Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hands Across The Sea

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HANDS ACROSS THE SEA (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Peter Foster Second Canberra Book

1- 4 1s+2s+3s dance ½ reels of 3 on sides, 1s then 2s crossing down from 1st place
5- 8 1s+3s turn partners RH, cast (3s down, 1s up). 1M+3L meet behind 2M, 1L+3M meet behind 2L
9-12 1M+3L also 1L+3M turn once round RH and face each other
13-16 1s+3s pass RSh, 1s dance through 1st place, pass partner RSh to own sides while 3s dance similar through 3rd place, dancing RSh round each other to own side (1s facing out, 3s facing in). 1(2)3
17-20 1s+2s turn on sides 1½ (LH on Men's side, RH on Ladies' side)
21-24 1L+2s also 1M+3s dance ½ reels of 3 across (1L LSh to 2L in 1M's place, 1M LSh to 3M in 3L's place)
25-32 1s dance down, cast up round 3s, cross up RH at top and cast to 2nd place. 213

Note: 2nd time through Bars 31-32: 1s cast to 4th place, 4s step up

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

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