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The Key To The Door

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THE KEY TO THE DOOR (R5x48) 5C set Iain Boyd Cairdin O't

1- 8 1s and 3s cross down between 2s/4s, cast down round 4s/5s, dance up between 4s and 2s/5s and 4s, cross and cast to end facing 1st corners
9-16 1s and 3s turn 1st corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH and partner LH
17-24 1s and 3s dance RH across (1L with 2s, 1M+3L with 4s and 3M with 5s), pass RSh for LH across with other couple and pass LSh to face 1st corners
25-32 1s and 3s dance RSh reels of 4 with 1st corners and pass RSh to face 2nd corners
33-40 1s and 3s dance RSh reels of 4 with 2nd corners ending on sides. 21435
41-48 1s and 3s turn RH, cast and turn LH

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

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