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Salute To The Borders

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SALUTE TO THE BORDERS (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Ann Dix Three Hands Across

1- 8 1s set and turn RH, lead down between 3s and cast up to 2nd place own side
9-16 1s dance diagonal R&L (3)1(2)
17-24 3s+1s+2s dance set and link for 3 twice. 2(1)3
25-32 1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2s and all turn 2H

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

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This dance name, Salute To The Borders, makes a reference to the fact that the country of Berkshire (in the south of England) has a border with six other counties.

This whole area seems to have lots of SCD clubs.

(Dance information by John Fairbairn, 2022)

The Berkshire/Hampshire/Surrey Border Branch of the RSCDS is largely an umbrella organization for clubs in the area which mostly covers the eastern part of Berkshire and adjacent parts of Surrey and Hampshire.

Ann Dix, the deviser, was a former chairman. In the publication, Three Hands Across, she says, “This dance was devised for the RSCDS Berks/Hants/Surrey Border Branch and reflects the interaction between groups within the Branch”; there is no evidence that she intended any parallel allusion to the Scottish Borders.

(Dance information by Reuben Freemantle and Judith Muir, 2022)

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