Kingston Flyer

Formation: A line of four gents beside a line of four ladies, all facing the music. This dance also works well for just 3 couples.
Music: “Gordo’s Quadrille”, Square Dancetime 002 (SD 002, music only side). The suggested music has four repeats of 64 beats so that each couple has one opportunity to be the top couple. Other jigs, reels, or marches with either 4 repeats or 8 repeats can also be used.

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Intro or
57-64   – – – -; – – Ladies go;
    1-8   – – – -; – – – -;
  9-16   – – – -; – – Gents go;
17-24   – – – -; – – – -;
25-32   – – – -; – – Top Couple down;

33-40   – – – -; – – Come back;
41-48   – – – -; – – Separate;
49-56   – – – -; – – Star Right;
57-64   – – – -; – – Ladies go;

  1-16   Top lady leads the ladies follow-the-leader style around the gents’ line. Step out promptly and use large steps to accomplish this in sixteen beats.
17-32   Top gent leads the gents around the ladies’ line.

33-40   Top couple turns around, steps into center of the set, takes partner’s hand and walks eight steps to the foot of the set. On count 8 the couple turns around individually to face the head of the set.
41-48   They change hands and walk eight steps back to the head of the set.
49-56   Top couple separates with the gent and lady walking around the outside to the foot of the set in eight steps. The others move one position forward.
57-64   The top couple meets again at the foot of the set, makes a Right-Hand Star, turns it eight counts, then backs up to their own line at the foot as the new head lady leads to start over.

Variation: Replace the two dancer Right-Hand Star in beats 57-64 with a Dosado.

Choreography by: Noeline O’Conner, New Zealand
The name refers to New Zealand’s famous vintage steam train set in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Queenstown Lakes District.
Source: Jack Murtha Enterprises, included in the record sleeve for Gordo’s Quadrille.
Printed in CDP Journal, September 1995.
Usage: This is a favorite simple proper contra for four couples enjoyed by young and old.

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