The Lincolnshire Poacher
Source: Ellen Taylor; published in English Dance & Song, Winter 1978. Vol XL. No. 3
Formation: Three Couples; Longways; Proper
||Grimstock Hey plus one extra change - now 2, 1, 3
||Bottom four: Slip Circle Left; Slip Circle Right - finish Facing Up
||#2s Lead a Double Cast to the Left and back to place - polka step
||Top Four: Star Right; Star Left
||#1 Man Half Figure Eight Down; Half Figure Eight Up - polka step
WHILE #1 Lady Half Figure Eight Up; Half Figure Eight Down - polka step
||Top Four: Four Changes of Rights & Lefts - start Right Hand with Partner
#1s flow to the bottom on the outside - #3s Move Up
Grimstock Hey: Ends start with shoulders together facing the middle, the middle couple separates as they head towards the top. As you reach the top or bottom turn towards your partner, pass one couple then separate to pass the next.
"Circular Hey" is a term invented by Cecil Sharp; he specified that the default was without hands "in the absence of directions to the contrary". I understand that most Americans assume that it is always without hands; while in England "with hands" may be more common. I don't know Ellen's intention. See also Rights & Lefts - Circular Hey - Square Thru - Right & Left Through - Two Changes.
The last move is like the end of a Grimstock Hey, so it flows beautifully into the next Grimstock Hey.
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