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Reel Of The Puffins

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REEL OF THE PUFFINS (R4x32) 4C set John Bowie Dickson Dunedin Dances Book 5
3s and 4s start on opposite sides

1- 8 1s and 4s cross RH and cast in 1 place to join hands to form a circle, set twice turning right about to face nearest corner
9-16 2s and 3s dance full diagonal RSh reels of 4 giving LH in centre while 1s and 4s dance ½ diagonal RSh reel and pass LSh in centre to face next corner anticlockwise; dance ½ RSh reel with that corner and pass LSh in centre to face next corner anticlockwise
17-24 4s and 1s turn corners RH and dance LH across ½ way, turn diagonally opposite corners RH and 1s+4s change places LH on the sides
25-32 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides. 24(1)(3)

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

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This dance, Reel Of The Puffins, was written for a wedding in August 1998. Katie Fallas and Iain Roxburgh met each other in the Faroes (with Dunedin Dancers), dancing and puffin-watching. (Tune 'The Black Bear'.)

Puffins are any of three small species of auk (or alcids) in the bird genus Fratercula with a brightly coloured beak in the breeding season.

These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water and breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.

Two species, the Tufted Puffin and Horned Puffin, are found in the North Pacific Ocean, while the Atlantic Puffin, is found in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Puffins Performing A Reel Of Three On The Side

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