for Barbara Benedict of Richmond, Virginia, on The Silver Anniversary of Thistle School, 2005
5 x 32R for 5 couples in a 5 couple set devised by Moira Turner
1 – 2 2nd and 4th couples dance a petronella turn to finish back to back with partner in the centre of the dance facing original position.
3 – 4 1st, 3rd and 5th couples set turning right about to face out.
5 – 6 2nd and 4th couples set, pulling back right shoulder and remaining back to back, and turn to face partner’s original position.
7 – 8 1st, 3rd and 5th couples set turning right about to face in.
9 – 16 2nd and 4th couples turn 1st corner right hand, pass partner right shoulder, turn 2nd corner left hand and pass partner left shoulder to finish in 2nd & 4th places (resp.) in the centre of the dance on own side facing up. (2M & 4M pull back left shoulder.)
17 – 18 1st couple dance down own sideline 2 places and remain facing down
2nd couple dance diagonally out and up 1 place and face up
3rd couple dance diagonally in to position just vacated by 2nd couple and face up. (FIG. 1)
19 – 20 1st , 2nd and 3rd couples set, 2nd and 3rd couples turning right about to face down.
21 – 22 1st couple repeat bars 17 & 18 with 4th and 5th couples but to finish 4th couple face up, 5th couple face out and 1st couple face in. (FIG. 2)
23 – 24 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples set
5th couple dance a petronella turn to finish in own sideline, 5W facing 1W and 5M facing 1M
1st couple (in 5th place) dance a petronella turn to finish with back to partner in the centre of the dance, 1W facing 5W and 1M facing 5M. (FIG. 3)
“Thistle Reels” (FIG. 4)
25 – 32 2nd, 3rd and 4th couples dance reels of 3 in the ‘sidelines,’ 3rd and 4th couples passing right shoulder to begin and all retaining the shape of the thistle outline shown in Fig. 4
5th and 1st couples dance a reel of 4 on the circumference of the circle completed by 3rd and 4th couples.
To interlace the reels, 1st couple pass 3rd couple right shoulder on bar 2 and 5th couple pass 2nd couple right shoulder on bar 4.
All finish in the original sidelines.
Dancers finish in the order 2, 3, 4, 5, 1 ready to repeat the dance with a new top couple.
Devised for The Thistle School Silver Anniversary, 2005
FIG. 1: FIG. 2
1M 1W 2M 2W
2M 2W 3M 3W
3M 3W 1M 1W
4M 4W 4M 4W
5M 5W 5M 5W
FIG. 3: FIG. 4:
2M 2W 2M 2W
3M 3W 3M 3W
4M 4W 4M 4W
5M 5W 5M 5W
1M 1W 1M 1W