The Slithy Dance
Source: Composed by John Sweeney
Formation: Longways; Becket; Double Progression
||Long Lines Fall Back & Come Forward
Balance the Ring; Men Cross
||Balance the Ring; Ladies Cross
Balance the Ring; Circle Left Half Way (should be Home)
||Partner Two-Hand Turn (skip it round twice if you wish)
Long Lines Fall Back & Come Forward - hold hands in a Sausage
||Long Lines Set Right & Left; Turn Single Right one place to face a New Person
Long Lines Set Right & Left; Turn Single Right one place to face a New Couple
Any 32 bar tune. I use polkas at 113bpm: New Green Dress & Molly's Polka.
Sausage: Hold hands in long lines and the couples at the top and bottom join hands so that the whole set is linked in one flattened circle.
Everyone Does a Turn Single (four steps turning right) into the place of the person on their right. Those at the ends of the lines
have to cross to the other side - holding hands in a sausage helps those end people to remember where they are going.
After each Turn Single you should be facing someone of the opposite gender.
Crossings are done by the right shoulder, like half a Gypsy to change places.
"Slithy" is from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, and as Humpty Dumpty explains, is short for "lithe and slimy"!
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