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The Winged Messenger

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THE WINGED MESSENGER (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Charlie Inglis

1- 8 1M+3L set, cast to 2nd place (2s step up/down 3-4), 1M+3L cross RH, 3 couples dance clockwise 2 places. 3(2)1
9-16 3M+1L set, cast to 2nd place (2s step up/down 11-12), 3M+1L cross RH, 3 couples dance clockwise 2 places to original places. 123
17-20 1M+3L change places RH staying in the middle facing end of set then curve round to the left, 1M facing up, 3L facing down
while 3M+1L cast clockwise behind 2s, meet in the middle and change places RH to all finish in a line of 4 up/down the middle of the set M facing M and L facing L.
21-24 1s+3s dance variant of ½ LSh Reel of 4 (1M+3L give RH in passing and then turn partners LH at the ends and cast out of own sides into...
25-32 6 bar Mirror Reels of 3 on own sides (1s out/down, 2s in/up, 3s out/up), Bars 31-32 1s and 2s continue reel to change places. 213

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

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