1)  A couple honor each other, cast out and around B couple, meet below, pass through B couple to place

    B couple honor each other, cast out and around A couple, meet above, pass through A couple to place

2)  A man, B lady bow and cross by right shoulders, exchanging places. B man, A lady bow and cross by right shoulders, exchanging places

3)   All 4 in set join hands, circle clockwise half way to place. A couple cast around B's, B's lead up.

Breaking this down for you.


Defintions:


Set-The set is the group of dancers. In Hole in the Wall, men line up facing their partners. The first couple at the top of the line are the A couple. The next couple are the B’s and these two couples are one set. The next couple, the third in the line, are A’s once more.

Honor-An honor would be for the man to give a short bow, and the lady a curtsy.

Cast-Casting out and around means that the A man turns over his left shoulder and walks behind the B man to the place vacated by the next A man in line as he has also cast and moved down the line. The A lady does the same casting over her right shoulder and walking behind the B lady on her side of the set.

Cross-The cross is you getting to the other side of the set. In Hole in the Wall the cross is done along the diagonal, so instead of facing your partner, you face and cross with the person of the same gender next to your partner.

Hands Round-Often called as four hands round, though all four people and all eight of their hands (two each) are used. Everyone joins hands in the square, making a circle. The circle now advances a certain number of places, in Hole in the Wall, it is two, or half way around the circle. In this dance you end up back where you started so this is often called as half way to place.

Progression-The term for how couples move on to dance with new people. Advancing to your next set of partners.



The Dance Figures:


The first part of the dance:

  1. The A couple exchange honors, which is the man bowing and the lady curtsying.

  2. Casting-The A man turns over his left shoulder and walks behind the B man to the place vacated by the next A man in line as he has also cast and moved down the line. The A lady does the same casting over her right shoulder and walking behind the B lady on her side of the set.

  3. Meet below and pass through means that the A’s are now next to the B’s, the B’s have not moved, along the line. This is often done with the active couple lightly touching inside hands at shoulder height. They walk back between the B couple and return to the place they started the dance. The entire figure is done without stopping.

  4. The second part of the first figure is the B couple doing everything the A couple just did. The B couple is at this time the active couple.


The second part of the dance:

  1. This is now done on the diagonal, the A man honors the B lady and she him. They cross to each others place passing right shoulders. Again many touch the fingers of their right hands to each other in our modern interpretation with a bit of flirtation. When they reach the place that was occupied by the other, they honor once more.

  2. As there was repetition before, so too again. This time the B man and the A lady do what was just done by their partners.


Progression:

  1. All four join hands and walk in a circle clockwise, halfway. This puts each person in the place where they started the dance.

  2. As at the beginning of the dance, the A couple casts down, but not this time to where the other A’s were before. To where the couple they have been dancing with (The B’s) are standing.

  3. Our B couple must get out of the way, and joining inside hands, as is done now, the B man leads his partner to the place that their A couple has vacated.

  4. At the end of this the B’s find themselves with a new A couple, and the A’s have a new couple as well.


Please note that at each end of the line, after once time through, there are extra couples. The B couple at the very top of the line has no couple to dance with, and the A couple at the bottom of the line. This happens and the couples will wait one time through the dance and return to dance, but this time as they go along the line to the very other end, they are now the reverse couple of what they were before. If they started as an A, they are now a B, and vice-versa.

 

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