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The Curia Lazy Weasel

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THE CURIA LAZY WEASEL (S3x40) 3C set Isabel Monteiro, 2019

1- 8 1s turn 2H, dance down and cross below 3s; 1s cast up and ¾ turn RH remaining in centre
9-16 1M+2s also 1L+3s dance LH across, pass LSh; 1s dance ¾ RH across with other couple, 2s+3s ½ turn RH into line up/down while 1s cast to 2nd place own side (1L face down, 1M face up)
17-24 2s+1s+3s dance Weasel reels:
 2s+3s dance part reel of 4 up/down middle but when reaching either end they dance clockwise to top/bottom to re-enter reel while 1s dance clockwise to replace dancer leaving the reel and all end where they started
25-32 2s+3s set, turn ¾ RH; 2s+1s+3s chase clockwise ½ round to opposite sides
33-40 3s+1s+2s set and dance La Baratte:
 Men ½ turn Lady RH and retain hands but at arm's length from each other
 Men retrace steps with Lady turning right under Man's arm briefly into Allemande hold (Man behind Lady facing Ladies' original place) and releasing Ladies' RH she turns under Man's left arm until almost in original places
 Couples change places LH to opposite places. 312

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

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Curia in ancient Rome referred to one of the original groupings of the citizenry, eventually numbering 30, and later every Roman citizen was presumed to belong to one.

While they originally likely had wider powers, they only came to meet for a few purposes by the end of the Republic: in order to confirm the election of magistrates with imperium, to witness the installation of priests, the making of wills, and certain adoptions.

The term, Curia, is more broadly used to designate an assembly, council, or court, in which public, official, or religious issues are discussed and decided. Lesser curiae existed for other purposes. The word curia also came to denote the places of assembly, especially of the senate. Similar institutions existed in other towns and cities of Italy.

In medieval times, a king's council was often referred to as a curia. Today, the most famous curia is the Curia of the Roman Catholic Church which assists the Roman Pontiff in the hierarchical government of the Church.

A weasel is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes the least weasels, polecats, stoats, ferrets and mink.

Members of this genus are small, active predators, with long and slender bodies and short legs. The family Mustelidae (which also includes badgers, otters, and wolverines) is often referred to as the "weasel family". In the UK, the term "weasel" usually refers to the smallest species, the least weasel (M. Nivalis).

Weasels vary in length from 173 to 217 mm (6.8 to 8.5 in), females being smaller than the males, and usually have red or brown upper coats and white bellies; some populations of some species moult to a wholly white coat in winter. They have long, slender bodies, which enable them to follow their prey into burrows. Their tails may be from 34 to 52 mm (1.3 to 2.0 in) long.

Weasels feed on small mammals and have from time to time been considered vermin because some species took poultry from farms or rabbits from commercial warrens. They do, on the other hand, eat large numbers of rodents.

They can be found all across the world except for Australia, Antarctica, and the neighbouring islands.

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