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Ashley And Her Husbands

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ASHLEY AND HER HUSBANDS (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Murrough Landon

1-8 1s lead down below 3s, cross and cast up to 2nd place opposite sides (2s step up); 1s cross RH, cast to Right to 1M between 2s 1L between 3s
9-12 1s turn ¾ RH, turn 1st corners LH into lines across facing 4th corners, 1L taking 1st corner in prom hold (1L on the L), 1M alone
13-16 1s loop LSh round 4th corners back to same place,1L releases prom hold, while 4th corners pass 1s LSh into centre and turn LH back to place
17-20 Repeat 9-12 with 2nd corners: 1s ¾ turn LH, turn 2nd corner LH to face 3rd corners, 1L taking 2nd corner in prom hold (1L on the R)
21-24 Repeat 13-16 with 3rd corners: 1s loop RSh while 3rd corners pass 1s RSh into centre and turn RH back to place
25-32 All chase ½ way clockwise then 1s turn 1¼ RH while corners continue chase back to place. 213

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

Ashley And Her Husbands (J8x32) A 32 bar jig for 3 couples in a 4 couple longwise set. Murrough Landon

1-4 1st couple lead down, cross below 3rd couple and cast back up to 2nd place opposite sides as 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4.
5-8 1st couple cross giving right hands and cast to their right ending with 1st man between 2nd couple and 1st woman between 3rd couple.
9-10 1st couple giving left hands turn three quarters to face their 1st corners.
11-12 1st couple giving right hands turn their 1st corners three quarters to end in lines across facing 4th corners. 1st man ends alone while 1st woman takes promenade hold with 2nd man on her right.
13-16 Corners Loop and Turn: like Corners Pass and Turn but 1st couple start and end in lines across and the phrasing is different for the corners. 1st couple (plus 2nd man) loop around 4th corners passing left shoulder and return to 1st and 3rd places with 1st woman releasing promenade hold. Meanwhile the corners have 2 bars to loop and dance in, 1 bar to turn left hand and 1 bar to return to places.
17-24 Repeat 9-16 with 2nd corners using opposite hands: 1st couple turn each other right hand and their corners left hand. 1st woman takes promenade hold with 3rd man on her left. 1st couple dance Corners Loop and Turn passing 3rd corners right shoulder with the corners turning right hand. 1st man ends between 2nd couple and 1st woman, releasing promenade hold, ends between 3rd couple.
25-28 All chase clockwise half way round the set.
29-32 1st couple giving right hands turn one and a quarter while the corners continue to chase back to places. End in the order 2,1,3.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Murrough Landon, CC BY-SA Dec 2016)

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For Ashley Weller, with many thanks for organising the Gay Gordons expert evenings.

Ashley's husband Steve does not dance, so Ashley travels to dance events with past and present members of the Gay Gordons who are sometimes assumed to be her partner and whom she collectively refers to as her extra husbands. In this dance 1st woman goes on promenades with other men while her partner is solo for the central 16 bars.

Recommended Music: [Slowish] Young At Heart (Marian Anderson: Belfast Platinum), [Faster] Flight of the Falcon (Colin Dewar: Special Requests Vol 6)

(Dance information by the deviser, Murrough Landon, CC BY-SA Dec 2016)

Ashley And Her Husbands
Ashley With Her Steve And With James And With Arthur

Image copyright Ashley, Steve, James, Arthur, Murrough Landon, CC BY-SA Dec 2016.

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