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The Silver Tassie

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THE SILVER TASSIE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Bon Accord Book

1- 8 1s+2s+3s cross RH and set, cross back RH and set
9-16 1s and 3s dance double Fig of 8 round 2s (3s casting)
17-24 1s followed by 2s+3s dance down, 1s followed by 2s+3s (who part to let 1s through) dance back to top
25-32 1s+2s dance the Rondel. 213

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

The Silver Tassie
John Drewry   Bon Accord Book
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4       1s2s3s cross by the right and set;

  5-8       repeat bars 1-4;

  9-16     1s3s double figures of 8 round 2s (1s crossing down and 3s casting up to start);

17-20     1s followed by 2s 3s lead down, 2s 3s separate;

21-24     1s followed by 2s 3s lead up;

25-32     1s2s rondel:

    25-26 1s cross down under arch made by 2s dancing up, 2s finishing half a place above 1st place, 1s half a place below 2nd place, all on opposite sides facing out;

    27-27 2s cast to 1st place WHILE 1s cast up to 2nd place, finishing 2s1s on opposite sides;

    28-29 2L1L cross under arch made by 2M1M dancing across, all finishing in original places, 1s facing up, 2s down;

    30-30 1s dance up, in and down WHILE 2s dance down, in and up, finishing 1s facing down, 2s up, all with nearer hands joined;

    31-32 1s lead down under arches made by 2s finishing 2s1s3s.

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

Dance Notes

17-24     1s take right hands, 2s 3s nearer hands.

25-32     On the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, use rondel for 3 couples with the following modified movements:

    30-30 1s dance up, in and down WHILE 2s dance down, in and up WHILE 3s advance (left foot step) and face up, finishing 1s facing down, 2s 3s up, all with nearer hands joined;

    31-32 1s lead down under arches made by 2s3s, all finishing 2s3s1s.

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A silver tassie is probably an old expression for a silver cup or goblet, especially for spirits.
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A Silver Tassie

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