Mill-field (the Playford version)
for a circle of as many couples as will.
This dance is progressive, following one of the normal circle progressive patterns. It will take 2 repeats of the music for each man/couple participating, even though man 1 doesn't follow the whole pattern.
Thus, 3 couples = 6 repeats, 4 couples = 8 repeats, etc
Reconstructed and reshaped by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr.
Music: Lads & Lasses by City Waites. Not enough repeats (2x AABB).
Son of Doctored Dance Stuff. Spliced Lads & Lasses version (7x AABB).
Part 1 - the Introduction
Verse 1
1&2: Take hands around the circle and do two doubles (or 8 slips) to the left.
3&4: Do two doubles (or 8 slips) to the right. Drop hands and face your partner.
Chorus 1
1&2: Set and turn single, left.
3&4: Set and turn single, right.
Part 2 - Man 1's abbreviated turn to lead
Verse 2
1: Man 1 takes his partner and leads a double to the man on his right, who ends up passing between them by the end of the double
2: That extra man circles to place while the couple turns each other quickly to place.
3&4: Repeat all of that
Chorus 2
1-4: These three peole set and turn left, then right to each other
Part 3 - The main repeat figure part 1, using man 2 as the example
Verse 3
1: Man 2 doubles toward woman 1, picking up man 1 on the way so that they are now the "couple" doubling toward the "single", with the "single" passing through by the end of the double
2: The "single" (woman 1) circles back to place, and man 2 and man 1 arm in place
3&4: The couple (man 2 and man 1) double toward the single (woman 1), who passes between them by the end, then the single circles back to place while the couple arms.
Chorus 3
1-4: The couple and the single all set and turn left, then right, to each other.
Part 4 - the second part of the main repeat, still using man 2 as the example
Verse 4 - the second part of the main figure, still using man 2 as the example
A new couple forms, being man 2 and woman 1 in this case (the man who's turn it is, and the single he doubled toward before. There is also a new single - the man who was part of the couple before.
1: The new couple doubles toward the new single, with the single passing through the couple by the end of the double
2: The single circles to place while the couple turns each other.
3&4: Repeat all of that
Chorus 4
1-4: These three set and turn to each other left, then right, and at the end, the lead man scoots back to his place.
Repeat:
The dance continues until each man has had his chance to lead two repeats of the dance. Man 3 will dance with couple 2, first partnering with man 2, then with woman 2, and so on around the circle.