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Thistle Dubh

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THISTLE DUBH (R6x32) 6C set Sue Petyt

1- 4 1s also 4s set and cast 1 place
5- 8 1s and 4s Petronella turn to end between 2s/3s and 5s/6s then all set forming two 3 couple sets across with the "top" on the Ladies' side
9-20 All dance Interlocking 3 couple R&Ls:-
All dance normal 3C R&Ls but when changing places LH (bars 11, 15 and 19) the centre dancer in each of the middle 2 rows change places with the person diagonally to left in the other set (e.g. at bar 11, 1L+6L and 2M+4M change places)
21-24 All Set+Link for 3 ending on sidelines 6(4)53(1)2
25-32 4s dance ½ Figs of 8 round 6s/5s while 1s dance ½ Figs of 8 round 3s/2s (Ladies up. Men down), all turn partners RH. 645312

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


Thistle Dubh (R6x32) 6C set Sue Petyt

1-4 First and fourth couples set and cast off one place, second and fifth couples step up
5-6 First and fourth couples Petronella, to finish with first lady between the second couple, all facing down, first man between the third couple all facing up, fourth lady between the fifth couple all facing down, and fourth man between the sixth couple all facing up
7-8 All set
9-20 All dance interlocking three couple rights and lefts as follows
9-10 all change places right hand with the person opposite (2nd and 3rd ladies, 1st couple, 2nd and 3rd men, 5th and 6th ladies, 4th couple, 5th and 6th men)
11-12 all change places left hand. 1st man and 3rd lady, 2nd lady and 3rd man, 4th lady and 5th man, 5th lady and 6th man, 1st lady and 6th lady, 2nd man and 4th man
13-14 all change places right hand with the person opposite (1st man and 3rd man, 3rd lady and 6th lady, 2nd lady and 4th man, 1st lady and 6th man, 2nd man and 5th man, 5th lady and 4th lady
15-16 all change places left hand. 4th man and 1st man, 6th lady and 3rd man, 1st lady and 4th lady, 5th lady and 2nd man, 2nd lady and 5th man, 3rd lady and 6th man
17-18 all change right hand with the person opposite (6th lady with 4th man, 3rd man with 6th man, 1st man with 5th man, 1st lady with 2nd man, 2nd lady with 5th lady, 3rd lady with 4th lady)
19-20 all change places left hand. 6th lady and 5th man, 6th man and 4th man, 1st lady and 2nd lady 3rd lady and 2nd man, 1st man with 5th lady, 3rd man with 4th lady
21-24 All set and link for 3 finishing on the sidelines. (6 (4) 5 3 (1) 2)
25-28 1st and fourth couples dance half a figure of eight, the ladies through the couple above them (1st lady through 3rd couple, 4th lady through 6th couple) and the men through the couple below them (1st man through 2nd couple,4th man through 5th couple) to finish (6 4 5 3 1 2)
28-32 All six couples turn partners with the right hand
Repeat from new positions

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, Sue Petyt, 2008)


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