MW twirl

Angus Henry

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>3) Does it matter if the dancing couple is passing right or left
>shoulders and if so how and why does it matter?
>
>Cole

After a couple of previous Strathspey threads on the Mairi's wedding
shoulders topic a new dance was written to resolve the ambiguity once and
for all. It was published in the Teachers Association of Canada TACTALK,
but for those of you who do not subscribe to TAC, here it is for your
collection. (If anyone wants a leaflet copy with the original layout
matching Cosh's "Mairi's Wedding" contact me privately and I can email a
Word 5.1 attachment [clean!] if you can download it).

Angus
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MAIRI'S DIVORCE

(Reel)

(N.B. Dancing couple passing right shoulder in centre.)

MUSIC DESCRIPTION

Bars

1 - 4 First couple turn with right hand and cast one
place on own side. (Second couple move up.)
5 - 8 Then turn with left hand to corners.

9 - 12 First corners dance half reel of four with first
couple (the corners changing places), but first couple passing each other
by right shoulders in the middle instead of left shoulders.
13 - 16 First couple repeat with second corners.

17 - 20 First couple repeat with first corners. (Who are
now on other side.)
21 - 24 First couple repeat with second corners.

25 - 32 Reels of three across, the woman with second couple
and the man with third couple.

33 - 40 Six hands round and back.

Suggested tunes.- "Mairi's Wedding", "Scotland the Brave", "Thistle of
Scotland".

This dance was written as a companion piece to James Cosh's "Mairi's
Wedding"; a brief comparison of the original texts of both dances will make
it easy to remember which is which.

Dance devised by Angus Henry, 1998, after several long email discussions,
to assist dancers who had never actually read James Cosh's emphatically
clear published instructions for his dance "Mairi's Wedding".

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