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Because He Was A Bonnie Lad

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BECAUSE HE WAS A BONNIE LAD (M-(S64+R48)) 4C set Mary Isdale MacNab Dances #1

1- 8 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
9-16 All set twice and turn partner 2H
17-24 1M and 2M cross to face 2L and 1L (1M in front of 2M) also 3M and 4M cross to face 4L and 3L (3M in front of 4M), all set and Men dance round Ladies RSh back to places (again 1M and 3M in front of 2M and 4M)
25-32 All set twice, turn 2H into 2 diagonal lines of 4 (1M and 2L also 3M and 4L in own places and partners BtoB between them)
33-40 All dance RSh diagonal reels of 4
41-48 All set twice and turn 2H to end in original places
49-56 1s and 3s set advancing to partner and turn 2H (Ladies on partner's left) to face 2L/4L, set and circle 3H round to left ½ way to face 2M/4M
57-64 1s+3s set twice to 2M+4M and circle 4H round for 2 steps, turn partner 2H to original places

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ R&L with setting between each hand to person just passed
9-16 All repeat bars 1- 8
17-24 All Men set for 8 bars (Highland Steps) as partners set twice and advance turning with 4 pas-de-basque steps to right to give their backs to the Men
25-32 All Men dance RSh round partner to face them, all set twice with Ladies again turning their backs on the Men
33-40 All repeat bars 25-32
41-48 All Men dance forward 3 pas-de-basque steps, pat partners on shoulder and dance back 1 step, Ladies turn to face partner, turn RH to end facing in middle

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

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