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Slowly But Surely

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Slowly but Surely Anne Dejean
32-bar strathspey for three couples in a three-couple longwise set

1 - 8 2nd couple set advancing to finish back to back facing opposite sides, dance around first corners finishing back to back facing first corners, and set to first corners who set back.
9 - 24 2nd couple dance corner chains with their corners, giving left hands to cross to own sides on bars 23-24.
25 - 28 1st couple cast off in four steps and finish in third place, 2nd and 3rd couples step up on bars 27-28.
29 - 32 2nd and 3rd couples, giving right hands, turn partners once round.

Repeat from new positions.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean June 2021)

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This strathspey, Slowly But Surely, was written from a hospital room by Anne Dejean who was waiting to dance again.

When I got diagnosed with cancer, the news spread quickly among the SCD groups of the surrounding area, and I received a lot of lovely supporting messages from SCD dancers. Also, a friend of mine told me to imagine myself dancing once I had recovered, and before that, dancing a not too energetic dance once I had only partly recovered, so that my brain would help me recover. All this gave me the idea to devise new dances and this was the first one, aimed for the period on the way to recovery. I sent the instructions to all those who had written to me, and

I received videos from three groups dancing this dance (Méaudre, Grenoble and Lyon), and it was just wonderful to watch these in my hospital bed.

The dancer in remission starts in first place, this is why the 1st couple dance less than the others (no turn at the end), they have to save energy and enter the dance progressively.

(Dance information with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean)

Published in Slowly But Surely, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.
Published in The Remission Book collection, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.

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