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City Of Christchurch

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CITY OF CHRISTCHURCH (M-2x(S2x32+R2x32)) 4C set Wouter Joubert Eight by Thirty Two
3s+4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s+4s petronella into centre and set to partners (2s+3s step up/down), 1s pass partner LSh, dance RSh round 2s (1L/2M, 1M/2L) as 4s dance similar round 3s
9-16 1s+4s dance ½ RSh reel of 4, All couples petronella 1 place right and set (2s+3s in centre facing partner, 4s in 1st place opposite sides, 1s in 4th place own side)
17-20 2s+3s turn RH, 2L/3L dance RSh round 4M/1M as 2M+3M turn ¾ LH to face out on sides
21-24 2s+3s dance ½ Ladies' Chain. (4)3(2)1
25-30 4s+1s cross RH, cast up/down (3s+2s step up/down on 27-28), 4s+1s dance ½ RH across
31-32 All 4 couples set. 31(4)(2)

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

Dance Notes

This medley is danced Strathspey, Strathspey, Reel, Reel.

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Dance Information

This medley, City Of Christchurch, was devised by Wouter Joubert, as a tribute to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand who were rebuilding their lives and their city after the 2011 earthquake.

The major earthquake occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time. The earthquake struck the Canterbury region in the South Island, centred 6.7 kilometres (4.2 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, the country's second-most populous city. It caused widespread damage across Christchurch, killing 185 people, in the nation's fifth-deadliest disaster.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake may have been an aftershock of the 7.1-magnitude 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. New Zealand's GNS Science has stated that the earthquake was part of the aftershock sequence that has been occurring since the September magnitude-7.1 quake, however a seismologist from Geoscience Australia considers it a separate event given its location on a separate fault system.

Although smaller in magnitude to the 2010 earthquake, the February earthquake was more damaging and deadly for a number of reasons.

  1. The epicentre was closer to Christchurch, and shallower at 5 kilometres (3 mi) underground, whereas the September quake was measured at 10 kilometres (6 mi) deep.
  2. The February earthquake occurred during lunchtime on a weekday when the CBD was busy, and many buildings were already weakened from the previous quakes.
  3. The peak ground acceleration (PGA) was extremely high, and simultaneous vertical and horizontal ground movement was "almost impossible" for buildings to survive intact.
  4. Liquefaction was significantly greater than that of the 2010 quake, causing the upwelling of more than 200,000 tonnes of silt which needed to be cleared.

The increased liquefaction caused significant ground movement, undermining many foundations and destroying infrastructure, damage which "may be the greatest ever recorded anywhere in a modern city". 80% of the water and sewerage system was severely damaged.

City Of Christchurch
City Of Christchurch After Earthquake

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Text from this original Christchurch Earthquake article on Wikipedia.
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