Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

City Lights

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City Lights (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Nicola Scott 2015, RSCDS Book 52

1-8 1s turn RH, cast and turn LH to face 1st corners (2s step up bars 3-4)
9-16 1s dance RSh around 1st corners, turn LH 1½ to face 2nd corner positions WHILE
1st corners (2M 3L) dance in for lady to turn under man's arm (RH to RH), 2M retires as 3L dances back to place facing out, and all corners (2M2L 3L3M) chase clockwise halfway 4 bars (to end 3s in 1st place opposite sides, 2s in 3rd place opposite sides and 1s in centre)
17-24 1s dance RSh around 2nd corner positions, turn LH 1½ to end in centre LSh to LSh (facing opposite sides) WHILE
2nd corners (2L 3M) dance in for lady to turn under man's arm (RH to RH), 3M retires as 2L dances back to place facing out, and all corners chase clockwise halfway 4 bars (to end 2s3s on own sides, 2s in first place)
25-32 RHA 1L2s 1M3s; 1s2s3s turn RH or birl

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This dance, City Lights, was inspired by the film, City Lights, a 1931 American silent romantic comedy film written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.

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Charlie Chaplin In City Lights


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