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What's In A Name?

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WHAT'S IN A NAME? (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Jens Heckmann Freiburg Corona Collection

1- 8 1s set, dance in and cast to 2nd place, set advancing to face 1st corners (2s step up bars 5-6)
9-12 1s dance Corner Pass and RSh turn (no hands) with 1st corners, pass RSh to face 2nd corners
13-16 1s dance Corner Pass and RSh turn with 2nd corners to finish in 2nd place opposite sides with 1L facing up, 1M facing down. 2(1)3
17-24 1s dance LSh reels of 3 on opposite sides (LSh to 1st corners)
25-32 1s dance Fig of 8 on own sides starting by giving RSh to 4th Corners (1L crosses up, 1M crosses down to start)

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

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Dance Information

The title of this dance, What's In A Name?, was taken from the famous speech from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene I of the play.

The line is said by Juliet in reference to Romeo's house: Montague. The line implies that his name (and thus his family's feud with Juliet's family) means nothing and they should be together.

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

Romeo And Juliet, What's In A Name?
"Romeo And Juliet" Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893), Oil On Canvas, c. between 1869 and 1870

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Text from this original Romeo And Juliet article on Wikipedia.
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