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Le Palindrome (Sheffield)

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Le Palindrome (Sheffield)
Martin Sheffield
Reel n x 32 bars n Couple Repeat n Couple Set Round the Room Set, Progressive by Partner

Start in two circles, Mn on inside, Ls outside, facing partners.

  1-4   All turn partner by the right;

  5-8   all dance dos-à-dos with partner;

  9-12 all turn partner with both hands;

13-16 all take promenade hold with partner and promenade anticlockwise, finishing by turning on the spot to face clockwise, retaining hold;

17-20 all promenade (L on left of partner) clockwise, releasing hold to finish facing partner;

21-24 all turn partner anticlockwise with both hands;

25-28 giving left shoulder, all dance anticlockwise dos-à-dos with partner;

29-32 all turn partner by the left, finishing by making eye contact with the dancer immediately to your right of partner who will be your new partner for the next repeat.

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

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Also see the dance Palindrome (Spägele) by Rudolph Spägele.
Also see the dance Palindrome (Drewry) by John Drewry.

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction (the adjustment of punctuation and spaces between words is generally permitted).

Composing literature in palindromes is an example of constrained writing. The word "palindrome" was coined from Greek roots pálin ("again") and drómos ("way, direction") by English writer Ben Jonson in the 1600s.

Palindromes date back at least to 79 AD, as the palindromic Latin word square "Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas" was found as a graffito at Herculaneum, buried by ash in that year. This palindrome is remarkable for the fact that it also reproduces itself if one forms a word from the first letters, then the second letters and so forth. Hence it can be arranged into a word square that reads in four different ways: horizontally or vertically from either top left to bottom right or bottom right to top left.

The Sator Square - Palindrome

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