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The Mimosa Menagerie

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THE MIMOSA MENAGERIE (S4x32) Sq.Set Holly V Sherman

1- 4 1s and 3s advance and ½ turn opposite partner RH and cast out to opposite side
5- 8 1s and 3s chase ¼ round set clockwise and dance in passing 2s/4s RSh curving in to face 2s/4s as 2s and 4s repeat bars 1-4 and turn right about to face 1s/3s. Now in 2 lines across. 43(1)(2)
9-16 "Best Set in the Hall" figure:-
' 9-12 Join hands with partner and set, 3s and 1s pull back RSh and cast to end of their lines while 4s and 2s dance in and turn about to face 3s/1s
' 13-16 All set, 2s and 4s pull back RSh and cast to end of their lines while 1s and 3s dance in to middle. End in lines facing in. (2)(1)34
17-24 All dance "La Baratte" figure in 2 lines facing partner:-
' 17-18 All join hands on sides and set
' 19-20 ½ turn partner RH, retain hand but at arm's length from each other
' 21-22 Man retraces steps with Lady turning right under Man's arm briefly into Allemande hold (Man behind Lady facing Ladies original place) and releasing Ladies RH she turns under Mans left arm until almost in original places
' 23-24 Couples change places LH to opposite places. End in 2 lines. 21(3)(4)
25-32 "Best Set in the Hall" figure (4 bars only):-
' 25-28 Join hands with partner and set, 1s and 3s pull back RSh and cast to end of lines while 2s and 4s dance in and turn about to face 3s/1s. (3)2(4)1
' 29-32 2s and 4s ½ turn partner RH (1 bar), opening out to circle 4H round to left (1 bar), continue circle with partner to reform square set (2 bars)

End 2341, all having moved 1 place anticlockwise

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


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