-12 Side couples fall back to head places
B1 1-8 All take inside hands with partner,
men form left hand star taking partners with them
9-16 Ladies cast to the right taking partners with them and back into centre
17-24 Form right hand star and turn it all the way round, fall back to place
Notes Originally published in Saddlers’ Salad
  Suggested Tunes Sellinger’s Round on “The Merry Milkmaid” CD by City Waites (4 x 48 bars)
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  Name
Send Reinforcements
© Geof Owen 2001
  Date written 2001
Format Square set for eight couples, In groups of two couples on each side of the square, head couples facing up and down and side couple facing across, each facing the other couple
A1 1-4 In fours, do-si-do neighbour.
5-8 In same fours, right hand star.
A2 1-4 Head couples hey for four across the set passing right shoulder with neighbour while side couples, in fours, circle left and back right.
B1 1-4 Set to partner and pass through with neighbour
5-8 Circle left with couple you meet.
B2 1-4 Set to opposite couple and pass through.
5-8 In new fours, star right and finish facing in and out of square.
Notes first published in "Step This Way"
  Suggested Tunes *Castleton Garland*Folk Music of England*The Yetties*
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  Name
Short Back and Sides
© Geof Owen 2003
  Date written 2003
Format Square set
A1 1-8 Head couples lead to meet, ladies give right hands to nearest side couple for a right hand star while men do-si-do one and a half. Head couples pick up partner and lead to each other’s head place, California twirl to finish proper.
A2 1-4 Side couples lead to meet, ladies give right hands to nearest head couple for a right hand star while men do-si-do one and a half. Head couples pick up partner and lead to each other’s side place, California twirl to finish proper.
B1 1-4 Men swing corner ladies and finish with ladies on their right.
5-8 Join hands in a circle and go into the middle and back
B2 1-4 Men swing new corner ladies and finish with ladies on their right
5-8 All four ladies chain across
Notes first published in a Lead a Merry dance
  Suggested Tunes Montgomery’s Rant on “Scottish Selection” ? Compilation
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  Name
Speckled Hen
© Geof Owen 2015
  Date written 2015
Format Square set
A1 1-4 Head couples lead forward to meet and back.
5-8 Head couples lead forward to meet and set.
A2 1-4 Head couples circle left 3/4 and pass through to meet side couples.
5-8 Back to back with the person you are facing.
B1 1-8 Double figures of eight with the outside couples crossing between the inside couples as the inside couple cast.
B2  1-4 In fours circle left half way and turn single left.
5-8 Inside couples pass through outside couples, separate and cast to head places to meet new partner.
C1  1-4 All set and swing current partner.
5-8 All join hands and go into the middle and back.
Notes first published on this web site 2015
  Suggested Tunes Four in a Row - Sold as Heard - Stowfolk
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  Name
Stars and Stripes
© Geof Owen 2003
  Date written 2003
Format Square set
A1 1-4 Men left hand star.
5-8 Ladies right hand star.
A2 1-4 Head couples forward for do-si-do and pick up corner dancer before falling back to form head lines.
5-8 Lines forward to meet, cross over and turn to face
B1 1-4 In fours, half a right hand star on the ends, half a left hand star in the middle.
5-8 join hands in fours with ends open, end men (first and third) trail their four into side lines on their own side.
B2 1-4 Lines forward to meet and all swing corner dancer (men swing left hand lady) and finish proper falling back into square formation.
5-8 Face partner and grand chain half way (everybody is back home).
Notes first published in a Lead a Merry dance
  Suggested Tunes Boston Two Step on “West Coast and Beyond” by Alasdair MacCuish
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  Name
The Old Square
© Geof Owen 1996
  Date written 1996
Format Square set
Note each couple take it in turn to lead the dance with second couple joining first and third couples for stars and so on.
1. 1s to nearest side for stars, 1s lead to 3s and circle, 3s arch
2. 2s to nearest head for stars, 2s lead to 4s and circle, 4s arch
3. 3s to nearest side for stars, 3s lead to 1s and circle, 1s arch
4. 4s to nearest head for stars, 4s lead to 2s and circle, 2s arch
A1 1-4 Allemande left on the corner
5-8 Do-si-do partner
A2 1-4 First man joins fourth couple for left hand star,
while first lady joins second couple for right hand star
5-8 First couple join inside hands and circle left with third couple
B1 1-4 Third couple arch, first couple go through and separate and go round outside of set back to place
5-8 Partners take left hands and turn as a couple, men backwards, ladies forwards
B2 1-8 All four ladies chain across and back
Notes Originally published in Saddlers’ Salad
  Suggested Tunes Easter Chick on “Sold As Heard” CD by Stowfolk (4 x 32 bars)
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  Name
Taking Sides
© Geof Owen 1999
  Date written 1999
Format Double Square (Two couples on each side of the square)
A1 1-4 Head couples forward to meet and retire
5-8 Side couples forward to meet and retire
A2 1-8 All face partner and reel for four on each side of square. Start by passing right shoulder
B1 1-8 Circle 16 to the left and back to the right
B2 1-4 Head couples right and left through with couple opposite to change places
5-8 Side couples right and left through with couple opposite to change places
C1 1-4 Corner couples circle four, left half way to change places
5-8 Swing partner and change on the side with adjacent couple
C2 1-4 Head couples forward to meet and, with opposite couple, star left half way and fall back
5-8 Side couples forward to meet and, with opposite couple, star left half way and fall back
Notes Left hand couples on each side progress two places anti-clockwise in each turn of the dance. Right hand couples on each side progress two places clockwise in each turn of the dance.
Notes first published in "Step This Way"
  Suggested Tunes *Sprigs of Heather*Sold as Heard*Stowfolk*
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  Name
Tretor Revisited
© Geof Owen 2003
  Date written 2003
Format Square set
  Figure 1
A1 1-4 Join hands in a circle and circle right eight steps
5-8 Circle back left and fall back into square formation
A2 1-4 Head couples forward to meet and cross with “Hole in the Wall” crossing
5-8 Side couples forward to meet and cross with “Hole in the Wall” crossing
B1 1-4 Head couples set coming forward to meet, clap with opposite: together, right, together, left
5-8 Right and left through and fall back to original places
B2 1-4 Side couples set coming forward to meet, clap with opposite: together, right, together, left
5-8 Right and left through and fall back to original places
  Figure 2
A1 1-4 Promenade anticlockwise for eight steps
5-8 Turn in to face back and promenade eight steps back into square formation
  Repeat A2, B1 & B2 above
  Figure 3
A1 1-8 Join hands in a circle and go into the middle and back twice
  Repeat A2, B1 & B2 above
Notes Interpretation of a Danish dance called Tretor; Originally published in a Lead a Merry dance
  Suggested Tunes Miss Lloyd’s Dance on “The Blackburne Tunes” by Stowfolk by Stowfolk
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Name
The Village Square
© Geof Owen 2016
 Date written 2016
Format Square set
A1 1-4 All four ladies chain across.
5-8 Head couples right and left through.
A2 1-4 All four ladies chain across.
5-8 Side couples right and left through.
B1 1-4 Head couples lead to meet and circle left halfway.
5-8 Head couples turn single to face side couples making lines of four across the room. In fours circle left halfway
B2 1-4 Ends swing current partner (1M+3L & 3M+1L).
Middles swing current neighbour (2M+4L & 4M+2L) moving to head positions.
5-8 All do-si-do corner.
C1 1-4 All do-is-do partner.
5-8 All four ladies flutterwheel.
C2 1-4 All two hand turn your partner.
5-8 All set and turn single.
Notes first published on this web site 2016
Suggested Tunes Persian Dance - Joanna - The Bismarks
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  Name
Weaver’s Cross
© Geof Owen 2001
Tune: 4 x 32bars
  Date written 2001
Format Square set
diagram
Note  
A1 1-4 All couples into the middle and back.
5-8 Head couples face right, side couples face left, right and left through and stay facing. Couples are now on the diagonal
diagram
A2 1-8 Partners face and hey for four in two diagonal lines. Face out
B1 1-4 Lines form circles (1st couple with 4th couple & 2nd couple with 3rd couple).

Circle right ¾ and finish on opposite diagonal with second and forth couples in the middle.
diagram
5-8 Set to partner and poussette out to progressed position, men pushing, all couples improper.

(1st couple to 2nd couple’s place etc)
diagram
  All two hand turn half way.
B2 1-8 All four ladies chain across and back
Notes Originally published in Footnotes
  Suggested Tunes Major Malley’s Reel on The Dance at the Phoenix by The Mellstock Band*
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