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The Sailor

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THE SAILOR (R8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8 1s cross down RH to face out between 2s and 3s giving hands to each corner and set, 1s cast round 1st corner to form lines of 3 across with 2s/3s and 2s+1s+3s set
9-16 1s (turning to right) dance RSh reels of 3 across and 1s end passing LSh to 2nd place on opposite sides
17-24 1s lead down for 2 bars and lead up, cross at the top and cast to 2nd place on own sides
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

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

The Sailor
Anon RSCDS Book 24
Hornpipe 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-2   1s cross down to face out between corners;

  3-4   2s1s3s balance in line on the sides (as in double triangles);

  5-6   1s cast round first corners, finishing on the centre line, 1L between 2s, 1M between 3s;

  7-8   2M1L2L set facing 3M1M3L;

  9-16 1L with 2s, 1M with 3s, reels of 3 across, giving right shoulder to first corners to start, 1s finishing on opposite sides of the centre line, facing down;

17-18 1s lead down;

19-20 1s lead up;

21-24 1s cross up and cast;

25-32 2s1s rights and lefts.

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

Dance Notes

  1-2   2s step up.

  5-6   Although the original instructions have 1s cast round first corners, turn first corners ¾ by the right is more helpful to the inexperienced.

17-20 Slightly counter-intuitive; only 2 steps down and 2 up.

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

A sailor or mariner is a person who navigates water-borne vessels or assists in their operation, maintenance, or service.

The term can apply to professional mariners, military personnel, and recreational sailors as well as a plethora of other uses.

Etymologically, the name preserves the memory of the time when ships were commonly powered by sails, but now applies to the personnel of all vessels, whatever their mode of locomotion.

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Prince Albert Edward (The Future Edward VII Of The United Kingdom) In A Sailor Suit, By Winterhalter, 1846

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