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KING'S AND QUEEN'S HIGHWAY - PROMENADE
  1. Promenade ccw. Lead lady casts off (turns right) and dances cw while partner continues ccw. Each lady in turn casts off as the last lady in line passes by. When partner's meet they resume the promenade. [Queen's Highway; Bannerman]
     
    Queen's Highway.

  2. Same as 1 above except all the ladies cast off together. [Backtrack 1; Bonner]
     
    Promenade around that ring
    Promenade your pretty little thing
    Ladies roll go the other way back
    Gents you walk the same old track.
    Meet your partner with your right hand
    Grand chain all around the land.

  3. Same as 1 above except ladies pass partners the first time they meet. At the second meeting partners swing once around and promenade. [Ladies Turn Back - Queen's Highway; Hipps]
     
    Couples promenade
    Ladies walk that Queen's Highway.
    Meet on the road and pass her by.
    Swing her the next time and promenade on.

    The same, but ladies swing partner upon first meeting. [Ladies Turn Back; Hendrix]
     
  4. Promenade ccw. Ladies continue ccw; lead gent steps behind partner to outside the circle and dances cw. Each gent in turn steps out as the end of the gents' line passes by. When partners meet the gents step back in to place, passing behind their partners to resume promenade. [King's Highway; Bannerman]
     
    King's Highway.

  5. Same as 4 above except gents pass partners the first time they meet. At the second meeting partners swing once around and promenade. [Gents Turn Back - King's Highway; Hipps]
     
    Couples promenade.
    Men walk the King's Highway
    Meet on the road and pass her by.
    Swing her the next time and promenade on.

  6. Circle left, circle right, then drop hands and continue ccw single file, lady in front of partner. Then all the ladies at once step out to the right and travel single file cw in their own circle. The concentric single file circles keep moving until partners can meet, swing and promenade. [Single File; Bonner]
     
    All join hands and make a big ring
    Circle to the left.
    Now back to the right in a single line
    Ladies in the lead, gents behind.
    Meet your honey with a great big smile
    And when you get home just swing her awhile.
KING'S AND QUEEN'S HIGHWAY - GENTS GO LEFT LADIES GO RIGHT
  1. Promenade. Either start in a line of couples facing up the hall or: When lead couple reaches 6 o'clock (the point farthest away from the band) they turn and promenade straight up the center of circle followed by the other couples. At the top gent goes left and lady goes right. Each couple in turn splits up at the top and follows the leads, curving across the top of the hall and straight down the sides. At the bottom the leads curve in and dance toward each other. They rejoin and promenade again, either ccw around the hall or straight up the hall, followed by the rest of the couples. (In that case, at the top of the hall the original ccw promenade is resumed by all couples.) [King's Highway; Bonner]
     
    King's Highway
    Split that ring like a great big saw
    Ladies go gee, gents go haw.
         When lead couple reaches the bottom of the hall...
    Meet your honey and promenade
    If she don't like cornbread give her lemonade.

  2. Similar to 1 above except when couples separate at the top of the hall the first time, the gent goes right and the lady goes left. This is accomplished by twirling the lady under joined left hands. She rotates cw as she crosses in front of the gent and they separate from each other. Each couple in turn does the same. When partners meet at the bottom they join right hands and the lady twirls ccw over to the gent's right side to resume promenade. [Queen's Highway; Bonner]
     
    Queen's Highway everybody
    Gents go right, ladies go left
         When lead couple reaches the bottom of the hall...
    Meet your partner, give her a whirl
    Then promenade that pretty little girl.

  3. Start is similar to 1 above except lead couple cuts through center starting at the top, nearest the band and caller. They lead the other couples down the center in a column. As the lead couple reaches the bottom, they turn left and circle ccw back to the top. The couple just behind them turns right and goes cw, each couple in turn alternating left or right. When couples meet at the top they pivot (the person nearsest the center is the anchor) to face down, join hands in lines of four and promenade down the center.
         At the bottom the lead line goes left, the following line goes right, etc., circling back to the top. When they meet at the top, lines of four pivot (person on the end nearest center being the anchor) and form lines of eight. These lines go down the center to finish, or, if the hall is big enough, to continue forming larger lines. Dance can end here or other figures may follow.[Grand March; Bonner] [Morgantown Special Ending for Fig. 7 (Grand March); Dalsemer]
     
    Promenade down the center of the ring
    Grand March all and hear me sing.
    Odds go left, evens go right
    Dance all around with all your might.
    When you meet you promenade four
    Dance on down the center of the floor.
    First line left, second line right
    Come back around and hold on tight.
    When you meet you pick up eight
    Now move on down and don't be late.
    ~ Bonner

  4. As in 1 above, couples promenade up the center and separate at the top. Gents go left to form a ccw single file circle and ladies go right to form a cw circle. When partners meet near the bottom they promenade together a few steps up through the center. Then the lady crosses in front of the gent to join the ccw circle and her partner crosses to his right into the ladies' circle. When partners meet near the bottom again they trade sides and promenade up the center. At the top the original ccw promenade is resumed. [King's/Queen's Highway; Matthews]
     
  5. Starts the same as 1. Couples split up into two single file circles. When the last couple separates, the gents join hands in a circle and continue ccw while the ladies join hands and circle cw. Continues with King's and Queen's Highway Subset 1 below. [Gents Go Left Ladies Go Right; Gilpin]
     
    Gents go left and ladies right.
KING'S & QUEEN'S HIGHWAY SUBSET
  1. After splitting up and gents are in one circle, ladies in another. Each circle form its own right hand star. Followed by Ladies Hold Hands High below. [Venus and Mars; Bonner]
     
    Now join your hands and make two stars
    One like venus and one like mars.

  2. After splitting up and gents are in one circle, ladies in another. When lead partners are the maximum distance from each other, on opposite sides of their respective circles, the circles stop. Holding hands throughout, the lead gent crosses his circle, pulling the rest with him. He goes under an arch formed by any two gents on the opposite side. Pulling all the gents with him, the lead gent then goes under a ladies' arch and into the center of the ladies' circle. The gents' circle is now turned inside-out and is in the center of the ladies' circle. Gents are facing the ladies and are near their partners. The gents circle left all the way around. When they meet partners, swing and resume promenade. [Ladies Hold Hands High; Bonner] [Ladies Hold Hands High; Gilpin]
     
    Ladies hold hands high and mark the time
    Half way around and the other way back
    Dance on around that railroad track.
    Swing your partner 'round and 'round
    And make a big ring when she comes down.
    ~ Bonner
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