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Queen Anne's Lace

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QUEEN ANNE'S LACE (J4x32) 4C set Mary Jane Vanek Let's All Dance Too

1- 8 1L+2M also 3L+4M turn RH. 1M+2L also 3M+4L turn LH
9-16 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides
17-24 1s+2s set, dance ½ RH across. 1s+3s set, dance ½ LH across
25-32 1s+4s set, dance ½ RH across. 2s+3s+4s+1s set and cross LH to own sides. 2341

Note: May be danced as Strathspey

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

Dance Notes

On bars 17-18, 21-22, 25-26, 29-30 set on the sides with nearer hands joined.

Dance Information

Mary Jane Vanek from Lehigh Valley SCDS, the deviser, created this dance to use it for practising reels of four with an easy entry and ending.

The Lehigh Valley, known officially as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area and referred to colloquially as The Valley, is a metropolitan region officially consisting of Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton Counties in eastern Pennsylvania and Warren County in northwestern New Jersey, USA.

In July, white Queen Anne's lace, (or wild carrot) blossoms are common in every field or wild place.

Daucus carota, whose common names include wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace, and Queen Anne's lace (North America), is a white, flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe and southwest Asia, and naturalized to North America and Australia.

Both Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and her great grandmother, Anne of Denmark, are taken to be the Queen Anne for whom the plant is named. It is so called because the flower resembles lace, prominent in fine clothing of the day; the red flower in the center is thought to represent a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace.

Queen Anne's Lace, Daucus carota or wild carrot.
Queen Anne's Lace


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