Chain Ladies Chain

By Ron Buchanan

Levelmed (assigned by the editor)
TypeSquare-Keeper, G1 G2 G3 G4
1's go out to the right and circle left four (1's and 2's)
Gent 1 leave them in a line of three, go on to the next and circle left three (gent 1 and 3's)
Gent 1 take those two on to the next and circle left five (gent 1, 3's and 4's)
Gent 1 "leave them in a line of four, and go back home to your side door" (go join your partner in the other line)
Lines of four go forward and back
All four ladies chain straight across (not a grand chain)
End two ladies chain (on the diagonal)
All four ladies chain straight across
End two ladies chain
All four ladies grand chain (to your partner)
All eight circle left, all the way around and end at home

Author's Notes:
Call for gents 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The timing is flexible; there is no one right way to time out the dance.
One could make those lines of four by simply having the heads go out to the right and circle up four, but then the gents would have very little to do.

Editor's Notes:
In the lines of four partners are together and near home. For example the first and third time through (when lines are at the sides) 1's are to the left of the 2's and the 3's are to the left of the 4's. This will happen automatically provided the active gent leads the opposite couple on to the next using his right hand.
So far to our knowledge nobody has taught or called this dance to this particular sets of notes. We hope the information is complete enough to make this possible and we encourage you to try. The editor and author would be grateful for any suggestions you think would be helpful for others.
Collected from Ron Buchanan January, 1997.

This dance is from American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 1/18/1997; last revised 3/5/1999; edited by Russell Owen