A Soldier's Life
for a line of as many couples as will.
This is a progressive dance, but not in the normal pattern.  Instead of processing down the set and back up, the active couple will just work down to the bottom and stay there, letting the rest of the line progress past them.
The formula stays the same, however - (n-1)x3 for each progressive figure, plus two for the intro figure.  Thus, 3 couples = 20 repeats, 4 couples = 29 repeats, 5 couples = 38 repeats.
Reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr (version 2, 4/18/2009)
Music: Popular Music of the Renaissance by A Reasonable Facsimilie (not enough repeats, of course)
iTunes playlists from building blocks
Intro figure, first repeat:
1&2: Lead up a double, fall back a double.
3&4: Set and turn single (left).
Intro figure, second repeat:
1&2: Lead up a double, fall back a double.
3&4: Set and turn single (right).
First figure:
1: Couple 1 sets left to each other (step left, close, step right, close), then face couple 2.
2: Couple 1 sets right to couple 2 (step right, close, step left, close).
3&4: Woman 1 takes both hands with man 2 while man 1 takes both hands with woman 2 (going around woman 1 to do so) and they turn these people all the way around, ending up just below them in the center of the set.
R: Continue this figure with each couple down the line from the inside of the set (I.e. you are not switching places with these couples, just dancing with them), until you reach the bottom, where you switch back to the proper sides of the set.
Each subsequent couple will start the figure as soon as they have someone to dance with, stopping at the bottom of the set.  Once everyone has finished the figure, the next one can begin.
Second figure:
1&2: Couple 1 switches places and turns their opposites (man 1 turns woman 2, woman 1 turns man 2) all the way around by the right hand in two doubles, ending up a little below couple 2
3&4: Couple 1 turns each other all the way around by the left hand in two doubles.
R: Continue this figure, turning the third couple, then each other, down the line, staying on the inside of the set (as above, you're dancing with them, not switching places with them), switching back to the proper side of the set at the bottom.
Each subsequent couple will start the figure as soon as they have someone to dance with, stopping at the bottom of the set.  Once everyone has finished the figure, the last one can begin.
Third figure:
1&2: Couple 1 changes places and then circles their opposites in couple 2, going between the couple, around and back between to end up below them, using two doubles to do this.
3: Couple 1 walks halfway around each other with one double
4: Couple 1 finishes circling by taking hands and doing the second double, ending up on opposite sides of the set.
R: Couple 1 continues the figure without the crossing over, dancing with (not changing places with) each subsequent couple, and switching back to their own sides at the bottom where they end.
Each subsequent couple will start the figure as soon as they have someone to dance with, stopping at the bottom of the set.  Once everyone has finished the figure, the last one can begin.