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The Isolated Weasel

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THE ISOLATED WEASEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin, 2020

1- 8 1s set, cross down RH to 2nd place (2s step up); 1s turn RH to sidelines facing clockwise while 2s+3s set and turn ¾ RH to line up/down centre
9-16 2s+1s+3s dance a Weasel Reel:
 2s+3s dance part reel of 4 up/down middle but when reaching either end they dance clockwise to top/bottom to re-enter reel while 1s start by dancing clockwise to ends to replace dancer leaving the reel. All end where they started
17-20 1L+2s and 1M+3s dance RH across, 1s drop hands after 2 steps to meet in centre and ½ turn LH while 2s+3s continue to turn RH ending on sides
21-24 1s dance out of end casting Left to 2nd place own side facing down
25-32 1s cross down RH, cast up round 3s, cross up RH and cast round 2s to 2nd place own side. 213

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

The Isolated Weasel 32 bar Reel for 3C in a 4C set Gaye Collin

1- 4 1C set, cross down RH to 2nd place, as (2C step up on 3-4). 1W curves into place.
5- 8 While 1C turn RH (4 bars), and finish back out in the side-lines, finishing facing clockwise, 2+3Cs set, and turn RH ¾ to finish in a line up and down the centre.
9-16 2+1+3Cs dance a Weasel Reel, 2+3Cs finishing facing the same way they started (1C slightly further on clockwise).
17-20 1W with 2C and 1M with 3C dance RH across, (1C dropping hands after two steps, to meet in the centre), 2+3Cs finish on own sides by flowing into a RH turn.
21-24 1C now curve past each other giving LH in the middle and then dance out the ends casting to the left to finish in 2nd place own side and facing down.
25-32 1M giving RH to 1W, they cross down into a ½ fig of 8 round 3C, then again giving RH 1M crosses 1W up into a ½ fig of 8 round 2C to finish in 2nd place own side.

Repeat from second place.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2020)

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Dance Information

The formation "Weasel Reel" was created by Barry Skelton on July 1st, 1990. Barry lives up north of Auckland in New Zealand.

Late in March of 2020 New Zealand went into lockdown because of the Covid19 virus. We were asked to stay at home, only venturing out for groceries or medical needs, and a little exercise close to home.

Basically being in isolation at home, in level 4 for almost five weeks, I looked to my idea's chart and the formation "Weasel Reel" jumped out at me, and with heaps of time on my hands it was time to work on a dance with this magic formation, and to finish dances that had been started, and not completed.

I contacted Barry Skelton to ask if he would mind if I used his original formation "Weasel Reel" which he was kind enough to give me the ok for.

Recommended Music: Sleep Walking, CD Heather Hills by Mara Shea and Dave Wiesler, Track 12.

Lonely Weasel in snow.
Lone Weasel In Winter Colours

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