French Eight Idea
Formation:Â Square of four couples with any gender combination
Music:Â Any singing call with clear 4-beat phrasing
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Â 57-64 Â – – – -; #1â€™s go across;
Â Â Â Â 1-8 Â Pick up #3â€™s and bring them in; – – Push them home;
Â Â 9-16 Â Return back home; – #2â€™s go across;
Â 17-24 Â Pick up #4â€™s and bring them in; – – Push them home;
Â 25-32 Â Return back home; – all Circle Left;
Â 33-40 Â – – – -; – – Allemande Left;
Â 41-48 Â Come back to partner; – – all Promenade;
Â 49-56 Â – – – -; – – – -;
Â 57-64 Â – – – -; – #3â€™s go across;
1-8 Â Dancers in Couple #1 (nearest top of hall) take four steps to walk across the square to join their free outside hands with Couple #3.Â Couple #1 backs up pulling Couple #3 with them 4 steps into the center of the square.
9-16 Â Couple #1 pushes Couple #3 back to their home location in 4 steps.Â Couple #1 leaves Couple #3 and then Couple #1 backs up 4 steps into their home position.
17-24 Â Couple #2 (on the right side of Couple #1) repeats the action of Couple #1 picking up Couple #4 and pulling them into the center of the square.
25-32 Â Couple #2 pushes Couple #4 back to their home, leaves them there and then Couple #2 backs up into their home position.
33-40 Â All eight dancers join hands and Circle to the Left for about 8 steps.
41-48 Â Dancers face their corner and Allemande Left (join left forearms and walk counter-clockwise around each other until facing partner).
49-64 Â Partners take Promenade handhold (shake right hands and join left hands underneath) and Promenade (couples walk counter-clockwise) around the square back to their home.
Choreography by:Â Idea from Traditional Square Dance called the French Eight
Source:Â Printed in CD Journal, December 2009
Usage:Â This is a very simple, genderless square dance figure.
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