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Fifty Years Young... Et Alors?

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Fifty Years Young... Et Alors? Medley 4x(S32+R32) 3C (4C set) Dominique Picavet and Gilbert Bibard, Méaudre Reel 2022

1-8 1s cast in 2nd place, cross RH, cast round 1st corner to finish up and down the set (1L between 2s/ 1M between 3s), 1s turn RH to finish facing 1st corner
9-12 1s set to and turn RH 1st corner finishing facing partner between 1st corners
13-16 1s and 1st corners set, 1s turn RH to face 2nd corner
17-24 1s set to and turn RH 2nd corner to finish on opposite sides in 2nd place, 1s dance half a figure of eight (1L up between 2s/ 1M down between 3s)
25-32 1s+3s dance Poussette (Diamond Poussette in strathspey time or Poussette in Reel time)

Each couple dance 32 bars in strathspey time followed by 32 bars in reel time.

(Dance crib compiled by the devisers, Dominique Picavet and Gilbert Bibard, 2022)

Dance Notes

Note that this dance has the format of a 3-couple repeat in a 4-couple set with the dancing couple performing the odd-numbered repeats, in strathspey tempo, from 1st place of the full set and the even-numbered, in reel tempo, from 2nd place of the full set.

24-24 In the reel, 3s step in to the centre, finishing with both hands joined.

    -24 In the strathspey, 1s finish in the sidelines; in the reel, they finish in the centre with both hands joined.

25-32 The devisers have cleverly used the non-progressive strathspey poussette in the odd-numbered repeats in order to keep the dancing couple in 2nd place of the full set ready for the reel and, in the even-numbered repeats, the progressive (pas-de-basque) poussette to drop them neatly to 4th place of the full set.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

This dance was created for Sophie Marchand, the Scottish Country Dance teacher and president of the Méaudre Reel, on the occasion of her 50th birthday. Her adult SCD students surprised her with a first demo of this dance on April 4, 2022.

This was an opportunity to thank her for her commitment to teaching SCD in the Vercors for more than 15 years. Through her dynamism and with a lot of patience, she has indeed brought the taste and the pleasure of dancing to dozens and dozens of students, young and old!

(Dance information by Sophie Marchand)

Sophie, 50 Years Young - With Husband And 2 Daughters, Célie And Lise
Geneva Spring Dance - April 2022

Here is the original crib for Fifty Years Young... Et Alors?, published in Méaudre Reel 2022, also available as a .pdf Fifty Years Young... Et Alors? (Portable Document Format).
Image copyright Monsieur Marchand, Sophie, Célie And Liseall Marchand, all rights reserved, 2022.

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