Scottish Country Dance InstructionSUFFOLK LANES (J4x48) 4C set Tim Eyres Oxford Silver Jubilee
3s and 4s start on opposite sides
1- 8 All advance and retire, 1s and 4s pass partner RSh and turn next person with nearer hand to end 2(1)4(3), 1s and 3s remain facing out
9-16 2s+1s and 4s+3s dance full Figs of 8 (2M and 3M remain facing out)
17-24 2s+1s and 4s+3s dance Ladies' Chain
25-32 1s and 4s dance RH across ½ way, ½ turn nearer corner LH, 2s and 3s dance RH across ½ way and turn nearer corner LH
33-40 1s and 4s dance 'Hello-Goodbye' setting to end 1s in centre facing up and 4s facing down
41-48 1s and 4s dance out ends of the set and cast in to 2nd and 3rd place and dance ½ Figs of 8 round top/bottom couples to end 31(4)(2)
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Dance InformationSuffolk Lanes was published in 1993 in the Silver Jubilee Oxford Book of Dances to celebrate the jubilee of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society. It was one of 10 original dances chosen after a competition among members of the branch.
I used to live in the village of Cockfield, near Bury St Edmunds. I have very fond memories of that time and the many twists and turns of the dance reminded me of being driven round the narrow lanes of Suffolk in my youth.
(Dance information by the deviser, Tim Eyres)
Gallows Lane Near To Cockfield, Suffolk
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