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The Red Red Rose

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THE RED RED ROSE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) John Drewry Silver City Book

1- 8 1s+2s+3s petronella turn into centre, set to partners and turn partners RH 1¼ times back to place
9-10 1s+2s set
11-16 1s lead down, cross below 3s and cast up to 2nd place opposite sides, turn ½ RH moving up to original places while 2s cast up, follow 1s leading down, cross below 3s and cast up to 2nd place opposite sides
17-24 1s+2s dance The Whirligig:
   17-18 1s+2s turn RH to line up/down middle, 1s facing Men's side, 2s facing Ladies' side, in promenade hold (Men LSh to LSh)
   19-22 1s+2s promenade anticlockwise nearly once round, then
   23-24 Dropping RH 2M passes 2L across to own side and 2s cast up to 1st place own sides while 1s dance down, drop RH and 1M pass 1L across and 1s dance into 2nd place own sides and face out
25-30 Reels of 3 across: 3M+3L pass RSh as 1M casts down to enter reel while 2L+2M pass RSh as 1L casts up to enter reel
31-32 1s turn RH to end in 2nd place own sides

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

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The title of this dance, The Red Red Rose, comes from A Red Red Rose - Song written by Robert Burns in 1794 and is set to the song tune, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose.
O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in june;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune;

A Red Red Rose Song - Information Video

A Red Red Rose
A Red Red Rose, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Minstrelsy Of Scotland, Page 170

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