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Conical Chronicles

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CONICAL CHRONICLES (R32) 1C plus 4 traffic cones Katherine and Andrew Uren, 2020
Devised for "social distancing" dancers - 1 couple with traffic cones representing 2nd and 3rd couple

1- 8 1s set, cast and dance ½ Fig of 8 up round 2s
9-16 1s dance Figs 8 on opposite sides (1s dance in/down to start)
17-24 1s cross LH, cast down round 3s; 1s meet nearer hands joined and dance up to top and cast round 2s to face 1st corners
25-32 1s dance "Hello-Goodbye" setting ending with Petronella turn to 2nd place own side
If danced as 3 couple (4C set) R8x32: Bars 9-16 2s+1s+3s dance mirror reels of 3 on sides (1s in/down to start)

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

Dance Notes

If danced as R4x32: Bars 9-16 2s+1s+3s dance mirror reels of 3 on sides (1s in/down to start)

(Dance notes by Charles Upton and his successors)

Note that this is performed as one repeat in the format of a 3-couple in 4-couple set. Since 2s and 3s take no active part, they are replaced by traffic cones, already in the corner positions, i.e., with 2s in 1st place.

  1-     1s actually start from one place above 1st place.

  3-4   In a conventional dance, 2s would step up here. 1s must actually cast two places.

(Dance notes by Reuben Freemantle)

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Dance Information

This reel, Conical Chronicles, was devised especially for dancing in a Covid lockdown bubble when the road-works had paused.

Conical in the title refers to the traffic cones which were used as dance partners.

Couple dancing Conical Chronicles in the road works
Family Of Cones Practicing Reels Of Four On The Side

Published in the notes below this Conical Chronicles video on Youtube.
Image copyright Shal Farley, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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