1- 8 All circle round to left and back
9-16 Ladies dance Figs of 8 (in front and round partner, in front of next Man and round back to place)
17-24 Men dance Figs of 8 (in front and round partner to start)
25-32 All dance Grand Chain
Repeat with new partner
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
1-8 All hands round to the left and back;
9-16 each L figure of 8 (dance in front of and all round partner and then in front of and all round M on her right);
17-24 each M figure of 8 (dance in front of and all round partner and then in front of and all round L on his left), finishing facing partner;
25-32 all grand chain around the circle four places, only, to finish beside new partner.
(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
25-32 Although the music appears to make it more intuitive, passing one dancer per bar in the grand chain is difficult to achieve; it is much safer, especially with Beginners and at a ceilidh, to take 2 bars per dancer, i.e., pass by the right and by the left only twice (as in bars 25-32 of The Eightsome Reel chorus).
-32 As an aide-mémoire, you meet your new partner after passing by the left for the second time in the grand chain.
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