A Barn Dance Repertoire
by Thomas Green

List of Dances

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TitleDifficultyFormationThumbnail
A Grand Starry Night3Sicilian circleCircles, ladies chain, LH star, grand star (half star in current set, half with next set), repeat, do-si-do
A Year in the Life of a Penguin1Set dance5-cu ring.  1s strut while others reel/star/etc.  Squeeze in out in and stamp.  Double speed balances, swing.  Huddle together, outside couples keep squeezing in.
Alabama Jubilee1Big circleIn and out twice, allemande, do-si-do and move on, allemande, back to partner to swing,
promenade and move on
Albert Quadrille1SquareHeads fwd and back and do-si-do; sides ditto.  Heads circle half, W cross, M cross.  Sides ditto.  Stars for 8, balance, promenade home.
Ap Shenkin1Longways1s circle with 2nd woman, then 2nd man; down, up, all single cast left and a bit more to progress
Apple Tree Square1SquareHeads forwards and back, 1s through and round, do-si-dos, allemandes, grand chain and promenade home.
Balance the Star1Sicilian circleIn RH star formation balance in and out, then star; ditto LH.  With corners, do-si-do and promenade; ditto with partners.
Beaux of Albany2LongwaysTriple minor.  Balance and swing, down and up, stars, rights and lefts.
Belfast Duck1LongwaysCircles, then lead and chassay down, ditto up, ditto down, duck through arch.
Black Nag2Set dance.Doubles & slips; siding & change places; arming & heys.
Blaydon Races1Big circleIn and out twice, chassay in and out twice, promenade and move on, balance and
swing.
Borrowdale Exchange.1.Set dance.Circles, in and out, do-si-do, star, undo with new partner, scatter.
Boston Tea Party1Set danceGallops and arches, short dip & dive, cast through arch.
Bottoms Up1Set danceForward and back and cross, thread needle, gallops with waist hold.
Bridge of Athlone1Set danceForward & back and cross, gallop cast, tunnels.
Caedmon Capers2Set danceLittle sets lead round, balance, dosido, reels, dip and dive.
Canadian Barn Dance2CoupleFoward and kick, backward and kick, chasse in and clap, chase back; ballroom hold, chase man's left, then man's right, polka round.
Chanctonbury Ring2Big circleCircles, in and out twice, balance and woman moves on, chassay in and out, swing.
Chinese Breakdown3Squarechorus: turn your corner, turn the one the other side, balance and swing partner, promenade

figure: Leading couple promenade round outside, ladies chain opposite couple, those couples ladies chain to right then to left.

Cincinnati Reel1Big circleDo-si-do, turn LH neighbour, do si do, turn RH neighbour, balance and swing with that one, promenade.
Circassian Circle1Big circleAll in and out twice, women in and out, men in and out, swing partner, promenade
Circle Hornpipe1CircleChassées, clapping, turn partner, turn new partner
Circle Waltz1Big circleBalance in and out and women roll past, four times.  With new partner sway and turn twice.  Chassay in and out.  Waltz.
Clopton Bridge1Set danceTurns, stars, lead down
Coming Round the Mountain1Square1s promenade the set, stars, do-si-do and swing, promenade home.
Cornish Six-Hand Reel2OtherAll lead down, balance, back, balance, reel, turns, cast.
Country Bumpkin1Set danceForward and back, down and up, grand chain, others cast down
Cumberland Square Eight1SquareGalops, stars, baskets, promenade.
Danish Double Quadrille2Sicilian circleCircles, in and out in 4s, rights and lefts, circles in 4s, polka round.
Dashing White Sergeant2 (or 1)Sicilian circleCircles, turns, reels, forward and back and on.
Demon's Rant2Set danceMen round women, vice versa; circles; arch, double cast, dip and dive
Devon Jig1Set dance(for 4, 5 or 6 couples) arches, cast, 1s swing down, fountain cast.
Dishrag Dance2Sicilian circleCircles, dishrags, stars, find new couple.  Also known as "Wring out the Dishrag" or, after a tune commonly used, "Grandfather's Polka".
Dixon Sixsome2Sicilian circleCircle, middles swing ends, arches along lines, stars, baskets, forward and back and
on.
Double or Quits2Sicilian circleCircles, reels, half rights and lefts at one end then the other, balances and turns.
Enrico1LongwaysStars, then single cast, double cast,1s swing to bottom.
Farandole1OtherLines of people weave, cross, spiral at whim.
Farmer's Gallop1Big circleStep forwards, return, slip steps and return, turn partner, swing on diagonal.
Five Hand Reel2OtherReels and stepping
Fivepenny Bit2SquareStars on sides with 5's; reels on sides; 5s go through arches made by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, leaving 4s as new 5s.
Flirtation Reel3LongwaysDown and back, hey, gypsy-swing, forward and back and 1s swing.
Flying Pieman1Set danceWeaving, 1s galop down and back, top 3 couples galop down.
Flying Scotsman1Set danceWeave, galops.
See Flying Pieman for a more vigorous version
Foula Reel2Set dance1s down, strip willow back up, arch over sides, poussette
Four Around Four1Set danceSides lead round, 1s gallop, swing
Gay Gordons1CoupleForward, pivot, backwards; repeat other way.  Woman twirls.  Polka briefly.
Gingerbread2Set danceSwings, stars, arches, baskets.
Gipsy Hill Jig2Set danceReels on sides, grand chain, stars, 1s down and all swing
Goathland Square Eight1SquareCircle, heads swap, sides swap, grand chain, swing
Good Queen Vic1Longways1s galop, 1s and 2s galop, clapping, do-si-do, right arm turns, 1s swing past.
Grand National1Set danceGallop sideways and turn partner, again other way, tops cross and weave down, all swing
Hebridean Weevil1Set dance1s down, arch up and down, up.  Strip willow down, arch; all cast and through; 1s up and cast.  Jogging step.
Honeywell Circle1Big circleCircles, chassay in and clap, ditto out, arm-turn partner then arm-turn neighbour (new partner), balance and swing
Jig a Jig Square1Square1st M weaves, 1st W ditto, balance and swing, do-si-do, men star, then star promenade, then tunnelling.
Joe Taylor's Dance2Square1s out through 3s and weave back, men star and move women, grand chain, crossings
Julia's Frolics1Set danceArches go left and right while people burrow; turn partner, clapping, swing, step 1 place left, spare people burrow.
La Bastringue2Set danceStars, arch, strip willow.
La Russe1SquareBalance and swing contraries, ditto partner, 1s keep swinging then promenade, crossing, circle and promenade home.
Leaving for Barbados1Set danceGallop to and fro with all couples joining in one by one.
Levi Jackson Rag4OtherSides right & left while heads lead down; circles and cast; dosido.  5 ladies chain, promendade, balance and swing.
Little Log Cabin1SquareTwo couples promenade, stars with diagonal pairs, circles, in and out, swing
Lucky Seven version 11Big circleCircle L 16, in and out twice, grand chain for 7; OR in and out twice, do=si-dos, grand chain
Lucky Seven version 21Big circleCircle L 16, in and out twice, grand chain for 7; OR in and out twice, do-si-dos, grand chain
Maggie Mixer2Big circle
McCann's Reel2Sicilian circleDo-si-dos, big circles, small circles, all march, one couple pops through arch to progress.
Military Two-Step1CoupleHeel-&-toe twice, go forwards, turn, repeat; kicks, woman turns to face, polka round
Mock Turtle Hornpipe1Sicilian circleStep-hop.  circles, arch under and back, stars, side-steps past
Moving Along1Big circleIn and out twice, turn partner and move on, ditto next, ditto next, do-si-do next, swing the next
Ninepins1Square
Nottingham Swing1LongwaysCorners elbow swing, 1s down and up and cast, all swing.
OXO Reel1Set danceForward and back and gallop twice.  Make OXO, gallop, swing.
Pat-a-Cake Polka1CoupleHeel & toe x2, go forwards; repeat the other way; clapping; move on.
Peggy's Parade2SquareHeads do-si-do and cast; ladies chain.  Sides ditto.  W do star promenade, drop partner, star on 3 places, balance and swing new partner.
Pop Goes the Weasel1Longways1s pop 2nd woman, then 2nd man; 1s down and up; all swing and progress
Postie's Jig2Set danceEnds cross, figure 8, cross and arm turn, repeatedly, rights & lefts, swing.
Pride of Dingle2Set dance(4 couples plus 1 person) March up or down, dingle climbs ladder, forward and back, swing.
Quarndon Hill1Sicilian circle1s gallop round and back, 2s ditto, stars, forward and back, arch through and back and on
Rachel's Reel1Set danceSlips and circle twice, elbow turn partner, top man / bottom woman (alternating) cast to bottom.
Reel of Ballymore2Big circle
Return of the Antelope2Set danceWaves on the sides, turn, repeat; 1s swing, grand chain, all swing
Rosza2CoupleSway, turn and lock, chassé left & right, sway, unlock: balance in and out, chassé left & right, waltz
Scout House Reel3LongwaysLines down and up, circle, ladies chain, do-si-do, swing, lines forward and back, 1s swing
Sibyl's Roundabout2Big circleIn and out twice (men stay in 2nd time), do si do, chassay left and right, make wavy circle, balance, allemande, balance, figure-of-8 to new partner and swing.
Silly Threesome1Big circleSicilian threesome.  Go forwards, middles turn ends, forwards, tunnelling
Snakes and Ladders1Longways1st M leads both W lead round 2nd M, then 2st M leads them round 1st M; poussettes, arches
Soldier's Joy3Longways1s down and up, reel of four, all down and up passing through, polka round
St Bernard's Waltz1CoupleForwards, stamp, back, chassay in and out, waltz on
St Lawrence Jig3LongwaysAllemandes, swing, lines down and up, rights and lefts, lines forward and back, star.
Steamboat1LongwaysLines down and back, all down and up passing through, stars, swing and change
Stepping Stone Rag2Set danceDiagonal do-si-dos, stars, 1s dip forwards and backwards to bottom
Strip the Willow (longways ad lib)1LongwaysStrip the willow both sides at once.
Strip the Willow (set dance)1Set danceStrip the willow!
Strip the Willow Square2SquareHeads galop, sides galop; heads strip willow round square; circles, balance and swing.
Suicide Square1Set danceAll couples against wall round the room, galops across and back.  balance and swing, men do inner circle while women do outer, grab new partner.
Swedish Masquerade1CoupleMarches; balance and waltz; balance and polka.
Sweets of May1Sicilian circleCircles, stars, balance and swing partner and opposite, do-si-dos, forward and back and on
T.A.G.2Set danceCast into stars on the sides, swap stars, and another cast
The Amazon2Sicilian circleCircle L, do-si-do Partner; circle R, do-si-do Opposite; form pairs and woman steers couple round and back (the steering is hard to explain, hence difficulty = 2)
The Carousel1Sicilian circleDo-si-dos, make circle and balance, then circle L, ditto R; elbow balances, then rotate a line of four
The Demented Seagull3SquareHeads star through and half circle, pass through.  Reels of four.  Grand chain, promenade
The Geud Man of Ballangigh2LongwaysCouples in turn go round other couples; setting, half-circles, change places
The Heartbreaker2SquareCircle L and R, 4-ladies-chain, 1s through arches, do-si-dos
The Heathfield Rag3Set danceTurns, chassays, circles, cross
The Mozart2Set danceTo centre and back, 1s weave down, balance and swing, forward and back and on.
The New Parliament House Jig3Other3 rows of 3: double casts, circles, lines interchange
The Oak Tree2Set danceCast, circle x 2, 2s corner-partner-corner-partner, gallops
The Pawnbroker2Set danceGallops with chases, 3 circles, squeeze
The Ploughboy2Set danceSwing, down and back, stars, corners cross, circle and cast
The Short and the Tall4Set danceStars, Devil's Elbow, half circle, turn partner, down through arch, do-si-do
The Snowball1Set danceProgressive glossary dance - turns, stars, circles, lines, gallops, cast.
The Steps of Waterloo1Sicilian circleCircles, stars, basket, forward and back and pass on
The Tempest2LongwaysCircles, galops, ends swing while middles star, dip-&-dive or fwd-&-back
The Three-hand Reel2Set dance2s swing 1st and 2nd corners; reels on sides; 1s swing down
The Willow Tree2Set danceGalops down to fetch someone, ends strip willow to middle and make arch, others cast through arch.
Tumbling Tom's Tonic2OtherReels, swings, clapping, women star while men walk round: women progress
Twelve Reel2SquareSquare of threesomes.  Forwards and back, repeat swapping ends, middles elbow swing, reels, middles move round.
Untitled Square3Square1s dosido and right-&-left round the set, then women and men alternately roll to left; promenade
Virginia Reel1Set danceAdvance/retire, tops down and back, all cast through arch
Waltz Country Dance (version 1)2Sicilian circleWaltz time.  Balance and change places with opposite then partner.  Balance the circle, women roll across, four times.  Waltz on.
Waltz Country Dance (version 2)2Sicilian circleWaltz time.  Balance and change places with opposite then partner.  Balance the circle, women roll across, four times.  Waltz on.
Waterfall Waltz2Sicilian circleWaltz time.  Men turn, do si do corner, women likewise, chassay past, turn partner, repeat, circle left and on.
Waves of Tory2Set danceForward and back and cross; tops gallop down, all dip and dive.
Weaver Jig1Sicilian circleCircle, star, do-si-dos, dip and dive 4 times to move on, basket.
Weaver's Galopede1Set danceThread needle, gallops and crossings, swing
Whalebones1Set danceCasts and arches
Wherries Circle Contra1Sicilian circleCircles, big circles, stars, do-si-do, forward and back and on (unusual starting formation)
Whynot's Circle Contra2Sicilian circleStart in big circles right and left, do-si-do and swing, ladies chain, small circles.
Witch's Reel1Set danceDown and back, cast, thread needle.