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Startled Rabbits

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STARTLED RABBITS (J5x32) 5c Set Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 6

1- 8 1s and 3s lead down for 3 steps, lead up to places and cast down 1 place. 21435
9-16 2s+1s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross up) while 4s+3s+5s dance reflection reels on own sides (3s in and down to start)
17-24 2s+1s+4s dance reflection reels (1s in and down to start) while 3s+5s dance double Fig of 8 (3s cross down)
25-32 1s and 3s cross RH and cast down 1 place, 1s and 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 round couple above them. 24153

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


Startled Rabbits
Derek Haynes
Jig   5 x 32 bars   5 Couple Repeat   5 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-6   1s 3s lead down and back;

  7-8   1s 3s cast one place, finishing 2s1s4s3s5s;

  9-16 1s cross up into double figures of eight with 2s WHILE 3s dance in and down into mirror reels of three on own sides with 4s5s, 1s 3s finishing facing diagonally down;

17-24 1s dance in and down into mirror reels of three on own sides with 2s4s WHILE 3s cross down into double figures of eight with 5s, finishing 2s1s4s3s5s;

25-28 1s 3s cross and cast;

29-32 1s 3s cross up into half figures of eight, finishing 2s4s1s5s3s on own sides.

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


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Startled Rabbit
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