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Buttermilk Falls

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BUTTERMILK FALLS (S3x32) 3C set Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection 1991

1- 4 1s+2s dance 4 hands round to the left WHILE 3s set and turn both hands
5- 8 1M+2M+3M dance 3 hands round to the left WHILE 1L+2L+3L half reel, 1L+2L passing RS, to end 3L+2L+1L
9-12 All set on sides (taking hands); 2M+3M and 3L+2L and Petronella-in-tandem - to end facing Up&Down the set WHILE 1M and 1L petronella into the middle to end 1M facing up, 1L down
13-16 All set (2L+3L and 2M+3M nearer hands joined); 2L+3L and 2M+3M Petronella-in-tandem to opposite sides WHILE 1M and 1L petronella to opposite side. (1M)(3M)(2M), (2L)(3L)(1L)
17-20 2L+3L+1L dance 3 hands round to the left WHILE 1M+3M+2M half reel, 1M+3M passing RS ending (2)(3)(1); 2s3s1s turn both hands twice
27-32 All set on sides (taking hands); 2s+3s+1s dance La Baratte. 231

(MISC. CRIB)


Buttermilk Falls 3x32 bar Strathspey for 3 Couples Rod Downey The Cane Toad Collection
A 32 bar strathspey for three couples in a longwise set.

1-4 First and second couples dance four hands round to the left
while
third couple set once and turn with both hands once round.
5-8 First, second and third men dance three hands round to the left
while
first, second and third women dance a half reel of three on own side - first and second women passing by right shoulders to begin.
9-10 First, second and third couples set with nearer hands joined on the sides.
11-12 First man dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in the middle facing up
while
first woman dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in the middle facing down while second and third men dance "Petronella" turns 'in tandem' to finish side by side in third place facing up
while
second and third women dance "Petronella" turns 'in tandem' to finish side by side in top place facing down.
13-14 First, second and third couples set - second and third women and second and third men with nearer hands joined.
15-16 First man dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in first woman's place
while
first woman dances a "Petronella" turn to finish in third man's place while second and third women dance "Petronella" turns 'in tandem' to finish on the side-lines - second woman in first man's place and third woman in second man's place while second and third men dance "Petronella" turns 'in tandem' to finish on the side-lines - second man in third women's place and third man in second woman's place.
17-20 Second, third and first women dance three hands round to the left while first, third and second men dance a half reel of three on opposite side - first and third men passing by right shoulders to begin.
21-24 Second, third and first couples turn with both hands twice round.
25-26 Second, third and first couples set with nearer hands joined on the sides.
27-32 Second, third and first couples dance the La Baratte figure with partner.

Repeat with a new top couple.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Rod Downey, Johnsonville SCD Club Tutor)


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Dance Information

This dance, Buttermilk Falls, was devised in Ithaca, New York in 1991.

Buttermilk Falls are a beautiful set of rapids near new Cornell University, Ithaca.

The figures are intended to represent the falls.

Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, New York


Published in The Cane Toad Collection.
Dance information from The Cane Toad Collection Of Scottish Country Dances, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Rod Downey.
Image copyright U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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