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The Waternish Tangle

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THE WATERNISH TANGLE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Andrea Barfoot Skye Collection 2

1- 8 1s cross down RH, set, cross down LH and set
9-16 1s cross RH, change places on sides with 3s LH, 2s+1s cross RH and ¾ turn LH on sides to form line of 4 across
17-24 2s+1s dance the Targe:-
' 17-18 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
' 19-20 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man full turn LH
' 21-22 1st and 2nd Ladies ¾ turn RH while Men dance ¼ way round anticlockwise
' 23-24 1st Man with 2nd Lady and 1st Lady with 2nd Man turn LH to end on sides to 2(1)3
25-32 1s cross down below 3s, cast up, dance up between 2s and cast to 2nd place

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

The Waternish Tangle
Andrea Barfoot   Skye Collection 2
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-2       1s cross down by the right to 2nd place on opposite sides;

  3-4       1s set;

  5-6       1s cross down by the left to 3rd place on own sides;

  7-8       1s set;

  9-10     1s cross by the right;

11-12     3M1L 3L1M cross by the left on the sides;

13-14     2s 1s cross by the right;

15-16     2L1M 2M1L turn ¾ by the left on the sides, finishing 1M2L1L2M in line across, 1s facing down, 2s up;

17-24     2s1s dance the targe:

    17-18 2L1L turn ¾ by the right WHILE 1M 2M chase ¼ anticlockwise around the set, finishing 2M1L2L1M on the centre line;

    19-20 2M1L 2L1M turn by the left;

    21-22 2s1s repeat bars 17-18 from new positions, finishing 2M1L2L1M in line across;

    23-24 2M1L 2L1M turn by the left, finishing 2s in 1st place, 1s in 2nd on opposite sides;

25-28     1s cross down into half figures of 8 across;

29-32     1s lead up and cast to 2nd place.

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

Dance Notes

17-24     The targe is quick. Avoid the temptation to balance-in-line.

    -24     Polite turn for Ls.

29-30     Take nearer hands.

31-32     In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1s cast to 4th place of the full set so that 3s can step up to the correct place for bar 1 of the next repeat.

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Waternish (or Bhatairnis/Vaternish) is a peninsula approximately 12 km long on the island of Skye, Scotland, situated between Loch Dunvegan and Loch Snizort in the northwest of the island, and traditionally inhabited and owned by Clan MacLeod whose clan seat is at the nearby Dunvegan Castle.

The current clan chief is Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod. It contains the hamlets of Trumpan, Gillen, Halistra, Hallin, Stein, and Lusta, and can be accessed from the A850 road by crossing the Fairy Bridge.

The name Waternish is derived from the Norse vatnenes or "headland of the pond", the highest point on the Waternish peninsular is Ben Geary (284m) and it is the home of the oldest inn on Skye - the Stein Inn dating from 1790.

Tangle is a reference to the tangled seaweed found nearby.

Waternish Image
Waternish Coastline Covered In Seaweed

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