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The Magic Of Merrill

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THE MAGIC OF MERRILL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lyle Ramshaw

1- 8 1s+2s set and 1s cross down (no hands) to Double Triangle positions as 2s cast up, 2s+1s+3s set and 1s ¾ turn 1st corners RH
9-16 1s dance ½ LSh reels of 3 across (1L with 2s, 1M with 3s) into RSh half reels of 3 on own sides and 1s pass LSh to face 1st corner positions
17-24 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with corners and pass RSh to face 2nd corner positions, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with corners and end 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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


The Magic Of Merrill 32 Bar Reel For 3 Couples In A 4-Couple Set Lyle Ramshaw

1 - 2 1s and 2s set on the sides.
3 - 4 2s cast up to first place while 1s cross down (no hands) into double - triangles position, facing the opposite side.
5 - 6 2s, 1s, and 3s set as in double triangles.
7 - 8 1s turn their first corner ¾ by the right hand, leaving first woman between the 2s and first man between the 3s.
9 - 12 Half reels of three across the set, 1s giving left shoulder to the person on their left - that is, first woman to second woman and first man to third man.
13 - 16 Right - shoulder half reels of three on the sides, 1s on their own side;
On bar 16, 1s pass left shoulder to face first - corner position. Corners connect the previous half reels to these with extra quarter - loops, as in John Drewry's dance, Bratach Bana.
17 - 24 Half a reel of four on the first - corner diagonal and then on the second - corner diagonal; 1s pass right shoulder on bar 20 between the two half reels and pass right shoulder again on bar 24 to second place, own side.
25 - 32 2s, 1s, and 3s circle six hands round and back.
Repeat, having passed a couple.

(Dance Crib devised by Lyle Ramshaw, - Copyright © by Lyle Ramshaw. All rights reserved.)


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The dancing hall in Asilomar Conference Center is named Merrill Hall after Mary Sroufe Merrill (1853-1924), who became Asilomar's first director in 1913.

San Francisco Branch hosts a magical dance weekend each autumn in Merrill Hall.

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Merrill Hall, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California


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