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Dance Of Love

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DANCE OF LOVE (S3x32) 3C set Aymeric Fromherz, 2018

1- 8 1s+2s+3s ½ turn RH, pull back RSh and dance out to opposite sides flowing into all chase clockwise ½ round. 321
9-16 2s+1s dance Tourbillon:
 9-12 2s and 1s ½ turn partners 2H, 2M and 1L lead partners by nearer hand 1 place clockwise to end 2s on Ladies side and 1s on Men's side, 2s set to 1s
 13-16 2s and 1s ½ turn partners 2H and lead partners on 1 place clockwise and 1s+2s cross RH to own sides. 312
17-24 1s dance Figure of Love:
 17-20 1s dance LSh round 1st corner (position), meet in centre and touch 2H
 21-24 1s pull back LSh and dance LSh round 2nd corner (position) into 2nd place own side
25-32 1M+2s (at bottom) and 1L+3s (at top) dance reels of 3 across (LSh to 1st corner position to start). 312

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

Dance of Love
Aymeric Fromherz  
Strathspey 3 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 3 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s 2s 3s turn partner halfway by the right, release hands, pull right shoulder back and dance out to partner's place, finishing facing clockwise;

  5-8   1s2s3s chase clockwise halfway to finish 3s2s1s on own sides;

  9-16 2s1s dance the tourbillon, finishing 3s1s2s;

17-24 1s dance the figure of love:

17-20 1L cross up, 1M down into half figures of 8 across, finishing by meeting in the centre of the dance and briefly touching both hands;

21-24 pulling left shoulder back, 1L cast, 1M cast up, into half figures of 8 across, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;

25-32 3s1L 1M2s reels of 3 across, 1s giving left shoulder to first corner to start, finishing 3s1s2s.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

17-24 In the figure of love, 1L 1M follow overlapping paths, each shaped like a heart, as is particularly clearly shown in Keith Rose's crib diagram.

    -20 Touching hands should be graceful, in keeping with the dance tempo and name; a boisterous "high 5" would be completely inappropriate.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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