A Barn Dance Repertoire

by Thomas Green

Progressions and other Technicalities

You can't call convincingly unless you're absolutely sure how the dance works, so here is an explanation of the longways progressions, which are the tricky ones.

Duple minor, single progression

First couples change places with second couples during the dance. Firsts move down, seconds move up.

1st turn of the dance (colours show the sets of two couples dancing together):

Albert
Jane (1s)
Bernard
Kath
(2s)
     
Charlie
Louise
(1s)
David
Mary
(2s)
     
Edward
Nancy
(1s)
Freddy
Olivia
(2s)

 

2nd turn of the dance - 1s have moved down, 2s have moved up, and couples reaching the end wait as inactives:

Bernard
Kath
inactive
     
Albert
Jane
(1s)
David
Mary
(2s)
     
Charlie
Louise
(1s)
Freddy
Olivia
(2s)
     
Edward
Nancy   inactive

 

3rd turn of the dance - inactive couples have changed numbers and re-entered the dance:

Bernard Kath (1s)
David Mary (2s)
     
Albert Jane (1s)
Freddy Olivia (2s)
     
Charlie Louise (1s)
Edward Nancy (2s)

To be continued - triple minor progression