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Whigmaleeries

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WHIGMALEERIES (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Derek Ivory Imperial 2

1- 8 1s set advancing and turn individually, slip step down below 3s and cast up to 2nd place
9-16 1M dances RH across with 3s and 1L with 2s, 1s dance round 2nd corners LSh to end in prom hold facing 3L
17-24 1s dance ½ RSh reel of 3 across with 3s, separate and dance ½ reels of 3 on own sides to end in prom hold with partner facing 3L (in 1M place)
25-32 1s dance ½ reel of 3 across with 3s (in 1st place), separate and dance ½ reels of 3 on own sides to end in 2nd place own side. 213

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


Whigmaleeries
Derek Ivory   Imperial Book 2
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s set advancing and turn right about on the spot;

  5-6   1s (taking both hands) slip down below 3s;

  7-8   1s cast up on own sides to 2nd place;

  9-12 2s1L 1M3s right hands across;

13-14 1s cross (no hands) passing by the left;

15-16 1L cast down round 3M WHILE 1M cast up round 2L, finishing in promenade hold facing out on Ls' side;

17-20 1s promenade half reel of 3 across with 3s, giving right shoulder to 3L to start and finishing by releasing hands;

21-24 1M with 2M3L half reel of 3 WHILE 1L with 2L3M half reel of 3 (on own sides), finishing in promenade hold facing out on Mn's side;

25-28 1s (1L on 1M's left) promenade half reel of 3 across with 3s (in 2nd place), finishing by releasing hands;

29-32 1M with 3M2M, 1L with 3L2L, half reels of 3 (on own sides), finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

17-32 The half reels must flow without a break for 3s, just as in Tambourine Reel: on reaching a first corners' position, 3M must make a closed loop, 3L an open loop; on reaching a second corners' position, 3M must make an open loop, 3L a closed loop.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

Whigmaleeries - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Whigmaleeries - Noun - origin 1730 - chiefly Scottish, meaning whim or an odd or fanciful contrivance, gimcrack.

The late Ian Wilson, a stalwart of the Newbury and District Caledonian Society knew it more specifically as a child's toy and especially the windmills made from paper and pinned to a stick.

How to Make Paper Windmills (Ian Wilson's 'Whigmaleeries') - Video On YouTube


Whigmaleerie ceilidh dance band
Whigmaleerie is also a five-piece ceilidh dance band based near Aberdeen.

Whigmaleeries Paper Windmills Image
Whigmaleeries - Windmills


Image Copyright Fenerli 1978 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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