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Nighean Donn

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NIGHEAN DONN (R5x32) 5C set Peter Hastings Dunedin 2

1- 8 2s and 4s dance ½ Figs of 8 round end couples to face 1st corners, set to corners and set to 2nd corners
9-16 2s and 4s dance diagonal reels of 4 with 2nd corners, 2s and 4s end passing partner RSh to opposite sides
17-24 All Adv+Ret, top 4 Men's side cross diagonally RH with bottom 4 Ladies' side, top 4 Ladies' side cross diag LH with bottom 4 Men's side
25-32 Top 4 Men's side cross diagonally RH with bottom 4 Ladies' side, top 4 on Ladies' side cross diagonally LH with bottom 4 on Men's side and end with couples (with new partners) in 2nd and 4th places turning RH 1½ times to own sides
Ladies' side 5L,3L,4L,1L,2L
Men's side 4M,5M,2M,3M,1M
Repeat with new partners

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

"Nighean Donn" in Gaelic means "Brown-haired Girl" and is the subject of a traditional Gaelic love song; in stricter modern Gaelic it should be "Nighean Dhonn". "Nighean Donn" is pronounced as "Nee~n Doun" in English, with stress on the first syllable of "Nighean"; "Nighean Dhonn" and would be "Nee~n Dhoun" where:
  "ee" is as in "beet";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
  "ou" is as in "loud"; and
  "dh" is as a more guttural form of ch in "loch".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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Nighean Donn - Brown-haired Girl

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