Once I Loved A Maiden Fair
for a line of as many couples as will.
This dance is a duple-minor dance which requires 3*(n-1) repeats for each of the three figures, plus one repeat for the intro figure. 3 couples = 19 repeats, 4 = 28, 5 = 37
Reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr.
Music: iTunes building block playlists from Popular Music of the Renaissance
Introductory Figure
1&2: Lead up a double, fall back a double.
3&4: Set and turn single, left
5&6: Lead up a double, fall back a double.
7&8: Set and turn single, right
First figure
1: Active man and inactive woman meet a double.
2: Active man and inactive woman fall back a double.
3: Active woman and inactive man meet a double.
4: Active woman and inactive man fall back a double.
5&6: Active man and inactive woman change places in two doubles.
7&8: Active woman and inactive man change places in two doubles.
R: Do this figure until you come back to your places, sitting out at the top and bottom and coming back in as the opposite type.  When the first and second couples return to their places, they start the next figure.
Second figure
1: Men in the set take hands, women take hands, meet a double.
2: Fall back a double.
3&4: That again.
5&6: Meet and change places, with the active woman going between the men, and the inactive man going between the women.
7&8: Take hands in a circle and go half way around, switching back to proper sides, and switching active and inactive couples positions.
R: Do this figure until you come back to your places, sitting out at the top and bottom and coming back in as the opposite type.  When the first and second couples return to their places, they start the next figure.
Third figure
1: Partners in the set take hands, fall back a double from each other.
2: Meet a double.
3&4: That again.
5&6: Active couple cast off and lead the inactive couple all the way around and back to your places.
7&8: Active couple cast off again, but this time take your time and stay in the inactive position when you get there.
R: Do this figure until you come back to your places, sitting out at the top and bottom and coming back in as the opposite type.  When you get back to your place, stop dancing.