Market Lass Crossed
Formation: Triple Contra. Couples 1, 4, 7, etc. active and crossed.
Music: “Market Lass”, Lloyd Shaw 1008
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57-64 – – – -; Actives Down the Outside;
1-8 – – Below two couples, – – Cross over;
9-16 Up the outside pass one couple, in and Forward Six and Back;
17-24 – – – -; Actives right turn partner 3/4;
25-32 – – – -; Forward Six and Back again;
33-40 – – – -; Actives right turn partner 3/4;
41-48 – – – -; With the couple above Right and Left Thru;
49-56 – – – -; – – Right and Left Back;
— If there are only four couples, each couple takes the number 1 role twice, and then slips to the bottom so a new top couple can begin.
— After the first sequence, dancers who reach the top should crossover. They are neutral until they accumulate a group of three couples. Then the top couple becomes active.
Two couples at the bottom can dance with a phantom third couple if they wish.
1-8 Actives turn up and out to go down the outside below two inactive couples and come into the center of the set.
9-16 They pass right shoulders with each other as they cross the set and go out on the other side. They proceed up the outside of the set passing one couple and step into the long lines.
17-24 Each active dancer joins hands with the dancers on each side and those three walk Forward and Back.
25-32 The actives turn their partner by the right 3/4 around and end facing each other up or down. Meanwhile the inactives turn to face up or down to make facing lines of three across the set.
33-40 Lines of three, go Forward and Back.
41-48 The actives turn their partner by the right 3/4 around as the inactives face across.
49-56 The actives dance with the couple above them and do a Right and Left Thru.
57-64 The same four do a Right and Left Back.
Choreography: This is a variation on the traditional triple proper contra “Market Lass”. Starting with the active couples crossed over makes a normal couple Right and Left Thru.
Source: Printed in CDP Journal, December 1994; also in Dancing For Busy People, page 195.
Usage: This is a relatively simple triple contra that could be used to introduce triple contras.
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