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Oriel Strathspey

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ORIEL STRATHSPEY (S4x32) 4C set Ian Simmonds RSCDS Book 32

1- 4 All set, 2s+3s cross RH to opposite sides while 1s and 4s ½ turn partner RH to end in middle 1s facing down to 4s facing up
5- 8 1s+4s Advance, join nearer hands with dancer opposite and dance out through sides, separate and cast to ends. (1)(2)(3)(4)
9-12 All set, 1s+4s cross RH while 2s and 3s ½ turn partner RH to end in middle 2s facing up and 3s down
13-16 2s+3s dance out ends and cast back to original places. 1234
17-24 1s+2s and 3s+4s dance RH across and LH across back to places
25-32 1s cross diagonal down RH while 4s cross diagonal up LH to form circle in centre, 1s+4s circle 4H to left, continue circle opening for 1L+4L to dance down to 4th/3rd place own side as 4M+1M dance up to 3rd/4th place own side (2s+3s step up 31-32). 2341

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

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This dance, Oriel Strathspey, is named after Oriel Avenue, Tawa, Wellington, New Zealand, the place where the dance was first devised.

The deviser, Ian Simmonds, ran an advanced class in the garage under the house of the accordionist, who played at these classes, in Oriel Avenue.

Recommended Music: Miss Susan Inglis by Muriel A Johnstone.

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Tawa Tree, After Which The New Zealand Suburb Is Named

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