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A Visit To Japan

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A VISIT TO JAPAN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Rik de Vroome Dances for Friends Three

1- 4 1M and 1L pass right shoulder to turn 2L and 2M both hands 1½. All finish opposite sides.(2)(1)
5- 8 2s1s set; 2s cross RH while 1s turn RH and face each other on 1st corner diagonal
9-12 1s set advancing passing left shoulder (while 1st corners set). 1M3L 1L2M turn both hands ending 1s facing each other on 2nd corner diagonal
13-16 1s set advancing passing left shoulder (while 2nd corners set). 1M2L 1L3M turn both hands, 1s end opposite sides. 2(1)3
17-24 Reel of 3 (6 bars) on the side (1s left shoulder to 1st corner); 1s turn RH, end facing down
25-32 1s lead down between 3s, cast up; 1s lead up between 2s, cast down. 213

(Misc. Crib)

A Visit to Japan
Rik de Vroome   Dances for Friends Three
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-1   1M cross to 1L's place WHILE 1L cross down to 2M's place WHILE 2M dance up one place, finishing Mn facing down, Ls up;

  2-3   2M1L 1M2L turn both hands;

  4-4   2M cross to 1L's place WHILE 1M cast to 2L's place WHILE 1L turn on the spot WHILE 2L cross up to 1M's place, all finishing facing in;

  5-6   taking hands on the sides, 2s1s set facing partners;

  7-8   2s cross by the right WHILE 1s turn by the right to finish facing each other on the first corners' diagonal;

  9-10 first corners set WHILE 1s set advancing and pass left shoulders to finish facing first corners;

11-12 1s turn first corners with both hands, finishing facing each other on the second corners' diagonal;

13-14 second corners set WHILE 1s set advancing and pass left shoulders to finish facing second corners;

15-16 1s turn second corners with both hands, finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides, 1L facing up, 1M down;

17-22 2s1s3s reel of three on the sides, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start;

23-24 1s turn halfway by the right, finishing facing down and retaining hold;

25-32 1s lead down between 3s, release hold, cast up on own sides, take nearer hands to lead up between 2s, release hands and cast to second place.

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

Dance Notes

  1-1   Very quick; it may prove necessary for 1s to cut the corner a bit.

  2-3   Cover in the turns.

  4-4   Very quick for 2s, especially 2L who has farther to go and a slightly awkward movement to finish facing in.

13-14 This is reminiscent of the start of the reel of four in bars 17-18 of The Robertson Rant.

31-32 On the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1s cast to third place on own sides, finishing 2s3s1s. This finish is used in every repeat of the 3-couple version of the dance.

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