Longways for as many as will proper
Walsh (1712) 24 New Country Dances for the Year 1712 Tom Cook (1975) Come Let's Be Merry
This dance, even with the music reduced in tempo, has a very vigorous and unforgiving B part. To reduce the stress on less athletic dancers, the couples can substitute a half figure 8 and a two hand turn half way instead of the full figure 8s, but must still remember the final cast and lead. Note that couples can opt to do this without interfering with other dancers. — nashjc 2019/10/31 13:42
The music is drawn from Handel's The Alchemist. According to Wikipedia
The Alchemist, HWV 43, is incidental music used for the revival of Ben Jonson's play The Alchemist at the Queen's Theatre, London on 14 January 1710. The work is an arrangement, by an anonymous composer, of music written by Handel.
A1 1-2 All turn single 3-4 All balance forward and back 5-8 All cross with partner and turn over R shoulder to face partner and come in towards partner, ready for: A2 1-8 repeat to original places B 1-4 1st and 2nd M lead between partners and cast back to place 5-8 1st and 2nd W do same 9-14 1st C figure 8 down through 2s. 15-20 2nd C figure 8 up through 1st C 21-22 1st C cast down, 2nd C lead up to progress
Longways for as many as will
A1 4 Turn single toward corner 4 Balance forward and back 8 partners cross by right and turn right to face A2 16 All turn single right, and balance and cross as before B 8 Men lead through women and back to palce 8 Women lead through men 12 First couple figure eight 12 Second couple figure eight 4 First couple cast, second lead up