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The full figure 8 pattern can be confusing to beginners. This a 16 step version. By convention the woman always steps first with man remaining in place for one or two beat of music. The diagram is for the 2cd couple moving around the standing 1st couple. Either the 1st or 2cd woman may starts a figure 8 with her partner following and crossing behind.

In the half figure 8 the partners change places after 8 steps.

The double figure 8 is done by intermediate level dancers. The couple leading the double figure 8 dance the same pattern as in the single figure 8. The following couple have the hard part, particular the woman. She must adjust to cross between the two men. Her partner then crosses behind.

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