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The Isle Of Skye

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ISLE OF SKYE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Thomas Wilson RSCDS Book 10

1- 8 1s+2s+3s set twice and cross (Ladies under Men's arches passing partner RSh)
9-16 1s+2s+3s repeat to places
17-24 1s lead down the middle, up to top and turn to face 2s
25-32 1s set twice to 2s and turn opposite dancer with 2H 1½ times to end in 2nd places. 213

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

The Isle of Skye
Thomas Wilson RSCDS Book 10
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s3s set twice;

  5-8   1L2L3L cross under arches made by 1M2M3M;

  9-16 repeat bars 1-8;

17-24 1s lead down and back up, finishing 1s facing down, 2s facing up;

25-28 1s 2s set twice;

29-32 1M2M 1L2L turn both hands 1½ times, finishing 2s1s3s.

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

Dance Notes

  5-16 Cross under arches slowly.

  5-16 Pass partner by right when crossing under arches.

17-28 It's neater for 1s to take nearer hands, throughout, turning towards each other when changing the facing direction.

    -24 2s step in and face up, taking nearer hands.

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The Isle of Skye is a Scottish Country Dance devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and interpreted by the RSCDS, Book 10, in 1935.

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Skye or the Isle of Skye (Scottish Gaelic: "An t-Eilean Sgitheanach" or "Eilean a' Cheò") is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides to the west of Scotland. The island's peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin hills. Although it has been suggested that Sgitheanach describes a "winged" shape there is no definitive agreement as to the name's origins.

Skye has been occupied since the Mesolithic and has a colourful history including a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald.

The Isle of Skye is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, and its abundant wildlife including the Golden Eagle, Red Deer and Salmon and at 1,656 square kilometres (639 sq mi), Skye is the second-largest island in Scotland after Lewis and Harris.

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The Isle Of Skye Map

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