As you would probably guess, this is a variant on normal rights and lefts. Make sure you understand that before attempting this figure. In this version you are never crossing the set directly, and three couples are involved instead of two. The dancing couple are involved at each stage with one half of each of the other couples.
The dancing couple for this purpose is formed by the dancers on the middle of each side, i.e. in second couple position. In some particularly fiendish dances the actual couples may be a bit reordered (in particular the corners may be swapped, since we're about to swap them back).
|Start||Dancing couple: face the person to the right of your partner (this is your first
First corners: face the member of the dancing couple that is facing you.
Second corners: do nothing.
|1-2||Dancing couple and first corners change places giving right hand, then turn to face the other person that just crossed the dance.|
|3-4||Change places on the side giving left hand. The dancing couple should be back in the center
on the opposite side to which they started, and the first corners should have switched positions.|
Dancing couple: face the person to the left of your partner (your partner's second corner).
First corners: do nothing.
Second corners: face the member of the dancing couple that is facing you.
|5-6||Dancing couple and second corners change places giving left hand, then turn to face the other person that just crossed the dance.|
|7-8||Change places on the side giving left hand.|
The dancing couple should end up back where they started; the others have diagonally crossed the dance. Half diagonal rights and lefts are also seen occasionally - just end the figure half way.