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Mary Branigan Nixon

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MARY BRANIGAN NIXON (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Iain Cooke 4 SCD in Memory of Mary Nixon

1- 8 1s set and dance down below 3s, cast up to 2 place and 2s+1s+3s set
9-16 1s cross RH to 1st corner and turn LH, partner RH, 2nd corner LH and end nearer hands joined facing out between 2L+3L
17-24 1s dance out and cast (Man up, Lady down), dance out between 2M+3M and cast (1M up, 1L down) finishing BtoB facing own sides ready for...
25-32 1s dance double triangles and cross to end 2nd place own sides

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

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This dance, Mary Branigan Nixon, was devised by Iain Cooke and published in Four Scottish Country Dances In Memory Of Mary Nixon, (published by Winnipeg Branch RSCDS, 1994) in Memory of Mary Branigan Nixon.
Mary came to Winnipeg in 1964 as the wife of Archie Nixon, one of our teachers. She came from Hamilton, Ontario, where she and members of her family had settled after emigrating from Edinburgh in the early 1950's.

Mary was very active in Scottish Country Dancing in Hamilton, where she served for some time as head teacher in the Hamilton Branch. She was a founding member of Teachers' Association (Canada).

With this experience, Mary brought a new dimension to dancing in Winnipeg. She was a constant source of knowledge, enthusiasm and vitality to all who came in contact with her and was known widely throughout North America as one of our most accomplished and popular teachers.

It is in tribute to the memory of this gracious lady, who made such a tremendous contribution to Scottish Country Dancing in North America, that these dances were devised.

Whether or not we had the privilege of knowing Mary, and being taught by her, we have all benefitted from the legacy that she left us, and will continue to do so through the spirit of the dance.

(Dance information by Christine M. Couling, RSCDS Winnipeg)

Mary Branigan Nixon
Mary Branigan Nixon

Image copyright (cropped) Mary Branigan Nixon 1984, Robert Lockhart 2022, all rights reserved.

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