Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary


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DRAGONFLIES (S5x32) 5 Person Set Jane Lataille Always Enough to Dance
3 4 5 (facing up)
  2 1 (facing down)

1- 8 Dancers 1 and 2 dance Fig of 8 (Dancer 1 LSh round 4, RSh round 5 and back to place, Dancer 2 dances similar round 3 and 4)
9-16 All circle 5H round and back to starting positions
17-24 1+2 Set&Link while 3+4+5 Set&Link for 3
25-32 ½ diagonal R&L: 2+1 with 5+3 (diagonal to right); ½ diagonal R&L 3+5 with 4+1 (diagonal to left). 41 (at top) 532 (at bottom)

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

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Dragonflies - Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

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A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera (from Greek anisos, "unequal" and pteron, "wing", because the hindwing is broader than the forewing).

Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, (an adult dragonfly's compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each), two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body.

Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar in structure, though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold the wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight.

Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural coloration, making them conspicuous in flight.

Dragonflies - Information Video

Common Darter Dragonflies (Sympetrum Striolatum)

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