A Barn Dance Repertoire
by Thomas Green
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English Gay Gordons

Also known as  La Chapelloise, Progressive Gay Gordons, etc.
Big circle
Difficulty:  1
Style:  English
Couple behind couple all facing anticlockwise, men on the inside of the circle, inside hands joined.

A: Ballroom direction, inside hand, 4 steps forwards; turn in and change hands, 4 steps backwards.  Four forwards, turn, 4 steps backwards.
B: Balance together, apart; pass the lady across.  Balance together, apart; make arch, lady turns under, man steps forward and left to receive new lady.

Colin says   I get down and dance this with the crowd.  When I say "4 steps backwards", most of them go forwards and there is general chaos.  Then I say loudly "backwards"!  This always gets a laugh.

I like to do it with marches first, starting with "Scotland the Brave" but not running it for too long.  Then I say "You're doing this really well - how about a few more turns without me calling it?" and we repeat it to Scottish jigs.  In the link you'll see the French version - much faster and interminable!

Make sure you tell the men to move in and to the left in the progression, ready to give right hand to their new partner.

Music:  I've put together three Scottish marches in reel time and one in jig time.