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The Ballemuir Strathspey

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THE BALLEMUIR STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set John Drewry, 1993, Bankhead Book 3
2 chords - 2nd chord 3s+4s cross to opposite sides

1- 8 1s and 4s cross RH and cast in 1 place (2s and 3s step up/down 3-4); 2s+1s also 4s+3s set and link (Men face out)
9-12 1L+2L dance in, turn ¾ RH, dance out to sides passing Men RSh while 1M+2M curve Right, dance in, turn 1½ LH to face partners
4s+3s dance similar
13-16 1L+2L dance in passing partner LSh, turn LH and dance out to sides while 1M+2M dance round partner's place anticlockwise and take prom hold with partner facing anticlockwise round
17-24 Circulating Allemande:
 17-20 All dance anticlockwise round to Ladies' side: 3s 1s; Men's side: 4s 2s
 21-24 All face in on sides, all dance in and Men bring partner round to face, all retire bars 23-24. (3)4(1)2
25-28 3s+2s set to partner, turn 2H to end 3s facing down nearer hands joined, 2s facing up nearer hands joined
29-32 3M+2L dance ½ Fig of 8 round 4M+1L (Men's side) while 3L+2M dance similar round 4L+1M (Ladies' side). 24(1)(3)

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

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