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The Hazel Tree

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THE HAZEL TREE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Brodie Book

1- 8 1s+2s dance Espagnole:-
' 1-2 1s+2s cross (Ladies lead across RH passing between Men) with Ladies changing places RH
' 3-4 1s+2s cross back (Men lead across RH between Ladies) with Men changing places RH
' 5-8 2s turn RH as 1s turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16 1s turn 1st corners RH, pass RSh, turn 3rd corner LH and pass LSh to face 2nd corner
17-24 1s turn 2nd corners RH, pass RSh, turn 4th corner LH, 1s pass LSh to face down in middle (opposite sides) left hands joined
25-32 1s lead down below 3s, cross, cast up to 2nd place own sides, 2s+1s+3s turn RH. 213

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


The Hazel Tree
John Drewry   Brodie Book
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-8   1s2s espagnole:

  1-2   1M 2M dance across the set to partner's places, pulling nearer shoulders back to face each other WHILE 1L2L cross by the right to finish 2L in 1M's place, 1L in 2M's, facing away from each other;

  3-4   repeat bars 1-2 from the same positions (Ls dancing across, Mn crossing by the right) finishing 2s1s on own sides, facing in;

  5-8   2s turn by the right WHILE 1s turn by the left 1½ times, finishing facing first corners;

  9-12 1s turn first corner by the right and pass by the right to face partner's first corner;

13-16 1s turn partner's first corner by the left and pass by the left to face second corners;

17-24 repeat bars 9-16 with second corners, 1s finishing facing down on opposite sides of the centre line;

25-28 taking left hands, 1s cross down below 3s and cast up to 2nd place on own sides;

29-32 2s 1s 3s turn by the right.

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


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Common Hazel is cultivated for its nuts. The name hazelnut applies to the nuts of any of the species of the genus Corylus. This hazelnut or cob nut, the kernel of the seed, is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste. The cob is round, compared with the longer filbert nut.

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