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The Fiddlesticks Frolic

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THE FIDDLESTICKS FROLIC Forty Bar Reel For Three Couples In A Four Couple Longwise Set Jennifer Kelly

1 - 2 First couple, giving right hands briefly, cross down to face their corners, finishing back to back in the center of the set. Second couple step up.
3 - 4 Giving hands as in double triangles, all set once.
5 - 8 First couple and corners dance right hand wheels on the sides of the set, once round. First couple finish back to back in the center of the set, lady facing third couple and man facing second couple.
9 - 10 First couple giving hands as in double triangles, to second and third couples, all set once.
11 - 14 Releasing hands, first couple dance a half diagonal, right shoulder reel with their second corners.
15 - 16 Dancing around each other by the right shoulder, in a fairly wide loop, first couple pull back the right shoulder at the end of bar 16, to finish back to back in the center of the set, facing their own side.
17 - 18 Giving hands as in double triangles, all set once.
19 - 22 First lady with third couple and first man with second couple dance a right hand wheel on the sides of the set, once round. Finish with first couple back to back in the center of the set, first lady facing up and first man facing down.
23 - 24 Giving hands as in double triangles, all set.
25 - 28 First couple dance a half, diagonal, left shoulder reel with the dancers in first corner places.
29 - 30 First couple curve around each other, passing left shoulders, to finish on their own sides of the set in second place.
31 - 32 All set on the sidelines.
33 - 36 Casting to begin, third man and second lady lead their partners around the outside of the set, in a chase, to finish on the correct side in first and third places.
37 - 40 All three couples turn by the right hand.

(Dance Crib compiled by Jennifer Kelly, April 2005 - Copyright © 2005 by Jennifer Kelly. All rights reserved.)


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Devised by Jennifer Kelly, April 2005, to honor the 40th Anniversary of the San Francisco Branch and the work of all those who helped in reaching this milestone.

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