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The Bridge Of Sighs

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THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Summer Collection 86

1- 8 1s+3s set and turn 2H to face up, 3s dance to top and cast back to places while 1s cast to 3rd place and lead up LH to face 1st corner
9-16 1s ½ diagonal reel of 4 while 2s+3s ½ R&L (inside the reel), 1s+1corners ½ reel of 4 and 1s pass LSh to face 2nd corner
17-24 1s ½ diagonal reel of 4 while 2s+3s ½ R&L up/down (inside the reel), 1s+2nd corners ½ reel of 4 and 1s end side by side (LSh) facing opposite side
25-32 2s+1s+3s chase clockwise (1s merge) and turn 2H

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

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The Bridge of Sighs is the name given to a number of bridges, notably one in Venice and one in Scotland (see below).

In Venice the enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino, and built in 1602.

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The Ponte Dei Sospiri - The Bridge Of Sighs - In Venice

Edinburgh also has its own 'Bridge Of Sighs', the colloquial name given to 'The Dean Bridge Of Edinburgh' which rises 106 feet (32 metres) over the Water of Leith.
Also see the dance The Dean Bridge Of Edinburgh

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The Dean Bridge Of Edinburgh - Also Known Locally As 'The Bridge Of Sighs'

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