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Sands Of Morar

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SANDS OF MORAR (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Priddey RSCDS Book 45

1- 8 1s dance Fig of 8 round 2s giving hands when possible
9-16 1s dance reflection reels of 3 on own sides (1s dance down between 2s to begin)
17-24 1s turn 2H and dance down middle to 3rd place as 2s+3s continue reel and dance down behind 1s, all set and 1s followed by 2s+3s cast up to original places
25-32 1s+2s dance the Tourbillon:-
' 1s and 2s turn partners 2H ½ way, 1M and 2L lead partners on 1 place clockwise to end 1s on Ladies' side and 2s on Men's side, 1s set to 2s
' 1s and 2s ½ turn partners 2H, 1L and 2M lead partners on 1 place to end 2s in 1st place and 1s in 2nd place and 2s+1s cross RH to own sides

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


Sands of Morar
Barry Priddey   RSCDS Book 45
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-8   Taking right hands, 1s cross down into figures of 8 around 2s;

  9-16 taking nearer hands, 1s dance down into mirror reels of 3 on the sides;

17-18 1s turn both hands, moving down to finish with nearer hands joined, facing down in 2nd position WHILE 2s3s continue on the path of the mirror reels;

19-20 1s lead down followed by 2s3s, finishing all facing down with nearer hands joined, 3s2s1s;

21-22 3s 2s 1s set facing down and release hands;

23-24 1s followed by 2s3s cast up on own sides to original places;

25-32 1s2s dance the tourbillon, finishing 2s1s3s:

25-25 1s 2s turn both hands halfway, finishing 1M facing down, 2L up, releasing left hand with partner;

26-26 1s 2s dance one place clockwise around the 1s2s rectangle, finishing with nearer hands still joined facing across the set;

27-28 2s set facing 1s across the set, finishing facing partner on the side;

29-30 2s1s repeat bars 25-26 rotated 90° clockwise, finishing 2s1s on opposite sides;

31-32 2s 1s cross by the right.

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


Dance Notes

  1-32 The deviser emphasizes the importance of taking hands at every opportunity.

25-26 This must be one continuous flowing movement so that 1L 2M almost dance on the spot.


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Dance Information

Morar is a small village on the west coast of Scotland, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Mallaig (pronounced "mal-ig"). The name Morar also applies to the wider district around the village.

Morar is famous for Morar Beach, known as the "Silver Sands", which featured prominently in the film Local Hero, as well as in Breaking The Waves. Loch Morar, the deepest loch in the British Isles, is located nearby.

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