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Rita's Ramble

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RITA'S RAMBLE (S3x32) 3C set Lilian Austin Herrington 10th Anniversary Celebration
2s start on opposite sides

1- 8 2s cross RH and cast (2M up, 2L down); ½ LSh reels of 3 across (2M+1L and 2L+3M pass LSh). 2s end in centre facing down/up
9-16 2s cross RH up/down, cast to right to 2nd place own side; ½ LSh reels of 3 on sides (2M up, 2L down). (3)2(1)
17-24 R&L for 3 couples (all couples now with new partner)
25-32 All turn new partner RH once round and chase ½ way round. Order now: Ladies' side 2L 1M 1L; Men's side 3M 3L 2M.

Repeat twice more from new positions

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

Rita's Ramble
Lilian Austin 2008 Herrington Collection - 10th Anniversary Celebration
Strathspey 3 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 3 Couple Set Longwise Set

2s cross to opposite side on second chord.

  1-4   2s cross by the right and cast clockwise to finish on the centre line, 2M above 1s, 2L below 3s;

  5-8   giving left shoulder to second corner to start, 2M with 1s, 1L with 3s, half reel of 3 across;

  9-12 2s cross up and down by the right and cast clockwise to finish in 2nd place on own sides;

13-16 giving left shoulder to start, 1L2M3L 1M2L3M half reel of 3 on the sides, finishing 3s2s1s, 3s 1s on opposite sides;

17-24 all dance the first 8 bars of rights and lefts for 3-couples, finishing 1L1M2L on Mn's side, 2M3L3M on Ls' side;

25-28 1L2M 1M3L 2L3M turn by the right, all finishing facing clockwise;

29-32 all chase clockwise halfway, finishing 3M3L2M on Mn's side, 2L1M1L on Ls' side, all now with new partners, 3M2L in 1st place, 1M3L in 2nd place on opposite sides, 2M1L in 3rd place.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-32 Do not be disconcerted at losing your partner during and at the end of the repeat; s/he will finish opposite you at the end of the dance.

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