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The Raven's Dance

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THE RAVEN'S DANCE (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Derek Haynes Carnforth Collection 5

1- 8 1s+2s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross down and 2s dance up to start - no cast)
9-16 1s cross down to dance reflection reels of 3 on opposite sides and end in centre at top facing down (Lady on Man's right), 2s facing out
17-24 1s (Lady leading) dance an Alternating Tandem RSh reel of 3 across with 2s (RSh to 2M) and end in centre facing down, 2s in 1st place own side
25-32 1s dance down between 3s, cast up to 2nd place (opposite sides), lead up between 2s, cross and cast to 2nd place own sides

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

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A group of six captive ravens live at the Tower of London.

Their presence is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it"

A raven is one of several larger-bodied species of the genus Corvus. These species do not form a single taxonomic group within the genus.

There is no consistent distinction between "crows" and "ravens", and these appellations have been assigned to different species chiefly on the basis of their size, crows generally being smaller than ravens.

A crow is a bird of the genus Corvus, or more broadly is a synonym for all of Corvus. The term "crow" is used as part of the common name of many species. There are 40 known species of crows throughout the world.

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Ravens Of The Tower Of London

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