Hay on Wye

Origin Nicked from the Hook Eagle Morris Side.

Two lines of 4 dancers, all start facing the musicians.

 1 2
3 4
5 6
7 8
FOOT UP 8 steps on the spot, facing up, then turn out and face down on the hop of step 8.
8 steps facing down, turning in to face partner on last 2 steps.
CHORUS Sticking with partner, RR LL RR LL RR LL RLR – repeat.
SWAP
DIAGONALS

Always pass right shoulders.

1 and 5 change with 4 and 8 on two steps:
2 4 6 8    2 1 6 5
    becomes
1 3 5 7     4 3 8 7


2 and 3 change with 6 and 7 on two steps:
2 1 6 5     3 1 7 5
    becomes
4 3 8 7    4 2 8 6

Everybody two steps on the spot, and two steps across.
4 2 8 6
3 1 7 5

Repeat above with 3 and 7 changing with 2 and 6 back to original place
4 3 8 7     1 3 5 7     2 4 6 8
             –›             –›
2 1 6 5     2 4 6 8     1 3 5 7

CHORUS
INSIDE OUT

Middles dance out between ends, 3 & 4 between 1 & 2, and 5 & 6 between 7 & 8 (4 & 5 go first),
and dance most of a figure of 8 around the end two, taking 12 steps and finishing in a line with the ends.

So


2 4 6 8            becomes            4 6
1 3 5 7                                      2 8
                                                 1 5
                                                 3 7
All this time, the ends keep stepping on the spot, facing front.
As the middles get to position to form a wide set at right angles to original position, on step 12 all turn sharply to face new partner, then all do 2 steps on the spot and 2 steps in, to narrow the set and last two beats are stomp, stomp.

CHORUS
CAST TO LEFT

Each side, led by 4 and 7, cast to left, circle out and back to place on 14th beat,
and stomp, stomp on last two.

CHORUS
BACK TO BACK

Side nearest to music do right shoulder back to back round other side
who keep stepping on the spot. They do 1 step to surge across, 2 to get round
partner and into line, 1 on the spot and 4 back to place. Repeat with
other side moving.

CHORUS
INSIDE OUT

All turn out the long way (on stick shoulder) into a clockwise circle and dance off, led by 1.