This dance is very useful with people who already know square dancing because couple face couple across the set instead of the partner being across the set. You sing it like a singing call.
Slaunch to Donegal
Adapted by Ede Butlin from “Beckett Reel” by Herbe Gaudreau
Formation: Couples facing couples, lady on partner’s right, in long lines down the hall. An even number of couples is required.
Intro – – – -, With your corner allemande left 1
1-8 – – – -, Everybody swing your own
9-16 – – – -, Slant left and right and left thru
17-24 – – – -, Straight across right & left thru
25-32 – – – -, Same four two ladies chain
33-40 – – – -, – – Chain back
41-48 – – – -, Same four star Left
49-56 – – – -, – – Star right
57-64 – – – -, With your corner allemande left
1-8 Allemande Left with the corner.
9-16 Swing your partner and finish facing across the set.
17-24 As a couple, face diagonally to the left and Right & Left Thru with the facing couple. Two couples, one on each end of the set, will have no couple diagonally to the left. They face across the set and wait in place for 8 beats of music.
25-32 Right & Left Thru with the couple across the set. The two couples left idle, during the previous move, will change sides of the set during the Right & Left Thru and have a new home line.
33-40 2 Ladies Chain across the set.
41-48 Chain the ladies back across the set.
49-56 Same four Star Left.
57-64 Same four Star Right back to the home lines.
One of the more unusual contras I’ve found. This one and another version are both printed in “Dancing for Busy People.“