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UPTOWN AND BACK
  1. Couple one advances four steps toward couple three. Couple one retires four steps to place, couple three advancing along with them. Now both couples return together toward couple three's home. Couple three stop at home and couple one split them, gent one going ccw and lady one going cw around the outside of the square and back to place. All swing partner half around, swing corners once around, then promenade that corner to the gent's home place. Gent one, with a new partner each time, repeats all the above three more times. [Uptown and Back; Napier] [Uptown and Back; Sharp] [Uptown and Back; Bonner] [Uptown and Back p. 25; Rohrbough]
     
    First couple go down town
    Bring that other couple down
    Lady go right, gent go wrong
    Partner swing
    Corner swing
    Corners promenade around the ring
    ~ Napier

  2. Same as 1 above except when couple one gets back home after splitting couple three, all swing partners and promenade, keeping original partners. [Go Down Town; Smith]
     
    First couple Go Down Town
    Bring that other couple down
    Swing and promenade

  3. Same as 1 above except when couple one gets back home after splitting couple three, they do a right elbow turn. Then all allemande left corners, do-si-do (back-to-back) partners, swing corners and promenade corners to gent's home place. Gent one repeats twice or four times. [Uptown and Downtown; Edelman]
     
    First couple go uptown, Bring that other couple down
    Pick them up and lay them down, Split the ring go round the town
    Separate go round the ring, Meet your own right elbow swing
    Allemande left with your corners all, Do-sa-do your partners all
    Swing your corner all around, Promenade her round the town
    (Could be repeated 2x or 4x for each couple, separated by breaks)
WILD GOOSE CHASE
  1. Couple one join inside hands. Gent leading, couple one split couple two going ccw around the lady and in to the center. Couple one do a small cw loop in the center and again split couple two, going cw around the gent. Couples one and two join hands and circle left. Gent one release corner and split couple three, pulling the other three dancers through to repeat the above figure. Take in couple three and circle six to the left. Gent one release corner and and split couple four, leading the other five through the figure. Then take in couple four and circle eight to the left. [Wild Goose Chase (II); Napier] [Wild Goose Chase; Smith] [Wild Goose Chase p. 26; Rohrbough] [Wild Goose Chase; Bonner] [Chase the Goose; Levin]
     
    Join hands, circle left.
    First gent lead out a wild goose-chase,
    Break to the left and round the lady,
    Break to the right around the gent,
    Four hands up and going again,
    Break to the left, etc.,
    Six hands up and going again, etc.
    Eight hands up and going again, etc.,
    Break to the left in a wild goose-chase,
    Break to the right and going again,
    Come your places, home swing,
    Balance eight,
    Join hands, circle left.
    ~ Sharp; as called in Harlan Co., Kentucky, 1917

  2. A slight variation on 1 above. [This is my interpretation of Napier's instructions. Your's may differ.] When the line of geese split the last couple, the gent of that couple (Old Crazy) breaks away and follows the end of the line as it travels around behind his standing partner. Rather than follow the line as it passes in front of his partner, the gent doubles back, passing behind his partner to place. He and his partner then join the end of the line. [Wild Goose Chase (II) Variation; Napier]
     
    Break to the left and around this lady
    Back to the right and around Old Crazy
         Pick up four
    Break to the left and around this lady
    Back to the right and around Old Crazy
         Pick up six
    Break to the left and around this lady
    Back to the right and around Old Crazy
         Pick up eight

  3. This variation is similar to 2 above. When the line splits the couple for the second time to travel around the gent, the gent quickly dances cw around his partner, arriving at place just in time to join in the circle left. [Wild Goose Chase; Sharp]
     
    Same call as 1 above.

  4. Couple one join inside hands. Gent leading, couple one split couple two going ccw around the lady and in to the center. Couple one do a small cw loop in the center and again split couple two, going cw around the gent. Then couple one moves on to repeat the figure with the next couple while couple two stays put. With the last couple the ones dance any do-si-do figure (see Little Circle figures) but do not dance the goose chase. All swing partners and promenade. [Figure Eight p. 24; Rohrbough]
     
    Away to the left and dance the figure eight.
    Back to the right and around the gent.

         (Repeat around the set)
    Do-si--Home swing--Promenade.
    ~ Given by Mr. Dillard Turner of Yeaddie, Kentucky in 1930

  5. Similar to 1 above except Duck for the Oyster #1 (see Little Circle figures) is done each time before breaking to a line to dance with the next couple. [Glenville Fig. 4; Dalsemer]
     
    First gent, take your lady by the wrist and through that hole with a grapevine twist - - - right out front with a figure eight and through that hole like goin' through a gate - - - and circle up four and dance some more - - - now dive, dive, dive for the oyster - - - dive for the clam - - - now dive for the oyster, take a whole can - - - break that ring and on to the next with a grapevine twist - - - stay out front with a figure eight - - - take all four right through the gate - - - now circle up six and do your tricks - - - dive, dive, dive for the oyster - - - dive for the clam - - - now take a whole can - - - drop that hand and right through the next with a grapevine twist - - - right out front with a figure eight - - - back through the hole like goin' through a gate - - - all join hands for a big circle eight - - - dive, dive, dive for the oyster - - - dive for the clam - - - now take a whole can - - - now your're home whatcha gonna do, swing your honey and she'll swing you - - - ~ Mack Samples

  6. Couple one splits couple two and travels cw around the gent and back to the center. Couple one splits them again and goes ccw around the lady and back to the center. Couple one dances a small cw loop as they come into the center, then circle left with couple two. They finish by dancing the "reel to reel" (see "Do-Si-Do #4" in Little Circle figures), circle left again, and then gent one leads those three on to the next couple to repeat, etc. [Morgantown Fig. 5; Dalsemer]
     
    The first couple lead to the right, round that gent and don't be late, round that lady with a figure eight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - circle four when you get straight, reel to reel on the four - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - circle four when you get straight - - - - lead right on around that gent and don't be late, round that lady with a figure eight - - - - - - - - - - - - circle six when you get straight - - - - reel to reel on the six - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - circle six when you get straight - - - - - - - - - - - - round that gent and don't be late, round that lady with a figure eight - - - - - - - - - - - - circle eight when you get straight - - - - reel to reel on the eight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - circle eight when you get straight, everybody circle eight - - - - ~ Worley Gardner
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