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Fife Ness

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FIFE NESS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Mary Shoolbraid Brandon 4 SCDs 1978

1- 8 1s ½ turn RH into prom hold and dance down, cross LH and cast up behind 3s on own sides to 2nd place
9-16 1L and 2M+3M set advancing to form triangle, 1L and 2M+3M retire as 1M and 2L+3L set advancing to form triangle, repeat this Fig (bars 9-12)
17-24 1s in prom hold dance ½ LSh reel of 3 with 2L+3L (in centre of set), 2L and 3L pick up each others partner and complete reel
25-32 1s (prom hold) continue with ½ reel of 3 with 2M+3M (Men leave Ladies on Men's side in 1st and 3rd place) all end opposite side 213, all set and cross RH. 213

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Fife Ness
Mary Shoolbraid Brandon   4 Scottish Counntry Dances 1978
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s turn by the right into promenade position, face down and promenade down;

  5-8   1s cross down between 3s and cast up to 2nd place on own sides;

  9-16 A fugal version of the anvil figure in The Blacksmith of Elgin:

  9-10 2M1L3M set advancing and take hands;

11-12 2M1L3M retire, WHILE 2L1M3L set advancing and take hands;

11-12 2L1M3L retire, WHILE 2M1L3M set advancing and take hands;

15-16 2M1L3M retire, WHILE 2L1M3L set advancing and take hands briefly, finishing with 1s taking promenade hold, facing up and out;

17-20 2L1s3L half reel of 3 up and down, starting by giving left shoulder to 2L and finishing with 2M3L 3M2L taking promenade hold;

21-24 2M3L1s3M2L promenade half reel of 3 up and down, finishing with 2M3L 3M2L dropping promenade hold and 2L 3L on wrong side;

25-28 3M1s2M half reel of 3 up and down, finishing 2s1s3s on opposite sides;

29-30 2s1s3s set on the sides;

31-32 2s1s3s cross by the right to own sides.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


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Dance Information

Fife Ness is a headland (ness is an archaic Norse word meaning "nose"), forming the most eastern point in Fife. It is situated in the area of Fife known as the East Neuk, and forms the muzzle of the dog-like outline of the latter when viewed on a map.

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