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DOMINO FIVE
Source: 4th Carnforth Book
Formation: A 5-person dance, 1-4 are in a square, 5 is in the center.
Music: 5 x 32-bar Reel

A1  (8) Person #5 right hands across with persons #1 and #4;
      (8) Person #5 left hands across with persons #2 and #3;
A2 (16) #5 Reel of Three with #1 and #3, right shoulders to #1 to begin;

B1 (16) #5 Reel of Three with #2 and #4, left shoulders to #2 to begin; 
B2  (8) Curving wide, #5 and #1 change places, right shoulder; 
          then #1 and #2 change places, right shoulder;
      (8) Curving wide, #2 and #3 change places, right shoulder;
          and finally #3 and #4 change places, right shoulder;

Finish with the original #4 in the center. Re-number everyone and begin again.

POLKA DOT
Author: (Unknown)
Formation: 5 people in square (or diamond) with 5th facing #1
Music: LS CD-1003

A1 (16) Dancers #5, #1 and #3 do a right-shoulder Hey for Three, 
        ending with #5 facing #2;
A2 (16) Dancers #5, #2 and #4 do a left-shoulder Hey for Three, 
        ending with #5 facing #1, right hands joined;

B1  (8) Dancers #5 and #1 balance, then turn right half, #5 remains in the #1 position,
         facing in, and #1 moves to join right hands with #2;
      (8) Dancers #1 and #2 balance, then turn right half, #1 remains in the #2 position,
         facing in, and #2 moves to join right hands with #3;
B2  (8) Dancers #2 and #3 balance, then turn right half, #2 remains in the #3 position,
         facing in, and #3 moves to join right hands with #4;
      (8) Dancers #3 and #4 balance, then turn right half, #3 remains in the #4 position,
         facing in, and #4 moves into the center to face the NEW person now in position #1;

All dancers now have a new number and the dance starts again. Dance five times through.

SHEPHERD'S CROSSING
Polka Dot can be danced in couples, or with more than one dancer in some of the positions.
In this case it is known as Shepherd's Crossing. 

The Heys are dances as though one person were in each position. 

In the last half of the dance (the balances and turns) each 8 count action may be started
with hands joined in a circle. Do a 4-count balance left and right and then Circle Left 
half way around progressing as above. 

DOUBLE DOT
Author:  Stew Shacklette, from the Kentucky Dance Foundation.  
This is a variation on Polka Dot, which is a Scottish Country dance. 
Formation:  5 dancers, one at each usual couple position of a square and one in the 
  center facing the dancer who is in the usual position of the number one couple.
Music:  Most appropriate if you have 5 groups of 32 bars or 64 beats.

The Dance:
A1  (8) Center with #1 and #4 Right-Hand Star;
      (8) Center with #2 and #3 Left-Hand Star;
A2  (8) Center with #1 and #3 begin with right pass for a Reel of Three;
        (donít rush, you have 16 beats)

B1  (8) Center Set with #1 and right-hand turn #1 into the center to face #2;
      (8) New Center (#1) Set with #2 and right-hand turn #2 into the center to face #3;
B2  (8) New Center (#2) Set with #3 and right-hand turn #3 into the center to face #4;
      (8) New Center (#3) Set with #4 and right-hand turn #4 into the center to face #1; 

The original #4 begins again as the new center making the Right-Hand Star with the new
   dancers in the #1 and #4 positions.

Set and Turn: The center dancer joins right hands with dancer #1.  
Moving in opposite directions, they do a small leap to right with their right, 
close left beside the right, then change weight back to their right foot (1, 2, 3, pause).
  Repeat this to the left.  

Then right arm turn to move the center dancer into the outside position and the 
outside dancer into the center so they end facing the dancer who was on their right.  

Reel of 3 = Hey for 3:  #1, #5 and #3 all walk along a single figure eight pathway.
   #5 and #1 pass right sides and #5 loops to the right while #1 goes down through 
   the center between the others passing left side with #3 and looping to the left.
   #3 comes up through the center passing right side with #5 and then looping right. 
   Next #5 goes down through the center passing left side with #1 and then looping left.
   #1 comes up through the center passing right side with #3 and loops right to starting spot.
   #3 goes down through the center passing left side with #5 and loops left to starting spot.
   #5 comes up into the center and stops at starting spot. 
The rules are: Incoming dancer always goes between the other two dancers. 
   The starting pass determines the looping direction at that end. 
   In this case the top loops will be to the right and the bottom loops to the left.

DOUBLE DOT SIMPLIFIED
(Replace the Reel of Three with Arm Turns, and replace Set with Side Touches)

A1  (8) Center with #1 and #4 Right-Hand Star;
      (8) Center with #2 and #3 Left-Hand Star;
A2  (8) Center dancer turn #1 by the right;
      (8) Center dancer turn #3 by the left;
B1  (8) Center join right hand with #1, Side Touch both ways, Turn #1 into center;
      (8) New Center (# 1) right with #2, Side Touch both ways and Turn #2 into center;
B2  (8) New Center (# 2) right with #3, Side Touch both ways and turn #3 into center;
      (8) New Center (# 3) right with #4, Side Touch both ways and turn #4 into center;

The original #4 begins again as the new center making the Right Hand Star with the new 
dancers in the #1 and #4 positions.

POLKA MIXER FOR 5 OR 7
(A variation on Childrenís Polka)
Formation: Proper Contra lines with partners across and the spare dancer at the end

A1  (8) Slide Up (Side, Close), Slide Up, Step, Step, Step;
      (8) Slide Down, Slide Down, Step, Step, Step;
A2  (8) Again:  Slide Up, Slide Up, Step, Step, Step;
      (8) Slide Down, Slide Down, Ready for the Claps;

B1  (8) Claps: Own Knees twice, Own Hands twice, Both hands with Other three times;
      (8) Claps again;
B2  (8) Dosado with the dancer across;
      (8) Slide left to find a new partner, 
         (spare dancer in at one end and out at the other);

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