BIG CIRCLE FIGURES
  All couples in one large circle facing the center.
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CONTENTS: Fillers, Intros and Endings  
All Gents Kneel and Do-Si Balance All Basket Black Snake Twist Butterfly Whirl (Helvetia) Carolina Star Fruit Basket Fruit Basket (Helvetia) Grapevine Twist Helvetia Figures King's and Queen's Highway (Promenade) King's and Queen's Highway (Gents Go Left, Ladies Go Right) King's and Queen's Highway Subset Ladies in the Center Back to Back Ladies in the Center Back to Back (Helvetia) London Bridge Miscellaneous Open Tunnel Raise the Window Right and Left Grand Rip and Snort The River Bend Shoo Fly Swing Her In
Swing Old Adam, Swing Old Eve (Helvetia) Swing the One Behind Wagonwheel Weave a Basket Weave the Ring
 
SOME WAYS TO FORM UP A BIG CIRCLE
(See the little circle index for some ways to form little circles.)
 
Note: If there are too many couples to dance comfortably in a circle, the circle can assume an irregular shape, like a piece from a jigsaw puzzle, to more efficently use the available space.
  1. The band starts playing while dancers choose partners and begin to form a circle, moving left. When enough people are on the floor, at the caller's direction all drop hands and promenade single file ccw. Now partners swing, promenade and dance one or more of the big circle figures. [New Creek, The Introduction; Dalsemer]
     
  2. The music starts and the dancers form up a big circle moving cw until the caller announces a circle right. [Dunmore, The Introduction; Dalsemer]
     
  3. Before the music starts the dancers form a circle of couples. Beginning with an arbitrarily chosen couple, the caller gets the couples to count off, odd or even, all the way around the circle. Then the dance begins. This method is most often encountered in the books.
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