Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Powder Monkey

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THE POWDER MONKEY (M-S64+R64) Sq.Set S Tyler Exeter's 40th Anniversary Book

1- 8 All dance interlocking reels of 4 (all pass partner RSh, next person LSh and following person RSh) and end with hands joined with corners
9-16 All Set+Link with corners, All advance 1 step with corner and retire 1 step with next person (to end in a square) and set
17-24 1s+3s (sides) dance ½ R&L, 2s+4s (top and bottom) dance ½ R&L
25-32 All Set+Link with corners, All advance 1 step with corner and retire 1 step with partner (to end in a square) and set
33-40 Ladies dance in front of partner and behind next Man, then dance ¾ RH across and turn partner LH into RH across joined NH with partner
41-44 All dance RH across ¼ way then change places with partner and dance another ¼ RH across (Men in centre)
45-48 All dance another ¼ RH across then Men dance out followed by partners to end ½ way round set
49-56 All dance double Men's Chain and end Ladies facing out
57-64 All dance ½ Schiehallion reel and end in original places

1-64 Repeat in reel time but in bars 13-16 and 29-32 all advance 2 steps and retire 2 steps and omit setting

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

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The Powder Monkey manned naval artillery guns as a member of a warship's crew, primarily during the Age of Sail. His chief role was to ferry gunpowder from the powder magazine in the ship's hold to the artillery pieces.
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Powder Monkey 1911
On A Union Vessel During The American Civil War

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