Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Opo's Frolics

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

OPO'S FROLICS (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Charles Upton

1- 8 1M (long steps) followed by partner dance down for 3 steps (2s step up), turn right about and dance up (L leading), 1L turns 2L 2H while 1M turn 3L 2H
9-16 1L followed by partner dance up for 3 steps, turn right about and dance down (Man leading), 1L turns 2M with 2H while 1M turn 3M 2H
17-24 1s dance reels of 3 across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s) giving LSh to 2L/3L, 1s turn LH quickly into...
25-32 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s), pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple to end in 2nd places

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


Dance Information

Opo, the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), gained notoriety as an extraordinary and sociable marine mammal in the waters off New Zealand. Born in 1956, Opo quickly captured the attention of locals and tourists alike due to her seemingly playful and friendly nature.

Notably, Opo resided in the Hokianga Harbour, located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Her interactions with humans, including swimmers and boaters, became a source of fascination and made her a beloved figure in the community. Opo's approachability facilitated close encounters with humans, leading to a unique interspecies connection that garnered significant media coverage.

The dolphin's distinctiveness extended beyond her affable demeanor. Opo exhibited a remarkable level of intelligence, a characteristic commonly associated with bottlenose dolphins. These marine mammals are known for their complex communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and capacity for learning. Opo's interactions with humans highlighted the sophisticated cognitive and social attributes inherent in her species.

Tragically, Opo's life was cut short in 1956. The circumstances surrounding her death sparked public mourning and led to the establishment of the Opononi Dolphin Trust, dedicated to preserving the memory of this iconic dolphin. Opo's legacy endures in various forms, including literary works, documentaries, and local commemorations.

The Full Story Of Opo The Dolphin

Opo The Dolphin
Statue Of Opo The Dolphin In Opononi


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