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Dancing On Parnassus

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DANCING ON PARNASSUS (M-4x(S32+R32) Sq.Set Tim Wilson Solstice Party Book

Strathspey (Square)
1- 8 1s cross nearer hands, dance out between side couples to dance Fig of 8 round side couples (7 bars). 1s (1L on 1M's left) +3s advance to centre
9-16 1s+3s dance Rondel and end facing out
17-24 2s and 4s take prom hold and dance reels of 3 on sides, 2s RSh to 3L, 4s RSh to 1M (3s and 1s cast away from partner to start reels and give hands in reel)
25-28 2s+4s advance in prom hold to dance Tournee (Men with partner on right, 2s face 4s' side and 4s face 2s' side), couples ½ wheel anticlockwise and Men turn Ladies into middle while 3s and 1s cast to opposite ends passing RSh on sides
29-32 All turn 1¾ (1s and 2s LH, 4s and 3s RH). End 1423 now in longways set

Reel (Longways)
33-40 1s and 2s set, cross RH and cast 1 place (4s and 3s step up); 1s+3s (middle couples) dance ½ RH across. 3M+1L in prom hold face down/out, 3L+1M in prom hold face out/up
41-48 ¾ reels of 3 on sides. End 3M+1L in 1st place opposite sides, 4s in 2nd place, 2s in 3rd place, 3L+1M in 4th place opposite sides
49-56 All set and turn ¾ RH; all set and turn ¾ RH to end in centre nearer hands joined ready for...
57-64 1L+3M with 4s also 2s with 1M+3L dance Poussette (Men retire to start). Bars 63-64: 1s and 3s retire to sides while 2s and 4s set, opening out to reform square set. 4123

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

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