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San Francisco Surprise

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SAN FRANCISCO SURPRISE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Sue McKinnell Chicago 25th Anniversary Collection

1- 8 1s turn 2H, cast and face 1st corners, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners and pass RSh to face 2nd corners
9-16 1s dance ½ reels of 4 with 2nd corners and dance round each other RSh to 2nd place opposite sides, 2s+1s+3s set and link for 3 into lines across
17-28 2s+1s+3s dance 3 couple R&L (up/down)
29-32 2s+1s+3s set and link for 3. 213

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

San Francisco Surprise 8x32 Strathspey for 3C by Sue McKinnell

1-4 1C turn both hands and cast one place to face 1st corners as 2C step up.
5-8 1C dance a ½ reel of four with 1st corners, passing right shoulder in the center to face 2nd corners.
9-12 1C dance a ½ reel of four with 2nd corners, ending by dancing into the center and around each other right shoulder to right shoulder (gypsy) to finish in 2nd place on opposite sides.
13-16 2C, 1C, and 3C dance a set and link for 3 couples to end in lines across the dance.
17-28 2C, 1C, and 3C dance rights and lefts for three couples.
29-32 2C, 1C, and 3C dance a set and link for 3 couples to end in the order 2, 1, 3.


(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Sue McKinnell, Jul 2004)

Dance Information

This strathspey, San Francisco Surprise, was written for Nicole Clifton and Ian Sutherland, who married in May 2004 in San Francisco - and told the dance group about it several weeks later.

The gypsy figure in bars 9-12 was added by them during the first dancing of this dance and before they knew it was written for them.

Suggested music is The Marquis of Lorne from Muckle Carfuffle.

(Dance information by the deviser, Sue McKinnell)

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. Covering an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco is the fourth-most populous city in California and the thirteenth-most populous in the United States.
San Francisco Skyline
San Francisco Skyline, 2017

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