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The Dee In Spring

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THE DEE IN SPRING (S3x32) 3C set Melbourne Briscoe

1- 8 1s+2s Tourbillon (6 bars) and Link:-
' 1-6 1s and 2s ½ turn partners 2H and 1M also 2L lead partners by nearer hand 1 place clockwise (end 1s on Ladies' side and 2s Men's side), 1s set to 2s and ½ turn partners 2H and lead partners clockwise into centre so 2s (1st place) facing down and 1s (2nd place) facing up.
' 7-8 2s+1s Link - Persons on right of each couple casts to own side while person on left dances in to own side
9-16 2s+1s+3s set, circle 6H round to left ½ way, Set&Link for 3 to end in lines across
17-24 Repeat to end on opposite sides. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 3s+1s+2s set, Advance 1 step and Retire 1 step, all turn 2H 1½ times

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


Dance Information

It was at the 1996 Salem Spring Party in Massachusetts, USA that this dance was presented to Sally Dee, Scottish country dance teacher. She founded the Salem Class of the RSCDS, known as the Wee Bluets, and has been a leading light for SCD in the Boston area. The dance was meant to express "timeless strength, beauty, and joy, like the Dee in Spring".

The River Dee is a river in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It rises in the Cairngorms and flows through southern Aberdeenshire to reach the North Sea at Aberdeen.

The area it passes through is known as Deeside, or Royal Deeside in the region between Braemar and Banchory because Queen Victoria came to love the place and built Balmoral Castle there.

The River Dee - Information Video

The River Dee Image
The River Dee Near Crathes Castle In Early Spring


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Text from this original River Dee - Aberdeenshire article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Nigel Corby under this Creative Commons Licence.

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