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MacLeod Of Harris

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MACLEOD OF HARRIS (R64+32+32+16) Sq.Set Mary Isdal MacNab dances 1#9

Part A
1- 8 1s+3s set, advance and dance RH across
9-16 1s+3s dance LH across and turn partners RH into 2 diagonal lines of 4 (1M, 2L, 3M, 4L in own places facing partners)
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s set, advance and dance RH across
25-32 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance LH across and turn partners RH into original places
33-40 2s+4s set, advance and dance RH across
41-48 2s+4s dance LH across and turn partners RH into 2 diagonal lines of 4 (1L, 2M, 3L, 4M in own places facing partners)
49-56 1s+4s also 2s+3s set, advance and dance RH across
57-64 1s+4s also 2s+3s dance LH across and turn partners RH into 2 diagonal lines (1L, 2M, 3L, 4M in own places facing partners)

Part B
1- 8 All dance diagonal reels of 4
9-16 All set twice to partners and turn 2H to end in original places
17-24 All dance ½ Grand Chain and turn Tulloch hold
25-32 All dance ½ Grand Chain and turn Tulloch hold

Part C
1- 8 1s turn RH into Allemande hold facing out (4 bars); 2s repeat to end behind 1s
9-16 3s repeat to end behind 2s, 4s repeat to end of line
17-32 All prom hold dance round clockwise into circle (1 springing pas-de-basque forward, 1 back and 2 skip change steps forward (4 times)

Part D
1- 8 1s cross hands and spin to original place in square (4 bars); 2s repeat
9-16 3s repeat, 4s repeat, as each couple dances to place they wave farewell to others. All end with a farewell wave.

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


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Dance Information

This dance, MacLeod Of Harris, is a wedding dance from the Isle of Harris given to Mrs MacNab by Torquil MacLeod, late of Truro, Nova Scotia.

The dance depicts the visit of the wedding guests, the reel, the friendship ring and the going home.

Each couple stands at the door of their croft and waves goodbye to their friends.



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