Ceilidh Dance Instructions


Strip the Willow

Formation: Sets of 4 couples, men with left shoulder to the band facing the ladies. Couples number from nearest the band.


Bars:       Description

1-8           1st couple join hand and spin at the top of the set for 8 bars

9-20        1st lady turns 2nd Man wih left hand, then partner with right hand. Working down the line - 

                 3rd man, partner, 4th man, and partner again. 


21-24      Spin with partner at the bottom of the set.

25-36     The 1st man turns the ladies on the way back up, spinning his partner each time in between.                 4L LH, partner RH, 3L LH, partner RH, 2L LH.

37-40     Spin with partner at the top of the set.

41-52     1st lady turns each man, whist the 1st man turns each lady, and spin partner each time in 

               between - turning 2C LH, partner RH, 3C LH, partner RH, 4C LH.

53-56     Spin together with partner at the bottom of the set until the end of the phrase.

Repeat ad lib.