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Blue Sky, Yellow Sun

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BLUE SKY, YELLOW SUN (S4x32) 4C set Murrough Landon, 2022
1s and 3s start on opposite sides. (1)2(3)4

1- 8 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance RH across and LH across back, 2M and 3M end facing in, 2L and 3L face out on sides
9-16 2s+3s dance reel of 4 across, 2M+3M start passing LSh as 2L and 3L loop to right. 2L+3L end dancing round each other ¾ LSh and take partner in prom hold, 2s facing up, 3s down
17-20 2s+1s dance ½ reel of 3 across (2s RSh to 1M in 1L's place) while 3s+4s dance similar (3s RSh to 4M)
21-24 2s+1L+4M dance ½ reel of 3 on Ladies' side (2s LSh to 4M) while 3s+1M+4s dance similar (3s LSh to 1M)
25-32 2s+3s dance ½ Men's Chain (Ladies cast down/up to start); 4s+2s also 3s+1s set advancing and circle 4H ½ round to left. (2)4(1)3

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


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Dance Information

This dance, Blue Sky, Yellow Sun, was devised by Murrough Landon shortly after the invasion of Ukraine.

The combination of the yellow sun in a pale blue sky reminded Murrough of the flag of Ukraine, which inspired the title.

Suggested music is "And When It Rains" by Wouter Joubert, written "...in support of peace and to all those who are bullied by tyrants".


Ukrainian Flag


Image copyright Government of Ukraine, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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