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The Badgers' Sett

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THE BADGERS' SETT (J4x32) 4C set Michael Franklin
3s + 4s start on opposite sides

1- 4 1s+4s set, cast to 2nd/3rd place (2s+3s step down/up bars 3-4)
5- 8 1s+4s dance ½ RH across, then take promenade hold, 1M+4L facing out on Men's side and 4M+1L facing out on Ladies' side
9-12 1M+4L (out/up) and 4M+1L (out/down) dance ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4 with 2M+3M then pass RSh in middle ready for...
13-16 1M+4L (pass 3L RSh) and 4M+1L (pass 2L RSh) to dance ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4 with 2L+3L. End 4L facing up followed by 1M, 1L facing down followed by 4M in the middle
17-24 4L+1M pass 3L RSh (at top) also 1L+4M pass 2L RSh (at bottom) to dance alternating tandem reels of 3 across. (Lead changes bar 19 and 23) At end Ladies followed by Men dance down/up sides
25-28 4 Men dance ½ diagonal R&L with 3M+4M and 1M+2M crossing RH to start (top 2 places Men's side, bottom 2 places Ladies' side)
29-32 4 Ladies dance ½ diagonal R&L (top 2 places Ladies' side, bottom 2 places Men's side) 24(1)(3)

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

Dance Notes

Confusion may arise in understanding bars 5-8 from familiarity with the superficially similar four bars in The Bees Of Maggieknockater and Cullen Skink. Those have full right hands across and each L turns on the spot to take promenade hold with the M who was behind her in the hands across; in this dance, she takes promenade hold with the M in front and so must speed up slightly while he holds back. Although these four bars are a continuously flowing movement, it is simplest to describe them as:

  5-6   4s1s right hands across halfway, finishing (without returning to the sidelines) 4M1L  4L1M in promenade hold, facing in.

  7-8   Giving right shoulders, 4M1L  4L1M cross to finish facing out, 4M1L on the Ls' side, 4L1M on the Mn's.

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