CHOGM Pentrille

Formation: 5 couples in a pentagon, numbered anti-clockwise 1, 4, 2, 5, 3
Music: 10 x 32 bar jig or reel + 4 bar intro
Author: Norm Ellis, October 1981

4     Advance & retire, with hands joined in a circle, 4 steps each way
4     Circle left with 8 slip steps
4     Advance & retire
4     Circle right; keep hands joined
8     1st couple split the ring — 1st couple cross the set and lead through a single arch made by lady 2 and man 5, 1st couple separate and cast out and return to place on own side, still leading the set. Arching couple turn under own arch in place.
8     2nd lady and 5th man split the ring, 1st couple make the arch
16   1st couple cross with couples 2, 3, 4, 5 — 1st couple arch over 2s, changing places with them, both couples courtesy turn in place; then same with 3rd, 4th & 5th. (All have now progressed)
4     All set twice to partners
4     All swing partner
8     All promenade in skaters hold, around set to finish in new position
64   Repeat 4 times.

Variation: Omit the “All set twice to partners”, and swing for a total of 8 bars instead of only 4.
Notes: This dance was written for the Bush Music Club’s Annual Festival in 1981. The dance won the competition and was meant to represent the activities of the representatives at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which had just occurred. This is only the first part of a pentrille.

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