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Bledlow Cross
Tradition Paradise Islanders
Hands hankies
Set size 12 or 16
Tune Siege of Delhi
Musical sequence AA BB CCA BB CA BCC

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6 single steps with relaxed arm swings, 1 double step with show up (as in Fieldtown)


  • Dance on - start in line of 12 off stage
    • Dance straight onstage in 2 sequences of stepping.
  • Windmill
    • At start of phrase, front 3 dancers pivot as a unit to form a windmill arm at 3 o'clock (1 on outside, 3 in center)
    • Next 3 dancers move straight up to 12 o'clock
    • Next three pivot as a unit to form the 9 0'clock arm (dancer 7 in center, 9 on outside)
    • Last 3 dancers move straight up to form 6 o'clock arm
    • That takes one sequence of stepping and all face clockwise
    • Rotate the windmill using one sequence of stepping to move 1/4 around. Finishes with original first 3 at 12 o'clock
  • Squares
    • All dance forward for one sequence to edge of an imaginary square, outside person at the corner of the square.
    • All turn right 90 degrees and dance along the side of the square to the opposite corner
    • All turn right and dance forward to reform the windmill in one sequence. Everyone is halfway around the set from starting position
    • Continue dancing forward to opposite edge of square
    • Turn right, dance along the edge
    • Turn right, dance forward to reform the windmill back in starting postion
  • Reel - hey for 12 down each arm and up the next clockwise around
    • Outsides face in, middles and centers face out in radial lines of 3. Start a right shoulder hey for 3
    • When the outside person reaches the center, instead of turning back up the line, they cross to the bottom of the next arm clockwise around the set
    • This can be thought of as a right shoulder pass with the other 4 dancers coming down their lines which is followed by a left shoulder pass up the next line
    • Each dancer in turn will cross to the next set as they come to the center.
    • Each pass takes one single step. At the end of 6 single steps, original outside people are facing in at the end of the next arm clockwise around
    • Middle people are facing the outside people one arm around,
    • while original centers are back in their starting positon ready to cross over to the next arm on the next single step
    • Everyone does the end of sequence double step on the spot (ideally, in practice people are usually still trying to get to position)
    • Repeat 3 more times moving to each arm in turn to finish in original arm
  • Rounds and Stars
    • At end of reel, outside dancers start a large clockwise circle. Middle and center dancers continue up the arm, turn right 90 degrees and fall in behind
    • Circle around until end of second stepping sequence (8 bars).
    • Front of each group of 3 (original outside dancers) turns over right shoulder and they dance a circle of 3 for 4 bars
    • All turn over left shoulder and dance a left hand star of 3 for another 4 bars (take hands in the star)
    • At the end of the phrase, whoever is tangent to the original large circle continues the circle counter clockwise, other 2 continue the star and fall in behind
  • In and Out
    • Circle counter clockwise for 2 stepping sequences (that includes the time to form the circle)
    • All face in and advance slowly into center. Show and whoop on the double step
    • All slowly back out to original circle
    • Repeat all that except do a foot together jump with 180 degree spin right to finish facing out with a show

Dance off (optional)

  • 2 people at head of set (decided during the in and out as this is somewhat indeterminate) dance away from each other around the outside of the circle
  • Everyone else dancers towards the head of the set and follows. The 2 people at the bottom of the set split to go opposite directions
  • Front 2 people circle around and cross through the center followed by everyone else.
  • This produces a figure 8 pattern will alternate sides crossing through the middle
  • After some amount of time, #1 leads off and everyone else follows
  • Music: Brighton Camp

Variation for 16

  • All figures are done in groups of 4 instead of 3.
  • For the reel, the outermost person does not participate in the reel but dances 1/4 around clockwise each sequence to meet their line which has moved