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The Galloping Carousel

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THE GALLOPING CAROUSEL (J4x32) 4C set John de Chastelain 25 Dances

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across, 1L also 4M followed by partner chase round clockwise to other end of dance
9-16 4s+2s also 3s+1s dance RH across, 1L also 4M followed by partner chase round clockwise back to places
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s set facing on sides and change places RH, middle couples set facing on sides and change places LH
25-32 Middle couples lead up/down between end couples, cast back to place and all turn RH. 2413

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


The Galloping Carousel
John de Chastelain   25 Dances for 25 Years
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s 3s4s right hands across, 4M 1L finishing facing out;

  5-8   1L1M4M4L, chase clockwise halfway around the set to exchange places, finishing on opposite sides;

  9-12 4s2s 3s1s right hands across, 1L 4M finishing facing out;

13-16 4M4L1L1M, chase clockwise halfway around the set to finish in original places, 1s 3s facing down, 2s 4s up;

17-20 1M2M 1L2L 3M4M 3L4L set facing on the sides and cross by the right, 1s finishing facing down, 4s up;

21-24 1M4M 1L4L set facing on the sides and cross by the left, 1s finishing facing down, 4s up;

25-28 taking nearer hands, 4s lead up and cast one place WHILE 1s lead down and cast up one place, finishing 2s4s1s3s, all on own sides;

29-32 all turn partner by the right.

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


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A carousel (from French carrousel or from Italian carosello), often called the galloper or merry-go-round, is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with wooden horses or other animals which the rider sits on. The carousel horses are mounted on posts which are usually moved up and down to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of circus music.

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