A Barn Dance Repertoire
by Thomas Green
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Flying Scotsman

Set dance, 3 or 4 couples
Difficulty:  1
Style:  English
3 or 4 couples longways

A1: Men hold hands and 1st man leads weaving through the women's line - behind 1st woman, in front of 2nd, behind 3rd, and straight back home (If there's a 4th couple, don't go round them).  (16 steps).
A2: Ditto for women, weaving through men's line.
B1: 1s galop as far as possible down the room (8 steps) then back to BOTTOM of set.
B2: Sides take hands and lines sidestep down the room (8 steps) and back (8 steps), led by the 1s who are now at the bottom of the set.

An easier (and perhaps more common) version just has the lines leading round the other line rather than weaving in and out.  This is also much safer with children.

The Flying Scotsman is a famous train which broke records travelling from London to Edinburgh - see the first link.

Colin says   The original is a Scottish dance by Hugh Thurston (see the second link) but it has been simplified (and rightly so).  I do B2 with all taking two hands with partner to galop down and up.