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An' 'T Were Na For The Lasses

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AN' 'T WERE NA FOR THE LASSES (S4X32) 4C Set Jean Miller Nova Scotia Collection 2017

1- 8 1M sets advancing to partner, ½ turns partner 2H, 1s (1L on 1M's right) + 2L circle 3H round to left and face down (1M in middle)
9-16 1s+2L dance down middle and back up, pull back RSh (2L returns to place)
17-24 1s cross RH, cast (2s step up); 2s+1s turn partner RH
25-32 1s cross RH and face down, 1s+3s change places LH on sides; 1s+4s change places RH on sides, 1s cross LH to 4th place own side. 2341

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

This dance was devised by Jean Miller in 2011 for Allan Swanzey who especially loved to dance with the Lassies.

The title of this dance, An' 'T Were Na For The Lasses, comes from the Green Grow The Rashes - Song written by Robert Burns in 1787, which was inspired by the earlier tune, Green Grows The Rashes.

There's nought but care on ev'ry han',
In every hour that passes, O
What signifies the life o' man,
An' 'twere na for the lasses, O.

Green Grow The Rashes Song - Information Video

Poetical Works And Letters Of Robert Burns
The Poetical Works And Letters Of Robert Burns, c. 1869

Image copyright Burns, Robert, 1759-1796 [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.

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