Source: Traditional; published in English Dance & Song, April 1958. Vol XXII. No. 4
Formation: Circle Mixer
||Circle Left (16 steps)
||Into the Middle & Back x2
||Grand Chain - count your Partner as Number One
||Swing Number Seven
The article suggests "The Happy Clown"; the Community Dances Manual suggests "The Spaceman". In reality any suitable 32 bar tune will do.
This is a very popular dance, but beginners often go the wrong way or miscount - it takes careful teaching. They often finish the Swing on the wrong side and then head off the wrong way in the next Grand Chain.
For a variant that usually works more successfully please see Serendipitous Seven.
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