Selected Dances by Michael Pollock

HALF-CENTURY HORNPIPE (proper longways)

A1: Actives ½ figure eight through the inactives below
Neighbours Swing
A2: Left hand star, hands across
Right hand star, hands across
B1: (men drop out, ladies keep joined right hands) Ladies chain across
Ladies chain back
B2: Long lines forward and back
Actives ½ figure eight through the inactives above

Notes: Except at the top and bottom of the set, actives do a full figure eight – half with the old inactives above, and half with the new inactives below.
This was written for Natalie Manzer’s fiftieth birthday celebration.

TAKE ME TO YOUR LEEDER (improper longways)

A1:  Neighbours do-si-do
Neighour swing  to a line-of-four
A2:  Down the centre four-in-line, turn as couples
Return and face across
B1:   Left hand star, hands across
Right hand star across
B2:   (men drop out); ladies chain (across, but not back!)
Circle left ¾, pass through

Notes: This was named for John & Marge Leeder, who have been part of the community since the very first dance.

WICKENDEN HALL (Sicilian circle)

A1:  Circle left
Left hand star
A2:  Neighbour Allemande right
Partner allemande left
B1:  Ladies chain across
Ladies chain back
B2: Partner do-si-do
Neighbour do-si-do 1½; on to the next couple

Notes: A really easy glossary dance. If you are ever in the situation of teaching a whole room full of newbies (at a wedding, or something), it works well to start with a Sicilian circle, because there are no end-effects and the progression is automatic. It’s easier to explain the normal progression after that.