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The Viking Ship

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THE VIKING SHIP (M-4x(S32+R32)) 4C set Bergit Frie Dancers' Choice 2

1- 8 All petronella turn and set, petronella turn and set to end on opposite sides
9-16 1s ¾ turn RH, retain hands and change places with Lady turning under Man's arm and ¼ turn RH back to original places while 4s dance similarly with LH. All set
17-18 All dance small circles around current place ("turn single") with 1L and 2L also 3M and 4M turning to right and others to left
19-20 2s+3s change places LH on sides
21-24 2s+3s dance ½ R&L and end facing end persons (2s facing 1s, 3s facing 4s)
25-32 All dance RSh reels of 4 on sides. 1234

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s face on sides and dance 4 slips steps out to side and back twice
9-14 All ½ turn facing person on sides LH, 1s+4s dance RH across
15-16 2s+1s turn LH on sides to end 1s in middle (Lady at top facing down and Man between 3s facing up) while 4s+3s ½ turn LH on sides
17-24 1L advances as 1M retires, 1L joins hands with 3s, 1M advances as 1L retires, 1M joins hands with 2s; repeat. (2s and 3s set throughout)
25-32 1s ½ turn 2H, cross up and cast to 4th place (2s+3s+4s step up 31-32). 2341

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

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Viking ships were vessels used during the Viking Age in Northern Europe. Scandinavian tradition of shipbuilding during the Viking Age was characterized by slender and flexible boats, clinker built, with symmetrical ends.

Viking ship
A Modern Replica Of A Viking Ship

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