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The Spinnaker Tower

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THE SPINNAKER TOWER (J8x40) 3C (4C set) Kathy Lawmon Dancing in Southsea

1- 8 1s+2s+3s dance reels of 3 with 1s crossing down to 2nd place to start with each couple in turn crossing down and all end on opposite sides
9-16 1s slip step down middle and back up to 2nd place (2s step up on bars 11-12)
17-24 2s+1s+3s Set&Link for 3, all advance and retire (up/down)
25-32 2s+1s+3s Set&Link for 3 (to own sides), all turn RH into Allemande hold
33-40 3s+1s+2s dance Allemande

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

The Spinnaker Tower
Kathy Lawmon Dancing in Southsea
Jig 8 x 40 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s cross down into mirror reels of 3 on the sides, 2s 3s also crossing down on reaching the top of the set, all finishing on opposite sides;

  9-16 taking both hands, 1s slip down the middle and back to 2nd place;

17-20 2s1s3s set and link for 3, finishing 3L1L3M facing down, 2L1M2M facing up;

21-24 3L1L3M 2L1M2M advance and retire, up and down;

25-28 3L1L3M 2L1M2M set and link for 3, finishing 3s1s2s on own sides;

29-32 3s 1s 2s turn by the right, finishing in allemande hold on the centre line;

33-40 3s1s2s allemande.

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

The Spinnaker Tower (J8x40) 3C (4C set) Kathy Lawmon Dancing in Southsea

1-8 1st, 2nd, 3rd couples dance reels of three - 1st couple cross down to 2nd place to start and each couple in turn cross when reaching top place, to complete the reel on the opposite side.
9-16 1st couple with both hands joined slip down the middle and back to 2nd place, 2nd couple stepping up on bars 15-16.
17-20 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples set and link to lines across the set.
21-24 All three couples join hands and advance and retire.
25-28 2nd 1st and 3rd couples set and link to finish on own sides.
29-32 All three couples turn partner right hand to allemande hold.
33-40 3rd, 1st and 2nd couples allemande.

Repeat from 2nd position.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Kathy Lawmon, 2005)

Dance Notes

15-16 2s step up (the deviser's recommendation).

29-32 A slow, initially long-arm, turn into allemande hold.

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Dance Information

The recommended tune is "The Spinnaker" by Alistair Forbes; a recording by The Craigievar Scottish Dance Band is available on "Highlander Music CD HRMCD514: Scottish Dances vol 14".

(Dance information by the deviser, Kathy Lawmon)

The Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark tower in Portsmouth, England, UK, with amazing views of the Solent and surrounding areas. It is 2½ times as high as Nelson's Column, making it the tallest accessible structure in the United Kingdom outside London; the tower has become a major tourist attraction since its completion in 2005.

The dance came to the deviser's mind while watching people arriving and visiting this attraction:
bars 1-8 depict people arriving from many areas;
bars 9-16 depict the high speed internal lift;
bars 17-32 depict the viewing platform and venturing onto the glass floor;
bars 33-40 depict descending in the external scenic lift.

The Spinnaker Tower represents sails billowing in the wind, a design accomplished using two large, white, sweeping steel arcs, which give the tower its spinnaker sail design.

The Spinnaker Tower
The Spinnaker Tower

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Text from this original The Spinnaker Tower article on Wikipedia and from Elizabeth Rimmington.
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