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Napier's Bones

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NAPIER'S BONES (J4x32) 4C set Lewis N Derrick

1- 8 2s followed by 1s dance down below 4s, cast up, meet and dance up middle, casting to original places
9-16 3s followed by 4s dance up above 1s, cast, meet and dance down middle, casting up to original places
17-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s Set&Rotate to end 2143 with 1M and 4L facing out
25-26 1s+4s dance ½ LH across 2(4)(1)3 with 1M and 4L facing out
27-32 4s and 1s pass "corner" (dancer on Right) by RSh then 4M followed by 4L dances behind 2L (at top) and across to 2nd place own side while 1L followed by 1M dances behind 3M (at bottom) and across to 3rd place own side. 2413

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

Napier's Bones
Lewis N Derrick
Jig   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   Taking nearer hands, 2s followed by 1s lead down below 4s, cast up on own sides, take nearer hands, lead up and cast into original places;

  9-16 taking nearer hands, 3s followed by 4s lead up above 1s, cast on own sides, take nearer hands, lead down and cast up into original places;

17-24 1s2s 3s4s set and rotate, finishing 2s1s4s3s;

25-26 1s4s right hands across halfway;

27-28 4L 4M 1L 1M cast clockwise around the adjacent corner;

29-32 4L cross to own side and cast to 2nd place WHILE 4M cast to 2nd place and cross to own side WHILE 1M cross to own side and cast up to 3rd place WHILE 1L cast up to 3rd place and cross to own side, finishing 2s4s1s3s.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

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