Chorus taken from video of Motley Morris. Figures invented by BAZ & RMW (1992).
Strike the Bell (or Click Go the Shears if you’re Australian).
Set of 6 in two lines, facing up.
Long sticks, two handed for sticking.
Single step (cycle step), stick on shoulder when not sticking. Stand still for sticking.
Dance on the spot facing up, turn to face partners on last four steps, finish with stomp-stomp ready for sticking.
Consists of sticking, loop, sticking, loop.
F = forehand to partner,
R = backhand to opposite right
L = Forehand to opposite left
B = backhand to partner
– = pause
Loop: dance in a smallish loop anticlockwise (start by going to your left!), each dancer doing his own private loop,
but keeping in line with the other 2 on his side. Hit sticks with partner on first step with violence and a shriek.
1 & 6 change places on first two steps, with a shriek, passing Right shoulders
2 & 5 change places on steps 3-4, with a shriek, passing Right shoulders
3 & 4 change places on steps 5-6, with a shriek, passing Right shoulders
All dance steps 7-8 on the spot.
Next 8 steps change places back again in the same way.
Middles go to their right. Form 3-man stars, and do RH star for 8 steps;
turn out into LH star for 8 steps and back to place.
Middles go to their right, to form a hey at the ends, dancing between the two dancers to their right, e.g.:
No 3 turns to his right and goes through space between nos. 1 & 2, to start the hey by doing a left shoulder pass with
Go round the hey twice, but you have to move reasonably fast in order to get back to place ready for the stomp-stomp.
All turn the long way into a normal clockwise rounds. Turn out and jump in on last four steps to finish.