Snakes and Ladders
by Sue McKinnell 6X32 Reel
6 couple set dance
1-8 4C, 5C, & 6C start the dance crossed over.
All cross RH with partners. 1C & 2C, 3C & 4C, 5C & 6C change LH on the sides. All cross RH with partners. 1C & 4C, 3C & 6C (middle 4 couples) change LH on the sides. Ending order is 2, 4, 1, 6, 3, 5 with 4, 5, & 6 on opposite sides.
9-16 2C & 4C, 1C & 6C, 3C & 5C dance ladies chain.
17-24 Parallel eight-bar snake pass figure:
4C & 3C pass partners LS to start the figure.
4W + 1M + 1W cast up, dance across the top of the set and down the menís side to end 4W in 6Mís place, 1M in 5Mís place, 1W in 4Mís place.
3M + 5W + 5M cast up, following 4W + 1C, to end 3M in 3Mís place, 5W in 2Mís place, 5M in 1Mís place.
3W + 6M + 6W cast down, dance across the bottom of the set and up the womenís side to end 3W in 1Wís place, 6M in 2Wís place, 6W in 3Wís place.
4M + 2W + 2M cast down, following 3W + 6C, to end 4M in 4Wís place, 2W in 5Wís place, 2M in 6Wís place.
Order is 3W, 6M, 6W, 4M, 2W, & 2M on the womenís side; 5M, 5W, 3M, 1W, 1M, & 4W on the menís side.
25-32 All take hands and set on the sides.
The people in the top five womenís positions change LH with the people diagonally below them on the menís side (3W & 5W, 6M & 3M, 6W & 1W, 4M & 1M, 2W & 4W).
All set on the sides.
3C (in 2nd place), 4C (in 5th place), and 6M (in 3Mís place) & 1M (in 4Wís place) chance places RH.
Order is now 5, 3, 1, 6, 4, 2 with 6C, 4C, & 2C crossed over.
Repeat 6 times.
Suggested music is Fire in the Rye from Jig for Joy by The Music Makars.
I was challenged to write a dance with an interlocking snake pass figure. I havenít figured that out yet, but I did come up with this variation of the snake pass.