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Scottish Country Dance Instruction

TAMBOURINE (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Lawrie Bowlen East Ivanhoe Book

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back to 2nd place own side (2s step up 3-4)
9-16 1s dance ½ LSh reels of 3 across, passing 1st corners LSh. 1s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on opposite sides (Man up, Lady down).1s end in 2nd place opposite sides, all dancing loops into place
17-24 1s dance ½ LSh reels of 3 across (Man up Lady down). 1s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on own sides (Man down, Lady up) 2134
25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back. 213

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

Lawrie Bowlen    East Ivanhoe Book
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   Taking right hands, 1s lead down the middle;

  5-8   taking left hands, 1s lead up to 2nd place, finishing on own sides of the centre line, 1L facing up, 1M down;

  9-12 2M1L2L 3M1M3L half reels of three across, 1s giving left shoulders to first corners to start;

13-16 2L1L3L 2M1M3M half reels of three on the sides;

17-24 repeat bars 9-16 from new positions, finishing 2s1s3s;

25-32 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

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

Dance Notes

    -8   1M must finish ready to give left shoulder to first corner.

  9-24 Half reels must flow without a break: whenever they reach a second corners' position, 1s and the original second corners must make a complete loop; whenever the original first corners reach a first corners' position, they must make a complete loop.
As an aide-mémoire over whether the loop at a corner should be open (i.e., only ¾ round) or closed (i.e., 1¼ round), this is determined by the direction of travel at the (geographical) midpoint of the half reel (i.e., when you are on the centre line in a reel across the set or in 2nd place in a reel on the sides); if you are going out of the set (as, for example, 1M and 1L at bar 9), it should be an open loop around the corner position; if you are going inwards (as, for example, 1M and 1L at bar 13), it should be a closed loop. Once you've got the first loop right, change to the other for the next corner and keep on alternating.

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