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The Fair Isle Stacs

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THE FAIR ISLE STACS (S4x32) 4C set Gale Cragg Imperial 3

1- 8 All Adv&Ret 1 step, all dance DoSiDo with partner, all Adv&Ret 1 step
9-16 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s then ½ Fig of 8 round couple in 3rd place (4s), ending in 2nd place own sides (2s cross up to 1st place bars 15-16)
while 3s+4s dance ½ RH across, 3s dance ½ Fig of 8 round couple in 3rd place (4s) and Adv&Ret 1 step. (2)1(4)3
17-24 2s+1s also 4s+3s dance full Ladies' Chain. Bars 23-24 1s+4+3s turn partner LH to face up in centre while 2s turn LH to 1st place own sides
25-32 1s+4s+3s dance Allemande. 2341

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

Fair Isle is an island in Shetland, in northern Scotland. It lies about halfway between mainland Shetland and Orkney. It is known for its bird observatory and a traditional style of knitting. The island has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland since 1954.
A stack (stac or sea stack) is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, formed by wave erosion.

Stacks are formed over time by wind and water, processes of coastal geomorphology. They are formed when part of a headland is eroded by hydraulic action, which is the force of the sea or water crashing against the rock. The force of the water weakens cracks in the headland, causing them to later collapse, forming free-standing stacks and even a small island.

Without the constant presence of water, stacks also form when a natural arch collapses under gravity, due to sub-aerial processes like wind erosion. Erosion causes the arch to collapse, leaving the pillar of hard rock standing away from the coast - the stack.

Sea Stack, Hoiliff and western cliffs of Fair Isle
Hoiliff Sea Stack Alongside The Western Cliffs Of Fair Isle

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