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Elusive Muse

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ELUSIVE MUSE (Easily Led) (J3x32) 3C set Tim Wilson

1- 8 1L dances RSh round partner to face 2L, 1s (1L leads) dance ½ Tandem reel of 3 across with 2s (LSh to 2L) ending 2s to top and 1s facing down
9-16 1s dance down (4 bars), Lady turns under Man's arm and dance up to face 3L
17-24 1s (1L leads) dance ½ Tandem reel of 3 across with 3s (RSh to 3L), 1s dance up to top and cast to 2nd place opposite sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s Set+Link for 3 twice to end 312

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


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This dance was dedicated to Bruce Herbold, deviser and teacher, for his 50th birthday. The elusive muse failed to produce enough inspiration for a new dance for his 49th birthday but managed it for the following year's celebration.

The alternative title "Easily Led" refers to one of Bruce Herbold's teaching exercises.

In Greek mythology, Terpsichore "delight in dancing" was one of the nine Muses and goddess of dance and chorus. She lends her name to the word "terpsichorean" which means "of or relating to dance". She is usually depicted sitting down, holding a lyre, accompanying the ballerinas' choirs with her music. Her name comes from the Greek words for "delight" and "dance" and is also the mother of the sirens and Parthenope.


Elusive Muse Painting Image
Elusive Muse
"Stanza Della Segnatura In The Vatican For Pope Julius II, Wall Fresco, Scene: The Parnass, Detail: Terpsichore" By Raphael (1483-1520), Fresco, c. 1510-1511


Image Copyright Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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