There are five figures:
- Lines for Four
- Lines for Eight
- The Wigan Weave
- Centres for Four
- Centres for Eight
The Weave is repeated after Centres for Eight. Its name is derived from the Wigan St John's Morris dance, and its purpose is to get everyone back to their home position as each Eights figure leaves the set reversed.
Each figure (apart from the Weave) begins with everyone dancing into the centre of the set, so that all eight dancers are in line. They then move into the appropriate formation for the figure, which usually involves turning the wrong way; the most important thing is simply to know where you want to end up.
The Centres figures are named after the basic figure that they involve, which means everyone putting their hands in to the centre and moving around them (known in Royton as Hands Across). In Centres for Four there are two groups of four; in Centres for Eight there’s one group of four while the other four dance around the perimeter of the set in a circle.