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Belfast Bay

becket R: from improper, circle L 3 places and Partners swing
A1. Ring balance (4)
Ladies draw to Neighbors swing (12)
A2. Long lines forward and back (8)
new N2 Neighbors swing (8)
B1. Ring balance (4)
Ladies draw to Partners swing (12) end facing down!
B2. in lines of four facing down, "Dublin Bay" figure:
four steps backwards toward the stage (4)
four steps forward, turn toward Partner to face up (4)
four steps backwards (4)
four steps forward, bending the line to a ring (4)
(2016) Lots of swing time may tire dancers, so this sequence is best used as a before-waltz barn-burner, designed to leave dancers beside their partner facing the stage in order to facilitate announcements, or highlight the band after a hot set of tunes. Starting in lines of four - facing DOWN for the standard or UP for the variant - the Dublin Bay figure can be walked without “bend to a ring” twice for good measure, as its mechanics are unusual. Voila! Dancers are in lines of four facing up for announcements; the rest is simple enough to run no-walk-through.

Spacious variation! End the partner swing facing UP the hall and make A1:
four steps backwards, turn toward Partner to face down (4), four steps forward (4)
four steps backwards, turn toward Partner to face up (4), four steps forward to a ring (4)
(This variation shifts the figures such that A2 is the base sequence's A1.)

The central figure's roots date back to “Dublin Bay”, first published in 1713. I first encountered a version of the figure while dancing in Belfast, Maine at the Flying Shoes dance - thus this one’s dedicated to Flying Shoes founder and organizer Chrissy Fowler, steward of many joyous evenings, whose ladies-prerogative approach to choreography continues to guide me.