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Return Of The Dashing White Sergeant

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RETURN OF THE DASHING WHITE SERGEANT (R5x32) 5C Set Lily Davison Glenfeshie book 2

1- 4 1s and 3s set, cast (2s and 4s step up)
5- 8 1L+2s, 1M+3L+4s and 3M+5s dance RH across
9-16 1s and 3s set to and turn 1st and 2nd corners, ending facing partner
17-24 1s and 3s dance reels of 4 with 2nd corners (1s and 3s pass partner LSh to start). 1s and 3s finish in 2nd/4th place opposite sides. 2(1)4(3)5
25-32 All 5 couples advance and retire; 1s and 3s cross RH and cast 1 place (4s and 5s step up 31-32). 24153

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

Dance Information

The dance known as "The Dashing White Sergeant" derives its title from the associated song, as detailed in The Dashing White Sergeant - Song.

This song is conventionally credited to the 18th-century General John Burgoyne and was later arranged to music by the English composer Sir Henry Rowley Bishop in 1826.

A dashing white sergeant I'd march away, march away, march away, march away.
March away, march away, march away, march away, march away, march away.

Better known lyrics, were written by the Scottish Composer, Sir Hugh S. Roberton (writer of Mairi's Wedding), who founded the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.

The Dashing White Sergeant Song - Information Video

Dashing White Sergeant
The Crew Of "Battlin' Bitch", A Consolidated Liberator B Mark VI Of No. 159 Squadron RAF Study Maps By The Nose Of Their Aircraft, 1941-1945
They are, (front row, left to right): Sergeant J F Barnett, Sergeant G W H Moth, Sergeant D C Donovan
(back row): Sergeant J D L Willshire, Sergeant K R Baverstock, Sergeant F Holroyd, Pilot Officer N F Robinson, Sergeant R A Croft

Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Dashing White Sergeant article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Royal Air Force official photographer, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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