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Let's Go For A Whirl

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Let's Go For A Whirl
J. Duncan Keppie
Strathspey or Reel   3 x 40 bars   2 Couple Repeat   3  Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   SET, TURN RIGHT, CAST, TURN LEFT: 1st couple set to each other, cast off one place (2nd couple stepping up), and turn each other by the left ending ready for reels across 1st woman with 2nd couple and 1st man with 3rd couple;

  9-16 REEL OF 3 ACROSS: 2nd couple dance a left shoulder reel of 3 across the set, 2nd woman with 1st couple 2nd man with 3rd couple;

17-24 TURN 2ND CORNER, PARTNER, 1ST CORNER, PARTNER: 2nd couple turn 2nd corners with right hand, partner with left hand, 1st corners with right hand, and partner with left hands ending with 2nd couple facing out on own side in 2nd place;

25-32 MIRROR REELS OF 3 ON SIDES ON OWN SIDE: 1st couple dance mirror reels of 3 on their own side (1st couple start the reel by dancing out and down), (end with 1st and 3rd couples in middle both hands joined and angled ready for

33-40 ANCIENT POUSSETTE: 1st and 3rd couples dance anticlockwise 1½ times around each other on a diamond pattern finishing with ½ turn to end on own sides having progressed one i.e. dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 33), dance into middle with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 34), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 34), dance to opposite side with a ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 35), dance into middle with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 36), dance out to side with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 37), dance into middle with ¼ turn clockwise at end (Bar 38), continue turning halfway clockwise (Bar 39), and retire to own side in progressed places (N.B. in strathspey tempo, the strathspey setting step is used throughout, whereas in the reel tempo a sideways polka step, or sideways skip-change of step, is used throughout).

Repeat with new top couple.

(Dance Crib compiled by the deviser, J. Duncan Keppie)


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