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The Arctic Circle

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THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (R64) Sq.Set John Drewry 2005

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 1M+3L also 1L+3M dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s/4s, ½ turn and twirl back to place, finishing facing out
17-24 1M and 3M turn corner RH while partners turn corner LH, all set to partner and turn 2H (skip change of step)
25-40 2s and 4s repeat bars 9-24
41-48 All Ladies dance RH across ½ way, dance round opposite Man LSh and dance RH across ½ way back to place
49-56 All Men dance LH across ½ way, dance round opposite Lady RSh and dance LH across ½ way back to place
57-64 All promenade round anticlockwise

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


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John Drewry notes: "I had a letter from Susan Hagen, who lives in Oslo, requesting a dance with this title. The dance is to be performed at a ball in the British Ambassador's Residence in October. She sent me a booklet about the residence, which is called "Villa Frognæs". I have based Bars 41-56 of the dance on the design above the oriel window. I did go once north of the Arctic Circle in Norway with a Swiss friend. We flew separately to Oslo and then went by train to Narvik. From there we went by cargo boat northwards until, after calling in various ports, we rounded the North Cape and reached Honningsvåg where we stayed for a few days."

"We were amused to see people from the various tourist ships taken to see a Lappish village with the Lapps living in tents made of reindeer skin. Once the buses had taken the tourists back to their ships, the Lapps returned to their comfortable houses in the town."


The Arctic Circle is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth.

For Epoch 2010, it is the parallel of latitude that runs 66º 33′ 43″ (or 66.5619°) north of the Equator, the region north of this circle is known as the Arctic.

Arctic Circle
Map Of The Arctic With The Arctic Circle In Blue


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