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The Duchess Tree

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THE DUCHESS TREE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Brodie Book

1- 8 Reels of 3 on sides
 Start: 1s dance in and cast, 2s cross up LH and 3s dance in, join nearer hands facing down and cast up. All take hands where possible
 End: 2s in 2nd places opposite side, 1s and 3s end in middle, 1s nearer hands joined facing down and 3s nearer hands joined facing up
9-16 All set, circle left for 2 bars, Men turn Lady on right 2H once round and continue circle to places
17-24 1s+2s dance RH across and end facing up, 1s cast 1 place and lead up while 2s lead up crossing and cast 1 place
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

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

The Duchess Tree
John Drewry Brodie Book
Strathspey 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s cast, 2s cross up, 3s cast up into reels of 3 on opposite sides, (finishing 1s facing down, 3s facing up, 2s facing in on opposite sides);

  9-10 all set (1s 3s taking nearer hands);

11-12 6 hands round to the left halfway;

13-14 each M turn L on his right with both hands;

15-16 6 hands round to the left halfway;

17-20 1s2s right hands across;

21-24 1s cast and lead up WHILE 2s cross up and cast;

25-32 1s2s allemande.

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

Dance Notes

13-14 Make some progression clockwise round the set while turning to make up for any lost ground in bars 11-12 and to ease the pressure in bars 15-16.

30-32 In the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 2s complete the allemande normally WHILE 1s lead down to 4th place of the full set WHILE 3s step up.

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