A Barn Dance Repertoire
by Thomas Green
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Circassian Circle

Big circle
Difficulty:  1
Style:  English

A1: All join hands and go into the middle 4 steps and out 4 steps, twice.
A2: Women go into middle, clap, and come back out; men do the same, turning to face partner as they come out.
B1: All swing with partner, ending facing round the dance.
B2: Promenade 8 steps anticlockwise.

If you want to make the dance progressive, in A2 the men go in, turn left come out and swing their original neighbour.  Or you can tell them to swing someone on the other side of the circle.  Or have the men go in first and then the women swing someone on the other side of the circle.  It's best to finish with "Men go in, find your original partner to swing".

Music:  32-bar jigs or reels