1-4 All advance and retire;
5-8 all hands round to the left;
9-12 all advance and retire;
13-16 all hands round to the right;
17-24 all grand chain around the circle four places, only, finishing facing the approaching dancer who will be the new partner;
25-25 all advance to pass the new partner by the right;
26-26 all start to pass the new partner back-to-back WHILE slapping own thighs and clapping hands (right to left) with the next facing dancer;
27-28 all complete the dos-à-dos movement, retiring one place to finish facing the new partner;
29-32 all turn new partner by the right, finishing facing inwards.
(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)
1-2 With concentric circles, use small steps in the advance.
9-10 With concentric circles, use small steps in the advance.
17-24 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).
25-28 This is dos-à-dos embellished with (own) thigh slapping and clapping with the facing dancer.
-32 Ls finish with polite turn.